Gerard Depardieu Says He Can Drink Dozens Of Bottles Of Wine Each Day
By Zach Seemayer
If you want to imagine what it's like to drink with French actor Gerard Depardieu, just think back to the movie The Raiders Of The Lost Ark, in that scene when Marion Ravenwood is downing shots with a giant Yeti-person. In this example, Depardieu is the Yeti.
In a recent interview, French-born actor Gerard Depardieu told a reporter that he can – and often does – drink "12, 13, 14 bottles" of wine a day, and it doesn’t even get him trashed.
"I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles…per day," the 65-year-old Depardieu told So Film while promoting his upcoming movie Welcome To New York. "But I’m never totally drunk, just a little pissed. All you need is a 10-minute nap and voilà, a slurp of rosé wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy!"
Aside from 14 bottles of wine being a lot of alcohol, it's also just a lot of liquid in general. A standard bottle of wine is about 25 ounces. 14 bottles would be over 350 ounces. That's 43 cups. That's more than two and a half gallons. Of booze.
So, either Depardieu is incorrect or he's exaggerating. Or he's a wildly unhealthy man with no regard to his own well-being. Maybe some other quotes from his interview can help us figure it out.
"Cinema is not the only thing I do, luckily. I hang out with artists, I travel, I'm into cuisine, and wine, I go and visit dictators." (Referring to his publicized "friendship" with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and spent time with Fidel Castro.)
"When you're full of life, it can have a positive effect – like offering someone 1,000 roses. That can be good - or it can be bad, like bashing an ashtray on a cop's head because he refuses to drink the champagne you're offering him. But usually I’m never the one who starts the fight."
"After undergoing bypass surgery (five times), and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful. Anyway, I’m not going to die. Not now. I still have energy."
Yeah, it seems like it might be that 'no regard for his own well-being' option.