Prolific character actor Gérard Depardieu’s autobiography It Happened Like That (Ca C'est Fait Comme Ca) is apparently filled with startling revelations about his past, none more troubling than Depardieu’s frank admission that he worked as a child prostitute starting from the age of 10.

“I’ve known since I was very young that I please homosexuals,” Depardieu wrote, saying that when men attempted to pick him up, “I would ask them for money.”

The Green Card star managed to escape from a life rooted in poverty and crime to eventually appear in hundreds of films and become one France’s most recognizable faces.

(via Vulture)