Having recently acquired a Russian passport and an apartment in Grozny, French actor Gerard Depardieu is now the star of a new commercial promoting Azeri cuisine.
In the spot for Azerbaijan's tourism authorities now running on Euronews, the French actor sings the praises of Azeri cuisine.
The plotline revolves around Depardieu sampling a wide array of Azeri dishes presented to him as a scriptwriter reads him passages from a film script about Azerbaijan's natural beauty. Enchanted by the food, Depardieu fails to notice that he is being presented with a script.
"The country who has that kind of food is obviously a smart country," notes Depardieu, as he takes a break from tasting what he calls "a dream come true."
Azerbaijani media first announced back in July 2011 that Depardieu would film the commercial.
It is not Depardieu's first video promoting a country in the Caucasus. In 2011, he starred in a commercial for Armenia's Armavia airlines.
And the actor was the butt of jests after a fire engulfed Grozny's tallest skyscraper earlier this month. After Depardieu was gifted an apartment by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in the same complex of high-rise buildings, some social media users joked that the French bon vivant may have caused the fire by falling asleep with a lit cigarette.