Not satisfied with what (surely) will be his first Oscar winning role in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio has set his sights on playing the role of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Riding high on being nominated for Best actor, the star said in an interview with German magazine, Welt:
“Putin would be very, very, very interesting. I would like to play him,”
DiCaprio – who funds the World Wildlife Fund’s Big Cat Rescue – met Putin back in 2010 when he attended the International Forum on Tiger Conservation in St. Petersburg, and it appears the President has got a bit of a soft spot for big cats:
My fund has several projects aimed at financial support for protecting these wild cats [Siberia tigers]… Putin and me spoke only about these magnificent animals, not about politics.
Forget playing Putin, what about a remake of The Lion King with Leo as Simba and Putin as Scar…
It’s not just Putin the actor is interested in, as he also told the magazine:
I think there should be more films about Russian history because it has many stories worthy of Shakespeare. That is fascinating for an actor… Lenin also would be an interesting role. I would like also to star as Rasputin.”
Coming soon: Leonardo DiCaprio depicting a Russian man, from some point in history, near you.