Stars Pay Tribute to Hungarian-American Producer Andy Vajna
Fanni Kaszás 2019.01.21.
Andrew G. Vajna, the head of the Hungarian National Film Fund and the Hungarian-American film producer behind various blockbuster hits, passed away in his Budapest home at the age of 74 following a long illness yesterday. Hollywood stars, Hungarian actors, celebrities, his wife and even the Hungarian Prime Minister said farewell to him on social media.
Tímea Vajna, Vajna’s widow, shared several pictures of the producer on her Instagram. The pictures were accompanied by a heartfelt farewell in which Vajna shared that she hasn’t yet come to terms with the fact that she won’t be able to hug her husband again.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in several films produced by Vajna, tweeted his condolences, saying that “he had a huge heart, and he was one of the most generous guys around.”
Andy Vajna was a dear friend and a revolutionary force in Hollywood. He proved that you don’t need studios to make huge movies like Terminator 2 or Total Recall. He had a huge heart, and he was one of the most generous guys around. I’ll miss him. My thoughts are with his family.
Along with several Hollywood stars, some of the biggest movie portals have also paid tribute to Vajna. Both Variety and Hollywood Reporter honored Vajna by placing him on the front page of their websites.
Hungarian actor Iván Fenyő remembered the producer by wishing him farewell in an Instagram post. Fenyő described Vajna as a “Father Figure, Mentor, a Good Friend, and a Great Producer to learn from.”
The presenters of the Vajna-owned Radio1 morning show “Balázsék” also spoke about Vajna on Monday. Balázs Sebestyén said:
Knowing Andy, he would expect us to lead the show the same way. He’d kick us in the *** if we’d say we won’t laugh, and we’re not cheerful. The whole radio is very thankful to him. He was a good leader and strategist, and everyone here liked him very much because he was a kind-hearted, good-natured man
Sebestyén added that he was unaware of the state of Vajna’s health.
Arik Herman, the founder of Caprice, posted a picture on Tímea Vajna’s business Facebook, Dorottya Diamond Palace:
Hungarian actress and Vajna’s ex-girlfriend, Dobó Kata, said her goodbyes in an Instagram post. Tímea Vajna’s sister and her husband did the same. Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán Viktor wrote the following on his Facebook page: “We are bidding farewell to the greatest Hungarian film producer. Hasta la vista, Andy! Thank you for everything, my Friend!”