June 3 - French actor Gerard Depardieu, who recently became a Russian citizen, shoots an action movie in Chechnya. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: French actor Gerard Depardieu, who recently became a Russian citizen, chose the capital of Chechnya to shoot his new action film. "Turquoise" is a Russian thriller set in Moscow and Grozny, where Depardieu stars with British actress Elizabeth Hurley. Depardieu plays a man whose son was killed and who comes to Russia to find the killers and have his revenge on them, according to the film's synopsis published on the official website. The night scenes that were being shot in Grozny have numerous gun fights and car chases, but the film crew and Depardieu himself look quite cheerful. Depardieu, talking with the other actors and the film crew during the break, said that Grozny had welcomed them well. "We are very well in Grozny. Everybody's smiling. Girls are beautiful. Food is yummy," Depardieu said laughing. The actor first came to Chechnya to celebrate Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's birthday last year. He quit France after criticizing a planned 75-percent tax on millionaires, and soon after received a hug and a passport from President Vladimir Putin and heaped praise on the Russian leader - earning criticism from opposition and rights campaigners. After Depardieu was presented with his Russian passport, Kadyrov invited Depardieu to live in Chechnya.