Black Swan and Gene Kelly

Film critic Thelma Adams recently interviewed Vincent Cassell, an actor/dancer in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan (2010). Their exchange features one tidbit about Gene Kelly:

VC: It was a coming back home. I grew up in the very environment, in studios and backstage and onstage because my father was dancing.

TA: Gene Kelly discovered your father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, tap dancing on stage, right?

VC: He was a dancer and an actor. We had a pretty close relationship with Michael Bennett, director of A Chorus Line. My father portrayed Zach, the director. So he was doing more or less the part I’m playing in Black Swan: very demanding, sadistic, tough on the dancers. When I read the script I felt like, oh, I know that world.

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