Jean Dujardin’s name is starting to roll off everyone’s tongue, partially because we’ve heard it repeated so much throughout awards season.
This morning, Dujardin nabbed himself Oscar nomination for his role in the silent hit, The Artist. Dujardin takes on the role of George Valentin, a silent screen star whose career falls apart when talking motion pictures are introduced. The film was a risky endeavor, but it’s definitely paid off.
Dujardin graces the February issue of GQ, and he also gets a chance to speak in an interview that covers his dancing skills, acting inspiration and career plans.
In the mag, Jean says he has a special admiration for Paul Newman:
“I adore Newman. His elegance was so relaxed – chewing gum, opening his jacket, the tie hanging.”
The actor adds that while he loves “dancing in general,” he “learned to tap dance for The Artist.
“I love dancing in general, and making girls dance. My generation doesn’t do it enough.”
And now that Dujardin has an Oscar nod under his belt, opportunity will undoubtedly be knocking at his door. So would he consider moving from France to Tinseltown, USA?
“I am too Parisian,” Jean says. “And I think the French would be angry if I left. I hope they would be angry.”
Dujardin is nominated for lead actor at the 84th Academy Awards, going up against Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Demian Bichir. Dujardin won best actor at the Cannes Film Festival and also received a Golden Globe for lead actor in a motion picture comedy or musical.