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Jean Dujardin Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 June 1972Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Nickname Jean de la Lune
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille (1999). This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end of "Un gars, une fille" in 2003, he has appeared in many films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: emilie

Spouse (2)

Alexandra Lamy (25 July 2009 - present)
Gaelle (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Often works with Michel Hazanavicius
Wide, charming smile

Trivia (12)

Member of humorist band "Nous C Nous" with Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot.
Has two sons, Simon and Jules, with Gaelle.
In his acceptance speech for the Best Actor BAFTA for The Artist (2011), Dujardin mentioned, Laurence Olivier, Benny Hill and, curiously, William Webb Ellis (the clergyman who allegedly invented the game of Rugby) (Royal Opera House London/12 Feb. 2012).
Is one of 5 French actors to win an Academy Award. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night (1934), Simone Signoret for Room at the Top (1959), Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (1996) and Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007).
Became the first French actor to win the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his performance in The Artist (2011) on February 26, 2012.
He and Christoph Waltz are the only two actors to win the Cannes prize for Best Actor, the SAG Award, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Oscar for one film.
Has a look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Vittorio Gassman are two of his acting idols.
He, François Périer, Daniel Auteuil and Philippe Noiret are the only male French actors to win a BAFTA.
Was ordered to pay a fine of several hundred euros and for his driver's license to be suspended for three months. The conviction was related to him driving under the influence while on vacation on the island of Corsica in 2012. [June 2013]
He's been best friends with Guillaume Canet since childhood. They once worked together as stable boys for iconic actor and passionate horse breeder Jean Rochefort.
He's an avid reader of 'Asterix' and 'Lucky Luke' comic books. He played the role of Lucky Luke in Lucky Luke (2009).

Personal Quotes (29)

I discovered that silent film is almost an advantage. You just have to think of the feeling for it to show. No lines pollute it. It doesn't take much - a gaze, an eyelash flutter - for the emotion to be vivid.
I think I'm more demanding than any wife.
I love dancing in general and making girls dance. My generation doesn't do it enough.
I like simple things. I like being in my family in the South and playing petanque.
I feel very at home in an empty church. I feel the most protected. It's very mystical.
I don't want to become a superstar and not see my family anymore.
I don't want everyone to like me, and I don't choose who likes me. You have to give them the choice, give them the option.
I don't care about my image.
For me, I loved it. I only want to make silent movies now.
I'm happiest on set because I'm not myself. I'm someone else. The moustache, the dinner jacket. It's not me. You're always this sort of double, and it's liberating. Imagine being stuck with yourself... all those doubts.
I watched Gene Kelly for his smile, for his energy. Vittorio Gassman for his movement. Clark Gable for his mustache. And I watched Lassie who was happy as a dog.
I'm not an American actor. I'm a French actor. I'll continue in France. If I could make another silent movie in America, I'd like to!
I wasn't dyslexic, I was just very slow. I passed my time daydreaming.
I want to work with a director who becomes my brother, my father, for two months. You give yourself over to that person.
I watched a lot of Douglas Fairbanks movies. He always played the same role with a mustache. Zorro had a mustache. The Musketeer had a mustache. Tarzan had a mustache.
I recycle. I have a house in the south of France and I have a small garden. My name is Dujardin - 'from the garden.' I grow carrots, peppers, strawberries, green beans, and things for salads, but there are lots of wild boars all around and they steal the food.
I like the hot-cold, the sugar-salt, being able to play over-the-top and dramatic things - in the same film. Just as in my life, I can be very funny and at other times almost extinguished.
I guess we're all lucky to be in this profession where you can be someone else for two or three months on a film shoot. I find it restful. Vachement agreeable.
I don't really know Hollywood, but living and shooting in L.A. was very motivating, inspiring. The lights, the extras, their American faces, the energy, the Orpheum Theatre. It was all very inspiring.
I can't speak American dog very well. There was a lot of improvisation with Uggie - like when I put the dog on the table or sometimes I follow him, sometimes he follows me. I had a lot of treats in my pocket. We worked with Omar Von Muller, the dog trainer. It was very easy because it was a big movie.
For you, it's a silent movie. For us, it's a talking movie because we had lines on set. There's a lot of noise on set and music. We spoke in English, in French, in gibberish, but it was very alive. The challenge was tap dancing.
Just telling a story. That's cinema. It's not silent, black and white. It's a simple story that's well made.
It was always about the story rather than the character.
In France, I have lots of opportunities. Maybe now I'll be offered films in America. It's the encounter, with the director and the story that counts.
I've never concerned myself with the labels people want to put on you. What matters to me is my own estimation.
What matters to me is my own estimation, and I'm very tough on myself. I need to be proud of what I've done and I work hard for it. I had a very Christian upbringing... lots of guilt. A good thing, It keeps you sane.
This is a universal, unique movie, it has potential to cross barriers. But we never thought about that on set, when we were doing the film. We knew that in making a silent movie, we were doing something a little bit under the wire, a bit interdit. It's a pastiche, but for the French taste, you would have thought.
It's quite pretentious, really, isn't it? The notion the audience is going to be interested in you for an hour and a half. Think too much about that and anxiety takes over.
It was actually quite easy to work with Uggie, because he's a really well trained dog. Very talented. I just had to follow him a little bit, improvise a little bit. Sometimes he'd follow me. Especially because of the sausages I had in my pocket.

Salary (3)

Contre-enquête (2007) €800,000
99 francs (2007) €900,000
Lucky Luke (2009) €390,000

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