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VINCENT CASSEL (Lucien) is a prolific and prominent actor who's known for his bold choice of roles and fearless inhabitance of his characters. Cassel began his career in France in 1988, starting out with small roles on television and in films. In 1995, he made his mark in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film "La Haine," where he played a troubled youth from the deprived outskirts of Paris. For his performance, he received his first Cesar Award nominations for best actor and most promising newcomer.

Following this breakthrough performance, Cassel appeared in more than 35 films in both France and the United States. Notable film credits in France include Gilles Mimouni's "L'Appartement," Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible," Jan Kounen's "Dobermann" and Jacques Audiard's "Sur Mes Levres," for which he received his third Cesar Award nomination.

In 2010, Cassel was seen in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," which received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations in the category of best picture; as well as a notable Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Prior to "Black Swan," Cassel starred in Jean-François Richet's "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1" and "Mesrine: Killer Instinct." The two-part film tells the true story of Jacques Mesrine, who became France's most notorious felon throughout the 1970s. Arch-fiend to some and folk hero to others, Mesrine's illegal career spanned nearly two decades of brazen bank robberies, prison breaks and ingenious identity changes. critically acclaimed worldwide, the film was a commercial success in France, garnering the country's highest honor in film, ten César Award nominations and winning the awards for best actor and best director. For his performance, he went on to receive best actor honors at the Lumiere Awards, the Etoile D'Or and the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Cassel has appeared in various 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," Paul McGuigan's "The Reckoning," Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson's "Shrek," Jan Kounen's "Renegade," Mikael Hafstrom's "Derailed" and David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method." He also co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Twelve," later reprising his role in "Ocean's Thirteen." Additional credits include Danny Boyle's "Trance" and Paul Greengrass' "Jason Bourne."

On an international level, he recently starred in two Brazilian films, "O Grande Circo Mistico" by Carlos Diegues and "O Filme da Minha Vida" by Selton Mello; Italian film "Tale of Tales" from director Matteo Garrone, which was nominated for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Palme D'Or; and Australian fi lm Partisan from director Ariel Kleiman.

Last year, he was part of the film "Gukgabudo-ui Nal (Default)" by the Korean director Choi Kook-hee, and he completed the filming on "Li Na: My Life" by Chinese director Peter Ho-Sun Chan. The most recent successful French films he did include "L'Empereur de Paris" by Jean-François Richet and "Hors Normes" by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Upcoming, he will be seen in season three of the acclaimed U.S. series "Westworld" from HBO.

Cassel also heads a production company, 120 Films. Formed in 1997, the banner has developed and produced "Shabbat Night Fever," "Irreversible," "Renegade," "Secret Agents," "Sheitan," "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1' and "Mesrine: Killer Instinct," and "Our Day Will Come."

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