Gerard Depardieu, French film icon, was aboard a full flight from Paris to Dublin Tuesday evening. As the airplane headed towards the runway, Depardieu began to shout to the air hostess that he needed to use the facilities. Upon her refusal, informing him that he would have to wait “about a quarter of an hour” to use them, Depardieu began shouting, “I want to piss! I want to piss!” in front of the crowded passengers. In her attempts to assuage the actor, according to one passenger, the air hostess informed him, gently, “I’m sorry, sir, the facilities are locked, there is nothing I can do to help you right now.”
Depardieu insisted, standing up, “I cannot wait,” and proceeded to urinate all over the floor, in full view of the passengers and crew. Witnesses have stated that the actor was visibly drunk. The plane was then redirected to the terminal, evacuated, cleaned, and delayed a total of two hours. In the middle of a summer already filled with pilots’ strikes, causing widespread plane delays and cancellations, the passengers have not been hesitant to express their frustrations, coming forward to various French news outlets to air their grievances.
Though this should perhaps come as no surprise to the French, who recently voted him third in a poll of the most irritating French celebrities. Number one on the list? Their own First Lady.