The rise of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky who took the internet by storm after rejecting US offer for evacuation following the Russian invasion of his country is stranger than fiction. Until 2019, Zelensky was an actor known for his various comedic roles in movies and television shows, including one in which he played the president of Ukraine, before actually becoming one.
In his most popular role, he starred as the president of Ukraine in the hit 2015 series ‘Servant of the People.’ The story follows a school teacher who becomes president. He also voiced the character of Paddington Bear in the Ukrainian versions of the movies and starred in a Ukrainian version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – which he won.
Many people have been sharing clips of his old roles, before the comedian actor became a politician. Zelensky was elected as President of Ukraine in 2019.
In one scene from ‘Servant of the People’, Zelensky’s character gets a call from Angela Merkle announcing that Ukraine has been approved to join the European Union (EU), as fountains go off behind him at the good news. On Monday, Ukraine applied for membership to the EU, amid ongoing bombing from Russia.
A clip of Zelensky in Ukraine’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has also gone viral, with the president donning many different outfits.
“So let me understand this correctly, President Zelensky is a dancer, an actor, a comedian, a voice actor as well as a badass leader, an attorney and a loving compassionate family man? What an amazing human” said one commentator on Twitter.
BBC reporter Megha Mohan shared a compilation video of Volodymyr Zelensky’s rise to the presidency.
Regrettably, the Ukrainian president’s past has added to the wave of fake news disseminated online about the Russian attack on Ukraine. Recently, a fake video of Vladimir Putin was circulated in Pakistan, erroneously translating the Russian president as calling Prime Minister Imran Khan a ‘brave man’ for ‘resisting Western pressure’.