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James Cromwell on the Sounds of Silence

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James Cromwell is a journeyman actor who got two of his biggest career boost with barely saying a word. First came an Oscar nomination in 1996 for his role as Farmer Hoggett in "Babe," a role that elevated him to a new level and made his casting in films like "L.A. Confidential" possible. In his own words, he hasn't had to audition since.

Now, Cromwell delivers another stunning performance without speaking in "The Artist," the front runner for Best Picture that today received 10 Oscar nominations. Cromwell plays Clifton, the servant to silent film star George Valentin (Oscar nominee Jean Dujardin) who is so loyal he even works without pay! The success of the film prompted Cromwell to pen a piece for Moviefone entitled "Why the Quietest Movie of My Career is Making the Most Noise."

Check it out. And if you haven't already, take a look at the videos of Cromwell and his co-stars speaking after a screening of "The Artist" on our site.

--Jenelle Riley

 

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