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John Goodman: 'The Artist is a basic, decent, simple story'

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John Goodman has said that The Artist's success is rooted in its "basic, decent, simple story".

The actor, who plays studio executive Al Zimmer in the award-winning film, told The Huffington Post that the film was also a warning to big Hollywood stars.

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Goodman said: "I think people enjoy seeing it. I think they enjoy seeing it with other people.

"It's a great, shared experience. It's one of the reasons we started going to the theatre to begin with, to share a story with other people and see how they react to it, how they feel."

He added: "And it's just a basic, decent, simple story that runs on a lot of different levels, too. It's a big warning, in this business, that nobody is irreplaceable."

Goodman revealed that he was asked to be in Michel Hazanavicius's project and given a scene-by-scene outline of the film illustrated with old Hollywood pictures.

"I thought, 'This guy is really going through a lot of trouble, he must really dig what he's doing'," he said.

"And then he came to explain to me how he wanted to do it, and I flipped, I thought it was a great idea. It's just a great idea to tell a story."

In addition to The Artist, Goodman also last year starred in fellow Oscars 'Best Picture' contender Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

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Watch stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, and director Michel Hazanavicius talk about The Artist below:

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