In Danny Boyle’s hypnotic thriller Trance, Vincent Cassel plays Franck, a ruthless art thief determined to locate a stolen Goya painting who turns to a seductive hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) for help when violent coercion fails. Nothing is ever quite what it seems in this stylish thrill ride filled with hallucinations, dream sequences, and unreliable narrators. In fact, Cassel considers Franck the most normal of all the film’s characters. Not only is he the closest to the audience and the easiest to follow, but he’s also a gangster that falls in love, so he can’t be totally bad.
At the recent press day, the Cesar award-winning French actor talked about his character, the appeal of working with a director like Boyle, why he’s skeptical of hypnotherapy, what it was like shooting his torture scene with James McAvoy, how an international cast made the film’s plot more intriguing, and why he likes the idea of a strong female lead that’s smart and beautiful. He also discussed his upcoming film, A Samba Drama, set during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Hit the jump to read more: