Sunday, 23 January 2011

[432] Vincent Cassel Interview

Here is the last of the Black Swan interviews, capping off quite a busy week. I was hoping to do a couple of proper blog posts, but a lot of extra work came up at the last minute. So I'll get round to talking about comics and whatnot in the next week.

In the meantime - here is the most charming Frenchman I've ever met.

Vincent Cassel is one smooth operator. Back in October, at the London Film Festival, all the journalists gathered at the roundtable interview we attended were thoroughly charmed by his suave manner and gently frank sense of humour. It's these positive qualities that resound even in Cassel's darkest, most complex roles, from the volatile Parisian street punk Vinz in La Haine, to the international criminal Jacques Mesrine.

Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky's psycho-thriller of obsession, madness and ballet, Cassel stars as the manipulative, yet still dashing, director who pushes Natalie Portman's dancer towards perfection. With this in mind, we asked Cassel about his relationship with directors, his background in dancing and the experience of working in both French and American film industries.

Read the full interview here.

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