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Gérard Depardieu calls Juliette Binoche untalented. Pardonnez-moi, but aren't we forgetting a little thing called 'My Father the Hero'?

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Image Credit: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images; Ian Gavan/Getty ImagesGérard Depardieu, a.k.a. the only French actor most Americans know, has reportedly laid into Juliette Binoche, a.k.a. the only French actress most Americans know. (Well, with the exception of this one.) Depardieu talked le smack in an interview with Austrian magazine Profil, saying of the Chocolat actress, “I would really like to know why she has been so esteemed for so many years. She has nothing. Absolutely nothing!”

Whoa, pretty harsh. Say what you will about Juliette Binoche’s acting — for my part, I’ll say she’s very talented even if she’s not my top Gallic star and her performance in Three Colors: Blue is tremendous — but it’s ludicrous to proclaim she has “nothing.” First of all, she has an Oscar, which is more than Depardieu can say. But more importantly, she has an extremely good knack for picking quality projects, having worked with many of the world’s greatest filmmakers, including André Téchiné, Michael Haneke, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Abbas Kiarostami, Olivier Assayas and Krzysztof Kieslowski. Depardieu has also worked with some good people, but his batting average — or, en français, his penalty kick average — hasn’t been nearly as good. Anyone remember a little movie called My Father the Hero? (EW’s own critic, Lisa Schwarzbaum, would certainly like to forget it.) The French version was decent, at best, but no one held a gun to his head to do the ridiculous American remake. And then there’s Babylon A.D. And this. Hardly an impeccable filmography.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Where do you come down in this battle royale with cheese?