Walter Mencken 10:05 a.m., April 30
Gérard Depardieu Talks "Pee" With Anderson Cooper
Last month, People Magazine broke the story that former French heartthrob Gérard Depardieu urinated while aboard a plane waiting to take off. Apparently, the flight attendant said "No, no" to his request to "Oui-oui."
Passengers aboard the Air France flight were disrupted when the legendary movie star, barred entrance to the lavatory by the steadfast stewardess, used an empty water bottle to relieve himself in. Depardieu should have reached for a Big Gulp; the small plastic bottle could not accommodate the overflow that trickled onto the cabin floor.
A passenger aboard the flight couldn't wait to land in Dublin and call a French radio station to report the incident and that the star of such films as 1900, Jean de Florette and Last Holiday appeared to be intoxicated. (Depardieu denies any alcohol was involved.)
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, the Oscar-nominated actor made one thing clear: "I have a lot of pee" and went on to describe his emptying as both elephantine and "beautiful."
This isn't the first time the once-brawling delinquent has been accused of piggish behavior. Depardieu argues the following quote from a Time Magazine profile was the result of improper translation: "I don't understand why rape is seen as bad in this country. In [France], I've raped several women."
It took a lot more than a roll of paper towels and a Swiffer to clean up that mess. Many argue it cost him an Oscar nomination for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990).
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