Gerard’s hard life

New York Post - - NEWS - Richard John­son rjohn­son@ny­post.com @Head­lineJohn­son

FRENCH film star Gérard Depar­dieu was un­wanted by his par­ents and sur­vived an abor­tion at­tempt with knit­ting nee­dles, he claims in his new book, “In­no­cent.”

Depar­dieu (inset), 68 — who has acted in 170 films for such di­rec­tors as Bernardo

Ber­tolucci, François Truf­faut and

Ang Lee — re­vealed in his 2014 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “It Hap­pened Like That,” he was once a pros­ti­tute, a car thief and an oc­ca­sional grave rob­ber.

In “In­no­cent,” he says, “Since I wasn’t wanted by my par­ents, since they made sure I knew I was an ac­ci­dent in my mother’s womb, that I had sur­vived the knit­ting nee­dles, I was al­ways very happy to be there, I al­ways lived as some­one who wanted to be a gift to oth­ers.” “I’m a bit like the cat that one wants to drown but which got out of the bag and found it­self alone on a bank,” he writes. “I could’ve become a wild cat, but I took ad­van­tage of that in­fi­nite free­dom to open my eyes wide and ob­serve my sur­round­ings.”

Candice Ber­gen, whose first hus­band was di­rec­tor Louis Malle, will in­ter­view Depar­dieu on Mon­day at the French In­sti­tute Al­liance Française on East 59th Street.

Ber­gen might want him to ex­plain this sen­tence: “My mother’s fa­ther slept with my fa­ther’s mother.” And re­mark on the ac­tor’s friend­ship with

Vladimir Putin, who granted him Rus­sian ci­ti­zen­ship in 2013.

“I think [Putin] im­me­di­ately liked my hooli­gan side,” Depar­dieu has said. “The fact that I had oc­ca­sion­ally been picked up off the pave­ment dead drunk . . . Like with me, no­body would have bet a penny on him when he was 15.”

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