Bodrov wrote "Composition on the topic: eight events which influenced me or how I became a good person" about the years of his youth and events which changed his view of the world."
Sergey Bodrov attended the specialist French language school № 1265. He was the banner-bearer in school.
Bodrov wanted to enter the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, but his father explained to him that "cinema is a passion and if you don't have it you should wait for it or forget about it". Between 1989 and 1993, Bodrov Jr. studied art history at Moscow State University's Faculty of History. He graduated with an Honors degree and began postgraduate studies. In his own words, he "learned to see the beauty in simple things which surround us" in university. Even when he became a well-known actor he defended his graduate dissertation "The Architecture of Venetian painting of the Renaissance" in 1998 and received the degree of "Candidate of Science".
In 1991, he went to Italy to study art. He managed to get a job as a lifeguard on one of the local beaches to earn money to travel throughout the country. During the next three summers, he travelled to Italy for this work. When he was asked if the education was useful in his life or not, he answered:
Of course. So you come to any city. What do you usually know about it? That there are central square, some shops...And I know there is a picture in one of the museums and you can spend the whole day in front of it. And this day is added to your life.
Bodrov himself did not claim to be an actor:
I always say everywhere: I'm not an actor, I'm not an actor, I'm not an actor. And I hear: "No, you're an actor". Actor is a quite another thing. It's another people, another constitution. A role is not a profession for me. It's an action.
I've got acquainted with so many people, I've heard so many stories, I've read so many letters - it's impossible on any other job. It had a very positive impulse. Help two or three people and the telecast exists not in vain. But it's necessary to do it responsibly.
In 1997, Sergey married Svetlana Mihailova (the author of the projects "Sharks of plume" and "Canon"). In 1998, their daughter Olga was born, followed in 2002 by a son, Alexandr.
I know that Danila is often blamed for his being primitive, simple and inelaborate. I partly agree with that. But I have metaphor concerning him in my mind: I imagine people in primitive chaos who are sitting in front of the fire in their cave and don't understand anything in their life except for the responsibility to eat and to breed. And suddenly one of them stands up and says very simple words that it is necessary to defend friendly, to respect women, to defend brother.
The music to the movie was compounded from the songs of "Nautilus Pompilius" and Sergey admitted that he listened to them in real life.
Nevertheless, the merits of the movie were recognised and it got an award in a cinema festival in Sochi, a special jury's award and award FIPRESCI in an international festival in Turin, the same awards in Cottbus, and the Grand Prix in Trieste. Bodrov received a prize for the best role in cinema festival in Sochi and in Chicago and got the "Golden Aries" prize.
A great number of people liked the movie and for many of them, Danila became a hero and ideal.
In 2000, the movie Brother 2 (Brat 2) was released, with Bodrov playing Danila Bagrov again. Critics attacked the movie as they had its predecessor. It was written that the movie expressed racist ideas and offended the American and the Ukrainian nations. Bodrov responded:
The Americans make movies about the Russians where Schwarzenegger as a policeman tears off gumbah's leg and drugs are hailing from it and bears are walking along the streets. So we're full bananaheads. So why can't we make a joke on the Americans?
In 2000, the movie How Brother 2 was shot was released. The same year, Bodrov moved to California to take part in the shooting of his father's movie Quicky. Lets Do it Quickly. Sergey played Dima - the security officer of a rich American with the Russian ancestry - Oleg (Mashkov).
In Bodrov's free time during the filming of Quicky, he was writing a screenplay for his first movie Sisters (Sestry). His father shared the idea of the movie with him. After that, Bodrov Jr wrote a screenplay and in four days, filming began. At first, the movie was called Bandit's daughter, Belly-dancer and The junor. The heart of the movie is a story of two sisters - Sveta (thirteen years old) and Dina (eight). Sergey had a cameo role because there was no other actor available. The film opened on May 10, 2001. At a festival in Sochi, it received a Grand Prix award "for the best debut" and the young actresses were awarded for "the best actor's duet".
In the autumn of 2001, Bodrov became a host of the game show The Last Hero. Sixteen people landed on an island near the coast of Panama and competed in various trials. The last participant which lasted through all the votes received the main prize of three million rubles. Bodrov conducted the game and commented on it. He gave his understanding of the telecast:
I think that the subject of hunger and physical existence will emerge in front of them very seriously. But the true survival lies in how you're strong inside, how you can keep your humanity in unhuman conditions. And this is also related to me.
The shooting of Balabanov's movie War began in the spring of 2001. Bodrov had a role of short duration (he played captain Medvedev). Opening night was in 2002. The movie got the "Golden Rose" award at the "Kinotavr" festival and Bodrov received the "Nika" award for the best supporting role.
Bear's Kiss (Medvejiy Potseluy) opened on November 28, 2002. Bodrov played a bear protecting a female circus performer.
Philosophic-mystical parable about the life of two friends. They are romantics, travellers and venturers. Of course there will be bandits, hostages, in general all that accompany us in life. The movie is called "The Messenger" and I'm like a coffee in a carton in it: the author of a screenplay, stage manager and performer of the leading role.
The film crew arrived in the Caucasus in September. In September, 19 of the scenes in a women's penal colony in Vladikavkaz were shot.