Gerard Depardieu is no fan of fellow French actor Juliette Binoche, saying "she has nothing" in an interview with the Austrian publication Profil.
The Guardian translated part of the article, which appeared in German.
He asked the interviewer, "Please can you explain to me what the secret of this actress is meant to be?
"I would really like to know why she has been so esteemed for so many years. She has nothing. Absolutely nothing!"
Binoche, 46, won an Oscar for her role in "The English Patient" and was nominated for "Chocolat."
But Depardieu, 61, went on, reiterating, "She is nothing. Compared with her, Isabelle Adjani is great even if she's totally nuts. Or Fanny Ardant - she is magnificent, extremely impressive. But Binoche? What has she ever had going for her?"
Binoche also won the Best Actress prize at Cannes this year.