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VINCENT CASSEL is a prolific and prominent actor known for his bold choice of roles and fearless inhabitance of his characters.

Cassel recently starred alongside Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a supernatural thriller centering on a veteran ballerina. The film received ‘Best Picture' Golden Globe®, Critic's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Awards nominations as well as ‘Best Ensemble Cast' Screen Actors Guild nomination.

Prior to Black Swan, Cassel starred as the lead in Jean-Francois Richet's Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 and Mesrine: Killer Instinct. The two-part film tells the true story of Jacques Mesrine, France's most notorious felon during the 1970's. Critically acclaimed worldwide, the film was a hit in France, garnering the country's highest honor in film, ten César Award nominations, winning for Best Actor and Best Director. Cassel went on to receive Best Actor honors at the Lumiere Awards, the Etoile D'Or and the Tokyo International Film Festival for his performance.

In France, Cassel recently co-starred opposite Olivier Bartélémy in Romain Gavras' first feature, Our Day Will Come (aka Notre Jour Viendra), which he also produced. The film made its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Cassel recently completed Dominik Moll's The Monk, and is currently in development on an untitled romantic comedy set in Brazil. He will write, produce and star in the film, with Kim Chapiron set to direct.

Cassel began his career in France in 1988 with small roles on television and in film. In 1995, he made his mark in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film La Haine, playing a troubled youth from the deprived outskirts of Paris. Cassel received his first César Award nominations - for Best Actor and Most Promising Newcomer. Following this breakthrough performance, Cassel has appeared in over twenty-five films in both France and the US. Notable credits in France include Gilles Mimouni's L'Appartement, Gaspar Noe's Irréversible, Jan Kounen's Dobermann, and Jacques Audiard's Sur Mes Lèvres, for which he received his third César Award nomination.

Cassel has appeared in many English-language films such as James Ivory's Jefferson in Paris; Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth; Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc; Mathieu Kassovitz's The Crimson Rivers; Christophe Gans' The Brotherhood of the Wolf; Paul McGuigan's The Reckoning; Andrew Adamson's Shrek; Jan Kounen's Renegade; Mikael Håfström's Derailed; and David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. Cassel also co-starred in Stephen Soderbergh's Ocean's Twelve for which he later reprised the role in Ocean's Thirteen.

Behind the lens, Cassel also heads a production company, 120 Films. Formed in 1997, the banner has developed and produced Shabbat Night Fever, Irréversible, Renegade, Secret Agents, Sheitan, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, and Mesrine: Killer Instinct.

Cassel is the face of Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance, La Nuit de l'Homme, launched worldwide in March 2009. Cassel and his family split their time between Paris, London, Rome and Rio de Janeiro.

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