How foreign stars rested in Russia and the Soviet Union: photo of Sophia Loren in the Moscow region and Tom Hardy in Yakutia
There is a stereotype that foreigners do not like our country very much. However, there are foreign celebrities who successfully refute this statement. We have compiled a selection of foreign stars who in different years traveled with pleasure to the cities of Russia or the Soviet Union, came to the shooting, on tour and just as tourists. See vivid photos about the adventures of foreigners with us. Foreign stars rested in Russia.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a frequent visitor to Russia. He first came to Moscow in 1988. The actor stayed in the capital for three days. During this time, they managed to shoot the Moscow episodes of the film “Red Heat”, part of the filming of which took place right on Red Square. Fans of the star could not pass by Arnold, so they had to sign autographs right there.
Later, the artist visited us often Schwarzenegger is invited to official events, he also comes to present films with his participation. However, the actor does not forget about entertainment and shopping. For example, once Schwarzenegger walked around GUM, evaluating the architecture and the range of the department store.
2. Tom Hardy
Actor Tom Hardy visited Yakutia back in 2012 he went to a distant land with the film crew of Discovery. The actor stopped in Oymyakon. According to him, the place is “the coldest patch of land” that he has ever seen. At the same time, Hardy had long dreamed of a trip to Siberia.
The locals greeted Tom cordially, the actor even met a shaman woman who presented him with an amulet. And most of all, Hardy remembered swimming in an ice-hole in the cold, after which he had to go to the sauna. “They beat us with brooms, it was cool,” he recalled.
3. Natalia Oreiro
The star of the series “Wild Angel” is very fond of the Russian audience as, indeed, they are to her. Natalia often comes to Russia on tour and communicates with the public. Oreiro also tries to travel and visit attractions. So in 2020 Natalia visited St. Petersburg and looked at the works of art in the Hermitage. In the same year, Oreiro traveled along the Trans-Siberian Railway. The girl moved on the train, from where she published the pictures. According to her, “the warmth from the people” kept her warm even when it was snowing outside the window.
In 2021, Oreiro received Russian citizenship. The artist noted that she is not ready to live in Russia permanently, but she makes frequent trips and treats Russians with great love.
4. Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor is a Hollywood legend. The actress was the first to receive a million dollar royalty for the film “Cleopatra”, and her films became hits at the box office.
Taylor was loved in the USSR no less than in the West. In 1961, the actress visited the Soviet capital for the first time together with her husband, American singer Eddie Fisher, she came to an international film festival. The couple stopped at the Sovetskaya Hotel and walked along Red Square.
And in 1975 the film crew of the USSR and the USA began work on the fairy tale “The Blue Bird”. Taylor played one of the main roles. The shooting took place near Leningrad in Pushkin and Pavlovsk, as well as in Moscow, Yalta and Riga.
5. Sophia Loren
In 1965, Lauren attended the Moscow International Film Festival, where she met with Soviet colleagues. In between the event, Lauren walked around Red Square, accompanied by the Soviet artist Sergo Zakariadze.
Sophia Loren also came to Moscow to shoot the joint film “Sunflowers”. The picture was released in 1970. Most of the filming took place in the capital and the Moscow region, as well as in Ukraine. During filming in a Ukrainian village, local residents organized a warm welcome and greeted the star with bread and salt.
6. Gerard Depardieu
French actor Gerard Depardieu is a lover of everything Russian. In 2013, Gerard received Russian citizenship and began to develop a new homeland. For several years Depardieu has visited not only Moscow, but also other regions of Russia. In Saransk, he received an official residence permit, visited Chechnya, where he was also hospitably greeted. In gratitude, Depardieu danced an incendiary lezginka. The guest was treated to local dishes, having organized a festive table.
7. Elton John
A young singer, not yet sir, Elton John arrived in the USSR in May 1979. The increasingly popular artist became one of the first Western rock musicians to travel to the Soviet Union.
In the USSR, John had a tour planned. He gave four concerts in Leningrad and Moscow. In between performances, Elton actively visited the sights. So, Elton John visited Peterhof and looked at the unique fountains. In addition, the singer visited Red Square and went to a football match.
8. Ewan McGregor
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor loves outdoor activities. In 2004, the artist took a break from work and went on a trip around the world with colleague and friend Charlie Burman. In April, the artists left London on motorcycles. They also visited Russia. The whole journey was filmed on cameras, after its completion the film “Long Road Around the World” was released. Yuen dreamed of visiting the most beautiful places in Russia, for example, fishing on Lake Baikal. For several weeks the actor stayed in different cities of Siberia and fulfilled his dream of Baikal.
9. Marcello Mastroianni
The famous Italian actor was adored not only at home, but also in the USSR. In December 1968, the actor came to Moscow with his family.
Mastroiani, together with his wife Flora Carabella and daughter Barbara, took walks through the memorial sites of the city. We also dropped in on Red Square. For a tour of snowy Moscow, the couple chose warm natural fur coats.
During his visit to Moscow, Mastroianni devoted time to Soviet fans. The artist organized an autograph session, which brought together girls of different ages.
10. Steven Seagal
Hollywood actor Steven Seagal became a Russian citizen in 2016. According to some reports, Segal’s ancestors came to America from St. Petersburg. According to the actor himself, his paternal grandfather is a native of one of the Buddhist regions of Russia. Segal attends various events (from sports to social) and participates in their organization.
The star is not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in the regions. For example, in 2018 he was ordained a Cossack. Sigal went to the Kuban, where the locals organized a warm welcome for him. Stephen was greeted with bread and salt, dressed in a burka, and then symbolically whipped with a whip. After the initiation ceremony, Sigal was presented with a mace a symbol of power.
The famous Metallica group often visits Russia as part of a tour and not only. For example, in 2013, performers at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow presented the film Metallica: Through the Impossible. The events of the picture unfold against the background of the group’s concert. The name of the film was given by Metallica’s song “Through the Never”. Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo posed on the roof of the hotel in front of the cameras. The foreigners froze a little, but this did not affect their mood. Ulrich and Trujillo also held a press conference for which Robert donned socks in the colors of the Russian tricolor. According to him, his Russian friend Dmitry gave him the socks, and the musician decided that this was a great outfit for Moscow.
12. Till Lindemann
The Rammstein soloist Till Lindemann is a connoisseur of Russia and its culture. For the first time Till, together with the group, visited Moscow in 2002 as part of a tour.
Over the past few years, Lindemann has often been to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but he also visits the regions. Till loves to shoot music videos in Russia and just travel. The actor became so related to Russia that in 2020 he spent the New Year holidays in St. Petersburg. Lindemann stayed in the city, choosing a comfortable hotel with a terrace and views of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.