By now you are probably aware of my ridiculous obsession with France and the talented performers who grace their coveted silver-screen. It is fitting that the most wonderful films and performers come from this country, seeing as this brilliant medium was created there in 1895. Thus, I have decided provide a little photo spam and information on one of my favourite French male stars, Vincent Cassel, whom most would probably be familiar with from his role in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010).
First, he is married to one of the most beautiful women in the world, Monica Bellucci. I will admit, he has me more than jealous about this. The two met on the set of the film L’appartement in 1996 and later starred together in the highly controversial film Irreversible in 2002, in which the two star and appear fully nude. What is so intriguing about this film is the way it is edited together. It is a story told in reverse and since there are moments that make you feel scared, uncomfortable, and horrified (prolonged rape scene anyone?), the editing is almost like an escape from this information that smacks you in the face. Instead of being left with a sad ending, you are left feeling rather uplifted, or at least not so paralyzed by the events that came prior to through editing, but realistically came afterwards.
All I can really say about Vincent Cassel that he is incredibly seductive in the way he portrays characters and even though he does not fit the conventional image of Hollywood’s leading men and their ‘good’ looks or sex appeal, I feel like he possesses more than most of the men acting today. Besides his looks, the man can actually act. Give me a French man with a hypnotizing accent, defined cheek bones, and theatrical skills to boot any day over the lackluster George Clooney-esque actors, who seems to offer nothing but an intense work out regime. Not that this is an awful thing. Women of the world do appreciate it, but I try to mix it up every now and then, trying to not be so shallow. Is it working?