This story is about me playing, as actor, something unexpected. After years of Theater I am back in the show…
WHY I PLAY
I mostly play for fun, because I like the crew or cause I am sharing the message of the production. I don’t really play just for money; I would not feel comfortable being in a piece that promotes something which I don’t believe in.
I think actors should ask themselves why and for whom they play. If they play for the pocket, for enjoyment or for ideals. The more popular an actor is, the more he or she shall be asking himself that question.
It’s since a while that I don’t play theater, neither I act in front of a camera since some months, I feel the lack of involvement in artistic performances making my playing skills fading out. When suddenly… : I am sleeping when I get a message, it’s a Finnish friend asking me to play some candid cameras, pranks in Helsinki, I say ‘yes’!
He tells me that there is a good remuneration for this. I accept and in less than two hours I am with a (fake) needle in my hands playing pranks in the city.
The pranks we play are about paradoxical situations, which include sex invitation, ass shaking, drugs use and questions about personal hygiene. I admit that it is quite superficial and fun.
Playing the whole day gave me back the pleasure to liberate myself and let someone else take control of my body. The camera we were using had no zoom, which made the show more challenging, we had to play with ‘victims’ having the camera few meters away, but still, the majority didn’t realize we were pranking them because of our distraction methods, which consisted in pretending to be TV reporters, when the pranked ones were not paying attention, we would face the camera to them.
After the candid camera we would of course say that it was a prank, asking themes for authorization.
After an initial friction, we get a happy, collaborative feeling among the crew. As producer we have a bizarre person, seeming quite weird in the beginning, but with time, I enjoy working and the time goes fast.
It’s night, we have some food together accompanied by jokes and some brainstorming.
I am happily looking forward to more collaborations of this kind, when I discover something quite unexpected and worrying. I find out that those pranks we just did, were maybe produced fora a media (TV and radio) which is probably involved in pro-Putin propaganda with highly dis-informative Russian governmental exaltation.
The channel that may host the show was accused of misinformation over the war in Ukraine, claiming that Crimea is a Russian territory which Russians have to protect.
Well, Putin it’s a prank himself, I can understand that he may like to show pranks in his channels.