Backstage Interview | 84th Academy Awards

Actor in a Leading Role


BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
CATEGORY: Lead Actor
INTERVIEW WITH: Jean Dujardin
FILM: "The Artist"

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Q. I'm going to do very quickly but maybe something in French really quickly. [Speaks in French]
A. [Speaks in French]

Q. [Speaks in French]
A. [Speaks in French]

Q. Sir, with your great success in this silent movie, are you concerned with the effort to make a transition into talkies?
A. (JEAN DUJARDIN) In America? I'm not American actor. I'm a French actor, and I continue in France and but it's possible. It's
A. (INTERPRETER) If he can make another silent movie in America, he'd like to. He knows he'll always be a French actor in America so he should find roles that, you know, those kinds of roles.
A. (JEAN DUJARDIN) Thank you.
A. (INTERPRETER) But he has a few ideas that he wants to develop.

Q. [Speaks in French]
A. [Speaks in French]

Q. To your right. Congratulations.
A. Thank you.

Q. At the end of your acceptance speech, did you perhaps drop the French equivalent of the F word?
A. I said it's amazing. It's incredible. It's unbelievable. Thank you. Ah, yes. I'm sorry.

Q. Hello.
A. Hello.

Q. Congratulations.
A. Thank you.

Q. And I'm wondering where your four legged friend is, Uggie, and how you're going to celebrate with him?
A. (JEAN DUJARDIN) Uggie? Tonight, Uggie is home in Miami, I think. So but, yes.
A. (INTERPRETER) He went to bed already.

Q. [Speaks in French]
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Q. Hello, Jean. I would like to know what was the process of creating this character and was it any different from the way you created other talking characters?
A. It was not really intellectual, and I'm not an intellectual. No, I watch I watched a lot of movies. Douglas Fairbanks movies, Gene Kelly movies. I had fun pretending to be a movie star in 1920s.

Q. [Speaks in French]
A. [Speaks in French]

Q. Congratulations.
A. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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