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It’s not the actor’s first tangle with alcohol. In 1998, Depardieu crashed his motorcycle when his blood-alcohol level was five times over the legal limit, escaping with leg and face injuries.

Depardieu’s former wife said his latest dramas have a deeper cause.

“He has a tempest within him and is deeply unhappy,” Elisabeth Depardieu told RTL in a radio interview. “In leaving (France), I don’t think he’s fully realized what he’s done.”

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Associated Press writer Predrag Milic contributed from Podgorica, Montenegro.

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