'I don't like the French, they're arrogant': Gerard Depardieu blasts fellow natives, as he's cast as Dominique Strauss-Kahn
20:09 GMT, 15 March 2012
Gerard Depardieu clearly isn't very patriotic, blasting his fellow Frenchman as 'smug and arrogant'.
The screen veteran – born in Chteauroux, Indre – let rip during an interview on Swiss TV while discussing his latest film role.
Depardieu is stepping into the shoes of France’s shamed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a biopic from filmmaker Abel Ferrara.
Not exactly patriotic then Gerard Depardieu, pictured here on The Graham Norton Show, has said the French are an 'arrogant' nation
Speaking on the Pardonnez-Moi chat show, the Cyrano de Bergerac actor told presenter Darius Rochebin: 'He’s not lovable.
'I think he’s a bit like all the French, a bit arrogant.
'I don’t much like the French in any case. And he’s very French – arrogant, smug. He’s playable. I will do it, because I don’t like him.'
However, when quizzed about Strauss-Kahn’s 'sexual impulses' that saw his arrested for trying to rape a New York hotel chambermaid last May, Depardieu said is was not which disgusted him, but his 'general attitude'.
The 63-year-old said: 'It’s the way he walks, with one hand in his pocket.
'We can all have filthy thoughts, and it’s well known that these guys with huge power, money, the IMF or top judicial officials can be like that.
Corrupt: Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of raping a chambermaid in 2011
'But I will not try to inhabit the role of Strauss-Kahn too deeply, as I have never been moved very much by people who have no dignity.'
Strauss-Kahn was later cleared of attempted rape, but returned to France to face more accusations of sexually abusing a young French writer.
He then confessed to taking part in orgies after he was named in connection with a prostitution racket in Lille, northern France.
French actress Isabelle Adjani is being lined up to play Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne Sinclair who stood by him as his political career collapsed.
Bad Lieutenant director Ferrara told French newspaper Le Monde: 'It will be a film about sex and politics, and Depardieu will be perfect for the role.'
However, the Green Card star – for which he won the Best Actor Golden Globe in 1990 – has been involved in his own scandalous behaviour.
Last August, the father-of four was ejected from a plane in France after urinating in the aisle in full view of disgusted passengers.
Gerard reportedly barred from the lavatory during take-off, and could not hold his bladder during the Paris to Dublin pre-flight period.
He apologised for the 'humiliating incident', blaming prostate problems.