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French film star Gerard Depardieu, wearing a local costume, shows his passport during a ceremony in the town of Saransk in the Mordoviya Republic, southeast of Moscow, January 6, 2013STRINGER/RUSSIA/Reuters


Mon dieu. We might have guessed that French actor Gérard Depardieu had a storied past, but who knew he was once a male prostitute and grave robber?

The 65-year-old actor makes these revelations in his new autobiography titled Ca C'est Fait Comme Ca (It Happened Like That), reports The Daily Mail on Sunday.

Depardieu has been a fixture in French cinema since his leading-man debut in the 1974 black comedy Les Valseuses (Going Places). His career took off on the international level with his role in the 1990 romantic comedy Green Card in which he starred opposite Andie MacDowell.

But there seems little to laugh about in Depardieu's account of his troubled upbringing in small town of Châteauroux in central France.

In the new book, which Depardieu co-authored with French writer Lionel Duroy, the actor reaches back to his earliest memories for the shocking revelation that he grew up with his mother telling him that she attempted to abort him in the womb by using knitting needles.

"And to think I almost killed you," Depardieu recalls his mother telling him as a child.

Depardieu also writes that he was in his early teens when he realized he was attractive to men.

"I've known since I was very young that I please homosexuals," he says in the book, adding that when men approached him for sex, "I would ask them for money."

The new book also reveals that at 16 Depardieu spent three weeks in prison for stealing a car, after which he moved from Châteauroux to Paris, where he resumed his male prostitute activities – with an added twist.

"At 20, the thug in me was alive and kicking," writes Depardieu. "I would rip some of them off. I would beat up some bloke and leave with all his money."

Depardieu also writes that his illegal activities included grave-robbing, claiming that he and another man would dig up freshly-buried bodies to steal jewellery and clothing.

Depardieu devotes space in the book to his controversial decision to obtain Russian citizenship in order to avoid paying a hefty tax rate in his native country.

In the book, Depardieu refers to France as a "filthy mess" and claims he yelled, "Are you happy now?" in a phone conversation with French president François Hollande after he relocated to Russia.

Depardieu also writes about his friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom he apparently admired from their very first meeting in 2008.

"We could have both become hoodlums," he writes. "I think he immediately liked my hooligan side… the fact that I had occasionally been picked up off the pavement dead drunk. Like with me, nobody would have betted a penny on him when he was 15."

And not surprisingly, Depardieu addresses his fondness for alcohol, which resulted in him being arrested for drunk driving in 2012, reports the Daily Mail.

More recently, Depardieu has boasted that he consumes up to 14 bottles of wine each and every day.

As Depardieu claims in the book, his drinking isn't an indication that he is an alcoholic, but rather a man consumed by his phobias.

"I'm obsessed with the racket in my body, the beating of my heart, the gurgling of my intestines, my joints cracking," he writes.

"It's become a phobia to the point that if I'm alone in ahotel I must drink so as not to hear it, so as not to go mad from it. I can't get to sleep if I am dead drunk."


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