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Gerard Depardieu 'Shot And Ate Two Lions' In Africa

13/12/2014 11:55 GMT | Updated 13/12/2014 11:59 GMT

Gerard Depardieu has sensationally claimed he ate two lions after shooting them dead in self-defence in Africa, according to reports.

The French actor said the incident took place when the car he was travelling in broke down in Burkina Faso.

Asked if he ate the creatures after they were killed, he said "Yes", according to the Independent Magazine.

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Depardieu isn't a stranger to the odd bit of controversy

He said: "The two lions waited in front of us and wouldn't move. Hours passed, we couldn't get out of the car, the African driver was very afraid.

"We had no choice, we had to shoot them."

Depardieu has already admitted to shooting two lions although details of the gastronomic feast he had afterwards have only just emerged.

Animal welfare charity PETA has responded to Depardieu's claims with equal measures of scorn and cynicism. Founder Ingrid Kewkirk told Huffington Post UK: "And we're sure that he urinated in that airplane aisle to put out a fire and only nets songbirds to prevent his own starvation.

"How do you say 'Pull the other leg – it's got bells on it', in French? And what a lucky coincidence that he was not only fully armed but also ready to take careful aim and shoot them dead when they apparently had such poor eyesight that they mistook him for a gazelle? He either had no business being in the lions' territory, or he's a callous, cowardly, miserable 'little' man."

Depardieu also spoke about an incident in 2011 when he was kicked off a flight after he was caught short waiting for take-off and urinated in a bottle.

He said: "I have lots of friends in the UK. And Ireland. Where, incidentally, I recently p***** in a plane..."

The 65-year-old went on: "I urgently wanted a p***, we'd been delayed 45 minutes, there were seven planes in front of us, and the hostess blocked me with her foot, so I p***** in a bottle... luckily all the police at Dublin airport know me."

Of booze, Depardieu said he drinks when he’s “bored” but claims he now exercises caution after undergoing five bypass surgeries and suffering from high cholesterol.

He elaborated with: “… If I ever start drinking… I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12,13,14 bottles… per day. But I’m never totally drunk, just a little pissed. All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel fresh as a daisy.”

Last year Depardieu was famously granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin, after sparring with his native country over taxes.

The Green Card actor had been accused of moving to Belgium in order to escape paying higher taxes in his homeland.

Depardieu responded by accusing the French government of punishing the wealthy.