The Swedish producer of Zelensky’s hit TV collection, Servant of the People, who speaks to the Ukrainian President most days by way of the President’s pals on the floor, admits “All Volodymyr’s close friends are extremely worried about him because he’s hiding in a bunker with no idea how to fight or use a weapon. “He wouldn’t know what to do if he came face to face with an assassin. He’s not that kind of man and we’re wondering how he sleeps at night. I speak, via his friends, to Zelensky most days.”
Having labored carefully collectively on his comedy present, Söderlund reveals intimate particulars of the beleaguered, heroic President’s true actuality as greater than 400 hardened members of the Russian paramilitary organisation hunt him down.
He mentioned: “If a Chechen or Wagner assassin comes for him, I don’t know what he would do. He doesn’t have a clue how to use a gun. His fight is with words. The courage he’s shown in staying there is absolutely incredible and I constantly ask myself if I would have done the same.”
Söderlund, head of the Stockholm TV company, met Zelensky six years in the past. “He’s very likeable, charming and open-minded, hugely energetic with lots of ideas all the time, and very impatient,” he mentioned.
“When we managed to sell the series to Netflix it was a big breakthrough for Ukrainian productions so he was very happy with that.
“Volodymyr knows how to get people to laugh in amongst the horror, and that’s very uplifting, a remarkable skill. He’s sharp, fast and funny. Putin hasn’t got a clue how to do things Zelensky can do.
“He’s not a classic actor. What he does in Servant of the People is perfectly fine but as President he’s phenomenal. He was a lawyer before, an educated man, with intellectual depth.”
He mentioned Zelensky isn’t afraid despite the fact that he can’t defend himself.
“His incredible ability to communicate is making him strong, he doesn’t need a gun,” he mentioned. “He’s uniting Ukranians and the world against Russia with his message, which is hurting the Russians more than if he had a gun. It will traumatise the Russian nation for many years.
“He is today’s Winston Churchill, addressing the British and EU parliaments, the US Congress, it’s extraordinary.”
Zelensky’s spouse, first woman Olena, mom of two, has been sharing her personal impassioned messages to 2.6 million followers, however Nicola says her husband forgot to inform her he was working for President. “He told me it slipped his mind. He simply forgot. But they are a team. I think he’s very committed to his family. Recently they all had Covid and it was a very big deal, they were pretty ill and had to be completely isolated.”
He added: “As long as I’ve known him he’s been a patriot, but when he became President he couldn’t even speak Ukrainian! He had to learn his first speech. His native tongue is Russian.”
Zelensky has grow to be the image of Ukraine’s combat for freedom, however Nicola says he was depressed and exhausted earlier than the struggle, at a really low level in his life with approval rankings at 20%.
“Things weren’t going well for him before the war,” he said.
“He was totally drained. His battle against the oligarchs was much harder than he’d ever imagined. He had a very rough time, so this is his second big fight. He’s a Jew but he never made it a calling. I didn’t even know.”
He admits that Zelesnky is a much better President than he was an actor.
Nicola mentioned: “He’s more of a TV host, and I find it extraordinary that he’s gone from that job to becoming this iconic leader of the world, I didn’t see it coming. We ate and drank together, got close discussing projects. He likes Ukrainian food. I like him a lot, the kind of guy you really want to get to know and work with, intelligent, free spirited and genuine. We also represent another show in his company, The Sugar Daddy, about an old man and young girl who form a strong relationship. She gives him back his appetite for life.”
Nicola, at 1.89m, towers over his a lot shorter friend, who’s round 1.75. And Zelensky could also be mesmerising females throughout the globe together with his extraordinary braveness and power, however till his huge second he’d by no means been a girls man, in response to his shut friend.
“He’s never had ladies’ man appeal. He never came over as a ladies man, and it’s awful to watch him ageing visibly before our eyes, looking more and more tired. He’s aged 10 years in three weeks.”