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My childhood dream was a hut on Lake Balaton” – Péter Haumann in 4 movements

This year, on the occasion of our 60th birthday, we are turning over the old bound issues of the paper a lot. There we came across a real summer front page. A girl in a red bikini is standing on the shore of Lake Balaton, with a man in a striped sailor’s shirt sitting next to her. A real “sea bear”. We thought that forty, or forty-one years later to be precise, we should redo this front page. But who should be the “sea bear”?
A telephone
Who could be the “old sea bear”, who is neither old nor sea nor bear, but still very distinctive, very likeable, with character, preferably with a beard, but with a destiny in his features? That’s what we are pondering in the editorial office when I think of Peter Haumann. I quickly slip to the phone during a meeting and whisper to him.

– Tell me, do you have a beard right now?

– Of course. Over time, it’s become a natural state for me. I only cut off what other people usually grow. That is, I shave it for a role if I have to, while others grow it for a role if I have to. So we are a bit of a contrast in that respect as well. But, even if I cut it, I can’t wait to grow it back again. It can also be said that when a person’s strength starts to fail, they surround their face with hair like this to make it all the more frightening. To give the impression that he still has strength and dignity…

– Can you hide behind him?

– You know what? Maybe that’s part of it! Maybe I do it unconsciously, but that’s what I do… There are certain species of animals that, to be more intimidating, blow up their fur, ruffle their feathers… Yes, maybe without knowing it, it’s an ancient instinct: when my strength starts to fail, I make up for it with something. So that this man, glued behind the beard, or growing there, may look strong and authoritative…

– Yes, yes, yes, but while you are pretending to be shamelessly hiding, you are perhaps the bravest, most uninhibited, most brazen, most self-exposed, most bold artist… I know that genius actors like Miklós Gábor or Irén Psota have admired this in you…

– It’s a pity I didn’t know about them, because maybe they could have helped me through some of my crises… I don’t know… Because I’ve always lacked the courage, the confidence, the self-assurance to live life to the full… Because I’m more stiff, more inhibited… As I get older, I get more and more of a “Petya” feeling. A Petya that’s been with me since childhood. The axis according to which all the others outside of it move, exist, breathe, get tired, have waists, feet, socks and swollen ankles… And more and more, I have such a “Petya” inside me, and I can no longer be authoritative, even though I have always wanted to be. It’s too late…

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