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French star Depardieu spills plane pee story

French film star Gerard Depardieu said he had no choice but to relieve himself into a bottle on a plane last month after a flight attendant blocked the bathroom door, insisting "I'm not a monster."

French star Depardieu spills plane pee story
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In a daytime talk show interview on Tuesday with Anderson Cooper — who had broken into a giggling fit over the incident on his prime-time CNN news show — France’s best-known movie star admitted the bottle was not up to the task.

He explained via satellite from Dublin that he tried to use the lavatory on board the Paris-to-Dublin flight before takeoff but that the flight attendant “blocked the door with her foot” and ordered him to return to his seat.

“I say: ‘Madam, I have a lot of pee. I have to go pee. It’s hurt me,” a laughing Depardieu recalled. “I’m not a terrorist, I just want to pee.”  

After the flight attendant again refused, he borrowed an empty bottle from a friend and relieved himself. “It was so beautiful, you know. It’s very hurt,” the French actor said in English.  

“I’m not a monster. I’m just a man who wants to pee… I don’t understand why she blocked the door.”  

He said her outrage grew when the bottle overflowed. 

“The bottle was too small, you know. I am an elephant… I said: ‘Don’t worry, I will clean it up.'”  

By then other passengers had gathered around with camera phones, and the plane soon taxied back to the terminal, where Depardieu was escorted off by the ground crew without incident.

When Cooper asked if “any wine was involved,” Depardieu said no.

Cooper, a CNN host who often reports from conflict zones, broke down into a fit of laughter during a light-hearted segment on his news show a few weeks ago after reciting a series of groan-worthy puns about the Depardieu incident.

Cooper has since launched his own daytime talk show.

Depardieu is perhaps the best known face in French cinema, having appeared in almost 200 films, and is best known abroad as the star of the 1990 literary epic “Cyrano de Bergerac” and the US romantic comedy “Green Card”.

He is a successful winemaker and restaurateur but in 1990 was convicted of drunk driving. His behaviour has been criticized in the past, notably when he head butted a press photographer, but he is still a well-loved public figure.

Les Gaulois dans l’espace by EdouardBaer

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French films with English subtitles to watch in November

As days get shorter and temperatures drop, November is a great month to enjoy a warm and comforting moment at the cinema. Here’s a round up of the French movies with English subtitles to see in Paris this month.

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The cinema group Lost in Frenchlation runs regular screenings of French films in the capital, with English subtitles to help non-native speakers follow the action. The club kicks off every screening with drinks at the cinema’s bar one hour before the movie, so it’s also a fun way to meet people if you’re new to Paris.

These are the events they have coming up in November.

Friday, November 5th

Boîte Noire – What happened on board the Dubai-Paris flight before it crashed in the Alps? In this thriller Matthieu, a young and talented black box analyst played by Pierre Niney (star of Yves Saint-Laurent among other movies) is determined to solve the reason behind this deadly crash, no matter the costs. 

The screening will take place at the Club de l’étoile cinema at 8pm. But you can arrive early for drinks at the bar from 7pm. 

Tickets are €10 full price, €8 for students and all other concessions, and can be reserved here.

Sunday, November 14th

Tralala – In the mood for music? This new delightful French musical brings you into the life of Tralala (played by Mathieu Amalric), a 48 years old, homeless and worn-out street singer, who one day gets mistaken for someone else. Tralala sees an opportunity to get a better life by taking on a new personality. He now has a brother, nephews, ex-girlfriends, and maybe even a daughter. But where is the lie? Where is the truth? And who is he, deep down?

The night will start with drinks from 6pm followed by the screening at 7pm at the Luminor Hôtel de Ville cinema. There is also a two-hour cinema-themed walk where you’ll be taken on a “musicals movie tour” in the heart of Paris, which begins at 4pm.

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here. Tickets for the walking tour cost €20 and must be reserved online here.

Thursday, November 18th

Illusions Perdues – Based on the great novel series by Honoré de Balzac between 1837 and 1843, this historical drama captures the writer Lucien’s life and dilemmas who dreams about a great career of writing and moves to the city to get a job at a newspaper. As a young poet entering the field of journalism, he is constantly challenged by his desire to write dramatic and eye-catching stories for the press. But are they all true?

The evening will kick off with drinks at L’Entrepôt cinema bar at 7pm, followed by the movie screening at 8pm. Tickets are available online here, and cost €8.50 full price; €7 for students and all other concessions.

Sunday, November 21st

Eiffel – Having just finished working on the Statue of Liberty, Gustave Eiffel (played by Romain Duris) is tasked with creating a spectacular monument for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. It’s ultimately his love story with Adrienne Bourgès (Emma Mackey) that will inspire him to come up with the idea for the Eiffel Tower.

After a first screening last month, Lost in Frenchlation is organising a new one at the Luminor Hôtel de Ville cinema, with pre-screening drinks at the cinema bar. 

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here

Thursday, November 25th

Les Héroïques – Michel is a former junkie and overgrown child who only dreams of motorbikes and of hanging out with his 17-year-old son Léo and his friends. But at 50 years old, he now has to handle the baby he just had with his ex, and try not to make the same mistakes he has done in the past. 

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director Maxime Roy who will discuss his very first feature. 

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here.

Full details of Lost in Frenchlation’s events can be found on their website or Facebook page. In France, a health pass is required in order to go to the cinema.

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