Harsh: Russian Communists will blockade studio if it casts DiCaprio as Lenin

Harsh: Russian Communists will blockade studio if it casts DiCaprio as Lenin
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[Ed. – Now that‘s a negative review.  Granted, I don’t think DiCaprio does accents particularly well.]

Communists in Russia have said they will blockade the country’s oldest film studios if it goes ahead with its plan to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Lenin.

DiCaprio, whose maternal grandmother was Russian, and who bears a striking childhood resemblance to the Russian leader, spoke last week of his fascination with the country’s history and figures.

“I think there should be more films about Russian history because it has many stories worthy of Shakespeare,” he told German newspaper Die Welt. “That is fascinating for an actor. Putin would be very, very, very interesting. I would like to play him. …

But St Petersburg’s Communist Party – a splinter group, separate from the main parliamentary Communist Party of the Russian Federation – reacted with fury, and said they would disrupt filming unless a Russian actor took the lead.

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