THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
JEAN DUJARDIN (Jean-Jacques Saurel) garnered international
acclaim for his performance as George Valentin in The Artist, Michel
Hazanavicius' tribute to Hollywood's silent era that went on to win 5 Academy
Awards in 2012, including best picture and a best actor nod for the French star.
That same year, Dujardin was also awarded a Golden Globe for best performance by
an actor in a comedy or musical, a BAFTA award, a Screen Actors Guild award and
an Independent Spirit Award, amongst other prizes. The amazing journey of The
Artist started at the Cannes Film Festival in may 2011, where, following the
film's premiere, Dujardin received a best actor trophy from the hands of jury
president Robert De Niro.
Jean Dujardin began his career in the early 90s doing stand up with his
comedy troupe "Nous C Nous", who eventually got their own special on national
French TV. That's where he got his big break a few years later, in 1999,
starring in the hit sitcom "Un gars, une fille" with Alexandra Lamy. The show
lasted for five seasons and averaged 7 million viewers per episode. A phenomenal
success that allowed Dujardin to transition to the big screen. After a couple in
supporting roles in Mariages! and Le Convoyeur (2004), he got his first leading
role in Brice de Nice, based on a character Dujardin had created on stage. With
4,4 admissions at the french box-office in 2005, Brice de Nice became the most
successful French movie of that year. The actor had another hit the following
year with the spy comedy OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which spawned a sequel
in 2009, OSS 117: Lost in Rio. Both were directed by Michel Hazanavicius, who
teamed up again with Dujardin in 2011 for The Artist. After winning the Oscar,
he made his American debut in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, playing
Swiss banker Jean-Jacques Saurel opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Next Year, Dujardin
will be seen in The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney, as part of an
ensemble cast that includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John
Goodman and Clooney. He's currently shooting the thriller La
French, which reunites him with Gilles Lellouche, with whom he wrote, produced,
starred in and co-directed a segment of the anthology film Les Infideles in
2012. This Christmas, Dujardin will also produce and appear in a second edition
of his Saturday Night Live-inspired TV sketch comedy show Le Debarquement.
Additional credits include 99 francs (2007), Ca$h (2008), Lucky Luke (2009),
The Clink of Ice (2010), Little White Lies (2010), Un balcon sur la mer (2010)
and Mobius (2013).
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