Veteran Canadian actor Donald Sutherland wasn’t in the mood for questions about his birth nation during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival earlier today.

The 80-year-old Sutherland is a member of this year’s Cannes Jury. During a press conference to introduce jury members, a Canadian reporter asked the actor for his thoughts on our national film industry. “I gave up talking about Canadian cinema a long time ago,” he replied before launching into a joke to explain why he’s tired of talking about the film industry and our national identity.

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“There’s a very famous story of a British soldier and a French soldier and a Canadian soldier who were captured in the process of the war and were sentenced to be shot by firing squad. But they were each given an opportunity to have a last wish,” the New Brunswick-born Sutherland told the press.

“So the Brit asked for a cup of tea. The Canadian asked for 15 minutes to talk about Canadian identity,” Sutherland said, pausing as the room laughed. “And the Frenchman asked to be shot before the Canadian!”

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Sutherland, who has enjoyed a career both at home and in Hollywood, is joined by an international roster of actors and filmmakers on this year’s Cannes jury.  “Mad Max: Fury Road”; director George Miller heads this year’s jury which also includes Mads Mikkselsen, Kirsten Dunst, and Vanessa Paradis.

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