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The most charming Greeks of the year

24 February 2011 / 22:02:54  GRReporter
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They are interesting, venturers in the good sense and known for their achievements not only in Greece but throughout the world.

The alternate director Renos Haralambidis with his surreal film Four Black Suits won the audience applause. He is famous for his old autobiographic films Cheap Cigarettes, which shows a deserted Athens in August and No Budget Story. "I am obsessed with Charlie Chaplin’s syndrome. He too wrote, directed, played and even composed the music for his films." He says that for him every film is like going to amusement park and greatly excited willing to play, romp about and draw on the source of pleasure. But to say that he is successful in what he does, according Haralambidis success lies in paying the price for this, which is mostly about having the nerve to make your dream come true.

From creative in advertising, Teodoros Tsekouras became the most familiar face of TV commercials because of his cool remark "Is it by chance? I don’t think so." He invents the remark and without being an actor appeared in the ad campaign of 11888 telephone services, his phrase turns into flying word-of-mouth. Because of this phrase he was even invited to participate in a congress on the media in the Athens University Pandit. The character of the commercial is the scholar Pitagoras Cocteau who is obsessed with figures and in all combinations sees the number 11888 - "Is it by chance? I don’t think so!" he says. "Many people who watch the commercial think I really am a mathematician. They are so convinced. But reality is quite different. I am an ordinary person from advertising that is not stuck to figures but to my newborn son."

The TV debut of the chef Dimitrios Skarmoutsos as a member of the jury in the Master Chef competition is not unnoticed. He is young, he made five tattoos only in the last year, he is dressed in loose trousers and stylish shirts or modern T-shirts. The coolest chef on the screen says that style to him means to be in harmony with yourself - what show out with your inner self. "It is not just about clothes - but to be organized as a person, to have some kind of structure and to wear smooth and symmetric clothing that fit with one another - but how you behave with people in general," he says.

The most interesting TV hosts, or the guys from the Radio Arvila show, entertaining for years the Greeks by mocking on other TV stars, politicians or whoever come across their sights. Their humour is rarely tabooed and people actually like them because they make you feel in the company of four constantly joking cute guys. They themselves admit that they are together the whole day, they have been friends for years, but do not want to see each other for three months in the summer.

The two friends who have been announced the greatest contributors to environment protection are Dimitris Rigopoulos and Tassos Halkiopoulos or the founders of the famous civil movement Atenistas. You can see the members of the movement, to which everyone can join, to plant flowers on an abandoned plot of land in the city, to organize music procession in the most abandoned neighbourhoods of Athens, or to collect second hand clothes to give them to the wanderers. "The crisis brings to the surface the need for human action. The truth is that they myth for the true capabilities of the state to do anything for the citizens and the city was busted. We have always left the responsibility to the state and we have neglected our own share of it," say the activists for a more pleasant city.

The most recognizable Greek worldwide is perhaps Adam Mposdoukos, who played the title role in Fatih Akin’s film Soul Kitchen which took the grand prize of the 66th Festival in Venice. Mposdoukos says that his mother is from Yanena and his father is from the district of Ilia in Peloponnese but they fled to Germany and he was born in Hamburg. For years he has been trying to escape the image of the Greek the producers in Germany were taking him to play in their films. But recognition comes with a film of his childhood friend Fatih Akin. "When we were 13 years old we were in the same class for one year - then we were separated. It was better, because I think we would not finish school otherwise..." says Adam Mposdoukos.

The star of the actor Stelios Maynas shone this year with the Greek series The Island made after Victoria Hislop's novel. The way he created his character and played his role made it the role of his life. "When you're young you have the sense for many things but you can not play them. The oung has the feeling but the old has the experience. When you're young it is enough to take part, but things change when you grow up. You have to take a stand, to choose which side to take, to gain identity, not to find fans but to find companions."  

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