“On screen, [David is] one person, and off he’s just very quiet.

I remember him sitting in the corner reading Noam Chomsky and keeping to himself.” He added, “But I also remember making him laugh, and I felt so happy to make this comedy genius laugh out loud.” He earned further critical raves for his heartbreaking turn as real-life victim Zack Mazursky in the 2006 drama Alpha Dog.

“I tried ice-skating and wasn’t very good at it,” said Yelchin. Then a friend of ours, who is an actor, said [my parents] should take me to an acting class because I was very animated when I was playing with my Legos and action figures.” His parents enrolled him in acting classes when he was 9, and that same year, he made his film debut in the independent 2000 film A Man Is Mostly Water.

Since Scarface Steven has appeared in a huge number of films and TV series and has even been Annie Lennox's motorcycling boyfriend, in a music video.

, after he embarrasses a fellow rookie (played by Tim Robbins) with her.

His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet, and had even qualified for the 1972 Winter Olympics in figure-skating pairs but were barred from participating by the Soviet government.

“I don’t exactly know what that was—because they were Jewish or because the KGB didn’t want them to travel,” said Yelchin in an interview with The Daily Beast. Joined by Irina’s father, who had recently suffered a stroke, and Viktor’s mother, they eventually settled into a tiny apartment in West Hollywood.

“I think a lot of what happened to that film wasn’t so much the Mel thing, which is what you would think, but people found it too dark or not relatable,” said Yelchin.

“I think Mel did a really brilliant job in the film.

The family, which was quite well off by Soviet standards, sold all their worldly possessions—their home, their summer house, even their family jewelry, since the Soviet authorities wouldn’t let them take it—and immigrated to the U. “We were afraid for our son,” Viktor told the Los Angeles Times in a 1989 interview. I would get angry, too—I'd say, ‘Why should we have to buy things on the black market? ’” The skating couple, who were barred for three years from competing in the States professionally by the Soviet government, took little Anton along with them to do shows in Atlantic City and at Knott’s Berry Farm.

When he grew older, he tried following in his parents’ footsteps, but to no avail.

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Anton Yelchin moved to America from the Soviet Union in 1989, when he was just 6 months old.

“It’s extremely disrespectful of the sound mixer to turn that in and not stop recording,” said Yelchin.