By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Dujardin Kills On Leno
Jean Dujardin is a brilliant performer and a massive star. And he’s French. This has been the oddest curve of the awards season, as he has worked hard to learn English, so he could fully participate in the “fun.” It’s been hard. He’s a intuitive comedian, so he needs not just the language, but the instant access to it that allows him to, essentially, be himself.
Even in these segments with Leno, I can see him having moments of frustration, wanting to fly without quite having the words or being 100% of what Leno just said. But you can begin to see just how naturally rich this guy’s skills are.
The Best Actor race is one of the relatively open races this year… in great part because of the straightjacket of language Dujardin has been wearing. I only hope he’ll work through it and stick around Hollywood so English-language cinema can enjoy his gifts for decades to come.
And here is a look at some more of his musical work, from OSS 117: Nest of Spies. In this scene, he is meant to be invisibly undercover…