Depardieu promotes 'Rasputin' days after crash

05:00 AM, Jun 29, 2013

French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu gives a thumb up during a press conference ahead of the screening of Rasputin at the 35th Moscow International cinema festival. Anatoly Morovkin, AFP/Getty Images/


Written By by Lorena Blas, USA TODAY

French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu gave the thumbs up during an appearance in Moscow on Saturday, four days after being involved in a taxi cab accident in that city.

Depardieu was promoting the Russian film, Rasputin, in which he plays the title role.

The 64-year-old was in a Mercedes on Tuesday when a taxi hit the vehicle, according to media reports, which added that the actor was uninjured in the crash and even posed for photographs with police afterward.

Rasputin is screening at the Moscow International Film Festival.

Depardieu, known for roles in Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac, became a Russian citizen in January after being outspoken and critical about a proposed 75% tax on millionaires in his native homeland of France, where he owns a vineyard in the Loire valley.

Recently, a French court prohibited the actor from driving for six months in a case involving his fall from a scooter last year. He was found to be three times over the alcohol limit after the fall.

He made headlines in August 2011 when he was thrown off a plane after urinating in front of fellow passengers when the cabin crew would not let him use the bathroom as the jet was taxiing for takeoff.