Jean Dujardin: Winning an Oscar was 'fabulous'

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Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. In contrast, for the young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems that the sky’s the limit - major movie stardom awaits. This silent film tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
May 19th, 2014

Jean Dujardin insists winning an Oscar was a ''fabulous experience''.

The 41-year-old star won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in silent film 'The Artist' in 2012, but he's admitted that although he's proud of the award, it doesn't mean as much to him as he thinks it would to an American actor.

He told Variety: ''There's a big fantasy around the Oscar but I never bought it. It was a fabulous experience but after all, I'm a French actor, I'm not American and I love performing in my language.''

Dujardin also took on roles in Hollywood blockbusters 'The Wolf of Wall Street' alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and in 'The Monuments Men' with George Clooney, but he's now pursuing more parts in European films.

He claimed he'd like to appear in arthouse projects such as 'The Wonders', insisting that ''contemporary Italian cinema is really great and inspiring these days''.

Dujardin will next star in Claude Lelouch's 'Un de Plus', a romantic movie which sees him and his co-star Elsa Zylberstein embark on a road trip across India, and he is also planning to produce films with his brother Marc via their Paris-based company.