Paris Gerard Depardieu told a newspaper that he's ending his film career - and swears he wasn't drunk when he said it.
"I'm in the process of stopping filming," the Oscar-nominated actor was quoted as saying in weekly Le Parisien Dimanche. "I'm a guy who's leaving! A guy who's not drunk. For once."
Depardieu, one of France's most prolific actors, was speaking on the set of an upcoming French film and is scheduled to appear in a new installment of the "Asterix" series next year, the newspaper said.
But he insisted his career will soon be over.
"I have nothing to lose," the 56-year-old star said. "I have done 170 films. I have nothing left to prove. I am not going to hang on like a jerk."
Depardieu was a leading French actor of the 1980s and 1990s with hits such as "Green Card" and "Jean de Florette." He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Cyrano de Bergerac."