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The curse of the “Master and Margarita”: how the fate of the actors who starred in the series based on the mystical novel by Bulgakov

During theatrical productions and filming of films on “the Master and Margarita” invariably occur certain events that generate rumors of mystical cases with those who try to screen it. Whether you believe it or not, almost 13 years have passed since the film was released, and the number of actors who took part in the shooting and passed away during this time is approaching two dozen.
The series premiered on December 19, 2005, and two months before that, the actor who played the role of investigator Sidorov was found dead in his own apartment. Alexander Chaban died at the age of 47 under unclear circumstances. A year later, 38-year-old Pavel Komarov (a thief from the pier) passed away.
A heart attack caused the death of Stanislav Landgraf in December 2006. It is worth noting that his character, a critic of brussky, in the novel passionately wanted to kill a shot in the heart of Margarita.
Kirill Lavrov. / Photo: www.pikabu.ru
The brilliant Pontius Pilate performed by Kirill Lavrov turned out to be very bright. And the actor himself passed away on April 27, 2007 after exhausting attempts to beat leukemia. It is noteworthy that it was on this day that Yevgeny Merkuryev (the accountant in the series) tragically died while fishing. By an absurd accident, he fell through the ice.
Was there a curse on Roman?

Actor Alexander Abdulov, who so colorfully embodied a member of the retinue of Voland Korovin, died in January 2008 from lung cancer, which was detected in the fourth, inoperable stage.

Cancer of the pancreas caused the death in April 2009 of Andrey Tolubeyev, who did not participate in the shooting, but voiced Aloysius Mogarycha.
In early 2009, the performer of the role of the doorman Yuri Oskin died at the age of 72, and 3 years later, his son, the actor Tikhon Oskin, died suddenly as a result of a sudden cardiac arrest. At the end of 2009, at the age of 73, Galina Barkova passed away, in the series – a saleswoman.

The Creator of the most striking image of the poet Ivan Ponyrev (Homeless), 38-year-old Vladislav Galkin lay for several days in his apartment before his body was discovered in February 2010. Death occurred, according to the official version, from acute heart failure. The artist’s father Boris Galkin is still sure that his son was killed.
Valentina Yegorenkova (a nurse in a psychiatric hospital) was 65 years old when she died in April 2010. Five months later, the actor Stanislav Sokolov (Secretary of Pontius Pilate) died.

A fatal accident caused the tragic death of actor Mikhail Surov (cameo role) in August 2010. In the last years of his life, he was actively involved in politics in the Vologda region, and on that fateful day, he made an unsuccessful maneuver, trying to overtake the car going ahead. The actor’s car turned over and again became wheels on the road, but Mikhail Surov was thrown through the window after the impact. As a result of his injuries, he died on the spot.
Leukemia caused the death in may 2012 of a young actor Stanislav Pryakhin, who played a tiny role of a pickpocket.
In November of the same year, lung cancer claimed the life of Ilya Oleynikov, who played Grigory Rimsky, the financial Director of the Variety theater.
Valery Zolotukhin passed away on March 30, 2013, acting as the Chairman of the housing Association Nikanor Bosogo. Zolotukhin had been fighting a brain tumor for a long time, but could not overcome the disease. 5 years before the actor’s death, his 27-year-old son Sergei committed suicide.

In April 2013, Dmitry Poddubny, who played the role of an NKVD agent, suffered a closed head injury under unclear circumstances. He died in hospital, and how he was injured is still unknown.
Mystery or coincidence?
In total, the production team of the series “Master and Margarita” included more than 150 people. Many actors died as a result of objective, at first glance, reasons: serious diseases, old age, tragic accident.
However, it is worth remembering that the famous Oleg Yankovsky, who was offered the role of Voland, categorically refused to shoot, believing that under no circumstances can you play two roles: the Lord God and the devil.
And Director Vladimir Bortko noted just positive mysticism during filming. The group was never let down by the weather and it was always Sunny on location if you needed clear weather and, on the contrary, if you need to shoot on a cloudy day, the sky was covered with heavy clouds in the morning.

It was also surprising that all the actors magically managed to recover before the start of filming with their participation, so all the work went exactly on schedule.
Perhaps, after all, it is not necessary to accuse the great work of a curse. Although creative people are very superstitious and often forget the phrase that Mikhail Bulgakov put into the mouth of Voland: “Yes, man is mortal, but that would be half the trouble. The bad thing is that he is sometimes suddenly mortal, that’s the trick!»

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