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People Are Unearthing These Incredible Videos From Ukraine President’s Entertainment Days

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has impressed the world with his courageous resistance of Russia’s invasion of his homeland — and stolen hearts with resurfaced clips from his days as an actor.

SO WHAT

When it comes to rallying international support, a president with screen presence doesn’t hurt.

THE FOOTAGE

Zelenskyy, who played Ukraine’s president on the sitcom “Servant of the People” before winning the actual 2019 presidential election on an anti-corruption, anti-Russian platform, has put a brave face on the war in his biggest role yet.

  • As he stepped into the global spotlight, social media users have started posting highlights from his entertainment career.

2006: Zelenskyy appeared on the Ukrainian version of “Dancing With the Stars,” where he wowed judges with his flamboyant moves.

2014:  Zelenskyy applied his choreographic flair to the Beyonce hit “Single Ladies” with other members of his comedy troupe and production company, Kvartal 95, on their sketch show “Evening Quarter.”

2014: Zelenskyy took on another, less risqué piece of beloved Anglophone culture when he voiced the lead role in the Ukrainian versions of “Paddington” and its sequel “Paddington 2.”

2016: In a live performance, Zelenskyy — whose government Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused of Nazism — paid a cocky tribute to his Jewish heritage with a rousing rendition of “Hava Nagila” in another episode of “Evening Quarter.”

2017: On Monday, Zelenskyy submitted a request for Ukraine’s expedited admission to the European Union despite his failure to win admission as the fictional president in the popular “Servant of the People” TV show.

FAST FORWARD

A strong bipartisan U,S. consensus in support of Ukraine is emerging thanks in large part to Zelenskyy’s leadership.

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