Russian communists from a splinter group in St. Petersburg are threatening to shut down the oldest studio in the country over reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has been offered a role to play Vladimir Lenin in an upcoming movie.
DiCaprio was asked about playing Russia leaders, the country in which his maternal grandmother hails from in an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt. Leo had this to say:
“I think there should be more films about Russian history because it has many stories worthy of Shakespeare. That is fascinating for an actor. Putin would be very, very, very interesting. I would like to play him. Lenin also would be an interesting role. I would like also to star as Rasputin.”
The state-owned studio Lenfilm, immediately offered him to play the role of Lenin, whom he bears a striking resemblance to. The studio has deep pockets but not deep support among fringe commies.
Sergey Malinkovich, leader of the fringe group Communists of St. Petersburg said:
“We have sent a letter to Lenfilm and told them that such move would provoke protest actions. We would launch the civil disobedience actions near Lenfilm entrance, we simply would not let them enter it. They should find a Russian actor.”
From the Telegraph:
Communists in Russia have said they will blockade the country’s oldest film studios if it goes ahead with its plan to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Lenin.
DiCaprio, whose maternal grandmother was Russian, and who bears a striking childhood resemblance to the Russian leader, spoke last week of his fascination with the country’s history and figures.
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