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Vincent Cassel (French pronunciation: [vɛ̃sɑ̃ kasɛl]; born Vincent Crochon, 23 November 1966) is a French actor. He first achieved recognition for his performance as a troubled French Jewish youth, in Matthieu Kassovitz's 1995 film La Haine (Hate), for which he received two César Award nominations. He garnered wide recognition with English-speaking audiences for his performances in Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007), as well as Eastern Promises (2007), Black Swan (2010), and Jason Bourne (2016). Cassel is also renowned for playing the infamous French bank-robber Jacques Mesrine in Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One (both in 2008).

Vincent Cassel
Vincent Cassel le moine.jpg
Cassel in 2011
Born
Vincent Crochon

(1966-11-23) 23 November 1966 (age 52)
Paris, France
ResidenceRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)
Monica Bellucci
(m. 1999; div. 2013)

Tina Kunakey
(m. 2018)
Children3
Parent(s)Jean-Pierre Cassel
Sabine Litique
RelativesMathias Crochon (brother)
Cécile Cassel (half-sister)

Throughout his career, which spans more than three decades, Cassel has earned critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including a César Award in 2009 and a Canadian Screen Award in 2016.

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Early life and familyEdit

Cassel was born in Paris, France, to journalist Sabine Litique and actor Jean-Pierre Cassel (born Jean-Pierre Crochon).[1][2] Cassel's brother, Mathias, is a rapper with the group Assassin under the name "Rockin' Squat".[3] His half-sister, Cécile Cassel, is an actress.[4]

CareerEdit

Early work in France (1990s)Edit

One of Cassel's first on screen appearances was a bit part in a 1994 Renault Clio advert which was used in the UK.[3]

Cassel's breakthrough role was in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film La Haine (1995), in which he portrayed a troubled youth living in the deprived outskirts of Paris. For his role in La Haine, Cassel was nominated for two César Awards, for Best Actor and Most Promising Actor.[5]

Throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s, Cassel performed in a string of French films. In 1996, he starred opposite Monica Bellucci (before they married) in the moody French film L'Appartement.[3] The film was a critical success, winning a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and the first British Independent Film Award for the Best Film in a Foreign Language. The film was also a modest hit in France gaining 55,565 admissions its opening weekend and 152,714 admissions total.[6] Although the film was never released theatrically in the United States, it was released on DVD on August 22, 2006.

In 1998, he portrayed Henry, Duc d'Anjou in Elizabeth. In 1999, he portrayed Gilles de Rais in Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. Other notable roles during this period of his career include the violent film Dobermann (1997), the genre-bending Le Pacte des Loups (2001), and the highly controversial Irréversible (2002), where he appears fully nude (with Monica Bellucci, after they married).

Transition into English films (2000s)Edit

Since the early 2000s, Cassel has also appeared in a number of English-language films, such as Shrek (as the voice of Monsieur Hood) and Birthday Girl (both 2001) Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen (2004, 2007), and Derailed (2005).

In 2007, Cassel attracted significant critical acclaim for his performance in David Cronenberg's thriller film Eastern Promises, in which he starred opposite Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. The film premiered September 8, 2007 at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Audience Prize for best film on September 15, 2007.[7] Film Journal International critic Doris Toumarkine dubbed Cassel's performance "particularly delicious".[8] J. Hoberman of The Village Voice wrote that "Cassel literally flings himself into [his role]".[9]

In October 2008, Cassel was signed to be the face of a new Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance. The new fragrance, La Nuit de l'Homme, was launched worldwide in 2009. Cassel appeared in a two-part film about Jacques Mesrine, who was France's "public enemy number one" in the seventies.[3] He won the César Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mesrine. Also that year, he starred in the Portuguese-language, Brazilian film Adrift (À Deriva), and made his debut as a singer on Zap Mama's album ReCreation, singing alongside them on the singles "Paroles, Paroles" and "Non, Non, Non".

Later work (2010s)Edit

The following year, in 2010, Cassel played Thomas Leroy in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed Black Swan (2010), alongside Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, which attracted considerable acclaim. For his performance in Black Swan, was nominated alongside his cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

In 2011, Cassel played the lead role in the French-Spanish thriller-drama film The Monk, directed by Dominik Moll. Screen Daily praised his performance, writing that "Cassel exudes otherworldly gravitas and his singular looks are perfect for the role."[10] That year, he also starred in the German-Canadian historical film A Dangerous Method, directed by David Cronenberg; in the latter, he starred opposite Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, and Mortensen (marking their second film together). The film premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival and was also featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.[11][12]

In 2014, he portrayed The Beast opposite Léa Seydoux as Belle in the French-language adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The film was screened out of competition at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.[13] It was released in France on in February 2014 to positive reviews, becoming a box office success. In Japan, the film topped the box office on its release, making it the first non-English-language foreign film to top the Japanese box office since Red Cliff II in 2009, and the first French film to top the Japanese box office since Mathieu Kassovitz's The Crimson Rivers in 2001.[14]

In 2016, Cassel was featured in American action thriller film Jason Bourne, directed by Paul Greengrass; the film is the fifth installment of the Bourne film series and a direct sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Despite mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing more than $400 million worldwide.[15] That year, he also attracted critical acclaim for his performance as Antoine in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. For his work in the film, Cassel won the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role;[16] he also received nominations for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor, and the Jury Prize for Best Actor at the Riviera International Film Festival.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Cassel met Italian actress Monica Bellucci on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment.[18] They married in 1999,[18] and have two daughters, Deva (born 12 September 2004)[19] and Léonie (born 21 May 2010).[20] Cassel and Bellucci announced their divorce on 26 August 2013.[18]

He married French model Tina Kunakey (born 5 April 1997) on 24 August 2018 in Bidart, France.[21] They have a daughter, Amazonie (born 19 April 2019).[22]

Besides his native French, Cassel speaks English, Portuguese, Italian, and basic conversational Russian, which he learned for his role in Eastern Promises.[23] Since 2013, he lives in Rio de Janeiro, initially in Arpoador (with ex-wife Monica Bellucci), and in Morro do Vidigal after their divorce. Cassel is known for having a great identification with Brazil, being a practitioner of the martial art of capoeira; he displayed this talent in the movie Ocean's Twelve.[24] He also trains in wing chun.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Métisse Max
1995 Adultery: A User's Guide
La Haine Vinz Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actor
Jefferson in Paris Camille Desmoulins
1996 L'élève Julien
The Apartment Max
1997 Dobermann Yann le Pentrec (Dobermann)
Come mi vuoi Pasquale
1998 Elizabeth Duc d'Anjou
1999 Unruly [fr] Pitou
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Gilles de Rais
Guest House Paradiso Gino Bolognese
2000 The Crimson Rivers Max Kerkerian
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Jean-François de Morangias
Shrek Monsieur Hood Voice only
Birthday Girl Alexei
Read My Lips Paul Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
2002 Ice Age Diego Voice only (French-language version)
Irréversible Marcus Also co-producer
2003 The Reckoning Lord De Guise
2004 Blueberry Mike S. Blueberry
Secret Agents Brisseau
Ocean's Twelve François Toulour
2005 Derailed LaRoche
2006 Sheitan Joseph Also producer
2007 Ocean's Thirteen François Toulour
Eastern Promises Kirill
His Majesty Minor Satyre
2008 Mesrine Jacques Mesrine César Award for Best Actor
Lumières Award for Best Actor
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Étoiles d'Or Award for Best Actor
Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2009 Lascars Tony Merguez French voice
Adrift (À Deriva) Matias
2010 Our Day Will Come Patrick Also producer
Black Swan Thomas Leroy Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2011 The Monk Capucino Ambrosio
A Dangerous Method Otto Gross
2013 Trance Franck
2014 Rio, I Love You
Beauty and the Beast The Beast / The Prince
2015 Child 44 Major Kuzmin
Partisan Gregori
Tale of Tales King of Strongcliff
My King Georgio Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
One Wild Moment Laurent
The Little Prince The Fox French voice
Violence en réunion Vince Short film
2016 It's Only the End of the World Antoine Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Nominated, Jury Prize for Best Actor - Riviera International Film Festival
Jason Bourne Asset
A Movie Life Tony's father
The Great Mystical Circus Jean-Paul
2017 O Filme da Minha Vida Nicolas Terranova
Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti Paul Gauguin
2018 The World Is Yours
Black Tide François Visconti
Underwater
L'Empereur de Paris [fr] Eugène François Vidocq
Sovereign Default[25] Managing Director of the IMF
Porta dos Fundos[26] James Bond Episode: 007 in Brazil
2019 The Specials Bruno

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ France-Presse, Agence (21 April 2007). "Jean-Pierre Cassel, 74, Actor Who Starred in '60s French Comedies, Dies". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Secher, Benjamin (28 July 2009). "Vincent Cassel interview for Mesrine". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  3. ^ a b c d "Vincent Cassel". Oh No They Didn't!. 28 July 2009. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  4. ^ Annabel Rivkin (20 April 2009). "French Fancy: Cécile Cassel". ES Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Vincent Cassel - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=3787
  7. ^ Tamsen Tillson (16 September 2007). "'Promises' wins best film in Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  8. ^ Doris Toumarkine. "EASTERN PROMISES". Film Journal International. Retrieved 14 September 2007.
  9. ^ J. Hoberman (11 September 2007). "Still Cronenberg". Village Voice. Retrieved 14 September 2007.
  10. ^ "The Monk". Screen. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  11. ^ "TIFF 2011: U2, Brad Pitt, George Clooney Films Featured At 2011 Toronto International Film Festival". The Huffington Post. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  12. ^ Evans, Ian (2011), "A Dangerous Method TIFF premiere photos", DigitalHit.com, retrieved 12 March 2012
  13. ^ "Berlinale 2014: Competition Complete". berlinale. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  14. ^ Kevin Ma (12 November 2014). "Beauty and the Beast, Twilight top Japan B.O." Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  15. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (7 October 2016). "'Jason Bourne' Seizes $400M Worldwide; Int'l Take Sets Franchise Record". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  16. ^ Furdyk, Brent (12 March 2017). "2017 Canadian Screen Awards: And The Winners Are…". ET Canada. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  17. ^ "2017 Cesar Awards - Nominees".
  18. ^ a b c "Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel To Divorce After 14 Years". The Huffington Post. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  19. ^ Stephen M. Silverman (14 September 2004). "Passion Actress Bellucci Has Baby Girl". People. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  20. ^ Peter Mikelbank (24 May 2010). "Monica Bellucci Welcomes Daughter Léonie". People. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  21. ^ "French Model Tina Kunakey Wears Custom Vera Wang at Her Wedding to Actor Vincent Cassel". Vogue. 24 August 2018.
  22. ^ Mikelbank, Peter (19 April 2019). "Vincent Cassel Is a Dad Again! Actor and Wife Tina Kunakey Welcome Daughter Amazonie". People.
  23. ^ Elizabeth Day (4 February 2012). "Vincent Cassel: 'You can't escape from what you are'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  24. ^ Thelma Adams (13 December 2010). "Vincent Cassel: A Q&A With the Black Swan Star". The Huffington Post. USA. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  25. ^ Frater, Patrick (4 December 2017). "Vincent Cassel Joins Top Korean Cast in 'Sovereign Default'". Variety. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Tem francês no Porta dos Fundos: Vincent Cassel grava com humoristas - Telepadi". telepadi.folha.uol.com.br (in Portuguese). 13 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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