Anton Yelchin's Parents Have Made a Documentary About His Life
It’s been almost three years since we lost 27 year old actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his roles in the Star Trek movies, Rudderless, Odd Thomas, Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, Hearts in Atlantis, and many more. He was killed in a freak accident involving his car in 2016, just a month before he was seen onscreen in Star Trek Beyond. He was distinguished and funny, heartbreaking and sincere. I am a big fan of so many of his films, and his death was a huge blow to his fans, his co-stars, and of course, his friends and family.
His parents have made a documentary about his life and what he was really like beyond the silver screen. Irina Yelchin, Anton’s mother, explained why they made the film in a statement:
Maybe it was a selfish reason, because Anton, we just didn’t want to let him go. He was gone, but everyone talked about him, and his movies were coming out still. Everyone was saying how brilliant and talented and smart and kind and tenderhearted he was. Maybe because of that. Maybe because he never left, truly.
Yelchin’s parents, Irina and Viktor, said they got the idea for the doc from actor Jon Voight, who starred with Yelchin in the 2015 film Court of Conscience. They spoke with him about their struggle in losing their son, stating they felt as though their lives were over. Voight suggested “they make a documentary and live on to keep their son’s memory alive”. So they consulted with Star Trek director J.J. Abrams, who suggested they choose a director who knew Anton to direct the film. They contacted close friend and Anton’s director in Like Crazy, Drake Doremus, who just felt too close to the project to take it on, but suggested friend and director Garret Price for the documentary.
The result is this labor of love, entitled Love, Antosha, and it follows the life of Yelchin, as well as talks about his battle with cystic fibrosis. Here’s a video about the doc from the director, Garret Price:
I bet this will be a tearjerker to watch, but it looks like a beautiful film that captured the actor, and I am eager to see it. The documentary features interviews from several co-stars, colleagues, and friends of Yelchin from his films, including including J.J. Abrams, John Cho, Martin Landau, Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster, and Chris Pine. Love, Antosha premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28.
What was your favorite movie featuring Anton Yelchin?