The one-time-most-handsomest-man-in-the-world, OMG, French film legend Alain Delon has given a rather maudlin interview with Paris Match magazine, saying that he was so sick of the world he would be happy to die now – but he wants his dog to go with him.
“I hate the times that we live in, it makes me vomit,” said the 82-year-old actor.
“There are people that I hate. Everything is false, and only money counts. I will leave this world without regret,” he told Paris Match magazine in a frank, tell-all interview in which he admitted to not being much of a father to his children, one of whom he still refuses to recognise.
These days, Delon lives alone outside Paris with his two-year-old Belgian Shepherd dog, Lobo. And they are close. So close, that when he dies, he wants Lobo to go with him.
“If I go before him I will ask the vet for us to go together. He will inject him so he can die in my arms.
“I would prefer that rather than leaving him to die of grief on my tomb,” said the star of such classics as Visconti’s “The Leopard”, “The Samurai” and “Purple Noon”, which was later remade as the “Talented Mr Ripley”.
Sad to hear him talk like this. I mean. Alain. Delon. COME ON. Was ever there a face more handsome? A Frenchman more debonaire? He was the dreamiest of all the mid-century cinematic exports. He had the look à la mode, the hauteur of a GOD (or maybe a hustler), and the kind of casual Euro-swagger that reduced women to puddles. His work in Purple Noon is simply beyond the beyond. One of the best movies OF ALL TIME. A breakout performance FOR THE AGES. Sure, he’s a notorious asshole – there was that nasty business with Nico, and the bastard son he never acknowledged, and, yes, he may have grizzled mightily in his golden years (see photo above), but if you don’t swoon looking at the pictures below, there is just something seriously wrong with you. Seriously. Wrong. With you.
Anyway. Back to the interview. Here he is, reflecting on his tragic childhood:
“My parents got rid of me when I was four. I found myself with a foster family like an orphan.”
“Both of them came running back to me when I was famous. All of a sudden they remembered they had a son,” he said bitterly.
Nor has he forgiven them for signing his army papers so he could be thrown into the bloody Indochina War at 17. “It was them getting rid of me a second time,” he said.
Delon put down his tumultuous love life and much of his woes with women to being abandoned.
“You cannot get back the love that wasn’t given to me as a child. These are holes that can never be filled. Even when I love a woman, I feel alone. I was only four when I understood that those you love the most can abandon you.”
Then there’s this, about his affairs with women:
The actor admitted that he had not always been the perfect gentleman.
“I am like that, I do stupid things. I have been in prison. I was a little thug. All I had was my face,” he said.
Yet women have always fallen at his feet, even as a baby, he said. “My mother had to put a sign on my pram, ‘You can look, but you can’t touch!'”
“I have been loved all my life,” he said, particularly by the German actress Romy Schneider and Mireille Darc, who died last year.
“Very few men have been loved like me.”
But Delon said he never slept with Brigitte Bardot, who was the Venus to his Apollo in French cinema of the 1960s.
“Strange though it may seem… given the torrid scenes we did, we were only friends, but good friends,” he told Paris Match of the actress, who like him has been a vocal supporter of the far-right National Front party.
“I really like her and we share a passion for animals. If she had not her great love of animals I am sure she would have killed herself by now, like so many other great sex symbols. It is very hard for a woman to no longer see desire in men’s eyes.”
(via New Straits Times; Photos: Avalon Red)