An animation made entirely with still photographs, this video tells the love story of Vladimir Putin and French actor Gérard Depardieu (with a cameo by Steven Seagal to boot!)
What do these three men have in common? Wikipedia tells me Gérard Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship in January 2013 so he could avoid French tax. He writes of being buddies with Putin in his new autobiography:
We could have both become hoodlums,’ he writes. ‘I think he immediately liked my hooligan side ... the fact that I had occasionally been picked up off the pavement dead drunk.
‘Like with me, nobody would have betted a penny on him when he was 15.’
Depardieu reveals he regularly writes to Putin: ‘It’s very easy’, he explains, ‘I speak, there’s a guy who taps it out in French then translates it into Russian and it arrives on Putin’s desk. I send him letters that tell him about everything. He’s like an old chum. It amuses him and he replies.’
He’s also an admitted former “rent boy.” As we all already know, Russian President Vladimir Putin is a big ol’ homophobe. And Steven Seagal? Apparently he is also a really good friend of Putin’s. That’s all I’ve got.
I’ve tried and probably failed to connect the dots. Or maybe that’s all there is here. Watch it and see what you think:
Via WFMU on Twitter