More Cloud Atlas/Hugo Weaving Moscow Premiere Pics, Interviews, Russian Press

Note: this is an archived entry. Some links might not still work, but I have tried to ensure scan and video embeds are still in place. If any linked material is unavailable, please let me know and I’ll attempt to find a copy in my personal archives.

Another batch of lovely photos was posted in the online Russian press this morning, so I’l get right to work sharing those:


Hugo Weaving at the November 1 Cloud Atlas premiere, Cinema October
First four photos: Evgeny Smirnov, Artem Savateev, Woman.ru


Bae Doona, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry


Tom Tykwer, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving


The directors (center) with Bae, Weaving and Berry to right.

(I’m trying to get some larger copies of above photos and will post best possible versions should I succeed)


Hugo Weaving and Halle Berry Photo (plus next four): Mikhail Sveshnikov, Izvestia


Hiugo Weaving and Lana Wacowski out for a morning stroll in Moscow  Photos: Anton K Romanov

UPDATE: I found a few more photos of Hugo touring with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Since all seem aware of the photographers and comfortable,  I think they’re OK to share. Apologies if anyone think this crosses a line.


This photo and next: Marina Voloseviches, KP.RU

There’s a great article on Russian journalist Atticus Flinch’s LJ about the directors and actors spending the day giving interviews to promote Cloud Atlas; the following two photos are from that entry. On the page itself you can see additional photos and watch a Russian TV spot for the film.

My loose translation of some of Atticus Flich’s comments on Hugo: ‘Weaving is the exact opposite of his onscreen characters. He’s usually cast as a villain, except for V [in V for Vendetta] and almost always plays some treacherous and cruel. In Cloud Atlas is six villains, for example. but in life, he’s amazingly friendly, polite, and interesting in conversation. Most of all, he enjoys talking about movies – we discussed recent movies he loved – Iran’s “Divorce”, Turkey’s “Once in Anatolia” and “Helena” by Andrei Zvyagintsev. I discovered that Weaving loves Zvyagintsev and appreciates and was impressed with his films “The Return”, and “Helena”… Andy and Lana Wachowski, along with Tom Tykwer. tried to give autographs, and to be photographed at all with all fans who want to. Tom was very upset that some fans pursued them, not only in the fan zone, but also to the fence. Hugo also went beyond the track has given more (by my count approximate) fifty signatures. Then there was the introduction of the film and, folllowing that, the movie itself.’

[Note: I noticed some fans were complaining that Hugo or Halle Berry didn’t manage to give every fan who turned up “cold” outside the designated waiting/public area an autograph… but he obviously went out of his way to give as many as he could under the circumstances. I know from personal experience that he’s more than generous and patient with fans. Hugo also mentioned Andrei Zvyagintsev’s film The Return in his “Five Favorite films” Q&A for Rotten Tomatoes earlier this year.]

Andy Wachowski, Bae Doona, Hugo Weaving


Above two photos: Anton Belitsky, Ridus.ru
In this article, Hugo is briefly mentioned: “Hugo Weaving [stated] ‘I liked to play all of the characters – because they are all interrelated, even with all their unique individuality…[there is a sameness/continuity to] all my characters, from one to the next.’ – he says, stating that with the actor’s point of view, the most interesting character he had to play was the ghost [Old Georgie] that appears in the mind of the character [Zachry, played by] Tom Hanks.” (Again, this is a very loose translation, but it helps that Hugo has said similar things in English-language press interviews.)

Apparently the actors and directors followed last night’s premiere with a full day of press interviews, similar to what happened in Toronto. There’s another group interview and lovely photos at Afisha.mail.ru via Novotsi.ru. Here’s Hugo’s portion of the interview, followed by the pics:

“For an actor Hugo Weaving, also performed several diverse roles, the film was a unique experience: ‘The film was great, but the personal, intimate, bold. There was something incredibly joyous in this experience. [When one works on] big studio films, communication is often terrifying. And it was such a joy, a unique experience for all of us, a radical film. I do not think this can be done in the studio film. The more we shot the film, the greater the feeling that these characters’ [lives unfold] in parallel, ‘- said Weaving.”

Following eight photos: Alex Molchanovsky


L to R: Bae Doona, Halle Berry, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowki, Andy Wachowski, Hugo Weaving


I love this one 😉

Following two photos: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

There’s an extensive interview with Halle Berry and the directors here too, but no new comments from Hugo.

Here are some videos and smaller photos from RIA.ru:


Above two photos:RIA Novosti/Ruslan Krivobok

Hugo’s quote from this article is nearly identical to the one excerpted above, indicating they’re from the same press conference.


Photo: Ruslan Krivobok/RIA Novotsi

The following five photos originated at the website PurePeople.ru, without any photographer credits:

This site also featured photos obviously taken without Hugo’s consent at his hotel… I continue to discourage those sorts of ambush/paparazzi photos in the strongest terms, and will not repost them. Why would fans want photos of their favorite actors looking justifiably livid anyhow?

The following three photos appeared at Glamour.ru, again without photographer credit:

Here’s another brief look at the press conference from Ria Novotsi:


Photo: Kino Obozrevatel/No specific photographer credit


Photo: Ladymail.ru (no photographer credit)

Next two photos: Kirill Lebedev, They.ru

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