Gerard Depardieu in Russia
French actor Gerard Depardieu has always been a very popular person in Russia, there is hardly any other foreign actor who is more loved and known than Depardieu. The actor has appeared in many advertising campaigns, including for Sovietsky Bank’s credit card and is prominently featured on the bank’s home page. He also worked in Russia in 2011 on a film about the last years of the Russian monk Grigory Rasputin. Depardieu has appeared in more than 170 films and has won numerous awards.
In his open letter published in December, Depardieu said he had been ‘ insulted‘ by France’s prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and planned to turn over his passport and French social security card. Ayrault called him pathetic for wanting to leave France.
In an angry letter, published in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Depardieu wrote: ‘I was born in 1948. I started working aged 14, as a printer, as a warehouseman, then as an actor, and I’ve always paid my taxes.’ Over 45 years, Depardieu said, he had paid 145 million euros in tax, and to this day employs 80 people. Last year he paid taxes amounting to 85 per cent of his income. ‘I am neither worthy of pity nor admirable, but I shall not be called ‘pathetic’, he concluded. ‘I’m a true European, a citizen of the world.’
Sixties sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, 78, said the actor had been the ‘victim of extremely unfair prosecution’. The animal rights campaigner has also now threatened to leave France and move to Russia amid plans to put down two elephants after they contracted tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo.
She said: ‘If the powers that be have the cowardice and the shamelessness to kill Baby and Nepal, I have decided to take Russian nationality and quit this country that is nothing more an animal cemetery.’ He was this week granted Russian citizenship by leader Vladimir Putin who Bardot has previously dubbed ‘my favorite prime minister’.
Vladimir Putin has done more for animal welfare than all the French presidents, thinks Brigitte Bardot. Putin won Bardot’s admiration for his concern for animal welfare. Putin delighted her in 2011 by banning the import and export of harp seal skins. The legend of French cinema and the famous protector of animals, Brigitte Bardot, expressed such views in an interview with a local newspaper. The actress said she thinks Putin is very humane. She said that every time when she asks him for something he helps.
Depardieu flew to Saransk, 390 miles from Moscow, on Sunday to visit the country’s only memorial to Yemelyan Pugachyov, the leader of a Cossack uprising in the 18th century who Depardieu has reportedly said he wants to play in an up coming film.
“I am very happy, it’s very beautiful here, beautiful and soulful people live here,” said the actor after he was greeted by young women wearing national costumes and serving pancakes. Local media reported that the regional governor may also be present the actor with keys to an apartment in the city – along with the official registration documents.
Glamorous television host Tina Kandelaki was ready to help Gerard Depardieu when it comes to registering his address, a duty for all Russians. ‘I’m ready to let him register as a resident in my apartment, he can stay as long as he likes,’ she said.
Gerard Depardieu has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role Cesar 15 times during his career and won it twice, in 1981 and 1991. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1990 for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac.
Gerard Depardieu in Russia
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