I have come across actors who right up to the end could not bring themselves to trust completely in my reading of their role; for some reason they kept straining to direct their own parts, taking them out of the context of the film. I regard that kind of actor as less than professional. My idea of the real screen actor is someone capable of accepting whatever rules of the game are put to him, easily and naturally, with no sign of strain; to remain spontaneous in his reactions to any improvised situation. I am not interested in working with any other kind of actor, for he will never play anything beyond more or less simplified commonplaces.
In this connection, what a brilliant actor the late Anatoly Solonitsyn was, and how I miss him now.
— Andrei Tarkovsky
August 30, 1934 — June 11, 1982
“As a rule I never know in advance what actors I shall use—with the one exception of Solonitsyn; he was in all my films, and I had an almost superstitious regard for him. The script of Nostalghia was written with him in mind, and it seems symbolic that the actor’s death as it were cut my life in two: the first part in Russia, the rest—all that has happened and will happen since I left Russia.” — Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei and Arseny Tarkovsky.