Roland Emmerich Calls Putin the 'Most Dangerous Man in the World' at Pussy Riot Event
The famed antagonists of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Pussy Riot, came to Los Angeles on Sunday -- not wearing their usual masks. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two members of the feminist music collective who went to prison March 12, 2012 for hooliganism, were the guests of honor at a dinner given by director Roland Emmerich at Hollywood's Acabar restaurant, which he co-owners. Just before, the two did a Q&A at Harmony Gold Preview House with audience members at a special screening of the documentary about their acts of rebellion against the Russian government and Orthodox church, Pussy vs. Putin.
Emmerich announced a donation toward Tolokonnikova's and Alyokhina's NGO Zona Prava, which is focused on tackling prison reform in Russia. More donations were raised on the spot to provide security for Pussy Riot, with entertainment attorney John Diemer chipping in. Before the event, Cinema for Peace, which co-hosted with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, had pledged to support Zona Prava.
At the dinner -- attended by Bill Maher, Chris Colfer, Kimberly Peirce, Jim Carrey, Bryan Singer and TriStar's Tom Rothman -- Emmerich expressed admiration for the two. "Putin is the most dangerous man in the world. He just sacked another country," he told THR. Emmerich has been in a rebellious frame of mind himself lately. He's currently casting Stonewall, his big screen telling of the events in the early '60s that launched the modern gay rights movement.
So will Pussy Riot get its own big screen treatment some day as well?
"We're thinking about those things, but we don't have any concrete plans yet," Pyotr Verzilov, spokesperson for Pussy Riot and Tolokonnikova's husband, told THR. While there's nothing in the works, there's clearly some interest. Rothman spent 10 minutes talking about the pair. Later, he told Emmerich that he told them, "I should make a movie about you two."