CANNES: Jean Dujardin Talks Oscars and Italian Cinema

After lining up a pair of roles in Hollywood movies such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men,” Jean Dujardin will next star with Elsa Zylberstein in Claude Lelouch’s film “Un de Plus,” a romantic road movie across India.

In an exclusive interview with Variety, Dujardin, who was in Cannes to promote “La French,” Cedric Jimenez’s crime thriller about the French Connection drug ring, Dujardin said winning an Oscar didn’t change his perspective on acting. “There’s a big fantasy around the Oscar but I never bought it. It was a fabulous experience but after all, I’m French actor, I’m not American and I love performing in my language.”

Dujardin is also looking to produce movies with his brother Marc via their Paris-based company. The pair produced “The Players” with another French company, Black Dynamite, and are now looking at scripts.

Dujardin also said he would like to star in ambitious European arthouse movies like “The Wonders,” which plays in the official selection. “Contemporary Italian cinema is really great and inspiring these days,” he said.

In “La French,” produced by Alain Goldman at Legende and co-produced/repped by Gaumont, Dujardin plays real-life police magistrate Pierre Michel who waged an obsessive six-year battle to bring down the French Connection, the infamous drug ring, and its leader Tany Zampa, a powerful drug lord played by Gilles Lellouche.

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