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Foreign stars played in Russian films

For this role Mastroianni received a Cannes Film Festival award

For this role Mastroianni received a Cannes Film Festival award


Marcello Mastroianni
In 1987, Nikita Mikhalkov made a film Dark Eyes, based on several short stories by Anton Chekhov. The main role in the film, the architect Romano Patra, played a prominent Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, who most often starred in the films by famous film director Federico Fellini. For the role in this film the actor won the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Oscar.

Mastroianni and Nikita Mikhalkov

Mastroianni and Nikita Mikhalkov


Sean Connery
Connery as Norwegian explorer Amundsen

Connery as Norwegian explorer Amundsen


The famous British actor, who played the memorable James Bond, played the role of Norwegian explorer Amundsen in the film The Red Tent. At that time, the actor was 39 years old, and his hero was 55 according to script. Connery’s arrival in the Soviet Union was the subject of a comic song by Vladimir Vysotsky – Song about James Bond, agent 007. The film was released in 1969 and was the last work of the director Mikhail Kalatozov.

Alain Delon

Participation of Alain Delon in the Soviet film caused a stir in France

Participation of Alain Delon in the Soviet film caused a stir in France


Detective film Teheran-43 was co-produced by Mosfilm, Mediterranee Cinema and Pro Dis Film. Soviet stars Igor Kostolevsky, Natalia Belokhvostikova, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan played there. The role of police inspector Georges Foch was played by outstanding French actor Alain Delon. By the way, the message that Delon agreed to star in the Soviet film, caused a major stir in France. The film was premiered in 1981.

Sharon Stone

Philip Kirkorov was a partner of Sharon Stone

Philip Kirkorov was a partner of Sharon Stone


Most desirable woman in the mid-90s, American actress Sharon Stone, took part in the filming of the movie Love in the City 3. Philip Kirkorov became her partner. According to rumors, the actress received 400 thousand dollars for two days filming.
By the way, it was originally planned that Monica Bellucci played the role, but they couldn’t reach an agreement with the Italian film star. The film was released on Russian screens in late 2013.

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell


English actor, famous for his sharply negative roles, starred in the movie Regicide by Karen Shakhnazarov in 1991. McDowell played a mental hospital patient suffering from a split personality, who considered himself a killer of Russian Emperors Alexander II and Nicholas II. Malcolm agreed to star in the film after reading the script and meeting Shakhnazarov at the Cannes Film Festival. While working on the film, the actor lived in Moscow for a few months.

Gerard Depardieu

Gerard Depardieu has a Russian soul

Gerard Depardieu has a Russian soul


French actor-turned-Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu, starred in the historical film Rasputin in 2011. The film tells the story of a mysterious old man. The actor played the lead role. The shooting took place in Tsarskoye Selo, St. Petersburg and Small Korely, Arkhangelsk region. However, Depardieu has already participated in the Russian films before – Envy of the Gods, Lethal force 5, Zaytsev + 1, Sex, Coffee & Cigarettes.

Milla Jovovich

In the film, Jovovich has a Russian name Nadezhda

In the film, Jovovich has a Russian name Nadezhda


In the comedy Lucky Trouble (Vykrutasy) by Levan Gabriadze Milla’s partners were Ivan Urgant and Konstantin Habensky. The actress starred in the role of a Russian girl Nadezhda. Her mother, Russian actress Galina Loginova, played the role of heroine’s mother.

The film studio Lenfilm is ready to produce the film, the main role in which can play a Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio. Earlier, the actor said that he would like to play the role of Vladimir Putin, Grigory Rasputin and Vladimir Lenin.
Petersburg director Vladimir Bortko, known primarily for the film Heart Of A Dog, said he would like to invite DiCaprio for the lead role.