Leonardo DiCaprio is riding high this awards season, with critical acclaim coming in from all sides for his turn as frontiersman Hugh Glass in ‘The Revenant’. DiCaprio has already taken home a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for the role and many industry insiders (including Kate Winslet) expect Leo to finally bring home his first Oscar at the end of February.
But because this is Hollywood, some have already started to speculate about what DiCaprio might do for an encore. One possibility popped up on Tuesday when DiCaprio gave an interview to Germany’s Welt am Sonntag and said that he would love to play Russian President Vladimir Putin.
People translated some key quotes in the article and it does seem like Leo’s quite serious.
“Putin would be very, very interesting, I would love to play him,” DiCaprio reportedly said.
While this news is raising a few eyebrows today, it’s not actually completely out of left field. DiCaprio met Putin in 2010 at a conference on protecting the Siberian tiger.
DiCaprio told the International Business Times that the conversation stayed focused on the task at hand.
“My foundation has provided financial support for several projects for the protection of these big cats,” DiCaprio said. “Putin and I talked only about the protection of these magnificent animals, not politics.”
But that didn’t stop Putin from giving DiCaprio his endorsement. The Los Angeles Times reported that Putin said Leo was a “muzhik” or “real man” because he attended the meeting after flying through some bad weather.
To be clear, it’s not like DiCaprio’s about to start filming a Putin movie tomorrow. The star also told the German publication that he would be open to portraying other famous Russian leaders.
“Lenin, too, would be an interesting film role. I would (like) to play Rasputin too.” DiCaprio said. “I believe that there should be more movies about Russian history.
“Russia unites so many stories almost of Shakespearean character. For an actor, it’s extremely exciting.”