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Watch: NSFW French Trailer For 'The Players,' Re-team Of 'The Artist' Director & Star Michel Hazanavicius & Jean Dujardin

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 12, 2012 at 11:25AM

Oscar nomination ballots close today, and it's looking increasingly likely that French surprise contender "The Artist" will pick up the most nods, with nominations looking all but certain for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and half-a dozen other categories. But is there a "Norbit" factor waiting in the wings? 
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The Players

Oscar nomination ballots close today, and it's looking increasingly likely that French surprise contender "The Artist" will pick up the most nods, with nominations looking all but certain for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and half-a dozen other categories. But is there a "Norbit" factor waiting in the wings? 

See, Eddie Murphy's appearance in the legendarily-awful fat-suit comedy was said by many to have caused the actor to lose out as Best Supporting Actor for "Dreamgirls" back in 2007, a reminder that his strong performance in Bill Condon's film was the exception, not the rule. "The Artist"'s star and director, Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius, swiftly reteamed on a French-language sex comedy called "The Players," (or "Les Infideles"), with Dujardin starring, co-directing and co-writing, and Hazanavicius as one of four directors for the portmanteau-style film. 

Now, a French trailer (NSFW) has arrived over at Allocine, and while it doesn't look "Norbit" bad by any means (for one thing, our French is a little rusty, so we're not getting the complete gist of the thing), but it does seem to be closer to "The Hangover Part II" or "The Change-Up" than their Oscar-winning breakout..

Of course, that sort of thing is nothing new for Hazanavicius and Dujardin, who first came together on the "OSS-17" series of spy parodies, but it's certainly a step away from "The Artist" or the director's next announced project, the remake of Fred Zinneman's "The Search." Gilles Lellouche, Dujardin's co-star in "Little White Lies," and the lead in "Point Blank," also stars, co-directs and contributes to the script, with recognizable faces like Guillaume Canet, Mathilda May and Alexandra Lamy also cropping up, and Eric Lartigau ("I Do"), Alexandre Courtes ("The Incident"), and Fred Cavaye ("Point Blank") among the directors involved. Time will tell if it all works out; the film hits French theaters on February 29th, and we're sure the success of "The Artist" will see it come to U.S. shores at some point down the line. 

This article is related to: Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, The Players


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