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OTRC: Gerard Depardieu detained for allegedly driving drunk on a scooter

Luca Ciriani (FVG Vice President and Regional Councillor for Productive Activities, not pictured) appears with actor Gerard Depardieu at a wine event in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy on April 10, 2010. / Gerard Depardieu appears in a scene from the 1990 movie 'Green Card.' (flickr.com/photos/lucaciriani / Touchstone Pictures / Australian Film Finance Corporation)

Gerard Depardieu was detained on Thursday, November 29, in Paris for allegedly driving drunk on his scooter.

The 63-year-old actor was brought into a Paris police station on Thursday afternoon, according to The Associated Press. The Paris prosecutor's office ordered him detained and Depardieu was picked up after he fell off his scooter and failed a sobriety test.

Last year, Depardieu made headlines when he urinated in the aisle of a plane before take off. The actor had asked if he could use the restrooms but a flight attendant said they would only open after the plane was in the air. The actor said he could not wait and relieved himself in front of other people in the cabin of the aircraft.

A passenger who recalled the incident said the actor appeared to have been drinking on the flight. He was escorted off the plane and two of his traveling companions accompanied him willingly.

The incident also caused CNN reporter Anderson Cooper to giggle uncontrollably after telling a joke featuring a pun on the French actor's name.

The wire service also notes that in 1998, Depardieu crashed his motorcycle when his blood-alcohol limit was five times over the legal level, escaping with leg and face injuries.

Depardieu is perhaps best known in the United States for his role in the 1990 comedy film "Green Card," which earned him a Golden Globe. He played a foreigner who marries an American woman, portrayed by Andie MacDowell, so he can stay in the United States legally.

Depardieu is known for films such as "Cyrano de Bergerac," which earned him an Oscar nomination, "Jean de Florette and the 1998 movie "The Man in the Iron Mask," which saw him play the musketeer Porthos alongside main star Leonardo DiCaprio. He also starred in the 2007 film "La Vie en Rose," which earned Marion Cotillard an Oscar.

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