Meet Russia's Tom Cruise and 4 Other International Superstars
China's Wang Baoqiang, India's Katrina Kaif and France's Omar Sy are among the homegrown talent who top the local box office and give Will Smith and Johnny Depp runs for their money.
This story first appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
CHINA: Wang Baoqiang, 29
Part of the trio that turned Xu Zheng's road-trip comedy Lost in Thailand into China's biggest box-office hit ($200 million and counting), Wang deftly moves, Will Smith-like, from comedy to drama (the Cannes competition entry A Touch of Sin) to action (the upcoming Iceman franchise).
FRANCE: Omar Sy, 35
Sy claimed superstar status as the ex-con caregiver in The Intouchables, which earned $426.6 million worldwide and won him a Cesar -- the first black man to take France's top film honor. Sy will make his studio debut as Bishop in X-Men: Days of Future Past and has a supporting role with De Niro and Christoph Waltz in Stephen Gaghan's upcoming crime thriller Candy Store.
GERMANY: Matthias Schweighofer, 32
Combine Woody Allen's bumbling with Ryan Reynolds' abs, and you have the formula that has made Schweighofer Germany's hit machine. Writing, directing and starring in rom-coms, he regularly beats Hollywood imports at the box office. Fox is eyeing his most recent feature, The Break-Up Man, for a U.S. remake.
INDIA: Katrina Kaif, 29
The success of 2012's As Long as I Live, which stars Kaif and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, reaffirmed her as India's box-office queen, as will her upcoming mega-sequels: Dhoom 3 and Dostana 2. As an ambassador for more than a dozen major brands, including L'Oreal, Panasonic and Kodak, her face is everywhere on the subcontinent. "Kat," as fans call her, even has a Barbie doll named after her.
RUSSIA: Fedor Bondarchuk, 46
Russia's answer to Cruise broke local box-office records with the historical actioner 9th Company and the sci-fi film The Inhabited Island (both of which he directed). Bondarchuk also won the Golden Eagle (the Russian Oscar) for acting for Two Days.