Perhan delighted the Balkans, and few people know how he ended up: The actor you’re still talking about went through hell

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The role of Perhan in the film “Dom za vešanje” from 1988 marked the life of actor Davor Dujmović. Unfortunately, his struggle with heroin addiction soon began.

Dujmović was not even 18 years old when he became famous on the territory of the entire former Yugoslavia. Five years later, he was named the best actor in Europe.

While attending a junior music school, he often visited his father, who worked at the Markale market in Sarajevo, where a terrible massacre took place later, during the war in Bosnia. Emir Kustirica and his assistant noticed him in a nearby restaurant, where he stopped by for juice. They asked Davor’s father if he could take part in the audition for the film “Father on Business”. It turned out that Davor was perfect for the role that was assigned to him.

After “Father on a business trip”, Davor decided to enter the film academy, but he did not succeed. However, at the age of 18, he got the main role in Kusturica’s “Hanging House”, thanks to which he experienced unprecedented popularity and was declared one of the best actors in Europe. He was compared to the famous Dustin Hoffman.

Unfortunately, it was during this period that he came into contact with heroin and his long struggle with addiction began. He tried several times to be treated, but there was no success.

His statement about the effects of heroin remains memorable.

– What heroin brings, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. In the beginning, it was “I’m small, so I’m curious”, but curiosity in this case is paid for by addiction – the actor said at the time.

Because of the war in Sarajevo, he went to Belgrade, to stay with his relatives, and then he managed to get a role in “Top List of Surrealists”, as well as in another Kusturica film, “Underground”. Later, he went to Slovenia to stay with his girlfriend and on May 31, 1999, committed suicide by hanging in Novi Mesto. He was only 30 years old when he took his own life.

Davor Dujmović will be remembered as a non-series talent, and his roles have already become cults and a kind of film evergreen, which will be watched by generations and generations to come.

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