Oh my gosh, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU SO MUCH for that post about Misha and the movie, Karla.
I am a Canadian, from the Scarborough area, who was growing up around the time that Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were active, and that is truly one of the darkest, most terrifying times I can remember in my life. I haven’t seen the movie so I can’t comment on how they were depicted in it, but the crimes they actually committed, and the manner in which they committed them, are truly unspeakable.
Even now, twenty years later, all you have to do is mention one of those names to people in Canada (at least anyone from my province), and they shudder and cringe. I’ve seen it happen. Bernardo and Homolka are the embodiment of true, undiluted evil in a lot of our minds.
Seriously, just sitting here typing this, having to think about them in even this peripheral sense, is giving me the willies.
I remember being absolutely horrified back when I saw a preview for Karla on my TV. I was even more saddened when I recently learned that Misha was involved.
Just… I want to back you up 100% when you politely ask people not to talk to Misha about this movie.
This is not some cutting edge, indie film, where we’re exploring the oh-so-taboo life of fictional serial killers. These were real people, who committedcrimes so brutal that they continue to echo through my country’s social fabric twenty years later.
Free speech be damned, I don’t think this is a movie that should ever have been made. These are not people whose story deserved to be put on film, for entertainment purposes.
So yes, please. I can’t stop anyone from watching this movie, but please understand how deep its roots go. Where those roots come from. Please understand that Misha took on the role of a real person, and thus had to put himself in the mindset of a true monster while he was filming this movie.
I’ve heard that people sometimes talk to Misha about Karla, or bring DVDs for him to sign, and I can only imagine it’s because they don’t quite realize what they’re doing, and where the movie (or the story) comes from.
Please, please, please don’t talk to him about it. Again, (I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that) he’s not trying to be coy, he sincerely does not want to talk about it, and I don’t blame him.
Anyways, I apologize if you weren’t looking for a long-winded response to your post. Just, for obvious reasons, this is something I feel strongly about, too. I lived and breathed this case, for real. I slept and went to school and played with my friends a stone’s throw away from where it was all happening.
This case was the embodiment of true terror, and it casts and eternal shadow in my mind.
So I suppose I’m just adding my voice to yours. I mean, perhaps the true events behind this movie are irrelevant to your (and Misha’s) request for people not to talk to Misha about it, since ultimately the film and the events are different things.
All I know is that if Misha had to walk in Bernardo’s shoes while filming this movie, well… all things considered, it should be obvious why he wouldn’t want to talk or even think about the experience ever again.
(And on top of that, as far as I’m concerned, even without having seen it, every copy of Karla that was ever made should be loaded onto a rocket and sent hurtling into the sun.)
You’re welcome and thank you! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like. How awful and scary of an experience that must have been. And I’m truly sorry you had to think about this again.
Everyone should read this.
For future reference, I don’t mind people talking to me about Karla because I’d like them to be informed instead of naively asking Misha about it but if you don’t want to see anymore posts related to it, I tag every one with “karla for ts”.