Depardieu labels Oscar-winner Binoche a nobody
Gerard Depardieu, France’s best-known actor, has launched a blistering tirade against Juliette Binoche, describing the Oscar-winning French actress as "nothing" and "nobody".
Mr Depardieu, 61, the star of Cyrano de Bergerac and Green Card, said: “Tell me what is Juliette Binoche’s secret? I wonder why she has been so respected for so many years. She has nothing. Absolutely nothing.”
Binoche, who made her name in films including Three Colours: Blue and Chocolat, won an Oscar in 1996 for Best Supporting Actress in The English Patient and received the Best Actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her role in Certified Copy.
Despite all the plaudits for her performances in almost 50 films, Depardieu — who has never won an Oscar himself – could find no saving graces in her acting ability.
“She’s nobody. Isabelle Adjani, well she’s wonderful, even if she is completely lost [as a person]. Or Fanny Ardant [François Truffaut’s former wife and leading lady], she’s grandiose and extremely impressive. But Binoche? What’s she ever had going for her?” he asked.
Depardieu has shot about 200 films, but has never performed alongside Binoche. Her entourage declined to comment on his outburst.
Although lauded as a genius at his best, Depardieu has often been criticised for agreeing to appear in countless flops. Indeed, he recently admitted: “I’ve made 200 films, of which 150 were ----”.
Depardieu had epic, public spats with his son Guillaume, who died two years ago and described his father as a “coward, a cheat and lazy” in his autobiography, Tout Donner (Giving Everything). “He is obsessed with the desire to be loved and the need for money... I love him and I detest him for the same reasons,” the younger man went on.
But despite his provocations, the French still have a soft spot for the incorrigible tearaway; his latest appearances in France in films such as Mammuth, a road movie about a 60-year-old oddball, were critical and box office successes.