French actor Gérard Depardieu recently stated in an interview that he can knock back up to 14 bottles of wine in a single day. Actually it’s quite a bit more than that:
‘I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day.’
‘In the morning, it starts at home with champagne or red wine before 10am, then again champagne.’
Gérard said he breaks up the wine intake with a little aniseed liqueur pastis.
He added: ‘Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine.’
‘In the afternoon, champagne, beer and more pastis at around 5pm, to finish off the bottle.
‘Later on, vodka and/or whisky. But I’m never totally drunk, just a little p*****d.
‘All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy.
‘Anyway, I’m not going to die. Not now. I still have energy.’
If Mr. Depardieu is to be believed, per the recounting of the French interview in the Daily Mail, his body should be donated to a research laboratory, because no human being should be able to drink anywhere near that amount of alcohol in a single day, let alone a week.
Or perhaps it’s something in the Russian water? In 2013, Vladimir Putin himself granted Depardieu a Russian passport. At the time the French government was threatening to raise the tax rate on the nation’s top earners to 75%, hence the French-for-Russian passport swap.
The Putin-provided-passport lead to another bit of tragicomical Depardieu news back in July:
Depardieu has been earmarked to lead a committee devoted to developing vineyards in the Crimea, which was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in March, Izvestia reported Monday.
Igor Zotov, head of the Russian Pensioners for Justice party, suggested that Depardieu, a known wine connoisseur, could lead a team tasked with maximizing the potential of the land on the Black Sea peninsula, the newspaper reported, citing a copy of the letter sent to the region’s head, Sergei Aksyonov.
“Today, Gérard is not only a symbol of French cinema and French charm, but also a symbol of the breadth of the Russian soul. It would be good for the region if Gérard Depardieu, a world-renowned expert in the field of winemaking, headed the state structure: a committee or social structure of Crimean winemakers,” Zotov was quoted by Izvestia as saying in the letter.
A symbol of the breadth of the Russian soul? Perhaps he might want to swap a couple of those wine bottles for some more vodka.