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Putin Calls DiCaprio 'A Real Man'


Two "muzhiks," Putin and DiCaprio

Two "muzhiks," Putin and DiCaprio

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has received the ultimate accolade from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Putin, who cultivates a macho image, called DiCaprio "a real man" for coming to the ongoing summit on endangered tigers in St. Petersburg despite the fact that a fire on his first airliner forced an emergency landing in New York and strong headwinds forced his second plane to make an unscheduled fueling stop in Helsinki.

Putin called DiCaprio a "muzhik" (a real man) for his persistence and thanked him for pledging 1 million dollars to the tiger cause.

DiCaprio in turn called himself half-Russian, noting that two of his late grandparents were Russian.

The tiger summit ends on November 24.

compiled from agency reports
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