Jan 19th, 2012
Miraj Grbic is a Bosnian actor whose biggest international breakthrough is a role in the movie Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol. He has acted in popular TV sitcoms and in films from all across Europe. Miraj shares his life as an actor in this special interview with CelebrityDialogue.com
CelebrityDialogue: What does your character “Bogdan” in Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol entail?
Miraj: Bogdan is a clumsy Russian prisoner. He is giving Intel to the Etan Hunt, and Etan helps him to escape from the prison. Later Bogdan returns the favor. It is a very funny character, and I love him very much.
CelebrityDialogue: How did you get this role?
Miraj: It was a big casting In Europe. I was there too. I knew that iswas a big movie, but I tried to be relaxed and charming on casting, and it paid off. I was very happy when I heard that I got the part.
CelebrityDialogue: Any memorable moment from the shooting?
Miraj: Every moment was memorable in M.I. shooting. I was certain throughout the shooting that we arewere making a big movie. I met great, positive and talented people. Professionals felt and I’m still feeling very fortunate about it. I remember the scene, when I was supposed to jump down troughthrough the hole in the ceiling. It was high, and I was very secure with the ropes, and climbing gear. When I jumped I started to shout, because it was the way how I thought my character would do. When I fell on the ground, everybody ran to me, and asked me if I was I all right? They thought I was scared or hurt, and I said that I was just acting. That was funny and pretty convincing acting.
CelebrityDialogue: Which European countries’ productions have you worked in?
Miraj: I have played in Bosnian movies such as The Tunnel, Hop Skip and Jump, Remake, Summer in the Golden Valley, Go West, Zaboravljena poslovica, Little Hands, Spirits of Sarajevo, Its Hard to be Nice, in Croatian movies Tu and Sve Dzaba, Polish movie Where do Eskimos Live, German movie Snipers Valley, Irish movie As If I’m not there and Austrian movie Body Complete.
CelebrityDialogue: Wow. Please enlighten us about your contributions to the National Theatre Sarajevo.
Miraj: After I graduated in Acting at the Academy of Performing Arts University of Sarajevo, I joined the National Theatre Sarajevo. I played there for 12 years. I had more than 60 premieres and played various characters from Moliere, Chekov, Shakespeare, Gogol, Camus and many others.
CelebrityDialogue: One sitcom “Lud, Zbunjen, Normalan” in particular brought you fame in Europe. Would you like to talk about your character “Combe”?
Miraj: Yes, that is a very popular sitcom in this region. We did 5 seasons of that sitcom. My character is a guy who wants to be a musician, but he can’t sing or play any instrument. Also he is not very smart, but he always has a lot of ideas regarding, how to improve his carriercareer. His ideas always go the wrong way and usually lead to a disaster.
CelebrityDialogue: How hard was it to survive during the war in Bosnia? How did you and your family cope during that period?
Miraj: It was a wild ride hahaha. I was a teenager back then and, had a normal teenage life. After one night, Sarajevo turned into hell. City was surrounded, we couldn’t go out. GranaGrenadestes and snipers were around every corner. It wasn’t a war where only solders were fighting. Every civilian could be killed every day, and they manywere killed. Man is a strange animal. After few months, that become our reality, and we started to live day by day, like there is nothing else in the world, because for us in that moment there was not. When I had time I was fantasized how things wouldill be great for me if I survived. The city was under siege for four years. I did all I could to make up for those four years of my life. I got out tougher, with some experiences I couldn’t get anywhere else. It sounds funny, but that experience helpeds me a lot in acting.
CelebrityDialogue: What will be your role in the upcoming movie “Body Complete”?
Miraj: Body Complete is an Austrian movie. It is a thriller, and this time I’m playing a bad guy. I am very fortunate to play a lot of different characters, so here I had opportunity to play onwith thea dark side.
Celebritydialogue: When is it scheduled to be released?
Miraj: I don’t know yet, it depends on festivals.
CelebrityDialogue: We heard you are a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. What’s the story behind that?
Miraj: Well in Europe, most of the kids like soccer (football), but I never did. I always loved marshal arts, and I started to train in Karate when I was six. When I was 12 years old I switched to Taekwondo do, and now I train kick boxing mostly. It is fun, and helps me to keep in form. And also it is very helpful when I do action movies.
Celebritydialogue: You sing too?
Miraj: Yes I sing, and play guitar, that is also something that I started to do when I was a kid. I am big fan of R’N’R and I sing in bend “Karne”. It is a social rock, we are singing about all around us. In a bend I have actors, screenwriters, it helps me to relax, and it is something I love.
CelebrityDialogue: Thank you so much Miraj and good luck with your upcoming film. Happy New Year.
Miraj: All the best to you, and your readers!