Ukraine is lambasting HBO’s “The White Lotus” for casting Miloš Biković … a Serbian actor who’s voiced assist and admiration for Russia amid the continued battle, and has accepted a medal from Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine’s overseas ministry known as out HBO in an X put up Wednesday … asking if it was proper for the outlet to work with an individual who helps genocide and violates worldwide regulation.
A fast rundown on the uproar: Biković’s been accused of supporting Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine … even posting an X ballot displaying that belief in Putin was greater than in Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He is starred in a string of Russian movies, resembling 2014’s “Sunstroke” … which Ukraine’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs stated he’d filmed in Crimea, the peninsula Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014.
In 2018, Putin awarded Biković a Pushkin medal for advancing Russian tradition. A yr later, Ukraine banned him from coming into the nation for nationwide safety causes.
The 36-year-old was unfazed over the ban, making it clear the place his loyalties lie as he gushed over receiving Russian citizenship in 2021 … and added, he’d been actively collaborating in Russian cultural life for greater than 7 years.
His casting within the third season of Mike White‘s anthology collection was introduced earlier this month … and manufacturing is about to start subsequent month in Thailand.
Deadline experiences he’ll doubtless play a Russian-speaking wellness guru on the resort — although his character particulars have not been confirmed.
The darkish comedy has been a large hit with followers and has dominated award season with its first 2 seasons … so expectations are undoubtedly excessive for the third.
How HBO handles the backlash to Biković’s casting stays to be seen.