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David Duchovny stars in controversial Russian ad in MH17 crash's aftermath

Published on Jul 28, 2014 6:10 PM

Moscow (Agence France-Presse) - American actor David Duchovny has stirred up a storm of debate by appearing in an ultra-patriotic beer ad in which he fantasises about being Russian.

The glossy ad for a Russian beer brand is inspired by the eastern European origins of the star of The X-Files and Californation. "There is another country, where I got my family name from, and sometimes I wonder, what if things turned out differently, what if I were Russian?" he says in the ad posted last Friday on YouTube.

He said in interviews that his father had Polish and Russian roots. But in April the actor wrote on Twitter: "I grew up thinking I was Russian only to find recently that I've been Ukrainian all along. Never too late to change."

In the ad set to Soviet rock hits, he is shown as a ballet choreographer, a cosmonaut, a rock star and an ice hockey player and experiencing Russian traditions such as the banya, or steam bath. "Being Russian, I'd have many things to be proud of," he concludes in the ad.

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