Depardieu admits alcohol problemsand failing those he loves

8th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 8 (AFP) - French actor Gerard Depardieu has admitted in a new book that he "might be an alcoholic" and reveals that he underwent a liver transplant, without saying when.

PARIS, Sept 8 (AFP) - French actor Gerard Depardieu has admitted in a new book that he "might be an alcoholic" and reveals that he underwent a liver transplant, without saying when.  

"I never thought that I was an alcoholic. Today, it's true, I wonder about it. I tell myself that in fact I might be an alcoholic," he says in "Alive!", a book of conversations with French magazine editor Laurent Neumann.  

Depardieu, 55, was nominated for an Oscar and won France's Cesar award for best actor for his star turn in the 1990 film "Cyrano de Bergerac".   

The actor, known for his bon vivant lifestyle, launched a restaurant in Paris last year with his partner, actress Carole Bouquet. He has also invested in several French vineyards.  

Depardieu says in the book that he is "neither a monster nor a good guy", adding that he just wants to "follow the people that I love and who love me without making them suffer too much, despite my larger-than-life personality."  

"As I get older, I am realizing all the things that I have messed up in my life. In fact, I have essentially failed the people that I love," the actor says, noting that 28 years of therapy have helped him face reality.  

Depardieu and his son Guillaume, also an actor, had a public falling-out earlier this year upon the publication of Guillaume's book "Giving It All".  

But the two later seemed on the road to reconciliation after Depardieu admitted he had not been the "perfect father".

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