10 Russian movie stars who have achieved success in the WestBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/10-russian-movie-stars-who-have-achieved-success-in-the-west
Many of our actors, models and pop performers, having become popular in Russia, decided not to stop there and went to conquer other countries. Some of them failed to achieve success in the West, and some of them managed to become popular and well-known.
The young Russian actor Grigory Dobrygin is known in his homeland as the performer of the main roles in the films "Black Lightning" and "How I spent this Summer". He even won the Silver Bear for his latest film at the Berlin Film Festival. It was this success that gave Grigory the opportunity to try his hand abroad.
Dobrygin got a role in the film "The Most dangerous Man" by Anton Corbyn, and then starred in the thriller "A traitor like us", where his partners on the set were such stars as Naomie Harris and Ewan McGregor.
Konstantin Khabensky, beloved by Russians, managed to realize himself in the West. He starred in several American films, where he played with such world stars of the first magnitude as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, Jude Law. He can be seen as a Soviet diplomat in the film "Spy, get out!" and as a treasure hunter in "The Black Sea".
By the way, in the" Black Sea " Khabensky is not the only Russian actor. Together with him, Grigory Dobrygin and Sergey Wexler starred in the film by Kevin McDonald.
Actor Yuri Kolokolnikov became famous in our country after his role in the film "In August of the 44th". He does a lot of filming in Russia, but at the same time periodically participates in film casting abroad. Sometimes such selections bear fruit, for example, Yuri became the only Russian actor in the movie "Game of Thrones".
Kolokolnikov played in the TV series Styr, but did not tell anyone about it, as it was spelled out in the terms of the contract. It is not easy to recognize the carefully made-up Yuri in the film. In addition, the actor played in the films "Hunter Killer" and "Carrier".
The Russian model, born in Magadan, first conquered the catwalks here and in Europe, and then successfully launched in the cinema. Her first film was Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The director highly appreciated the work of Sasha and offered her the main role in his other action film "Anna".
Soviet and Russian actor Oleg Shtefanko got the first role in the United States in Robert De Niro's film "False Temptation". It stars Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin and Matt Damon. Success of this level was not easy for Oleg – the actor recalls that after the first tests he had to wait for a response for 4 years.
But after participating in such a high-profile project, Oleg Shtefanko began to get roles in other films of American and European directors.
Russian screenwriter and director Sergey Bodrov Sr. has been living and working in the United States for a long time. At the same time, he does not forget his homeland, constantly coming to Russia to shoot new domestic films. After moving overseas, Bodrov began writing screenplays, but then switched back to directing and made many films that were popular both in Russia and in the West.
Among the undoubted successes of recent years, such films as "The One who is in Love", "East-West", "Mongol", "Bear Kiss", "Nomad"can be noted.
So far, there are few foreign films in Ravshana Kurkova's filmography, and her contribution to Western cinema is still small. The actress can be seen in the Hollywood action movie "The Last Throw" ("Lazarat"), where other Russian actors also starred in addition to her. She also starred in the Russian-Serbian TV series "The Balkan Frontier", where she played the role of an Uzbek female sniper.
Russian actor Igor Zhizhikin made a huge contribution to the creation of the image of the "bad Russian guy" across the ocean. In Hollywood, our actor is very popular and can be seen in the films "Bloody Work" by Clint Eastwood, "The Tourist" with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, "The Defender" with Jason Statham.
Zizhikin in the role of scoundrels is so convincing that Steven Spielberg himself recognized him as "the best bad guy in the world" after his role in the film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull".
Oleg Menshikov began his career abroad not in the cinema,but on the stage. He played in the London theater in the play about Sergei Yesenin, along with the actress Vanessa Redgrave. This work was highly appreciated by both audiences and critics and the actor received the Laurence Olivier Award from the London Theater Community.
After that, Menshikov began to receive offers from other European and American theaters. Later, the Russian actor began to be invited to the cinema. Menshikov can be seen in the TV series "The Main Suspect", filmed in the UK, as well as in several other projects.
After becoming a star of Russian cinema, Alexey Serebryakov moved to Canada and began acting in the West. Among his most famous foreign works are the films "Cold Game" (USA, Poland) and "Spagat" (Switzerland). In 2021, another film should be released, in which Serebryakov starred – "Nobody". In this film, Alexey plays along with Connie Nielsen and Christopher Lloyd.