A Career Review – Vincent Cassel
As one of cinema’s most enigmatic leading characters, award-winning French actor Vincent Cassel is an ever-honored leading man actor with a devoted following in Hollywood. His onscreen persona is that of a retired and extremely wealthy French art dealer whose quietude and determination to succeed in his life are matched only by his expertise in forensics. As one of the few character types whose actions are defined by the way he feels in each moment, Cassel’s character oozes charisma and magnetism that makes him endearing to the audience. In the wide-ranging and intelligent crime thriller No One Has Last Year, which won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Vincent Cassel was recognized for his work in the film industry.
Born in Brittany, France, Vincent Cassel was thought to be part of an exclusive clique of actors hailing from the region of La Belle Vueille. In fact, in his youth, he acted in many different capacities, playing various characters in local drama as well as stage shows. While growing up in France, he also had a relationship with another well-known French actor, Yolande Perrin. Both actors went on to form the theatre group Le Radieux, which included fellow artists like Yolande and Eric Carle.
In his later years, Vincent Cassel established several relationships in Hollywood, working with some of the best directors in the industry. He began to work with Stanley Kubrick on A Clockwork Orange, and did voice work for Tim Burton on Big Fish. He later worked with director Wes Anderson on The Shape. He also received an award for his performance in the movie Rainmaker, as well as winning a Golden Globe Award for his work in that film. However, before long, Cassel realized that it wasn’t exactly what he wanted in order to achieve stardom, so he decided to pursue acting full-time instead.
After doing voice work for a number of years, Vincent Cassel decided to get back into acting, this time joining the cast of La Haine, which he also had a role in. Though he didn’t have a great deal of experience when it came to playing characters from other cultures other than his own, he was able to do just fine. It was also at this point that he would meet Yolande Perrin, who would become one of his most famous and trusted Hollywood actresses. Through the decades that have passed since Cassel’s La Haine performance, he has gone on to play many different types of characters, from anti-heroes to French maids. Ultimately, though, he has remained true to himself and has remained true to his native French.
With such a diverse resume as a character actor in La Haine and then later, in The Man Who Played Go, Vincent Cassel managed to reinvent himself yet again. For example, in the highly acclaimed movie, Cassel showed up briefly in the last fifteen minutes as a Chinese character. Though not entirely credited as such, he did play the part, which was made famous by Jackie Chan. The role, which involved him playing a villainous Mandarin character, was one of his most memorable ever, and he has since said that he always thought that he should have played the part of Chow Tai, the original Chinese villain, in the movie, instead.
However, even with all of these varied roles that Vincent Cassel has filmed over the years, he remains one of the best known actors from France, especially in Hollywood. Aside, from his role as Jean-Pierre in The Man Who Played Go, he also appeared in a number of other famous films, including Stagecoach and Get Shorty. Though Cassel is no longer as recognizable as some of the other leading actors of his day, he is still well known to millions of people across the globe. He has appeared in a number of movies, and in the process, has achieved a level of respectability amongst people who have been inspired by his performances.
In spite of this recognition, Vincent Cassel is still regarded as one of the best actors from France today. Many people compare him with the late Michael Caine, who was known for his unique style of acting and his distinctive accent. Cassel’s unique French accent and his unique style of acting are what made him stand out from the rest of the actors of his day. Cassel also managed to be incredibly popular with his numerous roles in Hollywood, making him a superstar. However, it must be noted that Cassel’s status as a star is at the expense of his controversial actions. For instance, he once attacked an Italian writer on a plane because the writer had criticized his film, Cassel later went on to shoot an entire section of Mexico’s Zapotec Indians for criticizing his film.
Even though Cassel has received critical acclaim for his films, which are of superior quality, many critics nonetheless claim that he has gone too far in his career, focusing too much on violence and on taking the macabre side of the macabre. Nonetheless, his influence remains firm today, with even American icons such as Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger citing Cassel as a favorite actor. Still, it is probably his controversial actions that have helped propel him into Hollywood, pushing him as a true French cinema star. Whether his accomplishments in Hollywood will match his achievements in the small world of French cinema remains to be seen, but at least his contributions as an actor will live on.