Vincent Cassel

Vincent Cassel

  • Highest Rated: 100% La Haine (1996)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016)
  • Birthday: Nov 23, 1966
  • Birthplace: Paris, Frances
  • Alongside frequent collaborator Mathieu Kassovitz, Vincent Cassel emerged in the mid-1990s as one of France's most arresting and exciting new actors. Macho, hard-eyed, and appearing to be in constant preparation for a fight, Cassel embodied a kind of crude masculinity that recalled the likes of Jean-Paul Belmondo and served as a potent onscreen manifestation of the ever-tightening cultural tensions at work in late 20th century France. However, it is a testament to Cassel's talent that his onscreen persona has never verged into caricature, and thanks to his charisma and versatility, he has been able to work in films ranging from grim urban dramas to light romantic comedies.The son of celebrated actor Jean-Pierre Cassel, who made a career out of playing seductive bourgeois men, Cassel was born in Paris' Montmartre district on November 23, 1966. At the age of 17 he went to circus school and spent the next few years generally avoiding the acting scene, due in part to the fact that both his parents (his mother is a journalist) didn't want him to go into the movie business. Cassel was eventually sucked into films in 1991, when he landed a small role in Philippe de Broca's Les Clés du paradis. Two years later he enjoyed his first collaboration with Kassovitz in Metisse, an urban romantic comedy that cast Cassel as Kassovitz's older brother, a tough Jewish boxer.Cassel again stepped in front of the camera for Kassovitz in L'Haine (1995), in which he played a rough-hewn Jewish kid roaming the mean streets of Paris in the company of two friends and a gun. The film was a surprise international success, winning a Best Director Award for Kassovitz at Cannes and a number of French Césars. For his part, Cassel received Best Actor and Most Promising Young Actor César nominations for his portrayal of a young man undone both by his own flaws and those of society, something that raised his profile considerably in his native country and abroad. The actor began popping up in such English language productions as Merchant-Ivory's Jefferson in Paris (1995) and as the leading man in a number of French films, including L'Appartement (1996), a romantic comedy in which he starred alongside Romane Bohringer, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, and Monica Bellucci. Cassel and Bellucci would continue to collaborate onscreen (in such films as Come Mi Vuoi, 1996) and off, marrying in the late 1990s.Cassel's CV grew rapidly as the century drew to a close, with the actor dividing his time between French films and such international productions as Elizabeth (1998), in which he played the mincing Duc d'Anjou, and Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl (2000), a romantic drama that cast Cassel and Kassovitz as the cousins of an English bank clerk's (Ben Chaplin) Russian mail-order bride (Nicole Kidman). The following year Cassel recieved what was perhaps his biggest stateside exposure to date with the American release of the highly stylized kung-fu-horror-action-costume adventure flick Brotherhood of the Wolf. In 2002 he appeared opposite his wife yet again in the controversial Irreversible. Two years later he was the bad guy in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Twelve. He starred in the thriller Derailed in 2005. In 2007 he teamed up with David Cronenberg for the well-reviewed crime thriller Eastern Promises, and he would go on to a huge critical success playing the demanding ballet troupe leader in Black Swan. In 2011 he would again work with Cronenberg in the historical drama A Dangerous Method.

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No Score Yet Underwater Actor 2020
No Score Yet The Specials (Hors normes) Bruno 2019
75% Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) Actor 2018
40% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti Gauguin 2018
No Score Yet The Man Who Unlocked the Universe Narrator 2018
95% The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien) Henri 2018
67% The Emperor of Paris (L'Empereur de Paris) Vidocq 2018
91% Black Tide (Fleuve noir) François Visconti 2018
No Score Yet The Movie of My Life (O Filme da Minha Vida) Nicolas Terranova 2017
36% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) Beast 2016
71% My King (Mon roi) Georgio $54.4K 2016
55% Jason Bourne Asset $162.2M 2016
83% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) King of Strongcliff 2016
8% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) Actor 2016
45% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) Antoine 2016
No Score Yet The Great Mystical Circus (O grande circo místico) Jean Paul 2016
57% Partisan Actor 2015
27% Child 44 Major Kuzmin $1.4M 2015
No Score Yet One Wild Moment Actor 2015
50% Our Day Will Come Patrick 2013
68% Trance Franck $4.9M 2013
63% Le moine (The Monk) Capucin Ambrosio $8.9K 2013
78% A Dangerous Method Otto Gross $5.8M 2011
85% Black Swan Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman $107M 2010
82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 Jacques Mesrine 2010
81% Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) Jacques Mesrine $0.6M 2010
No Score Yet The Cross Actor 2010
No Score Yet Lascars (Round Da Way) Tony Merguez 2009
71% Adrift Mathias 2009
No Score Yet Les Lascars Actor 2009
No Score Yet Death Instinct (L' Instinct de Mort) Actor 2008
No Score Yet Sa Majesté Minor (His Majesty Minor) Pan 2007
89% Eastern Promises Kirill $17.2M 2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen Francois Toulour $78.9M 2007
53% Sheitan Joseph Producer 2007
21% Derailed Philippe LaRoche $36M 2005
No Score Yet Agents Secrets Brisseau 2005
55% Ocean's Twelve François Toulour $125.5M 2004
39% The Reckoning Lord de Guise 2004
22% Renegade Mike Blueberry 2004
97% Read My Lips Paul $1.2M 2002
58% Birthday Girl Alexie $5M 2002
57% Irréversible Marcus Producer $0.6M 2002
73% Brotherhood of the Wolf Jean-Francois de Morangias $10.8M 2001
68% The Crimson Rivers Max Kerkerian 2001
88% Shrek Monsieur Hood $267M 2001
No Score Yet Guest House Paradiso Gino Bolognese 2001
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Gilles de Rais 1999
82% Elizabeth Duc d'Anjou 1998
No Score Yet Dobermann Dobermann 1997
No Score Yet L' Appartement (The Apartment) Max Mayer 1996
100% La Haine Vinz 1996
No Score Yet L'Élève Actor 1996
31% Jefferson in Paris Camille Desmoulins 1995
No Score Yet Blood of the Hunter Pastamoo 1995
67% Café au Lait Actor 1993
No Score Yet Chocolat chaud Dede 1992
No Score Yet Pleasure (And Its Little Inconveniences) Actor

QUOTES FROM Vincent Cassel CHARACTERS

Ambrosio
Instead of fleeing punishment, you should yearn for it.
Ambrosio
Each sinner sins in his own measure.God condemns them all.
Ambrosio
Each sinner sins in his own measure. God condemns them all.
Vinz
I know who I am and where I'm from!
Otto Gross
[voice over] Dr. Jung, rest assured that thanks to you I am alive and healthy. But please be so good as to tell my father that I am dead. And whatever you do, do not pass by the oasis without stopping to drink. Oh, no.
Otto Gross
Dr. Jung, rest assured that thanks to you I am alive and healthy. But please be so good as to tell my father that I am dead. And whatever you do, do not pass by the oasis without stopping to drink. Oh, no.
Carl Jung
You think Freud's right? You think that all neurosis is a exclusively sexual origin?
Otto Gross
I think Freud's obsession with sex probably has a great deal to do with the fact that he never gets any.
Carl Jung
You could be right.
Franck
She put it there. It's not real.
Lord de Guise
Between faith and reason lies the only true God--power.
Lord de Guise
We decide our destiny. Fate is the religion of the weak. And you don't strike me as weak.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
"If I were only casting the White Swan, she would be yours. But I'm not."
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
If I were only casting the White Swan, she would be yours. But I'm not.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
"We open our season with Swan Lake, done to death I know, but not like this. We strip it down, make it visceral, and real."
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
We open our season with Swan Lake, done to death I know, but not like this. We strip it down, make it visceral, and real.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman: That was me seducing you. It needs to be the other way around.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
That was me seducing you. It needs to be the other way around.
Otto Gross
I can't understand what you're waiting for. Just take her to some secluded spot and thrush her to within an inch of her life. That's clearly what she wants. How can you deny her such a simple pleasure?
Carl Jung
Pleasure's never simple, as you very well know.
Otto Gross
It is. Of course it is. Until we decide to complicate it. What my father call maturity, what I call surrender
Carl Jung
Surrender for me would be to give in to these urges.
Otto Gross
Then surrender. It doesn't matter what you call it, as long as you don't let the experience escape. That's my prescription.
Otto Gross
I can't understand what you're waiting for. Just take her to some secluded spot and thrush her to within an inch of her life. That's clearly what she wants. How can you deny her such a simple pleasure?
Carl Jung
Pleasure's never simple, as you very well know.
Otto Gross
It is. Of course it is. Until we decide to complicate it. What my father call maturity, what I call surrender
Carl Jung
Surrender for me would be to give in to these urges.
Otto Gross
Then surrender. It doesn't matter what you call it, as long as you don't let the experience escape. That's my prescription.
Otto Gross
It seems to me the measure of the true perversity of the human race, that one of us have very few have lively pleasurable image of the subject of so much hysteria and impression.
Carl Jung
But not to repress yourself is to unleash all kinds of dangerous and destructive forces.
Otto Gross
Our job is to make our patients capable of feeling.
Carl Jung
I've heard it said that you helped one of your patients to kill herself.
Otto Gross
She was reasonably suicidal, I just explained how she could do it without watching it. Then I asked her is she didn't prefer the idea of becoming my lover. She opted for both.
Carl Jung
That can't be what we want for our patients.
Sigmund Freud
Freedom is freedom.
Otto Gross
If there is one thing I've learned in my short life, is this. Never repress anything.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Seduce us! Like a spider spinning a web! Attack it! Attack it! Come on!
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Virginal girl pure and sweet dropped in the body of a swan. She desire freedom. ... twin black swan dricks and seduces him. White swan heaps off a cliff and in death finds freedom.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Thomas : Imprecise, but effortless.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Thomas: Imprecise, but effortless.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Imprecise, but effortless.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
The only person standing in your way is you. It's time to let her go. Lose yourself.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
I have a homework assignment for you. Go home, and touch yourself.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
Nina, what did you do?
Nina Sayers/ The Swan Queen
I felt it. Perfect. I was perfect.
Otto Gross
I think Freud's obsession with sex probably has a great deal to do with the fact that he never gets any.
Carl Jung
So you're not a believer in monogamy?
Otto Gross
For a neurotic like myself, I can't possibly imagine a more stressful concept.
Gilles de Rais
If you want to get dressed-- try these for sizes.
Gilles de Rais
You're scared.. of a girl.. just talk to the w(b)itch!
Carl Jung
Pleasure is never simple, as you very well know
Carl Jung
Pleasure is never simple, as you very well know.
Otto Gross
It is... of course it is. Until you decide to complicate it. Which my father calls maturity. What I call surrender.
Otto Gross
Do not pass by the oasis without stopping to drink
Otto Gross
Do not pass by the oasis without stopping to drink.
Otto Gross
Never repress anything
Otto Gross
Never repress anything.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Perfection is not just about control, it also about letting go
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Perfection is not just about control. It's also about letting go.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
The new production needs a new swan queen. A fresh face to present to the world. But which of you can embody both swans? The white and the black?
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
hank you, Nina! It's very nice. It's very nice, but I knew the white swan wouldn't be your problem. The real work would be your metamorphosis into her evil twin. I know I saw a flash of her yesterday, so get ready to give me more of that bite.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
This is your moment, Nina. Don't let it go.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
I got a little homework assignment for you. Go home and touch yourself. Live a little.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
So, you got a boyfriend?
Nina
No.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
And you've had many in the past?
Nina
A few but no one serious
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
You're not a virgin are you?
Nina
[nervously] No.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
So there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
I don't want there to be any boundaries between us
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
I don't want there to be any boundaries between us.
Nina
No, me neither.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
Nina, what did you do?
Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen
I felt it. Perfect. I was perfect.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
That was me seducing you. It needs to be the other way around.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
The only person standing in your way is you.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
My little princess.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
If I was only casting the white swan she'd be yours. But I'm not. Maestro, Odile's Coda please. Now show me your black swan, Nina.
Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
Not so controlled. Seduce us! Not just the prince but the court, but the audience, the entire world. Come on! Your fouettés are like a spider spinning a web. Attack it! Attack it! Come on!
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
You could be brilliant, but you are a coward!
Jacques Mesrine
No body kills me, until I say so.
François Toulour
how can i refuse a dying man's last request.
François Toulour
How can I refuse a dying man's last request?
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
The only person standing in your way is you.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
go home and touch yourself.Live a little.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
"Get some help" calls the Director, looking down at the blood spreading over the ballerina's white tutu
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
[looking down at the blood spreading over the ballerina's white tutu] Get some help!
Nina
Ballerina: "It's perfect"
Nina
It's perfect.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
The only person standing in your way is you.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
I don't want there to be any boundaries between us.
Nina
No, me neither.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
So... you got a boyfriend.
Nina
No.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
And you've had many in the past.
Nina
A few but no one serious.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
You're not a virgin are you?
Nina
[nervously] No.
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman
So there is nothing to be embarrassed about.