Remember the French actor Gerard Depardieu? Well he’s not French anymore – he’s Russian now.
By Genna Patterson
Gerard Depardieu is known for movies in the 90’s such as Green Card, My Father, the Hero, and for urinating in a bottle on a plane in 2011.
Depardieu obtained Russian citizenship on Thursday this week due to his disgust with the introduction of a super rich tax of 75 per cent in his native France.
Depardieu, 63, wrote a letter to thank the Russian President Vladimir Putin for granting him citizenship: “I love your country, Russia - its people, its history, its writers. I love your culture, your intelligence.'”
According to virginmedia.com the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault deemed Depardieu’s decision to leave the country as ‘pathetic’.
Depardieu added in his letter “I told Francois Hollande (the French President) that Russia was a great democracy and that it wasn't a country where a prime minister would call a citizen pathetic.''
Eh, last we heard Russia was still a scary place to visit where bribing scams are rife for tourists. Guess if you’re rich its not a problem.
Last month the actor moved to Belgium and put his £40 million Paris home on the market.
He relinquished his French passport and social security number. In order to do this, he had to seek citizenship in another country, Russia being his choice.
Depardieu plays a cameo role as the cook in The Life of Pi, in cinemas now.