French actor Gerard Depardieu, 65, admits to drinking 14 bottles of wine
a day – despite having a quintuple heart bypass
- Actor told a French film magazine: ‘I can’t drink like a normal person’
- He also enjoys beer, pastis, champagne, vodka and whiskey during the day
- 65-year-old says that he ‘never gets drunk’ despite voluminous intake
Gerard Depardieu, the titan of French cinema and renowned bon vivant, claims he sometimes drinks up to 14 bottles of wine a day.
Even a quintuple heart bypass operation 14 years ago does not seem to have tempered the actor’s drinking, nor a serious motorcycle crash while over the legal limit.
The 65-year-old Frenchman’s fondness for wine is such that he runs his own award-winning vineyard in the Medoc.
He told French magazine So Film: ‘I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day.
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Mon Dieu! Gerard Depardieu recently told a French film magazine: ‘I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day’
‘In the morning, it starts at home with champagne or red wine before 10am, then again champagne.’
Gerard said he breaks up the wine intake with a little aniseed liqueur pastis.
He added: ‘Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine.
‘In the afternoon, champagne, beer and more pastis at around 5pm, to finish off the bottle.
‘Later on, vodka and/or whisky. But I’m never totally drunk, just a little p*****d.
‘All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy.
‘Anyway, I’m not going to die. Not now. I still have energy.’
Wine lover: Gerard Depardieu during a visit to the ‘Vinexpo’ international wine fair in Bordeaux, south-western France in 2005. He runs his own award-winning vineyard in the Medoc
However, his behaviour was condemned by French mental health expert Professor Michel Lejoyeux, who blasted French attitudes to the heavy consumption of alcohol, and the media’s admiration of his alcohol intake.
He said: ‘We smile about heavy users, calling them “bon vivants”, while non-consumption is not allowed. In society, it is the one who does not drink who will feel guilty.
‘A consumption of 14 bottles a day is beyond all data, all thresholds and health references of the World Health Organization.
‘This is proof of the positive vision we have of alcohol poisoning.’
Comrades: Depardieu, seen her with Vladimir Putin, took Russian citizenship in January 2013 as a protest against France’s 75 per cent tax on the rich
Previously Depardieu made headlines after he was banned from an Air France flight for urinating in the aisle as it prepared to take off, forcing the plane to turn back to its parking spot.
A passenger on the flight said Depardieu appeared to be drunk and insisted he be allowed to use the bathroom during takeoff, when passengers must remain seated.
Depardieu, who took Russian citizenship in January 2013 as a protest against France’s 75 per cent tax on the rich, recently came under fire for suggesting Ukraine was part of Russia.
He was asked in an interview at the Baltic Pearl film festival in Latvia about the Ukraine situation and declared he ‘loves both Russia, and Ukraine, which is part of Russia’.
The actor was presented with his Russian passport by President Vladimir Putin himself and he launched a luxury watch line under the banner ‘Proud To Be Russian’.
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Actor Richard Kiel has died at the age of 74. The man of giantesque stature was best known for his iconic role of Jaws in the Bond movies.
Despite his remarkable height, colleagues dubbed Kiel “a gentle giant”. The actor had four children with his second wife, Diane, pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978 with son Richard and baby daughter Jennifer.
Kiel’s iconic turn as Jaws in the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me secured his place in the pantheon of movies’ most memorable villains. In fact, producers were so impressed by his performance that they altered the screenplay so Jaws survived and was able to return two years later in Moonraker.
Kiel reprised the role of Jaws in the 1979 film Moonraker. The film culminated with Jaws changing sides and joining forces with Bond to save the world. It also saw romance blossom between Jaws and Dolly, a small, pig-tailed blonde with braces, comically played by Blanch Ravalec.
Kiel joined fellow Bond baddies, Sir Christopher Lee, Rick Yune and Toby Stephens, at a Bafta tribute to the Bond films in 2002. He reportedly said: “It is always more fun to play a bad guy than to be yourself as you can create a character unlike your own and be someone you are not for a change.”
Kiel had been in frail health for some years, following a serious car accident in the early nineties which affected his balance. He regularly used a walking stick or a mobility scooter, but retained an upbeat disposition.
Richard Kiel was reunited with former Bond girls Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun), Tania Mallet (Goldfinger) and Eunice Gayson (From Russia With Love) in London for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Bond franchise in 2012.
Sir Roger Moore and Kiel were last together just a week ago, when they recorded the BBC Radio 4 show The Reunion, with Britt Ekland. Sir Roger said he was “totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel’s passing”. The pair will forever be linked in the minds of 1970s film-goers – with Moore’s Bond squaring up to Kiel’s steel-toothed villain.
Creatives from all around the world have submitted work inspired by Bill Murray for an
art tribute show called The Murray Affair, to celebrate the famous 63-year-old actor and
his legendary filmography.
November 9, 2011
Mr. DiCaprio, wouldn’t it be nice to do a shitty romantic comedy every once in a while?
I am completely open for doing a romantic comedy but I will never do something just for the sake of doing a specific genre or because it’s the time or place to do a different type of movie. I think that would be a huge mistake. Ultimately I read a script and I say, “Woah, I am emotionally engaged in this.” I never think about the subject matter, what it will be to popular culture, what it means historically – ultimately all that stuff passes and this movie will come out and it’s either good or it’s not. So that’s the only way I know how to pick films, otherwise I am not connected to it.
How important is it for you to challenge yourself even further with every film that you do?
That really depends on the role. It’s always this grand search in the industry to find good material. Whenever there is good material they all jump on it and it’s like a food fight to get it made. That’s why so many things take years and years to develop because it all shows up on screen. If there are holes in the story structure, if it’s not a compelling, moving narrative, that shows on screen and the movie fails.
You seem to be winning the food fight, considering the material that you get.
It’s been director driven. I have to say that whatever decisions I make, I really do think that movie making is a director’s medium. They are the people that ultimately shape the film and a director can take great material and turn it into garbage if they are not capable of making a good movie. So that is why I have chosen to work with directors that I feel can transport themselves in the audiences mind.
You have worked with Spielberg, Nolan, Eastwood, Mendes, Boyle, Cameron, not to mention you are a regular with Scorsese. Is there anyone left on your list?
There are a lot of directors I’d still love to work with. Paul Thomas Anderson is someone I’d love to work with. I think Alejandro González Iñárritu is very talented. Ang Lee is very talented. I mean, there are a lot of people. There are many great directors out there.
How much of your life involves making movies and thinking about movies?
A lot of it, that is for sure. (Laughs) I can’t say that it isn’t the most dominant thing going on right now. Look, the truth is that I always wanted to be an actor; it was always my dream and now is the time where I am really able to choose my own parts.
You have been able to do that for a while…
Yes, but I know a lot of actors who I grew up with in the industry – growing up in Los Angeles – that don’t get to do that. I just keep imagining myself thirty years from now thinking, “Why didn’t you take advantage of all the opportunities you had? Look at all the people you could have worked with, the roles you could have done. Go for it.” And that’s what I am thinking.
So do you put other things aside?
No, I don’t. Either they fit in in a natural way or they don’t. I never want to force anything but I do know that ultimately this is what I love doing and those other things will find a way to happen.
So you always knew that acting is what you wanted to do?
I really don’t remember. But I do remember loving to imitate my mother’s friends. I’d do little performances imitating them, making fun of them, making her laugh, making my grandparents laugh.
Sounds like you were a handful.
I kind of am an energetic person. It seems calmer now, but you should have seen me when I was younger. Whew! I would have been very difficult to be around, especially before I became a teenager. I don’t know how my mother dealt with me. I was just running, constantly doing things. I am a lot calmer now, but I still have a lot of energy.
Do you ever think you’ll lose that energy and try something else completely?
I could one day. But I happen to love acting, I happen to love doing movies. We are all shaped from these memories we have as young people and those were my earliest memories: wanting to be an actor, pushing my parents to take me out on auditions. I didn’t even know you could get paid for it but I wanted to do it. When I found out you could get paid for it then I said, “Okay, this is what I really want to do.” I am getting to fulfill that so I am not going to do anything, for now anyway, to change that.
Is it strange when you reflect on how completely you’ve achieved your childhood dream?
I sometimes have to look back and say, “Wow, this is amazing what has happened to me. I have been able to fulfill a lot of these dreams that I had when I was very young.” I would have never guessed that I would have gotten to have one tiny role in a Martin Scorsese film and to have done four now, it’s pretty amazing. I have to say it’s a pretty amazing feeling. But at the same time it becomes addictive! So yes, my dreams have been surpassed.
Harry Dean Stanton
Film actor. Born on July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA, indie film star Harry Dean Stanton served in the navy during World War II. He studied at the University of Kentucky and the Pasadena Playhouse.
A solid supporting actor, Stanton appeared in numerous feature films, many of them Westerns, before starring in 1984’s Paris, Texas and the cult classic Repo Man. Later films include The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Hostages(1992), The Green Mile (1999), The Straight Story(1999), and The Pledge (2000).
Stanton also is credited with many television appearances over his long career fromGunsmoke during the late 1950s-60s, to the popular recent series Two and a Half Men. Since 2006, Harry Dean Stanton also has starred on the HBO series Big Love as Roman Grant, the manipulative leader of a polygamous sect.