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Slovakia's Michael Douglas

A young boy stares up in awe as the Snow Queen makes her grand appearance. Twenty-eight years ago, no one really knew that the little 12 year old boy would become Jozef Vajda, the hardest working actor in Slovakia

"Of course I want every performance to be better and better," related Vajda, now 40 years old. After seventy professional stage premieres and numerous film projects, he, like any actor, might become a little stagnant or even discontent with the variety of roles available. But Vajda insisted, "I still have many things left to do. Charlie Chaplin reminds me what the roots of acting are."

He's right, but not only in theater. As well as being known as the "Slovak Michael Douglas," Vajda is an extremely successful entrepreneur. He owns several firms in Bratislava, including the restaurant Senvická Viecha on Panenská 35 and Max Sports Shop on Vysoka 32, christened to reflect his fanatical fitness fixation.

Jozef Vajda currently performs in Allergy. he has also starred in Fernando Krapp Wrote Me a Letter, Without the Public, The Unknown, Back Door on Tuesday at Midnight, and A Midsummer Nights Dream. You can see any and all of these at one of the Slovak National Theater's three stages in Bratislava. He is currently rehearsing for a new performance, Beckett.

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