Oscars 2012: Jean Dujardin backstage: 'I had fun pretending to be a movie star in 1920s'
Jean Dujardin won his first Oscar, given for Actor in a Leading Role for "The Artist," which marked his first nomination, at the 2012 Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.
The 39-year-old French actor beat nominees Brad Pitt of "Moneyball," George Clooney of "The Descendents," Gary Oldman of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Demian Bichir of "A Better Life."
Check out a transcript of comments Dujardin made to the press backstage at the Academy Awards.
Q: Sir, with your great success in this silent movie, are you concerned with the effort to make a transition into talkies?
JEAN DUJARDIN: "In America? I'm not American actor. I'm a French actor, and I continue in France and but it's possible."
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."
JEAN DUJARDIN: "Thank you."
INTERPRETER: "But he has a few ideas that he wants to develop."
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, 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."