David Duchovny's new Russian beer ad didn't win him any fans on Twitter, especially in light of the recent tensions between the U.S. and Russia for its support of Ukrainian rebels.
The commercial, which was posted on YouTube Friday, shows the former "X-Files" star plugging the Russian brew Siberian Crown with a patriotic Russian ad full of old-time Soviet cultural images and pride.
"[The U.S. is] the country where I was born and raised. But there is another country, where I got my family name from," Duchovny, 53, says in the more than two-minute spot. "And sometimes I wonder: What if things turned out differently? What if I were Russian?"
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The ad then shows a montage of all the different Russian lives Duchovny could have lived, including that of an astronaut, a ballet instructor, a pop star, and a hockey player, among others.
The Daily Mail pointed out that Duchovny's nostalgic Russian commercial
tells a different story about his heritage than a tweet posted in April.
"He is evidently confused over his roots since in April he tweeted: 'I grew up thinking I was Russian only to find recently that I've been Ukrainian all along. Never too late to change,'" the U.K. news site reported Sunday. "The two sides are locked in a fierce dispute, with Moscow backing rebels demanding separation in the east of Ukraine. But there was also Western criticism of his backing for a Russian brand after the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in which 298 people died."
Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin posted the ad's link on Twitter, while commenting, "If you forget about what it is advertising, as a whole it's made with love," according to Agence France-Presse.
But the "Californication" star did not find any other supporters on social media.
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