Guy Ritchie and the Russian Mafia
10.27.07 by REELZ
In town to promote his trippy new gangster flick Revolver, UK filmmaker Guy Ritchie (you know, the dude who's married to Madonna) gave us a glimpse of his next project, RocknRolla:
"That's not such cerebral stuff -- that's fun," described Ritchie, contrasting RocknRolla's tone with the brainier Revolver. "It's kind of a commentary on how London is now. It's all to do with Russian oligarchs buying up the city and stuff and then the shenanigans that take place in the underworld because of that."
Oil-rich Russian oligarchs have flocked to London in recent years, riling some native Brits with their extravagant spending habits. "There is a particular oligarch in the film who builds soccer stadiums," Ritchie hinted, most likely referencing Roman Abramovich, the billionaire Russian oil baron who stirred up much controversy in the UK when he purchased England's fabled Chelsea Football Club in 2003.