Actor Spotlight: Jean Dujardin

I have a new crush…and his name is Jean Dujardin.

Jean Dujardin has the looks of a dashing classic Hollywood film star. With a strong jawline, strong but supple facial symmetry, a wide, pearly eye-catching smile, a dimpled chin, showmanship, sense-of-humor, and oozing with charm — what’s not to like about Jean Dujardin?

Jean Dujardin is making waves with his turn in the award winning indie hit of 2011 – “The Artist.” However, he has recently popped up on a recurring SNL skit, featuring Zoey Deschanel and also starring Tarin Killam, and other SNL members, called “Les Jeunes de Paris” to parody “The Artist.”

He has also appeared in a recent Funny or Die skit where he auditions for the role of the potential villain for various and assorted film franchises. Cinemablend.com assesses the situation rather well about this video, “Goofiness aside, this is a pretty sharply executed critique of what Hollywood does to extraordinary leading men from Europe. Once they’ve proven their incredible talents and ability to connect with and audience, they are promptly relegated to broadly written antagonist roles in action movies opposite square-jawed American stars.” It’s sad but true that this often happens (i.e. Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman). However, I have seen Americans used in many British programs as the evil doer. Turn about is fair play, I suppose. Both sides of the pond do it, but it is really unfair to the actors involved.

Jean Dujardin has more potential than just playing some stereotypical villain in a another typical run-of-the-mill Hollywood action film. I really hope that whatever Hollywood vehicle he gets involved in that it won’t be this kind of role.

Biography e Wikipedia
Dujardin began his acting career performing a one-man show he wrote in various bars and cabarets in Paris.He first gained attention when he appeared on the French talent show Graines de star in 1996 as part of the comedy group Nous C Nous, which was formed by members of the Carré blanc theater.

From 1999-2003, Dujardin starred in the French comedic television series Un gars, une fille, which co-starred his future wife Alexandra Lamy, before transitioning to a career in film. In 2005, he portrayed the titular character in the popular comedic film Brice de Nice and performed on its accompanying soundtrack.

In 2006, Dujardin played the character Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, agent OSS 117 in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, a role which earned him an Etoile D’Or Award and a César Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2007, directed by Jan Kounen, he starred in the film 99F (99 francs), an existential parody of an advertising exec. In 2009, he appeared in A Man and His Dog alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo and reprised his role as OSS 117 in the film OSS 117: Lost in Rio.

In 2011, Dujardin starred as George Valentin in the silent film The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where he received the Best Actor Award.[4] His performance garnered much critical acclaim and he received numerous nominations, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor. On January 15, 2012, Dujardin won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. On January 24, 2012, Dujardin received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He later went on to win the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor and the BAFTA for Best Actor.

In 2012, he will appear in Les Infidèles set to release in February in France. Dujardin’s next project is a remake of Claude Berri’s One Wild Moment (Un moment d’égarement) in which he will star opposite Vincent Cassel.

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