Bulgaria Bids Farewell to Great Actor Naum Shopov
Bulgarians will pay their last respects on Saturday to renowned actor Naum Shopov, who went down in history for his roles as King Lear and Tsar Boris III.
Shopov died Wednesday at the Lozenets University Hospital where he was admitted three days earlier with heart problems.
He was 81.
Shopov's debut in cinema was in Hristo Piskov's ''Poor Man's Street'' but it was not until Vulo Radev's ''The Peach Thief'' that his cinematic talent was fully recognized.
Radev's next film, ''Tsar and General'', for the first time portrayed Boris III as sympathetic and human, trying to do what is best for his beloved homeland.
Naum Shopov was cast as as Boris III, the last Bulgarian king before the Communist party took power in 1944.
In the movie a prominent Bulgarian general (Peter Slabakov) faces execution when King Boris III (Naum Shopov) decides to side with Russia in this World War II drama.
The monarch also figures that the anti-communist factions would revolt, but he believes the kingdom would be better off in an alliance with the Germans.
On the theatrical stage Shopov will be remembered best for his memorable appearance in Yavor Gardev's King Lear, Hamlet, Socrates, Don Basilio, Crap.
Naum Shopov famously said once that he likes only difficult parts.
"If I don't suffer, if I don't undergo something with a character, he somehow doesn't stay with me.''
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