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10 Hollywood celebrities associated with Yakutia

Tom Hardy. Фото: IA YakutiaMedia

IA YakutiaMedia recalls all the celebrities of the world scale, in the life of whom Yakutia left its stamp.

On March 4-5, 2017 Hollywood actor, politician and sportsman Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the competition in Yakut Mas-wrestling. Note that this is not the first time that the star of Terminator shows interest in the Yakut national sport. Inspired by this news IA YakutiaMedia decided to recall all the world-famous celebrities, in whose lives Yakutia “left its mark.”

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio
The whole world learned in 2016 about the love of Yakutians to the Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, when the Yakut fans decided to make a national Oscar out of silver, so as not to leave their idol again without a treasured statuette. In total, 1 kg of 386 g of silver and 3.49 g of gold were collected. 144 fans took part in the action.

Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo: Whatsapp Mobile Messenger

A statuette of the Yakut Oscar found its hero. On his page in Instagram the star of Titanic and The Revenant made a publication thanking the residents of Yakutia for their wonderful gift.

leonardodicaprio Thank you to the people of Yakutia for this wonderful gift, especially all of the women who gathered and donated the materials that went into creating the statue. As they wrote in their letter, Yakutia is home to the coldest inhabited place not only in Russia, but also on Earth – and the region is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures pose a major threat to its people, their way of life and their natural habitat. #Russia #ClimateChange #Earth#Yakutia #ActOnClimate

The publication in the network caused an unprecedented stir, the actor was invited to Ysyakh and the Yakutsk Film Festival. Remarkable is the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one whom the head of the republic Egor Borisov joined in Instagram.

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  1. Steven Seagal
If Leonardo DiCaprio was recognized "Yakut" for no reason, then Steven Seagal said that he might have Yakut roots. In November 2016, the actor received Russian citizenship. When asked why he did this, he stated the following: "Quite recently I had DNA testing and, by results, learned that there were ancestors from Baikal and Yakutia."

Steven Seagal. Photo: IA Yakutiamedia

Indeed, in search of his Yakut roots, the legend of action-movies visited Yakutia in August 2015. According to him, the paternal grandfather emigrated to the United States from Russia after the October Revolution. As a child, he already knew that his grandfather was either a Mongol, or a Kalmyk, or even a Buryat. Thus, the actor traveled to Kazakhstan, Tuva, Kalmykia, Buryatia and Yakutia. "If anything, I'm a Russian Mongol.The Yakuts also belong to the Mongoloid race, so their culture is my culture," said Steven Segal during his visit to Mirny.

Steven Seagal. Photo: IA Yakutiamedia

Seagal also participated in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in 2015. During the visit to the exposition of the regions "Street of the Far East", the Hollywood star stopped at the tent of the Yakut blacksmiths where he spent quite a longer time. The Hollywood actor played Yakut khomus (trump) and appreciated the sharpness of the Yakut knives.

  1. Tom Hardy

Leonardo DiCaprio's co-star Tom Hardy in The Revenant visited Yakutia in 2012 as part of a trip from Yakutsk to Oymyakon, organized by the Discovery Channel. Here, the American actor outperformed everyone: he went to a movie with his participation at the Lena cinema in Yakutsk, went to the grill-bar, drove along the famous Road of Bones, swam in a hot source at -37 degrees Celsius, took a stem-bath, visited local residents.


Tom Hardy in Yakutia. Photo: Gallery

As a result of amazing adventures in Siberia in 2013, the documentary Driven To Extremes. Coldest Road was released.

  1. Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars, Moulin Rouge) and his friend Charley Boorman in 2004 made a motocross around the globe, within the framework of which they visited Yakutia. According to the British actor, the part of the route that fell on the Republic of Sakha turned out to be the most difficult. It's not surprising, because the actors visited Yakutia in early summer and on the Kolyma track they had to face the consequences of the recent flood.


Ewan McGregor in Yakutia. Photo: Gallery

TV reports of the Long Way Round were broadcasted around the world, a book and a DVD about it broke all records of popularity Long Way Round became the source of not only pleasure and pride to travelers, but also helped to collect several hundred thousand dollars for charitable purposes.

  1. Roy Jones Jr.

American boxer Roy Jones Jr. has honored Yakutsk by his visit. His sports show Explosion took place in November 2012. The capital of the republic was one of the four cities included in the tour of the athlete. In addition to Yakutsk, he performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk.

Roy Jones. Photo: My Sport

Roy Jones visited the Treasury of Yakutia, tasted stroganina in the ethnographic complex Chochur Muran, held a master class for young boxers, met with the authorities of the republic.

  1. Rihanna
You thought that only Leonardo DiCaprio has the Yakut silver? Nope. A piece of Yakutia is kept even by an American singer of Barbados origin Rihanna. The singer liked the drawing of a Yakut girl who depicted her in Yakut national jewelry so much that she invited her to her concert in Amsterdam in June 2013. The girl brought a book and the Yakut national jewelry bastynga as a gift. The famous singer liked it very much.

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Rihanna. Photo: Alena Lytkina

  1. Natalia Vodianova
Supermodel Natalia Vodianova visited Yakutsk in September 2012. The purpose of her visit was the opening of a children's game park. The event was held with the support of the Naked Heart Foundation.

Natalia Vodianova. Photo: Instagram

In addition, the mother of many children and the top model visited the Kingdom of Permafrost.

  1. Jesse Eisenberg

The Hollywood actor who starred in The Social Network (Mark Zuckerberg) also visited Yakutsk, but only in secret from everyone. He blabbed out his secret to "I recently traveled throughout Russia, I was in Yakutsk, in St. Petersburg, even in the village of Zaporozhye! Tourists always know the country better than its citizens. Have you ever seen snowdrifts in Yakutsk? This is something incredible! I just did not know how to walk on them!”

According to the actor, he traveled with his girlfriend, whose family lives in Siberia.

  1. Tom Hanks
Hollywood actor Tom Hanks supported a visually impaired athlete from Yakutia Petr Naumov, who is about to run around the world. The famous actor who starred in Forrest Gump was asked to make a video with the words "Run, Peter, run!", but the Hollywood star said that he would do more than just shoot a video. The actor will be ready to meet personally with Petr, if he runs half of the way. Tom will meet him in America and help in his return home.

Whether this will come true or not depends only on the runner himself.

Photo: IA YakutiaMedia

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
We finish with the one with whom we started. Iron Arnie is now fascinated by the Yakut national sport - mas-wrestling. The former governor of California has already visited the competition in this sport for the second time.

The chief judge of the competition Ivan Belolubsky handed him gifts, brought from the motherland of mas-wrestling. The star of the Terminator was very touched, he obviously liked souvenirs from distant Yakutia – statuettes of a mas-wrestler, an engraved wooden stick with the name of the World Cup and a sweatshirt with the logo of the International Wrestling Federation specially made for him.

Ivan Belolubsky and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: International Federation of Mas-wrestling

Let's hope that the Terminator will soon decide to visit the motherland of mas-wrestling.


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