Richard Sandrak started going to the gym almost sooner than, in principle, to go: it moved from Ukraine to the States, my father wanted to make the boy the new Schwarzenegger. For many years the father, mother, coaches and managers tried to make the teenager a new movie star, but as a result of grown-up little Hercules found himself is not there, where would his parents. “Ribbon.ru” tells the story of a young bodybuilder.
Richard Sandrak was born in one of the villages in Ukraine in April 1992, but in two years his parents moved to the United States. His father Paul was a professional Taekwondo player, and mother Elena took part in the competitions in fitness aerobics. They dreamed of Hollywood fame and set out to grow from a child of the new Schwarzenegger. Workout Richard began almost from infancy: in the two months Paul was doing with his son stretching exercises to the songs of Gloria Estefan.
as soon As the child began to walk, the father added light training martial arts and took my son to the gym. Realizing that the child is making progress, Paul Sandrak moved the family from the less prestigious Pennsylvania to California, closer to Hollywood. There they met with coach Frank Jardinei, who saw in the boy’s potential and promised to make him a star. At the first meeting with coach dad asked Richard to show what he’s capable of. The boy jumped up and made three kicks before he landed.
Soon, Richard has appeared under the alias “little Hercules” in the most famous bodybuilding shows in America: “Mister Olympia”, “Night of Champions”, “Mr. USA, the emerald Cup”, “Arnold classic” and many others. Sandrak, became famous overnight, and for some time did not descend from the covers of magazines and TV screens. At the age of eight years old he could reap from the chest weight 95 pounds, three times his own and received the title of “The strongest boy in the world”. Little Richard reminded not a real boy, a video game character or action movie: beyond impressive muscle the guy was a black belt in karate and an ideal stretch. According to father, his body was only one percent fat, which, however, is considered to be extremely unhealthy.
However, the glory Andraka stood a grueling workout and a difficult relationship with his father. And if from time to time he had managed to hide it from his besieging journalists in 2004, when the boy was 11 years old, the tale is over: Paul Andraka put in jail for domestic violence — he broke his wife’s wrist and nose. The police secretly called Richard and asked him to come by the house with sirens turned off — he didn’t know how to react to the appearance of the police by his father.
After this child, and his coach as a substitute. Jardine began to tell journalists of the brutal methods of education Richard: that boy trained six and even seven hours a day, doing a thousand crunches in one go and did not go to school, doing lessons homework tutor. To ten years the boy was not allowed to socialize with other children, for the slightest fault were forced to squat 300 times, and wrung out of 600 times, and was fed only white beans. That before all this he kept quiet, the coach explained that senior Sandrak threatened to kill him.
After his father was put in prison, Richard ceased to communicate with him and for a while I stopped going to practice. He and his mother moved to the small town of Santa CLARITA, however, Elena did not leave hopes to turn the son into a star and found the Manager named Marco Garcia, who procured for him the role in the movie, spoke with journalists literally lived with the family Sandrakov — in the same house. Richard’s mother had also re-established contacts with Jardinei, which again became involved with a 15-year-old boy.
Not to say that training the young talent really liked, but disgust did not cause Richard treated them as a necessary work. He trained for an hour and a half five times a week and sitting on the sports diet, which seemed to him a haven after a strict menu of white beans. However, the training schedule boy now observed just before the shooting. With the advent of the Manager, his life is changed dramatically: Richard learned what the taste of the pizza, and sometimes spending the whole day lazing around, like a normal teenager.
Elena Sandrak spoke with journalists with caution: she denied that her husband abused Richard, about their own relationships with her husband refused to speak at all. And although he admitted that the methods of education Paul caused her concern, insisted that the son never was forced — supposedly the child himself started to work out at the gym, pull barbells and dumbbells.
Under the watchful eye of Manager Richard confirmed the version of his mother: “I never had to train or do anything against my will. My parents always trained, I just wanted to work with them. It was my choice. I grew up with dumbbells in hands. I never did, we never had quarrels on this issue.” Richard insisted that not considered measures of the father is too cruel: Yes, he slept on the floor, but now he has perfect posture. And journalists, he said, “fanned this thinking, if I was tortured”. On a question of journalists, whom he considers his hero, the boy confidently replied: the parents. However, after the remarks of the Manager stipulated that mean only the mother.
Garcia not only helped the teenager in dealing with journalists, and has produced a 3D movie “little Hercules” Richard Santacam in the title role and with the participation of wrestler Hulk Hogan. The Manager also planned to remove the boy in several films about martial arts (“Like “Karate kid”, but with the addition of hip-hop”, announced Garcia), but the Hercules is not so much to the audience that the ambitious dreams I had to leave. Two years later, Richard appeared in a movie, but also was very coldly welcomed by the audience. Career boys ended ignominiously: he has since appeared on the screens only in the commercials on the dangers of adolescent obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.
the last time journalists paid attention to the little Hercules in 2015. For 23 years Richard Sandrak completely disappointed in bodybuilding, the gym and acting career. To life pretty plumper young man earned kaskaderskoy: worked at the Waterworld show in Los Angeles at Universal Studios. During the day several times set on fire, dropped from the tower into the water and sweep through out of a cannon into the eyes of the astonished audience.
Richard is proud of its past and sees no need to hide it. He still believes (or wants to show) that his life was nothing special: not all talented children have managed to become famous as adults. To keep in shape, he rides a skateboard, running in the stairs and tightened. He admits that he wants to do quantum physics and working as an engineer at NASA and believes that it is capable of.