It had to happen eventually. Gerard Depardieu is SOBER AND he is actually doing something shocking. Sadly, that that something is retiring. Gerard Depardieu is one of the best living French actors (maybe even the greatest, not really sure. He’s not quite a Jean Gabin but he’s up there.)
Depardieu is retiring now before he becomes a sell out and people remember him only for his recent movie roles rather than remember that he was the premiere French actor in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Pretty good reasons I think.
And I think the picture is cool too.
Gerard Depardieu says he will quit acting
Author : Paula Cussons
Noted French film star Gerard Depardieu has announced that he would be bidding adieu to his acting career and that it was his final decision. The 56-year-old star, famous for mind-blowing films such as Jean de Florette and Cyrano de Bergerac said in an interview that he did not want to “hang on like an idiot.”
The interview published in the newspaper Le Parisien Dimanche left viewers shocked and his admirers and colleagues unconvinced. “I’m in the process of stopping filming. I’m a guy who’s leaving! A guy who’s not drunk. For once,” he told the newspaper. The entire interview is published in Sunday’s editions of the French newspaper.
Depardieu said that the film that he was currently working on is based on the Algerian war for independence and is titled Michou d’Auber. He categorically stated that this would be his last film ever. “I have nothing to lose,” he said. “I have done 170 films. I have nothing left to prove. I am not going to hang on like a jerk.”
However, his longtime agent, Claude Davy told the BBC that viewers should not take Depardieu’s statements on face value since he has been threatening to quit since a decade, “He is fed up of cinema,” Davy said. “It doesn’t amuse him anymore. He wants to do deals, he wants to do other things than act.”
He added that Depardieu would cut down on films and make perhaps limited appearance in a film per year. Despite these statements, Depardieu has more than seven films waiting for release. These include the Queen Latifah drama Last Holiday, which is scheduled for release on January 13.
Depardieu had an impressive career, which saw him nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Cyrano de Bergerac. He also won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy for Green Card in 1990. He alsoreceieved an Emmy nomination for his the 2002 production Napoléon.