It’s been a while since we’ve heard from legendary French actor and filmmaker Gerard Depardieu, hasn’t it? I don’t even want to hear how many years it’s been since “Green Card” or “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Lately, he’s been all about his vineyards–he’s getting wasted and falling off his scooter, and getting wasted and renouncing his French citizenship and moving to Russia because he just doesn’t feel like paying taxes. But why is Monsieur Depardieu your hero today, apart from being one of the most prolific character actors in film history? Because in a recent interview, he nonchalantly mentioned he often drinks up to 14 bottles of wine a day.
Yes, you read that right. FOURTEEN. BOTTLES. Sounds like paradise.
In an interview with Mirror, he talked about his legendary drinking habits: “The 65-year-old said: ‘When I’m bored, I drink. Apart from compulsory moments of abstinence. After bypass surgery, and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful…But if ever I start drinking I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day.’ ”
Discussing his operation, he explained:
“I was asked to tell the doctor about my consumption. So I said, ‘here it goes’. It starts at home with champagne or red wine, before 10am. Then again champagne. Then pastis, maybe half a bottle. 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.”
I can’t even. I’ve never been more jealous in my life. If they weren’t a bunch of cheese-eating surrender monkeys, according to Groundskeeper Willie, I’d be on the next flight to France.