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The Hollywood Celebrities Who Look Like Soviet Figures

News that French actor and newly minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu has been cast to play a 50s-era Josef Stalin in a new film left us pondering others who could fit the bill as famous Soviets.

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Old Josef Stalin -- The rotund Depardieu may have to shed a few kilos if he wants to remind cinemagoers of the Soviet dictator when he films a movie based on the French novel, Stalin's Sofa. ​
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Old Josef Stalin -- The rotund Depardieu may have to shed a few kilos if he wants to remind cinemagoers of the Soviet dictator when he films a movie based on the French novel, Stalin's Sofa.

Young Josef Stalin -- Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat and Ali G fame could easily be mistaken for the future dictator when he was a mere seminary-school dropout and common criminal known as Koba Dzhugashvili. ​
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Young Josef Stalin -- Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat and Ali G fame could easily be mistaken for the future dictator when he was a mere seminary-school dropout and common criminal known as Koba Dzhugashvili.

Vladimir Lenin -- Silver-screen star Leonardo DiCaprio bears a striking resemblance to the founder of the Soviet state. ​
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Vladimir Lenin -- Silver-screen star Leonardo DiCaprio bears a striking resemblance to the founder of the Soviet state.

Lavrenty Beria – Veteran film and TV actor Danny DeVito is our choice to play the wily longtime head of the NKVD, the predecessor of the KGB. ​
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Lavrenty Beria – Veteran film and TV actor Danny DeVito is our choice to play the wily longtime head of the NKVD, the predecessor of the KGB.

Leon Trotsky – A bespectacled and bearded Daniel Radcliffe, forever known as Harry Potter, would look good playing the Marxist revolutionary and Soviet politician assassinated on Stalin’s orders in Mexico in 1940. ​
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Leon Trotsky – A bespectacled and bearded Daniel Radcliffe, forever known as Harry Potter, would look good playing the Marxist revolutionary and Soviet politician assassinated on Stalin’s orders in Mexico in 1940.

Sergei Kirov – U.S. actor Beau Bridges might not be a household name, but he could be after playing the prominent Bolshevik leader assassinated in 1934 (reputedly on Stalin's orders). ​
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Sergei Kirov – U.S. actor Beau Bridges might not be a household name, but he could be after playing the prominent Bolshevik leader assassinated in 1934 (reputedly on Stalin's orders).

Nikolai Yezhov – Johnny Depp would be an ideal choice to play the henchman who headed the NKVD during Stalin's Great Purge from 1936-38 and was executed on Stalin's orders in 1940. ​
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Nikolai Yezhov – Johnny Depp would be an ideal choice to play the henchman who headed the NKVD during Stalin's Great Purge from 1936-38 and was executed on Stalin's orders in 1940.

Vyacheslav Molotov – We dipped into the The Simpsons' cast of characters to match Ned Flanders with Stalin's longtime foreign minister and namesake of the incendiary bottle bomb. ​
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Vyacheslav Molotov – We dipped into the The Simpsons' cast of characters to match Ned Flanders with Stalin's longtime foreign minister and namesake of the incendiary bottle bomb.

Nikita Khrushchev -- A 1990s version of the energetic U.S. actor and stand-up comedian Don Rickles would be perfect for the role of Stalin's successor. ​
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Nikita Khrushchev -- A 1990s version of the energetic U.S. actor and stand-up comedian Don Rickles would be perfect for the role of Stalin's successor.

Nadezhda Krupskaya -- Scarlett Johansson, who has ancestral ties to imperial Russia, is uniquely suited to portray the Bolshevik revolutionary and wife of Lenin. ​
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Nadezhda Krupskaya -- Scarlett Johansson, who has ancestral ties to imperial Russia, is uniquely suited to portray the Bolshevik revolutionary and wife of Lenin.

Leonid Brezhnev -- Having famously played the ab-ripped Batman, Christian Bale would have to rely more on his fat-man look if he were to play the Soviet leader who followed Khrushchev. ​
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Leonid Brezhnev -- Having famously played the ab-ripped Batman, Christian Bale would have to rely more on his fat-man look if he were to play the Soviet leader who followed Khrushchev.

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