He acted and directed Mike Leigh's play, "Ecstasy," at the Hampstead Theatre in Hampstead, London, England with Julie Walters, Ron Cook, and Stephen Rea in the cast.
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I love French films, and European films. They're not any bigger, but there's just a sort of definition, and a confidence, and strength to them. I'd always, given the option, go and see a French drama. Obviously, we probably get the better ones. But they're just sophisticated on many levels, and grown up, and quite profound - and we don't make films like that.
Shortly after winning his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Iris
(2001), he was interviewed by Joan Rivers
, who apparently didn't even know what nationality he was. On live TV, Rivers said, "Here we have Jim Broadbent, all the way from Australia. You're Australian aren't you?" But there were to be no tantrums from the star - the mild-mannered actor replied, "No, I'm British."