HOMETOWN: Prague, Czech Republic
FAVORITE ACTOR: Paul Newman
NEXT PROJECT: “Autumn Night Story,” directed by Milan Cieslar
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?: “I hope I will be acting.”
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ACTOR?: “I joined a drama program when I was 10 and I liked it.”
Krystof Hadek has a dilemma. He hasn’t finished high school and doesn’t have time to begin classes this year. Since landing a co-starring role in Oscar winner Jan Sverak’s new film, “Dark Blue World,” the 19-year-old actor hasn’t had much time for anything.
Hadek turned up at a casting call for the pic with his school buddy and about a thousand other young hopefuls — including his look-alike older brother, an actor with the prestigious Vinohrady Theatre company. Walking in shortly after his sibling’s audition, Krystof was nearly turned away by Sverak, who wondered why he was seeing the same actor twice.
After the director realized that this was somebody new, Sverak told Hadek he was too young to play the role of a Czech pilot in the Royal Air Force.
“He said I was a boy and he needed a man for the role,” Hadek recalls.
But when the project was delayed by a few months, Hadek was called back by Sverak. The helmer told him he didn’t like the screen test done with (eventual co-star) Ondrej Vetchy and was giving him another chance.
Finally, Sverak called the young thesp and said he hadn’t found anyone that impressed him as much and that Hadek had won the role. Filming began just as thesp was celebrating his 18th birthday.
The youngest of three boys, Hadek is hardly a naif when it comes to show business. His mother is a documentarian with Kratky Film in Prague, and Hadek had already completed five years in the acting program at the Prague Conservatory.
In “Dark Blue World,” which is being released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics, Hadek runs the emotional gamut (in Czech and English) from cocky young recruit to jilted lover and closes the film with a heroic finale. His onscreen poise and sensitivity have many viewers comparing him to Matt Damon and Ethan Hawke.
Hadek continues brushing up on his English (which he learned from “Dark Blue World” producer Eric Abraham) in preparation for the film’s jaunt around the world.
“Dark Blue World” was spooled at the just-completed Toronto Intl. Film Festival and is scheduled for a Stateside release on Dec. 28.