Watch Gerard Depardieu Promote "Proud to Be Russian" Watch Line

Gerard Depardieu

On August 17, 2011, French actor Gerard Depardieu refused to wait for the bathrooms on an Air France flight to be unlocked while the plane was on the ground in Paris. In full view of the passengers, he began urinating on the carpet, saying, "Je veux pisser, je veux pisser."

The French actor speaks in heavily accented Russian and announces the launch of his new series of timepieces

French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu is promoting a new "Proud to be Russian" line of watches produced by the Swiss manufacturer Cvstos.

In a new commercial, embedded below, Depardieu speaks in a heavily accented Russian, announcing the presentation of his watch series in Moscow on Dec. 17 and adding the mysterious phrase that he "won't pay anyone in Moscow."

The publication of the video on YouTube triggered a wave of scathing comments from users in several languages, many of whom wondered if the actor was intoxicated while filming it.

Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship in early 2013 under a decree by President Vladimir Putin and has subsequently used every occasion to praise Russia and its culture, as well as the Kremlin's policy.

Incidentally, Depardieu is bringing his watches, which retail for between $20,000 and $30,000, to Russia at a time of an overall economic slowdown, which has hit the luxury segment especially hard.

Earlier this year, Depardieu was featured in a publicity photo on Cvstos' Facebook page sporting a jacket with the Russian state symbol, a double-headed eagle, and a watch with an identical golden symbol on the dial plate.

This fall, conservative Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov, known for his anti-gay stance, praised Depardieu for sharing his gay experiences in a recent memoir, insisting that visits to Russia helped the actor to "purify."