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Joanna Kanska, Christopher Rozycki and a number of other actors playing Russians are actually Polish. Were there no decent actors of Russian descent available?

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Would you trust a Russian actor any more than a Russian spy? I wouldn't. But then, I am Polish. ;)

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Perhaps in the early ninties it was still difficult to find a good Russian actor in western Europe who could speak good English. Then again, despite glasnost, maybe the USSR, which fell in 1992 -the year after this was shown - were still edgy about lending it's more talented actors to a western country. I remember when I was a kid in the 70s and later in the 80s, how the KGB and Soviet government kept close watch on their athletes at international games such as the Olympics or the World Figure Skating Championships in case someone tried to defect. It makes sense that two Polish actors would be playing the Russians, as the Polish communist government had collapsed years before, and Polish people were able to travel and immigrate more freely than they had for over forty years (1939). I remember how after 1992 there was, and still is, a terrific influx of Russian emigrants to Canada.

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In my opinion it is not even worth talking about.
I am watching a repeat of this on the BBC,it is a great mini series.
I wish it was on DVD.

The point is that it is about acting,the Polish actors were not really Polish,they were Poles living in Britain,they looked Eastern European and could do the accent,other people playing Russians were not Russian.



There is a similar discussion on the page for HOUSE OF SADDAM.

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Joanna Kanska emigrated here 7 years before Sleepers was released, Christopher Rozycki around 10 years before it was released, so I don't think you can say that she was not really Polish.

I lived in Singapore for some years, that doesn't make me South East Asian.

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