French star Jean Dujardin said early on Monday that he might consider projects in the US after winning best actor Oscar for silent film The Artist, but insisted he would "never be an American actor."
Speaking to French journalists after the black-and-white movie scooped five Oscars including Best Picture at the Academy Awards, he said the win had given him a strange out-of-body experience.
He said he felt well because he had slept 20 minutes in the car. "I've just woken up, and apparently it's not a dream, he (Oscar) is here, and I feel very well, I feel very happy."
"I present him to you, he's called Oscar, he weighs 2 kilos," he told French journalists in the early hours at a Hollywood hotel a stone's throw from where the French-directed movie crowned its awards season success with Oscar glory.
"It's nice isn't it. He looks handsome!" he said, clutching the golden statuette.
Pressed on how he felt, he said it was "something which has never happened to me, I felt like I left my body. I'm not mystical, but for three seconds, my body stayed where it was, and something very strange happened."
Dujardin — who jokingly referred to himself as "John of the Garden" with at least one US journalist — was categorical about speculation that he might pursue a career in the United States.
"We're going to see if there are projects to develop, why not, but I will never be an American actor. Don't dream things up," he said.
The Artist, while made by a French director with a French cast, was filmed in Hollywood. It is almost entirely silent, telling the story of a silent-era movie star whose career is torpedoed by the arrival of "the talkies."
Dujardin had nice words for Hollywood A-lister George Clooney, who was among his rivals for the Best Actor Oscar, along with Brad Pitt.
When he walked to the stage to accept his Oscar, he saw Clooney to his left. "He made a little sign, (indicating) 'Your turn.' It was very elegant. He is charming," he said.
He insisted that the Oscar would "change nothing" in his outlook. "It just means that it gives more freedom. I don't want it to change my instinct, my choices, what I want. I have a good life, so I don't want it to change."
"I didn't even dream about this career when I was little. It's irrational, it's abstract, but it's funny to see how life takes you and offers you things like this. Its a completely absurd path.
"I must have a very good star, shining down on me all the time."
As he prepared to head off to the Weinstein post-Oscars party, hosted by the US distributor behind "The Artist," he told AFP that he felt "like in a big hot bath. I feel good; I'd like to stay like this!"