Gerard Depardieu snubs Film Festival for Skye pint

Gerard Depardieu was spotted on Skye. Picture: comp
Gerard Depardieu was spotted on Skye. Picture: comp
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FILM star Gerard Depardieu has been criticised for missing a planned appearance at the Edinburgh Film Festival after being last spotted drinking in a Skye pub.

The actor was seen enjoying the selection of whiskies on offer at the Am Praban Bar on the Sleat peninsula on Friday as festival bosses awaited his appearance in the Capital hours later for a red carpet screening of his new film. But the 65-year-old – who has a reputation as a hellraiser – mysteriously failed to depart for Edinburgh the following day, prompting organisers to announce he had pulled out at the last moment.

A spokesman said festival chiefs had been given no further details as to why the French actor had failed to appear, but added: “He has let the festival down very badly”.

The spokesman said organisers were aware of photos posted on Facebook showing Depardieu pouring himself a pint in the Skye pub. He added: “We won’t be pursuing this any further because the screening has already taken place - but there is some annoyance here.”

Depardieu was due to appear as guest of honour at the UK premiere of his latest film Welcome to New York.