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Top 5 celebrities who visited Yakutia


This week, Internet users were actively discussing a rumor that the star of "Batman vs. Superman" Jesse Eisenberg has recently visited Yakutsk.  The Hollywood actor has mentioned in one interview that he visited Yakutsk and was deeply impressed by snow drifts. This rumor was not confirmed but YSIA decided to recall the visits of international celebrities that really took place in the recent past.

I.                   The star of blockbusters and independent films, one of the most sought-after contemporary actors Tom Hardy visited the republic in 2012 within the project of Discovery Channel, “Journey to the Extreme.” Together with another celebrity - Formula-1 racer Mika Salo - he made a car trip to the Pole of Cold in Oymyakon.

In Yakutsk, Tom Hardy met with fans and watched "This Means War" with them, then left for Oymyakon. Along the way, he bathed in ice-hole, competed in hapsagay with wrestlers of Churapcha and was struck by street outhouses.

Hardy's most famous movies: Bronson, RocknRolla, Home, Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road, Legend and The Revenant.


II.           Another popular British actor Ewan McGregor together with his friend Charley Boorman arrived in the republic on motorcycles in 2004 as part of a television project, “The long way around the Earth.”  "The road of bones" became the most memorable part of their journey. Unlike Tom Hardy who was traveling on this road in the winter, McGregor's team crossed this route with great difficulties in the early summer, when many areas were washed away by floods. And all this took place over a decade ago, when the road was in extremely neglected condition.

The arrival of the actor passed almost unnoticed, many residents of the republic learned about it only from the television movie based on the results of the world tour.

Ewan McGregor has starred in many films but most of all he is known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the second trilogy of Star Wars. Other famous movies of Ewan McGregor: Trainspotting, The Pillow Book, Moulin Rouge, Big Fish, Down with Love, The Island, I Love You Phillip Morris.


III.             Action movie star of 1990s and martial arts master Steven Seagal has visited Mirny in 2015. Officially, the visit to this region was associated with interest of Mr. Seagal in gold mining companies of the region. However, there were rumors that the actor was looking for his origins in Yakutia. According to Seagal, his paternal grandfather came from Russia. As a child, the future actor was told that his ancestor who emigrated from Russia was "Mongol." But it is unknown who he really was - Mongol, Kalmyk or Buryat.  A family photograph shows a man with slanting eyes.

Perhaps because of this the actor did not limit himself to formal meetings, and asked to go to an ordinary Yakut village. The choice fell on Arylakh. There Seagal acquainted with traditional Yakut ceremonies, talked about the history of the Sakha people. The actor not only watched the theatrical performance, but he himself tried to perform osuokhay, Yakut traditional dance. The guest was offered to taste the dishes of national cuisine and to drink koumys made of mare's milk, which he liked.

The most famous movies of the actor: Marked for Death, The Siege, In the Name of Justice, Executive Decision, Attack Force.


IV.             In the fall of 2012 the star of the world's catwalks Natalia Vodianova arrived in Yakutsk.  The supermodel has opened a playground, "Sun City," built by her Naked Heart Foundation, which was a significant event for the whole city - for the first time children had the opportunity to play in a comfortable environment absolutely free. At the opening ceremony Natalia Vodianova has spent a lot of time for communicating with children and fans, signing autographs on the street for more than two hours.

Natalia Vodianova - Russian top model and philanthropist. She worked on the catwalk for Gucci, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Chloe, Valentino, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Miu Miu, Hermes, Kenzo, Viktor & Rolf, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and many other fashion houses.

She founded The Naked Heart Foundation for the construction of playgrounds in the provincial towns of Russia. In total, the Foundation has built more than 70 parks and playgrounds in 50 towns of Russia.

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Photo by Anastasia Ryzhikova, "My Sport"

V.                The legend of world boxing Roy Jones Jr. also managed to visit Yakutia.  In 2012, he toured the cities of Russia and performed with the program, “Explosion in Triumph,” in Yakutsk.  Before a vast audience of spectators he sang three songs from his repertoire and conducted a demonstration fight with a young boxer. He met with journalists on the big press conference, visited 'Treasury of Yakutia’ Exhibition and ‘Chochur Muran’ Ethnographic Center with his team, and held a master class for young boxers.

Roy Jones - the first boxer in history, who became World Champion in middleweight, then managed to win the title in super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. Roy Jones is known for his music and acting career. In 2001 he recorded his first rap music album, and starred in The Matrix sequel in 2003.  Roy Jones also starred in Universal Soldier, which was released in 2012.