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I wee like an elephant, says Depardieu

Gerard Depardieu remains unrepentent for relieving himself on a plane, blaming airline crew for not letting him use the toilet.

The French star denied drink was to blame and said: "I am an elephant... I have a lot of pee."

Depardieu spoke to CNN via satellite from Dublin, where he is filming the latest Asterix And Obelix movie.

He explained that he tried to use the toilet last month on board a Dublin-bound flight before takeoff but that the flight attendant "blocked the door with her foot".

Laughing as he recalled the incident, the actor added: "I say, 'Madam, I have a lot of pee. I have to go pee. It's hurt me. I'm not a terrorist, I just want to pee'."


After the flight attendant again refused, he borrowed an empty bottle from a friend and relieved himself.

"It was so beautiful, you know. It's very hurt. I'm not a monster. I'm just a man who wants to pee.

"I don't understand why she blocked the door."

Things turned even more confrontational when the bottle overflowed.

"The bottle was too small, you know. I am an elephant. I said: 'Don't worry, I will clean it up'."

By then other passengers had gathered around with camera phones, and the plane soon taxied back to the terminal, where Depardieu was escorted off by the ground crew without incident.

He was banned from getting back on the plane and had to take a later flight to Ireland.