Passion for cosplay: how a Moscow manager imitates Hollywood heroes

Cosplay is more than a hobby for Alexander Kravets. Transforming into Hollywood movie heroes and popular celebrities is his passion, and his growing army of Instagram followers shows that his efforts are appreciated.

For years, Moscow-based manager Alexander Kravets had a typical Instagram account, but then suddenly in 2015 he fell in love with cosplay.

The Fifth Element, 1997 by Luc Besson / Sony pictures

His infatuation for the craft became so great that there was no longer room for everyday photos. Now, almost all of Alexander’s photos are imitations of heroes from TV shows, movies, and games.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 2006 by Gore Verbinski / Walt Disney Pictures

Alexander calls his art, “suitable cosplay,” which is minimalistic cosplay that only requires using items that any person can find at home: pots, frying pans, hair dryers and even sausages.

Spider-Man 2, 2004 by Sam Raimi / Columbia Pictures

Alexander’s most challenging cosplay moment was trying to imitate Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2. For hours he searched for the best way to combine weights, mop, staircase and a vacuum cleaner. All this for just one good shot!

The Walking Dead, 2010 by Frank Darabont / AMC Network Entertainment

Alexander likes to take photos in unusual locations. One time he even infiltrated a Russian military base, carefully avoiding the patrols.

Bruce Almighty, 2003 by Tom Shadyac / Universal Studios

He calls his activity, “common fooling around,” but it seems to be more than a hobby. Alexander publishes photos 3-4 times each week, and he has a genuine passion for it.

A Nightmare On Elm Street, 2010 by Samuel Bayer / New Line Cinema

Alexander’s Instagram account has almost 50,000 followers, but he refuses to call himself a blogger. Followers send ideas that he’s often ready to bring to life.

Life of Pi, 2012 by Ang Lee / 20th Century Fox

Pets strongly figure in Alexander’s cosplay, playing tigers…

Spaceballs, 1987 by Mel Brooks / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

…a chestburster…

Hercules, 2014 by Brett Ratner / Paramount Pictures

…and even a hat!

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