Of the many holds not barred in a recent interview with Gerard Depardieu for Austrian magazine Profil, the most widely reported has been his burn of compatriot Juliette Binoche. (Translations taken from Lizzy Davies' Guardian article except where otherwise specified):
"Please can you explain to me what the secret of this actress is meant to be?” he asked rhetorically about the 2010 Cannes Best Actress, and previous Oscar winner, "I would really like to know why she has been so esteemed for so many years. She has nothing. Absolutely nothing!"Compared to her, he claims,
“...Isabelle Adjani is great even if she's totally nuts. Or Fanny Ardant – she is magnificent, extremely impressive. But Binoche? What has she ever had going for her?”Now this writer has her problems with post- ”Tirez Sur Le Pianiste” (“Shoot the Piano Player”) French films in general - entirely too many of them revolve around a love triangle involving an older man and some nymphette young enough to be his granddaughter who say enigmatic things while staring out of apartment windows. That, or they’re overstuffed heritage cinema costume drama love triangles instead. But of Binoche herself we’ve nothing particularly bad to say - in fact we loved her in her Cannes-winning role in “Copie Conforme” (“Certified Copy”), and hey, if she can be all haunting and dreamy in ”Trois Couleurs: Bleu” (“Three Colours: Blue”) and do a passable job of playing Dane Cook’s girlfriend in “Dan In Real Life,” well, girl’s got some range, right? I mean, Dane Cook.