Born in Normandy, DAVID BELL (Lino Dupree) grew up an athlete, climber and
martial arts enthusiast. His father and grandfather inspired his passion for
sports, both are professional rescuers in the French military fire services.
David learned to perfection his agility and physical aptitudes through kung-fu
training, earning his black belt. David's sports goal is to always 'go beyond'.
At 15, David dropped-out of high school and moved to Paris to pursue a
diploma in firstaid rescue, and gymnastics. At this time he met other teenagers
with whom he shared a passionate creative ambition for sports.
David headed a small group who became known as the Yamakasi and co-founded
Parkour, the art of movement, a discipline in which every tracer conceives
the urban architecture like an obstacle relay to master. Parkour, inspired by
his father's own workout routine, is considered a form of 'street art' that
includes a demanding combination of jumping, climbing and running.
In 1993, David joined a group of Parisian firemen, but was forced to leave
after an injury. David joined the marine troops in Vannes for his required
military service. Rope climbing champion, like his father before him, and
department champion in obstacle relay, he received the diploma of honor for his
regiment. However, he quickly realized that his taste for adventure, need for
freedom and personal philosophy were not compatible with military life in the
After completing his military service, David devised a campaign to promote
Parkour by disseminating video clips of his exploits to the media.
In 1997, seduced by his incredible performances in these clips, the group
Stade 2, devoted a documentary to him. This experience introduced him to the
actor Hubert Kounde (La Haine). Hubert guided David's initial steps into acting,
leading him to enroll in the celebrated acting training school Pygmalion.
After several roles in music videos, short films, TV movies and international
commercials, Luc Besson contacted David for the film Yamakasi (2001). David was
unable to participate in the project due to complications with his former group,
but nevertheless, his new relationship with Luc would prove vital to his
David's first break into cinema was in Engrenage by Franck Nicotra (2001),
followed by Femme Fatale by Brian de Palma, Intervention Divine d'Elia Suleiman
(2002) and Les Rivieres Pourpres 2 by Olivier Dahan(2004), where he met the
actor Cyril Rafaelli, his future partner in the explosive Banlieue 13 (2004) by Luc Morel and produced by ... Luc Besson. The success of the
movie and David's major role revealed him to the French and international
Success was followed up by a supporting role in the movie Le Transporteur 2
by Louis Leterrier (2005), and his participation in the futuristic thriller
Babylon A.D. by Matthieu Kassovitz (2007), in which he also choreographed the
Parkour scenes. David and his athletic abilities have had over 50 millions
clicks on Youtube. He was contacted by Sam Raimi to wear the suit of Spiderman
for the combat scenes in the third installment of the series. However, he was
unable to play the role of the super-hero due to timing complications with his
role in the sequel Banlieue 13 : Ultimatum by Patrick Alessandrin (2009).
At this same time, the producer Jerry Bruckheimer also contacted him. David
was hired to train Jake Gyllenhall in Parkour for the movie Prince of Persia by
Mike Newell (2010), shot at the Pinewood Studios in England, on condition that
the training not interfere with shooting for Banlieue 13 : Ultimatum. David
developed much of the fighting choreography and also participated in the
elaboration of the decors created especially for the athletic demands of Parkour.
The year after, David played in Colombiana by Olivirer Megaton (2011) with
Zoe Saldana and The Family, by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michele
Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones (2013).
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