"Putin would be very, very, very interesting"

If there’s ever a movie made about Russian president Vladimir Putin,Leonardo DiCaprio wants the starring role.

“Putin would be very, very, very interesting, I would love to play him,” DiCaprio told Germany’sWelt am Sonntag.

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Leonardo DiCaprio after a concert to mark the International Tiger Conservation Forum at the Mikhailovsky theater in Saint Petersburg on Nov. 23, 2010.
The Revenant actor met Putin 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 explained, according to International Business Times.

At the meeting, Putin gave the actor his manly seal of approval, praising DiCaprio for attending the meeting despite flying through some 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, adding that DiCaprio is a “muzhik” or “real man,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

“Russia unites so many stories almost of Shakespearean character. For an actor, it’s extremely exciting,” he said.


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