Helen Mirren Faces Down Armed Russian BodyguardsHelen Mirren's Russian ancestry brought her and her sister face-to-face with the business end of loaded Kalishnokov assault rifles on a recent trip to her relatives' ancestral land.

It's a little-known fact that the actress -- who plays the Countess Sofya Tolstoy, the wife and muse of the eccentric author Leo Tolstoy, in the upcoming 'The Last Station' -- grew up in her working class British household hearing stories of her Russian grandfather and her family's Eastern European roots.
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