Depardieu rejects 'too white' claim
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.