"– In a way it is typical of him, he says to TT."
"Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine was a landslide victory for the television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyj, who defeated the incumbent president, Petro Porosjenko."
"Zelenskyj has never served as a politician. Instead, he has emerged on the public radar through the popular tv-series "
"three years ago launched the series globally at a tv trade show in Cannes, by Nicola Söderlunds company Eccho rights, which works to sell the tv rights to the european countries. Zelenskyj himself was then on the spot, and appeared at the scene."
"When Nicola Söderlund got to know that the comedian ran for the presidency he was about to fall off the chair."
" I didn't think it was true, the reality surpasses fiction, as well. But in a way it is typical of him, " he says."
"Nicola Söderlunds picture of Volodymyr Zelenskyj is a nice and funny man full of creative ideas – which is not always possible to carry it out."
" We have had long lunches and spånat about what we would be able to find on together. He suggested at some time that you could run tv-soap operas in the double-speed so that they took less time. It may not went home, " laughs Nicola Söderlund, and adds that other ideas have been more successful."
"If Volodymyr Zelenskyj is a presidentämne let Nicola Söderlund be unsaid."
" I have met many ukrainians from the television industry who would never be willing to vote for him. But it is clear that he represents something new."