Wed, 19 Sep 2018

Some can do it, and some can't - but the following thespians took Hollywood by storm with their Russian roles.

Andrew Divoff

Legion Media Venezuelan-born Divoff is a real master of portraying Russian characters. Many know his face, but only few would recall his name. Andrew Divoff acted in several films including , and others. Besides, Divoff played Russian characters in several games, such as and.

Jude Law

Kinopoisk In 2001, England's Jude Law portrayed famous Soviet sniper Vasily Zaitsev in about the Battle of Stalingrad during the WWII. Initially his casting didn't go down too well with the public, but Law nailed the role - people even said he looks totally Russian in the film. He's also played Count Alexey Karenin in the movie adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy's novel .

Dolph Lundgren

Kinopoisk The famous Swedish actor is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the indestructible (and doped up) Soviet boxing champion Ivan Drago, the main opponent of Rocky Balboa in . Stallone recalled that during filming he offered Lundgren to fight for real and completely regretted it. A martial artist, Dolph Lundgren beat him so hard that Stallone spent five days in intensive care. "I thought I had a car accident!", Stallone said.

Lundgren also portrayed Spetsnaz Lt. Nikolay Rachenko in and Nikolay Cherenko in the low-budget movie -which he also directed. Lundgren returns to his role of Drago in ,which comes out in November.

Peter Stormare

Kinopoisk Peter Stormare is mostly known for acting as the Russian cosmonaut Lev Andropov in the blockbuster . Despite portraying Andropov in the most stereotypical fashion (he's always drunk and fixes the space station by hitting it with a steel stick), he is eventually responsible for saving the crew members.

As a Russian mob boss, Stormare opposed Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in , and played Russian characters in and .

Mikael Nyquist

Kinopoisk Unfortunately, this outstanding Swedish actor passed away last year. He's known for his bad guy Russians in such projects as l and. Mikael Nyquistalso played a "good" Russian in Europe Report. Before his death, the actor managed to squeeze in a couple more Russian roles in upcoming projects and .

Ralph Fiennes

Kinopoisk Ralph Fiennes loves participating in movie adaptations of Russian classics. He has two such projects under his belt: The leading role of Evgeny Onegin in (based on Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse) and the role of Mikhail Rakitin in , based on Ivan Turgenev's play . Fiennes even studied Russian to make his characters more convincing but due to his strong accent he was sadly dubbed. He was a little upset about this.

Marton Csokas

Kinopoisk Due to his appearance, Csokas often portrays villains in Hollywood movies. As a Russian bad guy he appeared in and action movies. Csokas also played Russians in the U.S.-Polish movie and Italian .

Rade Serbedzija

Kinopoisk This Croatian actor been cast in numerous Russian roles in different Hollywood movies and TV series. Among the best known are iconic Russian killer Boris the Blade in Guy Ritchie's and oligarch Ivan Tretiak in .

John Malkovich

Kinopoisk The brightest Russian performance of John Malkovich was in the movie, where the actor played the Russian mobster Teddy KGB: "Ho-kay, Meester sum of a beech."

Malkovich also played Colonel Pavlov in and criminal kingpin Granpa Kuzja in . He also joined the cast of the TV series in the third season, where he portrays Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov.

Many Russian actors portray Russian characters in Hollywood too. Find out more here.

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