Wednesday 1 March 2017

Depardieu rejects 'too white' claim

Gerard Depardieu rejected claims he was too white to play Alexandre Dumas
Gerard Depardieu rejected claims he was too white to play Alexandre Dumas

Gerard Depardieu has rejected the discussion over his right to play mixed-race author Alexandre Dumas because he is a blue-eyed blonde.

Depardieu says the debate over his role as The Three Musketeers writer in the big-budget production L'Autre Dumas is "ridiculous" and "unnecessary".

France's Representative Council for Black Associations had questioned Depardieu's being cast as a man with Afro-Caribbean heritage, saying black actors are not chosen to play white roles in French cinema.

Depardieu says the issue is "not interesting" and "not a problem".

The actor was speaking at the Berlin film festival, where he was attending the screening of the French film Mammuth - one of 20 films in competition for the top prize.

Press Association

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