Ten fun facts about Vincent Cassel

Fact 1
Cassel is also renowned for playing the infamous French bank-robber and folk hero, Jacques Mesrine in Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One.

Fact 2
His father was French actor Jean-Pierre Cassel.

Fact 3
Cassel's brother, Mathias, is a rapper with the group Assassin under the name “Rockin' Squat”.

Fact 4
His half-sister, Cécile Cassel, is an actress.

Fact 5
French film historian Tim Palmer describes Cassel as one of the most charismatic and idiosyncratic of all France's contemporary stars, working in both popular and more intellectual modes of cinema.

Fact 6
Cassel has a passion for Capoeira and displayed his talent in the movie Ocean's Twelve.

Fact 7
Besides his native French, Cassel speaks English, Portuguese, Italian and basic conversational Russian which he learned for his role in Eastern Promises.

Fact 8
Cassel's breakthrough role was in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film La Haine where he played a troubled youth from the deprived outskirts of Paris.

Fact 9
Cassel received the 2009 Cesar award for best actor for his performance in Mesrine directed by Jean-Francois Richet.

Fact 10
In October 2008, Cassel was signed to be the face of a new Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance.

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Short about Vincent Cassel
is a Cesar Award-winning French actor best known to English-speaking audiences through his film performances in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as Black Swan

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