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MAKING HIS MARK IN THE U.S.

George’s Dream Is to Meet Mel Gibson and Submit a Script That Is Made into a Movie, Then Nominated for an Oscar


Giorgi Megrelishvili, who goes by the stage name George Megrela, is 47 and hails from Tbilisi, Georgia. In his country, this professional actor, director, and producer has been in roughly 25 TV series and films.


He recently moved to the U.S., specifically to Philadelphia, and has the goal of moving to Los Angeles soon.



“I was lucky enough to get a green card so, a few months ago I moved to the U.S., and I want to fulfill my dreams in my profession. To achieve this goal, I think I should live in Los Angeles. I am working day and night to save money so that I can move to Los Angeles. I work the night shift at UPS, and in the night shift and in the evenings I’m a host at the Carrabba’s restaurant. I devote time during the day to study the English language. I am working hard to develop my language skills and my accent,” he says. “It’s really important for me to find a talent agent or an actors’ agency to represent me.”


During his free time, he is usually at the gym, one of his favorite places.


In Philadelphia, he has already acted in one short film and is waiting to do one more, for which he has already been approved.


He has directed several films– five feature films and two short ones. One of his favorites is a modern version of Hamlet, which he shot on a mobile phone.


The last successful project in which he acted was a film titled Bullet, directed by Khatuna Vashadze. The film was a nominee at the Marbella Film Festival and also won numerous awards at other festivals. He was also in Steven Hilliard Stern’s Running.

Last month, George screened his latest film Didi and Gogo, based on Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, in Philadelphia.


How long have you been an actor and what do you enjoy the most about this field?

I have been in the entertainment industry for over 27 years. I started performing on the stage and acting in the films when I was still studying at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University.


What I love about my profession is that our ideas and performances provide spiritual nourishment to the audience and have a positive effect on it. Sometimes our performance makes the audience think, sometimes it makes the audience laugh, and sometimes it makes the audience cry. In short, it changes a person for the better. In my opinion, it is magic.



What attracted you to acting initially?

As a teenager, I saw fabulous movies such as Bernado Bertolucci’s 1900, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and The Godfather, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and For Fake, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, Barry Levinson’s Rainman, Tony Scott’s Spy Game, Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull. several John Ford movies, and other masterpieces, too many to list. These films, directors, and actors played a huge role in choosing my profession. They inspired me.


Who are your biggest influences?

As an actor I found my inspiration in the movies and actors listed above. I always remember a film and its director, actors, screenwriter, famous quotes and, most importantly, its music. Therefore, the music used in the above movies is my source of inspiration. For example, the music in Bertolucci’s film was written by Enrio Morricone.


What is your main strength as an actor?

My hard work, my devotion to the profession, my discipline, and my concentration when I do my work. One of my strengths is that I can act in all genres.


 

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How difficult is it to establish yourself in the film industry?

I have already established myself in my country, but my dream is to establish myself in America as well, which is not easy. However, I believe that with hard work, determination and luck, dreams come true.


What’s your dream, your ultimate goal? Do you feel like you’re on the path to this goal, or do you feel as if you already achieved that dream?

One of my dreams is to meet Mel Gibson and offer him such a cool script idea for a movie that he won’t be able to refuse. I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse! I would like to work on the project with him. I am sure we will get an Oscar for this project.


What is your message to all your fans?

I love and appreciate them and I want them to assess my work properly. I also get criticism from them, and that is also interesting to me.


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