Chekhov for Keanu. What Russian books do foreign stars love? | Books | Culture



Classical Russian literature is known around the world. Do you know that there are a lot of his true fans among the foreign stars? is about Western actors who read and fell in love with Russian classics.

Keanu reeves

Actor Keanu reeves has a deep love for Russian literature. Among his favorite authors Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. In addition, Reeves has been associated with the Russian language in several film roles. In the films John Wick and The Professional, he needed to be fluent in Russian to some extent. It is interesting that the actor managed to read Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in Russian.

David’s harbor

American actor David’s harbor did not stand aside. He read books Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov. “From the amazing books by these authors, I learned that Russians have a very big heart, they are very emotional, they have a bright personality, and they can be determined to make their dreams come true.” Harbor said in a recent interview with the Metro newspaper.

David Harbor in Stranger Things (2016-2021) Photo: film excerpt

Nastassja Kinski

german actress Nastassja Kinski was named after two heroines of the novel Fyodor Dostoyevsky The idiot: Nastasya Filippovna and Aglaya Epanchina (artist’s middle name). Kinski showed a special love for Russian literature throughout his life. Even her children she gave the names Alyosha and Sophia, in honor of Dostoevsky’s heroes. In addition, the actress was interested in film adaptations of Russian classics, among which “Spring Waters” Jerzy Skolimowski after Ivan Tourgueniev, “And the light shines in the darkness” Taviani brothers by Leo Tolstoy, as well as “Humiliated and insulted” Andrey Eshpai after Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Nastassja Kinski.
Nastassja Kinski. Photo:

Jared leto

During one of the meetings with journalists Jared Leto, American actor and frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars says one of his favorite books is Dystopia Evgeniya Zamiatina “We”. The artist believes that this literary work is relevant out of time, so it can be counted among the samples of great literature.

Tom hiddleston

british actor Tom Hiddleston, best known for his super villainous role as Loki, the genius playwright considers Anton Chekhov… According to the artist, Chekhov’s heroes suddenly realize that life is an hourglass, while the very action of his pieces is based on the presentation of a specific episode in the life of a person who is at a certain time in a certain place. As a fan of Chekhov’s drama, Hiddleston was lucky enough to star in the British interpretation of the play “Ivanov” based on the writer’s work of the same name.

Johnny Depp

He also shows sympathy for the work of Russian classics. Johnny Depp. Talk about favorite books, which are interesting to come back to again and again, with “Flowers of Evil” Charles Baudelaire and “On the road” Jack Kerouac, he also notes “Notes from the Underground” by the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Gérard Depardieu

World famous French actor G̩rard Depardieu love the work of classics of Russian literature of the golden age РAlexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov.


Authoritative television presenter Oprah winfrey loves Anna Karenina Lev Tolstoy. In his opinion, this is the most exciting love story.

The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The Oprah Winfrey Show. Photo:

Jude law

Special interest talent Tolstoy also provokes a hollywood actor Jude law… He read Anna Karenina after being offered to star in the film adaptation of the novel. The work left an indelible impression on the actor, so that the reading of the book was followed by the reincarnation of Lowe as Alexei Karenina.

Daniel radcliffe

Daniel radcliffe has repeatedly declared his love for Russian culture and, in particular, literature. As a teenager, he read Crime and Punishment. Dostoevsky, after Gogol, Zamiatin and many other writers.

Rafe Fiennes

british actor Rafe Fiennes also a fan of Russian literature. He thinks writers like Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkinare surprisingly wise. Fiennes himself has repeatedly become the hero of the works of Russian authors. “What I like about your writers – Tolstoy, Chekhov, Turgenev – is that they surprisingly explore and show the human soul. Therefore, they are always read and executed. I played in Tchekhov’s play on stage, I played Eugène Onegin in the cinema ”, – he said in an interview. In 1999 the actor played the role of Eugène Onegin in the movie Onegin, and in 2015 he played Rakitine in the movie Vera Glagoleva “Deux femmes” based on Tourgueniev’s play “A month in the countryside”.

Rafe Fiennes.
Rafe Fiennes.


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