Jean Dujardin quotes:

  • I watched Gene Kelly for his smile, for his energy. Vittorio Gassman for his movement. Clark Gable for his mustache. And I watched Lassie who was happy as a dog.

  • I like the hot-cold, the sugar-salt, being able to play over-the-top and dramatic things - in the same film. Just as in my life, I can be very funny and at other times almost extinguished.

  • I recycle. I have a house in the south of France and I have a small garden. My name is Dujardin - 'from the garden.' I grow carrots, peppers, strawberries, green beans, and things for salads, but there are lots of wild boars all around and they steal the food.

  • I watched a lot of Douglas Fairbanks movies. He always played the same role with a mustache. Zorro had a mustache. The Musketeer had a mustache. Tarzan had a mustache.

  • I love dancing in general and making girls dance. My generation doesn't do it enough.

  • It was actually quite easy to work with Uggie, because he's a really well trained dog. Very talented. I just had to follow him a little bit, improvise a little bit. Sometimes he'd follow me. Especially because of the sausages I had in my pocket.

  • OSS 117 and maybe Un Balcon Sur La Mer directed by Nicole Garcia. It's a typical French movie with typical French themes with French actors, a French director ...

  • I can't speak American dog very well. There was a lot of improvisation with Uggie - like when I put the dog on the table or sometimes I follow him, sometimes he follows me. I had a lot of treats in my pocket. We worked with Omar Von Muller, the dog trainer. It was very easy because it was a big movie.

  • I feel very at home in an empty church. I feel the most protected. It's very mystical.

  • I like simple things. I like being in my family in the South and playing petanque.

  • I'm not an American actor. I'm a French actor. I'll continue in France. If I could make another silent movie in America, I'd like to!

  • I wasn't dyslexic, I was just very slow. I passed my time daydreaming.

  • Just telling a story. That's cinema. It's not silent, black and white. It's a simple story that's well made.

  • I'm happiest on set because I'm not myself. I'm someone else. The moustache, the dinner jacket. It's not me. You're always this sort of double, and it's liberating. Imagine being stuck with yourself... all those doubts.

  • As an actor and director, you have to take risks, even though I don't like saying that word. You can make a mistake.

  • I discovered that silent film is almost an advantage. You just have to think of the feeling for it to show. No lines pollute it. It doesn't take much - a gaze, an eyelash flutter - for the emotion to be vivid.

  • In France, I have lots of opportunities. Maybe now I'll be offered films in America. It's the encounter, with the director and the story that counts.

  • For me, I loved it. I only want to make silent movies now.

  • This is a universal, unique movie, it has potential to cross barriers. But we never thought about that on set, when we were doing the film. We knew that in making a silent movie, we were doing something a little bit under the wire, a bit interdit. It's a pastiche, but for the French taste, you would have thought.

  • For you, it's a silent movie. For us, it's a talking movie because we had lines on set. There's a lot of noise on set and music. We spoke in English, in French, in gibberish, but it was very alive. The challenge was tap dancing.

  • What matters to me is my own estimation, and I'm very tough on myself. I need to be proud of what I've done and I work hard for it. I had a very Christian upbringing... lots of guilt. A good thing, It keeps you sane.

  • I don't care about my image.

  • I don't really know Hollywood, but living and shooting in L.A. was very motivating, inspiring. The lights, the extras, their American faces, the energy, the Orpheum Theatre. It was all very inspiring.

  • I never think of the completed film, rather the adventure of what I'm about to live.

  • It was always about the story rather than the character.

  • I've never concerned myself with the labels people want to put on you. What matters to me is my own estimation.

  • I don't want everyone to like me, and I don't choose who likes me. You have to give them the choice, give them the option.

  • I think I'm more demanding than any wife.

  • I guess we're all lucky to be in this profession where you can be someone else for two or three months on a film shoot. I find it restful. Vachement agreable.

  • Its quite pretentious, really, isnt it? The notion the audience is going to be interested in you for an hour and a half. Think too much about that and anxiety takes over.

  • What matters to me is my own estimation, and Im very tough on myself. I need to be proud of what Ive done and I work hard for it. I had a very Christian upbringing... lots of guilt. A good thing, It keeps you sane.

  • In many cases for an actor it's a comfortable position to be in. But it's harder to fail as a director.

  • I don't like to shoot too many movies since I like to do them well.

  • I don't like having too many projects in the pipeline. I like to focus on what's at hand.

  • I want to work with a director who becomes my brother, my father, for two months. You give yourself over to that person.

  • I don't want to become a superstar and not see my family anymore.

  • I don't represent myself as a star, but an actor who wants to make movies.

  • The energy is important. It's the rebirth of the character. Even more than the sentence itself, it's the energy that has to come through. It's really 'Thank you!