Manolo says, yes the Depardieu he is slovenly and outwardly repulsive, but at the same time is there not something magnetic?
Manolo loves the shoes!
For some reason, he reminds me, in this photograph, of MFK Fisher’s story about Cesar, the grossest, manliest man around, whom she finds compelling and horrible all at once, and whom she impresses by eating a steak with gusto.
Depardieu has that earthy, peasant sexiness. Trés fantastique.
Why yes, yes he has.
It is the same with the French cheeses, non?
In the words of my 16 year old daughter….ewwwwwwwww! I concur!
“but at the same time is there not something magnetic?” One wonders if someone has not checked on our friend el Manolo lately, to ensure he has taken any necessary medication prescribed by his doctor……… (said purely in jest, not meant as a true slur)
MMmm, I concur with deja pseu.
What Bibliovixen said. Especially with the mmmmm.
Uh, no. No magnetic. Only repulsive.
Mais oui. Magnetic and magnificent.
Mon Dieu! I concur as well.
I just love the mouseover tag! Heh! I’ve seen the man look better, honestly.
Magnetic in that Depardieu is as large as a planet with north/south poles?
No, I find nothing even remotely magnetic or charming about this man.
I will conclude that those who find him merely repulsive never saw his Cyrano. I too would find him repulsive, but OH! his Cyrano! ;)
“…at the same time is there not something magnetic?”
No there is not.
The Depardeiu, he does not give le merde what people think. His Cyrano was formidable.
Je prefer le Daniel Auteuil.
The great Depardieu looks slightly ill, or at least not comfortable with his celebrity. Perhaps he needs to speak to the Hasselhoff?
And Très Française has a point: the Auteuil competes mightily with the Depardieu in terms of the beau-laid actor sexiness.
Ummm… no. Just… no.
Oui! One thousand times the oui.
The Depardieu, he is like the fine French wine: to be loved when young, to be appreciated when at its prime, and to be remembered fondly thereafter — while moving on to something more palatable.
When I was a younger, cuter thing I met him at a film festival — and oui — Mr. Depardieu was the sexiest person with whom I’ve ever been in a room (and this particular room also included the dreamy Liam Neeson, whom I am sorry to say, even in his magnificance was outshone by the dark star that was the Depardieu). I had heard talk of the sort of earthy sex appeal that came off Mr. Depardieu in waves, but until one is in its presence, it is hard to imagine.
The Tia is willing to give the Depardieu benefit of the doubt. If the sex appeal is apparent in the presence of the Depardieu, the Tia would like to experience it in person, as the Charlotte did. But as he looks in the photo, the Tia agrees with the Elvira that some things peak and fade forever. The Tia cannot decide whether the Depardieu is smoldering with the sex or bloated with the flatulence.
the Tia highly commend the Tania for mentioning MFK Fisher’s Cesar. Brava, Tania! The Tia remembers also how the Cesar complimented his neighbor’s fine baby boy!
Mon Dieu ! Non.
One will admit that this is not the best picture of le Depardieu ever circulated. As others have mentioned, see his performance in Cyrano if you need convincing.
Poo-poo the Depardieu.
Blech! He looks like the bastard love child of a three way fugly gang bang involving Carl Malden, W.C. Fields and Nick Nolte. Magnifique? Je ne sais pas!!!
Yes, there is not something magnetic.
I am drawn to the nose. The big noses, they can be fabulous!
If by magnetic, you mean we are both same poles thus, repelling each other, then yes, he is magnetic. Otherwise, no.
No for this particular picture, yes for other pictures of him I had seen before.
The physical appearance is not so great here, but the attitude — it is the attitude that makes Depardieu attractive. That said, this is a horrible photo, even if it does manage to capture his essential confidence. Looking at Depardieu, one gets the impression that he is a Man Who Gets Things Done, and done properly. I find such obvious uber-competence attractive. One of the sexiest men I ever knew was a mechanic. He had a law degree, too, but he never used it — he preferred to fix cars, and he was good at it. That kind of self-confidence is nearly irresistable.
Ah, Manolo! You hit on the something with this post!
Depardieu has got it.
He has a very attractive masculine, non-metro-sexual, non-actorish look.
But you’d have to be prepared for an outlook of moral relativism that would make Mick Jagger and Woody Allen weep…
He looks like a depressed, unkempt Buddy Hackett. Only less likable.
Dimestore lipstick has made the Tia laugh! The Tia says “Ship-poopi!”
I had to leave work early yesterday because I saw this picture and started feeling queasy. So no, not magnetic, but useful if you need a sick day.
There is something about this big hulking man…….aphrodisiaque!
not this time.
no thanks, i’m on the patch.
Looks like one of my ex-husbands…the slob.
The film of the Depardieu entitled “Too Beautiful for You” (“Trop belle pour toi” — merci IMDB) is the most super fantastic film in which the Depardieu is indeed magnetic. In that film it is the less-beautiful people who have the grand love affair, but for those who need to look at the beautiful people, the film also stars the splendid Carole Bouquet. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098520/
Oh, yes. Magnetic he is. It is a strange dichotomy, as you said dear Manolo, of slovenly and attractive. When he speaks I am hypnotized.
I always found Depardieu attractive and intriguing and sexy, until I read an interview wherein he said, somewhat offhandedly, that yes, he’d forced (raped) a woman or two in his time, but then what man hadn’t? (One link of many here – http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1991/02/02-08-91tdc/02-08-91darts-03.asp)
There has been some question about the accuracy of the quote (or possibly just spin) but he irretrievably lost his appeal for me after that.
The Scarlett knows that whatever animal magnetism this man may possess, it would be greatly overshadowed by the b.o. and the bad breath. That’s right, the slovenly man-thug that is the Depardieu can only smell sour. And you know that you, too, are grateful that you can’t smell him as you gaze at that picture.
Ah, yes… he has that intangible quality that words can’t express. I always loved him in “Manon of the Spring”. Such a tragic role that endeared him to me first!