Marek Vašut – Gábor Bethlen
Marek Vasut was born in Prague in 1960 and graduated from DAMU (Theatre Faculty of Academy of Music Arts). He has been a member of Státní divadlo in Brno and Národní divadlo (National Theatre) in Prague, and as a scholarship holder he studied at Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, and later at University of California in Davis.
Since childhood he has appeared in feature films, becoming well known particularly due to the role of Vilda Jakub, the main character in the movie Fists in the Dark (Pěsti ve tmě). Other notable feature film roles include Show-offs (Hauři), Wild Swine (Divoká svině), The Order (Rád), How Death Tastes (Jak chutná smrt) and A Woman's Novel (Román pro ženy).
In the middle nineties, Marek was one of the most popular Czech movie actors, which he proved by repeatedly being named 'Mr. Film' by Kinorevue magazine. Nowadays he's a highly-in-demand, character actor in international productions filming in the Czech Republic, and has acted alongside Anthony Hopkins in Bad Company, as well as these recent international productions: Van Helsing, Tristan + Isolde, and Hannibal Rising.
From Marek's numerous television and feature film roles, he is most well known locally for the title role in the successful television show Detective Martin Tomsa (Detektiv Martin Tomsa), and the main part in the television drama Lady Chatterly's Lover (Milenec lady Chatterleyové), for which he received the annual award of the Czech Film and Television Association (FITES).
Both in the film and in reality, Bethlen tries to gain the throne of Transylvania. For his motive, he becomes a right hand of Zigmund Bathory, the then Prince, predecessor of Gabor Bathory.