MCM: Vincent Cassel

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So I think my thing with French actor Vincent Cassel is: 1. French accent. 2. I feel like shagging him would be really really hot, then would be followed by a super sketchy trip into the Parisian drug underworld that would probably end in some kind of Requiem for a Dream sobbing, but again, the sex was hot so we’d have that. I know, I’m totally extrapolating from the number of French criminals he’s played…

 

Jefferson in Paris (1995)

Apparently Cassel played revolutionary Camille Desmoulins in this late 18th-century feast — but I don’t remember him, so it must be a tiny role!

1995 Jefferson in Paris

Unfortunate sideburns!

 

The Pupil (1996)

“Morgan, a sensitive 12-year-old, growing up in richness and royalty, finds a true friend in Julien, a young man hired to tutor him,” per IMDB.

1996 The Pupil

That’s close to a Hitler stache…

 

Elizabeth (1998)

One of the major reasons I love Cassel — playing cross-dressing French suitor to Queen Elizabeth, the duc d’Anjou, with his “très grand clé!” (very big key — ya know, it’s a penis joke!).

Elizabeth (1998): the Duc d'Anjou

He’s fwoppy!

Elizabeth (1998): the Duc d'Anjou

But he rocks that dress!

 

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

He plays “Gilles de Rais,” whoever that is (ok, companion to Joan and later on a serial killer. Really). Lots of armor.

1999 The Messenger- The Story of Joan of Arc

I call that a “shag you rotten” nose…

 

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

He plays “Jean-François” in this 18th-century horror/costume/martial arts mix-up.

2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf

Aaaaand … that’s a wig.

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

I think he’s smoking? Smoking hot (ba dum ching)!

 

Renegade (2004)

Western, don’t care.

Renegade (2004)

A little too Clint Eastwood for my taste.

 

A Dangerous Method (2011)

Jung, Freud, and Keira Knightley chafin’ away! He plays Otto Gros, psychoanalyst, follower of Freud, and later anarchist.

2011 A Dangerous Method

This is SO 1960s!

 

The Monk (2011)

As a 17th-century Spanish monk. I’m sensing a lot of sackcloth and ashes…

2011 The Monk

 

Beauty and the Beast (2014)

For Trystan’s sanity, I will point out: NOT HISTORICAL. For my own, I’m including it to avoid 3 million “You forgot!” comments.

2014 Beauty and the Beast

Okay, so the costumes in this DO look amaze-balls…

 

Child 44 (2015)

Stalin, World War II, Tom Hardy. Boy movie!

2015 Child 44

I got nothing!

 

Tale of Tales (2015)

Looking good in this 17th-century Italian fairy tale!

2015 Tale of Tales

Contractually obligated leather boots!

Tale of Tales (2015)

But yeah, Trystan was right to gush over these costumes.

 

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018)

French artist Paul Gaugin’s affair with a young Tahitian girl. Gag. And now I know that Cassel has a 20-year-old girlfriend. Double gag.

2018 Gauguin- Voyage to Tahiti

La patriarchie!!

 

Coming Soon

The Great Mystical Circus (2018)

“Follows a century in the lives of the Knieps, an Austrian family of circus owners,” per IMDB.

2018 The Great Mystical Circus

 

L’Empereur de Paris (2018)

IMDB gives us a summary that makes me think Google Translate was involved: “Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq, the only man to be escaped of the greatest penal colony of the country, is a legend of the low-Parisian fund. Left for dead after its last spectacular escape, the ex-penal colony prisoner tries to make him forget under the traits of a single trader.”

2018 L'Empereur de Paris

This looks gritty but potentially interesting!

 

What’s your take on Vincent Cassel’s hotness? Would the shagging be worth the aftermath?

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

11 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Mahon

    I discovered him in Brotherhood of the Wolf and thought he was dishy in a very French way. I loved that he was married to Monica Bellucci but no depressed that since they split up, he’s dating girls who aren’t even drinking age in the States.

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    • Lin

      Same. Brotherhood of the Wolf and then Eastern Promises made me really appreciate his beauty and talent. And oh god, La Haine! Not a frock flick but such an important film!

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  2. picasso Manu

    You liked Vincent? You should have a look at his father Jean Pierre, who was also quite the Jazzman and dancer.
    It’s a very talented family, but Vincent always loved the extremes. He does villains good.

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    • Kathleen Norvell

      And played King Louis XIII of France in Richard Lester’s Three and Four Musketeers films.

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      • MoHub

        Jean-Pierre was also in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines as the French pilot who kept abandoning the race to go flirt with women along the route.

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  3. Adina

    He just creeps me out. Like I never want to be in a room alone with him. I have no idea why. Just shudders

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    • Alexa

      Same! I watched Tale of Tales recently and he’s just so creepy/skeevy/icky shudder However I can’t think of anything else he’s been in that I’ve seen/recognized him in, so I don’t know how much of that was the character and how much was him.

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  4. Lisa A Joseph

    “The Reckoning.” The medieval costuming in this one contains a heavy shipment of WTF, but it’s a good story. Plus Cassel, in red leather. You’re welcome, Kendra.

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  5. Sam

    Honestly, the first thing I ever saw of him was his role in Black Swan, where he was the director sexually harassing Natalie Portman’s character, and that creep factor has stayed with me ever since.

    Part of why I really don’t buy him as the Beast in the visual porn of La Belle et La Bête.

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  6. alysen55

    I was intrigued by your post about Vincent Cassel. As an American who’s lived in France since 1992, I’ve discovered a lot of French actors, singers, etc., who are very famous & popular over there (and in Europe in general) but hardly known by the general public in the U.S.
    He probably started seeing that 20-year-old girl (OMG, younger than my kids!), during or after the filming of Tale of Tales, where he looks pretty hunky. Is that chest shot true or photoshopped?
    I also would like to mention that French guys can get away with crossing their legs while sitting (my husband does it), which an American guy, and maybe some gals would think so ‘queer’.

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  7. Julia Ranks

    I have unreasonable amount of love for this man. So damn handsome and such a good actor. I adore him in Brotherhood of the Wolf even if there are some serious wtfs in that movie.

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