I was looking for an idea for a science fiction film – says Juliusz Machulski about writing a scenario of his comedy. – In October 1977 I was on the train on the way to Budapest to the festival of students’ short films. I know exactly what time it was – for sure before the train reached Koluszki because my friends from Łódź got on it there. I had a book „Perspectives of the 21st Century”. I reached the chapter on genetics and this is where I first came across parthenogenesis. I had a feeling this is a good track: only women… What happens next? Without men? What kind of world is it? But there is no conflict, so there must be a man. But one is not enough – we need two to make comments about the world. But how come they are there? They must somehow travel to the future. I thought that they were launched into space and flying in a rocket for only five years while on Earth 60 years passed. I could already imagine that… But no! It was hardly possible in the filmmaking conditions in Poland. Hibernation then. This solution was much less costly!
“It was a coincidence that I starred in Sexmission” – he adds. “I was the last person casted to the film, all the other roles were occupied. One day Julek Machulski met me in the street and offered the role of Max, despite Mr Jerzy Kawalerowicz advising against this idea. His argument was that I am an actor of the cinema of moral anxiety and with all that background I will make the film more socially inclined. Mr Kawalerowicz did not know me well. He did not know about my cabaret work and he did not know my sense of humour. This gave me the right to star in the film”.
“Julek Machulski created the protagonist, Albercik, for me. He told me about his idea. It is such a delight for an actor when a young director writes, as it later turned out, in a quite satirical way. This was a joke about me – he saw an idealist boy scout in me and made a parody on that, and I willingly picked up this idea.”