Alexander Bashirov studied at the Directing faculty with Rashid, and starred in some of his sketches, as a friend. He starred in Soloviev's Assa, so choosing him to play Spartak was predictable. A significant part of his role was also impromptu. For example, his most famous scene, when he makes a fiery, politicized speech at the bottom of an old fire tank, was filmed, when Bashirov had a hangover. The director asked him to come up with a spontaneous speech, and Alexander did with flying colors, despite the bighead (or maybe thanks to it). His character, Spartak, is a no-one important, a timid person with a rebellious spirit. He used to be powerful but now he is in the red and owes money even to Moro, his former fellow (as the director claimed).
All of those characters are generally lost. They are surrounded by the ugly and incoherent world; they are thrown out of normal life. Who are they? Where did they come from? What is going on around them? Maybe that's a dream, maybe Dina's drug horrors, maybe the reality. Everything is unclear. And that's the whole point!
While editing the script that Baraev and Kalibanov created, Nugmanov left out huge pieces of text. He said there were a lot of "idle talk" and too many explanations. The original version of the movie lasted for two hours but it was reduced to 80 minutes due to the film distribution and exhibition rules. Rashid withdrew almost all the parts where the details about the characters' lives were revealed, such as the scene where Moro visits his parents' house while they are absent and accidentally comes across his younger sister. In the final version, all of the central figures are puzzling and inscrutable.
Other out-take vignettes include an original epic fight between the criminals and Moro. Rashid invited real drug addicts from the dependency clinic (they were happy to have a walk and eat some ice cream at the park). During the fight the actors' faces were smashed, one of them even broke his arm. The operator filmed the scene sitting on the paling. Then Nugmanov realized that the fight looked messy and illegible, and the episode was replaced with another fighting scene with professional stuntmen.