I did NOT whine endlessly
Gérard Depardieu has lost the plot completely now
Depardieu also heavily criticised the anti-Putin protest stunt that the Pussy Riot all-female punk band performed last year in Russia's main cathedral.
Two band members are currently serving two-year sentences in Russia's notorious manual labour camps.
Depardieu almost directly repeated Putin's argument that the band members would have received worse treatment had they gone to an Arab country and performed in a mosque.
"Imagine if these ladies walked into a mosque; they would not come out alive," the actor said in a different section of the interview taped in apparent secrecy with the help of a cell phone.
"But when I say such things in France, I am considered an idiot," he added.