Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mother Russia Calling: De Niro, Vin Diesel, Tagawa Want Russian Passports

Vin Diesel records himself on his cell phone at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif

Mother Russia Calling: De Niro, Vin Diesel, Tagawa Want Russian Passports

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Quite a few A-list actors, including Robert De Niro, Vin Diesel and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa are interested in obtaining Russian citizenship, the Japanese-American actor himself told Russia’s LifeNews in an interview.

Tagawa, known for his roles in Mortal Kombat, Pearl Harbor and Memoirs of a Geisha among others, attended Roy Jones Jr.'s fight against Enzo Maccarinelli Saturday night.

"Three weeks ago I asked for a Russian passport. Other Hollywood actors, such as Robert De Niro and Vin Diesel, are also willing to obtain Russian citizenship," Tagawa told LifeNews.

Co-owner of the famous Nobu chain of restaurants, De Niro opened the first Moscow location back in 2009. This year he teamed up with Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa once again to launch another restaurant of the same brand in the Russian capital.

The actor told reporters he was fond of Russian cuisine, and also called for cooperation between Moscow and Washington to "put an end to all disagreements."

Hollywood hunk Vin Diesel, celebrated for his roles in the Fast and the Furious movie franchise, recently posted a picture of himself standing in front of the Kremlin with the words:

"My first visit to Russia… 2009… The cast of Fast and I fell in love with the country. Here's to great memories!"
Well, if Tagawa is right, Russia would soon have more A-list celebrities walking the red carpet in central Moscow.

Legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. recently announced he received a Russian passport.

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