The image of the hero for Ulyanov, as an actor, was not a mask. It was his organic nature. And at 70 years old, that rare masculine quality was visible, and was an object of envy for many younger than him. It’s well known that all is not well with the male gender for us in the theatre – but Mikhail Ulyanov undoubtedly represents (and has always represented) it for the better.
He’s a real man, you could even say a mensch – in the very best sense of the word. And no matter how much is said about his teachers, or how much he graciously remembered them, he made himself, by himself. He was born in a far-away Siberian town, and became a leading Moscow actor. He’s a supremely talented actor, a talent given to him by nature, and he has walked his path as an actor most honorably.