Gerard Depardieu may be a titan of French cinema but it would appear the quintuple heart bypass survivor has an ongoing battle with the bottle.
Well, 14 bottles to be precise. That’s how much wine Depardieu told French magazine So Film he can absorb in one day. Such is the French thespian’s love of the grape, he runs his own award-winning vineyard in the Medoc.
Obviously, getting high on his own supply is not an issue with Depardieu, and neither would it appear is alcoholism.
“I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day,’ explained Depardieu with a certain joie de vie.
Seemingly on a roll, the larger than life actor, elaborates and goes on to seemingly brag about his outrageous alcohol intake during the course of a day.
“In the morning, it starts at home with champagne or red wine before 10 a.m., then again champagne. Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine.
“In the afternoon, champagne, beer and more pastis at around 5 p.m., 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.”
Depardieu had a quintuple heart bypass operation 14 years ago, which is about as serious as it sounds. Yet it would appear such life-saving surgery, nor a serious motorcycle crash while over the legal limit has done much to calm Depardieu’s hard-living and hell-raising ways.
The bon vivant’s drinking made headlines for all the wrong reasons when he was banned from an Air France flight for urinating in the aisle just before take off. A passenger on the plane which was forced to turn back to its parking spot said that Depardie seemed intoxicated.
Protesting against his native country’s 75 percent tax on the rich, Depardieu took Russian citizenship in January 2013 and was presented with his Russian passport by President Vladmir Putin himself. Depardieu also came under criticism for saying he “loved both Russia, and Ukraine, which is part of Russia.”
The French wine lover’s recent comments about his alcohol intake have incurred the wrath of French mental expert Professor Michel Lejoyeux, who believe the French as a nation, and the media as a whole, have an unhealthy attitude towards the heavy consumption of alcohol.
“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.”