Vladimir Putin: Leonardo DiCaprio is “A Real Man”

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But we already knew that, right ladies? What’s more, while the Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia was always going to be difficult to reach, Leonardo DiCaprio couldn’t have banked on the way his trip panned out. The Inception actor was held up not once, but twice by flights and still managed to pledge $1million to the cause prompting summit leader and Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin to pause his speech and call him, “muzhik” – or in English, “a real man”.

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The heart throb’s Delta flight was forced to make an emergency landing due to engine failure while his replacement flight then had to make an unscheduled landing in Helsinki to refuel. Putin acknowledged that a lesser man, “could have read it as a sign – that it was not worth going,” but instead Leo, whose late grandparents were Russian, made it to the summit and gained Putin’s respect. The summit aims to double wild tiger populations worldwide from 3,500 to 7,000 by 2022.

(See other terrible methods of transport Di Caprio could have used in Top 10 Worse Alternatives to Plane Travel.)

DiCaprio has proved himself quite capable of playing ‘real men’ in roles such as the star crossed lover Romeo in Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of Romeo + Juliet and as gang leader Amsterdam Vallon in Gangs of New York. But it seems that he’s now proved himself “a real man” in the flesh too. (Via BBC)