Saturday, 17 March 2012
Telling It Straight
I've always liked Gerard Depardieu - but he went up in my estimation the other day when he said that Dominique Strauss-Khan was 'smug and arrogant - just like all French people'.
Now this may make the star of Jean de Florette unpopular with his fellow countrymen - about as unpopular as a stranger with a hunchback arriving in small, tight-knit village in provincial France.
But he speaks the truth as far as I'm concerned.
One of the bigger tabloid newspapers covered the story in the following breathless terms:
"But Gérard Depardieu, who is playing Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a forthcoming film, has stunned his compatriots by describing the disgraced former boss of the International Monetary Fund as arrogant and smug — before adding that French people were pretty much all cast in the same mould."
Well that's honesty for you - or maybe not.
Maybe there was more to this than met the eye - maybe the initial quote was been taken out of context and/or exaggerated for effect.
Apparently when asked why he had agreed to play the role of DSK in a film about the rape claims that led to the downfall of the Socialist politician, Depardieu replied:
"Because I don’t like him."
Before going on to add:
"He is not likeable. I think he is a bit like all French people, a little arrogant. Besides, I don’t like the French, especially those like him."
So there we have it - peace and harmony restored.
Since the French film icon was simply reserving special contempt for fellow countrymen - who behave like Dominique Strauss-Khan.
Which is a good thing to my mind.