Leonardo DiCaprio wants to star as Vladimir Putin

The Russian president would be "interesting" to portray

Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio has said he would like to portray Russian president Vladimir Putin in a future movie.

Speaking to German publication Welt, ‘The Revenant’ star said he would be interested in playing the longtime Russian leader.

““Putin would be very, very, very interesting. I would like to play him,” DiCaprio said.

The six-time oscar-nominated actor also revealed more about his 2010 meeting with President Putin, when DiCaprio attended the International Forum on Tiger Conservation in St. Petersburg.

“My fund has several projects aimed at financial support for protecting these wild cats [Siberia tigers],” DiCaprio said. “Putin and me spoke only about these magnificent animals, not about politics.”


Putin’s not the only famous Russian figure on the 41-year-old’s hitlist though. He also spoke of his desire to step into the roles of 20th century revolutionary Lenin or even mystical healer Rasputin.

“I think there should be more films about Russian history because it has many stories worthy of Shakespeare. That is fascinating for an actor,” explained DiCaprio. “Lenin also would be an interesting role. I would like also to star as Rasputin.”

It’s well known that DiCaprio is one of the most acclaimed actors not to win an Oscar – receiving six nominations over a 23 year period. He’s one of the favourites to nab the ‘Best Actor’ award this year though, and has been nominated for his portrayal of desperate frontiersman Phillip Glass in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant’, which picked up 12 nominations – more than any other film.