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The Humble Yet Amusing Early Works of Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin as Brice From Nice
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Jean Dujardin is an Oscar-winning actor. It wasn't always this way.

The past will always come back to haunt you, and in this case the past takes the form of "Brice de Nice," a 2005 French film in which "The Artist" himself plays the title role, a platinum blonde spoiled rich teenager of 30 who fancies himself a surfer (even though he's never actually surfed). After he suddenly finds himself penniless, he decides to rob a bank -- and indulges the opportunity to perform a rap number while he's at it (after hitting a guy in the face with his surfboard and saying he wants to "make a withdrawal").

There's a more detailed synopsis of the film over at Film Drunk, but really, what more do you need to know?

You can watch this startling performance over at YouTube (unfortunately, embedding has been disabled), and we have to agree with our friends at Film Drunk -- all rap songs, at least French ones, should be about surfing.

And that's not all. The ShizNit has unearthed another bit of Dujardin '05, this one featuring him as a member of the comedy trio Nous C Nous. Didn't you know all Best Actor Oscar winners got their start wearing orange T-shirts and making fun of boy bands?

Watch an artist hone his craft below.

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