French actor Gerard Depardieu has decided to retire from film-making, at the age of 56.

Paris newspaper Le Parisien reports the GREEN CARD actor told the cast and crew of MICHOU D'AUBER on Friday (28OCT05), it was his last ever day of filming.

He said, "I'm about to stop filming! I'm a guy that is leaving. And for once, I'm not drunk!

"I've got nothing to lose. I did 170 films, and I've got nothing else to prove. I'm not going to keep up like this for ever.

"I finish in style with film director THOMAS GILOU, who has made lost of successes, and has made a really good film with this Michou D'Auber. I retire in style with this film. It's wonderful."