updated 01/24/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/24/2012 AT 11:45 AM ET
He doesn’t move his mouth all that much in The Artist, but Jean Dujardin made his Oscar-worthy impression on-screen by moving another body part – his feet.
But it’s not just an act. “I love dancing in general and making girls dance,” adds the Paris native, 39. “My generation doesn’t do it enough.”
And while Hollywood is showing its admiration for the Frenchman – the movie in which he stars is up for 10 Oscars, and already he was named best actor in a comedy at the Golden Globes – Dujardin isn’t about to forget his roots.
“Oh, no,” he says, when asked if he’d ever move to the States. “I am too Parisian. And I think the French would be angry if I left. I hope they would be angry.”