In September, LSP interviewed actor Gerard Depardieu. After the discussion, the French actor chatted on a little more with LSP host Prune Perromat about his relationship to books, and religion.
The Literary Show Project: What’s your relationship to books, in your home?
Gérard Depardieu: I read several at once.
LSP: And you, reportedly, do not have a personal library at your place, right?
GD: Oh I do! They are everywhere.
LSP: Oh, from what I understood, books were like paintings and other works of art at home: they’re not there to be exhibited. You stack them against the wall and look at them whenever you feel like it.
GD: I put them on the table – there are so many books like that. Heaps of piles of books ... Above all religious books, novels.
LSP: Religion seems to be tormenting you a little bit, from what I’ve read in your book Innocent.(An early reader of the Bible, the Koran and the Talmud, Depardieu was a Muslim for two years after he arrived in Paris in the late 1960s. He also later showed interest in Buddhism and Hinduism, and publicly declared his deep interest in Saint-Augustine’s Confessions.)
GD: It does not torment me – I'm interested. It is the opposite of torment.
LSP: I feel you’ve always been on a spiritual quest though, as some chapters of your book demonstrate.
GD: [The religious thing] is fascinating. But it’s the opposite of torment, it’s there. It's “formidable.” LSP