In his new autobiography It Happened Like That (Ca C’est Fait Comme Ca), Depardieu writes that he began working as a prostitute when he was just 10 years old. (Though he maintains he looked like he was 15.)
“I’ve known since I was very young that I please homosexuals,” Depardieu says. He claims that men would approach him for sex and “I would ask them for money.”
65-year-old Depardieu has appeared in more than 170 movies since 1967. In 1990, he was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor for his work in the drama Cyrano de Bergerac.
As he began to reach maturity, Depardieu says he started robbing his male clients to supplement his income.
“At 20 the thug in me was alive and kicking,” he says. “I would rip some of them off … beat up some bloke and leave with all his money.”
In addition to turning tricks, Depardieu says that he and an accomplice would dig up newly buried bodies in cemeteries to steal their shoes and jewelry.
But those dark days are long past him. Today, Depardieu not only has a successful acting career, but he also owns a vineyard and is estimated to be worth around $200 million. Naturally, he spends much of his time drinking. In a recent interview, he said he consumes more than a dozen bottles of wine per day.
“I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles … per day,” he said. “All you need is a 10-minute nap and voilà, a slurp of rosé wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy!”