That’s beaucoup de vin! Gerard Depardieu revealed in an interview with French magazine So Film that he can drink up to 14 bottles of wine — a day!
“When I’m bored, I drink,” the legendary French actor, 65, told the mag while promoting his new flick Welcome To New York. Depardieu says he lays off the stuff during “occasional compulsory moments of abstinence. After undergoing bypass surgery, and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful [but] I’m not going to die. Not now. I still have energy.”
The My Father The Hero star, who fittingly owns his own vineyard, explained: “I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles…per day. But I’m never totally drunk, just a little pissed. All you need is a 10 minute nap and voilà, a slurp of rosé wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy!”
Depardieu, who made headlines in 2011 when he drunkenly urinated on a plane, also told the magazine that he once took on the King of the Jungle while on vacation in Africa.
“I killed two lions once and I understand why the lion is the king of the jungle. [It was] in legitimate self defense,” he’s quoted saying. “Imagine you’re driving and your engine breaks down. You got out, and in your way are these animals. So you shoot, just to scare them. They don’t move. I wasn’t there for hunting. I was in Africa for Africa.”
PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk wasn’t as amused with the tale, telling Huffinton Post UK: “And we’re sure that he urinated in that airplane aisle to put out a fire and only nets songbirds to prevent his own starvation. How do you say ‘Pull the other leg — it’s got bells on it,’ in French? And what a lucky coincidence that he was not only fully armed but also ready to take careful aim and shoot them dead when they apparently had such poor eyesight that they mistook him for a gazelle? He either had no business being in the lions’ territory, or he’s a callous, cowardly, miserable ‘little’ man.”
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