Why Gerard Depardieu Movies Have Been Banned From Theaters, TV

Gerard Depardieu's coziness with Vladimir Putin will cost him at the box office.

Oleg Vergelis, a well-known Ukrainian theater and movie critic “categorically disagrees with Depardieu’s political acts as unbalanced and offending, especially in the tragic times of turbulence and war, when artists should be above politics.”

But he said he is saddened that his high-quality work will be taken away from Ukrainians, who have resisted Russia's meddling ever since they approved independence from a disintegrating Soviet Union in 1991.

Tatyana Rymarenko, a film fan from Kiev, said, “Banning something in art and culture is always useless and no one benefits from such actions. Depardieu’s political comments should not be mixed with artistic talent, and none of his films have any connection to the sad Ukraine events.”

The culture ministry said the blacklist had been drawn up at the request of Ukraine’s SBU security service.

Depardieu, who lives at No. 1 Democracy St. in the Russian city of Saransk, about 400 miles southeast of Moscow, was banned last month from entering Ukraine for five years, apparently after questioning its right to exist as an independent state.

Depardieu has also praised his friend Putin as a “strong leader.”

He has not commented on the decision to blacklist his films in Ukraine, and he could not be reached for comment by ABC News.