According to Davor Dujmovic’s experience, now seen as Perhan in the TV series “The Time of the Gypsies”, there’s nothing easier then becoming an actor. It is enough to be 14 and have elderly face, be found by luck in the same bar with the director who needs exactly that kind of a boy for the series that he is preparing. If that director happens to be Emir Kusturica and the movie that he prepares is “When father was away for business”, the first acting attempt of a boy, who previously never said a line, not even in the school play, will easy become more than a game.
The success of the mentioned movie and of a little amateur have made Kusturica’s colleague, Zlatko Lavanic to take Davor as an talisman, and engage him in the movie “The Magpie Strategy”. Two continuous shooting were just about enough to transform the adolescent infection from the kid’s disease into a permanent disease. Soon enough, an excellent student, who became a bad student in higher classes, and had to re-do the chemistry exam at the junior prom, rather made his place in the movie world than in the school bench. Most likely carried with his appreciations, magazine headlines and photographs, his parents also agreed with this.
Their complaints for his bad grades, as Davor recalls, were always mild and without slaps, have now been compensated with feeling that their son has got some new options for his future. And he still has got the high school diploma, after attending six different schools, where, due to his movie fame, some of the teachers sometimes were not too hard on him, but there were also those who were, exactly for the same reason, very hard on him. Maturing period, besides the high school diploma, has brought to Davor, a new character and a new role.
That is how he became Perhan in Kusturica’s movie and a five-part TV series, which even now replenishes Davor’s last years popularity from the period of this movie’s premiere. This means that he is still very often called by journalists and jumped by girls on the streets. “What I usually say to journalists is that I don’t have a need to speak. Sometimes those interviews here and abroad are pleasant and sometimes not, depending on the duration of the interview. It’s the same with girls”.