Leonardo DiCaprio wants to play Russian President Vladimir Putin on screen
Leonardo DiCaprio recently revealed that his dream role will be to play Russian President Vladimir Putin on the silver screen.
“Putin would be very, very, very interesting, I would love to play him,” DiCaprio told Germany’s e-paper Welt am Sonntag.
DiCaprio, who is an environmentalist, met the Russian president in 2010 at a conference on protecting the Siberian tiger.
“My foundation has provided financial support for several projects for the protection of these big cats. Putin and I talked only about the protection of these magnificent animals, not politics,” DiCaprio had told International Business Times back then.
Even Putin praised The Revenant actor for attending the event despite flying through bad weather. “A person with less stable nerves could have decided against coming, could have read it as a sign – that it was not worth going,” Putin said. Putin had called DiCaprio a “muzhik” or “real man,” reported Los Angeles Times.
DiCaprio, who refers to himself as half-Russian as his maternal grandparents were Russian-born, told the German paper that in future he would like to portray some prominent leader from the country’s history.
“Lenin, too, would be an interesting film role. I would like to play Rasputin too. I believe that there should be more movies about Russian history,” Welt am Sonntag quoted the actor.
“Russia unites so many stories almost of Shakespearean character. For an actor, it’s extremely exciting,” he added.