Gérard Depardieu stopped by the Abu Dhabi Film Festival to present “Potiche,” the François Ozon comedy in which he plays an aging activist who finds himself back in contact with an old flame (Catherine Deneuve). While no one got a chance to ask him about Juliette Binoche, with whom he’s been having a spat in the press lately, he did share his thoughts about his costar, growing older and how it can be hard out there for an actress:
It’s very hard to be an actress. Usually, people don’t like to see an actress get older. But Catherine passes everything. Like Sophia Loren, for example. You can’t learn that — that’s part of your nature. It’s very hard, even for men, for everybody, except if they’re not being honest. When your see see body — like me, for example, [slaps belly, laughs] it’s 30 kilos — I can say “No, I don’t like myself like that.”
I think for women it’s the same. But you have to be generous. If I see myself, I will be sad all the time. But I don’t care now. I try to take care. I think Catherine, Sophia, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Adjani, all those women who are fifty plus, if they have a joy of life, that is beauty — how you feel, when you forget yourself. It’s like wine. And if it’s a bad one, even if it’s old, it will still bad.