Darren Aronofsky and Vincent Cassel

The stars work the red carpet at the ‘Black Swan’ gala

Black Swan is a masterpiece. The followup to Aronofsky’s 2008 hit The Wrestler, it explores the same theme of performers enduring self destruction for their art. The film stars Natalie Portman as an uptight ballet dancer faced with the most challenging role of her career—playing both the innocent white and sensual black swan in Swan Lake. Maclean’s asked Cassel and Aronofsky about the film before Black Swan‘s premiere at Roy Thomson hall in Toronto.

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