EntertainmentSerbian actor Miloš Biković pulled from 'The White Lotus' after Ukraine's outcry over his pro-Putin stance

Serbian actor Miloš Biković pulled from 'The White Lotus' after Ukraine's outcry over his pro‑Putin stance

Miloš Biković lost his role in "White Lotus"
Miloš Biković lost his role in "White Lotus"
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10:46 AM EST, February 3, 2024, updated: 4:24 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Biković, a native of Serbia who studied in Belgrade, spent a decade mainly acting in Russian films. Hence, it seemed logical for HBO to cast him as a Russian character in the forthcoming third season of the hit series "The White Lotus". Biković had been set to portray Valentin, a charismatic yogi and hotel mentor dedicated to enhancing the quality of life. The hunt is now for a new actor to take on this role.

“I felt honored when I was invited to participate in 'The White Lotus', a TV series I deeply admire, and the individuals behind it. However, my participation has become impossible due to reasons unrelated to my skills as an actor. I refuse to subscribe to any narrative that jeopardizes my integrity," said Biković in a statement reported by Deadline.

Miloš Biković – Serbian actor unashamedly supports Russia

Biković lost his role in the American series after accusations from the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he exhibited pro-Putin sentiments. It’s well-known that the 36-year-old actor supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia and frequently visited the region before Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022. Putin previously awarded Biković a medal for his contributions to film, and since 2021, Biković has held Russian citizenship.

Despite this, Biković presents himself as the victim of a pointed campaign aimed squarely at his career. He argues that this initiative seems to be a calculated move intended to sway decisions, ultimately creating a dangerous precedent that undermines artistic freedom. The actor concluded his remarks by saying, "The outcome of such a narrative is the triumph of absurdity and the defeat of art."

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