The photograph that was posted on the page of the ministry was an old photo that was taken during a previous meeting between the actor and the leader.
However, the comment, which was faked by the ministry officials, made it look as if Leo was thanking Putin for the award.
— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) March 1, 2016
“Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich!”
“No Biggie, Forget it.”
The photo was meant as a joke, illustrating the fact that in real life Leo and the president are on friendly terms. Later, the post was taken down.
Earlier this year, in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, the Hollywood star even admitted that he would love to play Vladimir Putin onscreen if provided with such an opportunity.
DiCaprio said that for him bringing the image of the Russian president onscreen would be a ‘very, very interesting task.’
The American actor met with Vladimir Putin a few years ago during a meeting in St. Petersburg to discuss joint efforts to save Siberian tigers.
“My foundation has provided financial support to some projects to protect these wild cats. Putin and I, we talked about protecting these wonderful animals, not about politics,” Dicaprio told Die Welt.