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Oscars 2012: "The Artist's" Jean Dujardin cops to a cuss word

February 27, 2012 |  7:34 am

M01fw7pd  Jean Dujardin admitted to dropping the French equivalent of the F-bomb during his acceptance speech for lead actor in “The Artist” during the Oscars ceremony Sunday night.

"I said, ‘It’s amazing, it’s incredible, it’s unbelievable,' " the French actor said in halting English until his translator whispered in his ear that he had actually been asked whether he used profanity.

“Uh, yes,” he said, shrugging and smiling playfully.

From there, the press room was whisked to Paris as Dujardin took, and answered, the bulk of his questions in French.
 
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It was a one-of-a-kind moment backstage since Dujardin was the first French actor to win such an award, despite being one of several nominated over the years.

Now that he will go down in history for his portrayal of silent film star George Valentin, does he hope to transition to “talkies” in America?

“I’m not American actor, I’m French actor,” said Dujardin shyly in English.  “I continue in France.”

Then he whispered in his translator’s ear.

“If he can make another silent movie in America, he’d like to,” his translator said. Dujardin smiled. Everyone laughed.

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Photo: Jean Dujardin backstage with his Oscar. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times


 
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