Well, at least if you believe what he has written about himself:
Perhaps the ultimate shocker to come from Depardieu's autobiography, told to writer Lionel Duroy, is that his mother tried to abort him several times. "I survived all the violence that my poor mother inflicted on herself with knitting needles and things," he recounts. "The third child that she didn't want, was me, Gérard. I survived," he says.Frankly, he doesn't look all that good lately:
Although, without some special equipment, there is no way to see the traces of the knitting needles he mentions. Besides, knowing something about his turbulent career path, one could be sure the young Gerard didn't just take these needles lying down.
But most of this stormy past, including his career as a gay prostitute and a grave robber is, happily, behind him, now that he is a proud Russian citizen. This conservative Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov surely knows what he is talking about:
"Now that he breathed in the purifying air of Mordovia, all that filth left him," he added, referring to the Russian region, where Depardieu is permanently registered. "He sincerely repents what he was forced to do in his youth in France. He wants to live in a new way, without all that filth."So, everything Depardieu's mom was afraid of is behind Gerard now, and there is no more need of them needles.
Good. Come here, baby, give us a kiss!