“There are intelligent people among the Russian opposition, like, say, well-known chess player Garry Kasparov,” Mr. Depardieu said in an interview for the Russian TV. “But is one thing to be an intelligent chess player, and another one to have a well-thought-out political program.”
“French people like to criticize all and everything very much,” Gerard Depardieu continued. “I am also often criticized in France. For example, I believe that the punishment which the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot received for an unsanctioned performance in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral was quite deserved. If these girls have tried to do the same in a mosque, this would probably have cost them their lives. If they have tried this in a Roman Catholic cathedral, the reaction of the parishioners would most likely have been even tougher than the one of the parishioners of the Orthodox cathedral where they made their unbidden performance. But when I say this in France, people call me an idiot.”
“I have been criticized for many things in my life,” the actor says. “For example, recently, I was criticized for driving a scooter while being drunk. Well, I am not ideal – but, after all, no person of flesh and blood is.”
“I would like to call on everyone: please don’t hurry to repeat what the crowd says,” Mr. Depardieu philosophically added. “What the crowd says is very often stupid. Be an individual, not a part of the crowd. Only a free-thinking individual can create something really great.”
Voice of Russia, Interfax
A drama theatre in Russia’s town of Tyumen (Siberia) has offered French actor Gerard Depardieu a job.
The actor is welcome to join the company with a monthly salary of $755.
The theatre's manager said that Mr. Depardieu should expected an official invitation later this month.
Last week the actor received a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.
Depardieu made headlines after he fled his native France to avoid the 75 percent tax rate on income over 1 million euros.
French actor Gerard Depardieu has met President Vladimir Putin and has been handed his new Russian passport.
The actor had announced he was seeking Russian citizenship after the French government criticized his decision to move abroad to avoid higher taxes.
Mr. Depardieu met Mr. Putin in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Mr. Depardieu was then given his new passport, although the president's spokesman said Mr. Putin did not hand it over personally.
Mr. Depardieu and Mr. Putin shook hands and hugged each other at the meeting in Sochi.
Earlier this week, Mr. Putin signed the decree granting Russian citizenship to Mr. Depardieu.
The actor responded by writing an open letter saying: "I love your country, Russia - its people, its history, its writers. I love your culture, your intelligence."
Mr. Depardieu went on to describe Russia as "a great democracy, and not a country where the prime minister calls one of its citizens shabby".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed French actor Gerard Depardieu in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to hand him a Russian passport, Putin`s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.
He added that Mr. Depardieu has been visiting Russia ‘on a private trip’.
The actor announced he was seeking Russian citizenship after the French government criticized his decision to move abroad to avoid 75% taxes.
Depardieu did not change his mind even after the tax decision was cancelled.
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