- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Interesting Russia
There are many celebrities, who visited Russia, and even decided get Russian citizenship. What do the say about Russia?
French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship personally by Vladimir Putin, is probably one of the most well-known celebrities that decided to go Russian. Upon returning to France after spending just a few days in Russia, he was already welling up with nostalgia: “I really want to go back to Mordovia (a Russian republic 650 km from Moscow), want to sit by the pond with a fishing rod, to fish, to walk through the birch groves — I love this tree, it has the poetry of Russia.”
Steven Seagal adopted Russian citizenship in 2016. “I often come to Russia, but I don’t plan to live here permanently; I like to travel and I have a lot of shootings in the U.S., Japan, Thailand and other countries,” he told Russian media in March 2016. Here is a great video where legendary Hollywood actor showes his aikido fighting skills at the International Youth Sambo Tournament, in Saratov.
David Duchovny, whose paternal grandparents hailed from eastern Europe starred in an advertisement for the Russian beer Sibirskaya Korona (Siberian Crown), in which he imagined what life would have been like if he had grown up in Russia: “There is another country where I got my family name from, and sometimes I wonder what if things turned out differently, what if I were Russian?”
Ryan Reynolds visited Moscow in January 2016 to promote his movie Deadpool. He said he “loves Russia” and that “Russians are some of the coolest people in the world.” He admitted that he liked Moscow very much and if his character Deadpool was here he would hang out in the city’s nightclubs.
Hugh Jackman was impressed by the Moscow’s subway: “When I arrived in Moscow, my friend who has been working here for five years said: ‘You should definitely visit the metro, it’s very beautiful!’ And indeed, the Moscow metro impresses: Arches, mosaics, sculpture… I saw hundreds of people returning home from work, and no one was taking notice of the beauty. I wanted to tell them: Hey, heads up, look around!”
Daniel Radcliffe visited Russia in 2012 and praised Russian literature and museums. He visited the apartment of famous writer Mikhail Bulgakov in Moscow, but said he was most impressed by St. Petersburg’s iconic Hermitage Museum. “When I was in your country for the first time, in St. Petersburg, I was impressed by the Hermitage! It’s just an amazing place. I think I spent six hours there, but it’s not enough, you need at least two days. I really love the country, it gave so many great writers to the world.”