Leonardo eyes Russia's Mad Monk

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I remember, years back, when I disliked Leonardo DiCaprio. Shortly after Titanic, his popularity was almost Bieber-esque and I just didn’t want to have a part of it. Then something happened that I never would have expected – he went on to a great career, thanks to inspired film choices and more surprising than all, actual talent.


Over the years he’s proved to be one of Hollywood’s most talented, able to tackle any role, and the one he has his sights on yet has me very excited – Russia’s “Mad Monk”, Rasputin. My mind boggles at how great I think this film could be, with Leo at the helm. For those of you who have never opened a history book, here’s what Comingsoon has to say about him:

In the early years of the 20th century, Rasputin was invited by Tsar Nicholas II to serve as a medical advisor to his hemophiliac son Alexei. Rumored to have manipulated the throne behind the scenes, Rasputin’s exploits are the stuff of legend, rumored to tie into mysticism and the dark arts.

Leonardo diCaprio, portraying one of the most enigmatic, charismatic and dangerous men in recorded history? Yes, please. My only concern would be which direction the film itself would take… a more commercial Hollywood blockbuster, or a more historic take on a character that history knows little of, but doesn’t seem to be able to forget?

If you ask me, Leo’s probably just doing it for the forest orgies. Yeah, Rasputin had those.

Last Updated: June 10, 2013

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