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Russia's 'Lenfilm' film studio has responded to Leonardo DiCaprio's statement of interest in playing a Russian public figure by offering to collaborate with the actor in a film about Vladimir Lenin.

St. Petersburg based studio'Lenfilm' has offered Leonardo DiCaprio the chance to star as a young Vladimir Lenin in a film about the revolutionary, after the actor gave an interview where he expressed interest in portraying Lenin, Rasputin or Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It is always interesting to make movies. Leonardo DiCaprio is often compared to Lenin in his youth. We have enough scenery and props to recreate the era of the revolution," Lenfilm spokesman Valeriy Karlov told Baltika FM.

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Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin)
The Lenfilm studio is the oldest in Russia, which traces its roots back to 1914 when a local military committee in St. Petersburg started making films. In 1918 the studio expanded to become the St. Petersburg Film Committee and opened 68 cinemas in the city; after two decades it was renamed 'Lenfilm.'

On Sunday DiCaprio, who has recently received his sixth Oscar nomination for his role in 'The Revenant,' told German newspaper Welt on Sonntag that he would like to play Vladimir Putin in a film. 

DiCaprio mentioned that he met the Russian President in 2010 at an international summit in St Petersburg about the conservation of tigers.

"Putin would be very, very interesting, I would like to play him very much," DiCaprio said.

"My foundation financially supported some projects for the protection of tigers. Putin and I talked about the protection of these magnificent animals, not about politics," said DiCaprio, who also told Die Welt about his interest in Russian history.

"Lenin would also be an interesting role. I would also like to play Rasputin."

"I think there should be more films about Russian history, because Russia has so many stories that have an almost Shakespearean quality to them. That is immensely fascinating for an actor."

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  • marcanhalt
    A far more fitting role. His role in The Man in the Iron Mask will be helpful. In that one, he betrayed his brother. And, two, as Lenin, he will try to revenge his brother, Aleksandr Ilyich Ulyanov, who, along with several others, assassinated Alexander II and then bragged about it 5 days later. When the same co-conspirators tried to assassinate Alexander III, they were caught and hanged. He was a mere 21 y/o. Vladimir was 10 or l1 at the time of the hanging and vowed he would get even with anyone and everyone that was Russia. He was on his way when the same man who sponsored Karl Marx, Freidrich Engels, a very wealthy Jewish British citizen, then sponsored Vladimir Lenin to work out his rage, and the rest is history. No, he should have never been considered to play Putin as his reach would not have been able to exceed his grasp. But, ahhh! Lenin is more fitting where a brother is, again, his motivation.
  • mehrdadkovichni
    leninardo
  • Well i will watch it! =)
  • JOHN CHUCKMAN
    If he'd lose about thirty pounds, he could pass physically.

    He's remains a fairly mediocre actor however.
  • Andreas Koppain reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, "A far more fitting role." Agree by all means. DiCaprio is actor and producer, so he might well invest some money in that project.
  • Andreas Koppain reply toJOHN CHUCKMAN(Show commentHide comment)
    JOHN CHUCKMAN, Mediocre or not he has $29 million in his pockets, almost the same money Maria Sharapova has (easier for her of course for she is a good player and beautiful girl). But he sells his films quite well despite of his acting capabilities.
  • art
    The gap between the 'ideological narrative' of Bolshevism and the objective history--who they really were and what they did--is so huge that I doubt any one making a movie about Lenin stands a chance to find a middle ground to stand on.
  • Blackiein reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
    art,
    If John Wayne was alive they would have asked him.
    It is not going to be good with an American acent, and I think he is not a good actor, this De caprio .
  • artin reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
    Blackie, yeah, at least John Wayne had mongoloid eyes like Lenin.
  • michael
    bad move lenfilm. Idiots in charge obviously.
    No way will it be viewed in my family.
    Should send a note of outrage and disgust at the decision - not that that will do anything. I would imagine that there would be many Russian actors who could play the part effectively as compared to dicrapio. :(
  • Blackiein reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
    art,
    Hi again,
    They were both strong personalities.
    John Wayne was almost 2 meters tall.
  • cavedeborah
    Awesome news! I cannot wait to see this film! Hopefully collaboration will be successful!
  • Mark Gewiss
    It is said some actors would kill for the role of Stalin... while the casting of Trotsky will likely be divisive.
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