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“Gérard Depardieu wanted to go to the lavatory,” explained Baer — who co-stars in Asterix: God Save Britainia, which is currently being filmed in Ireland. “He was barred access. We were not far off taking off, so he urinated in front of everyone. I passed him a small bottle.”
“He couldn’t wait, so I found this solution. I had a little Evian bottle with me, only it was too small so it overflowed He wanted to clear it up, but the hostess wouldn’t let him,” Baer continued.
“It was naturally very embarrassing and humiliating for him. He didn’t do any grand gestures and shout: ‘I’m going to piss’. Whatever the larger-than-life nature of my friend Gérard, no one is that crazy,” he added.
Baer blames the incident on health problems.
“No one is flattered to have a dodgy prostate and be obliged to urinate. But the [flight attendant] panicked and said the plane must stay on the tarmac,” Baer said. “I stopped him because he wanted to go and explain to the crew, he was sorry and he was furious but didn’t lose his temper.”
Baer said that Depardieu said he was “sorry” for the inconvenience and offered to clean it up.
“No proceedings or fine were signaled to him and he had the feeling the misunderstanding and the inflexible attitude of the hostess were understood by his interlocutors,” says Baer.
City Jet, which was operating the Air France flight between Paris and Dublin, joked about the incident on Twitter.
As you may have seen on the news, we are busy mopping the floor of one of our planes this morning…,”the company wrote.
“We’d also like to remind all passengers that our planes are fully equipped with toilet facilities…”
Depardieu’s agent told the Telegraph that he declined to comment.
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