his devilish good looks fool you, Vincent Perez is a perfect angel. At least on
screen. Perez stars as avenging angel Eric Draven in The Crow: City Of Angels.
It is a sequel to The Crow, a $14-million comic book noir thriller about a rock
musician who returns from the grave to avenge his own death and the brutal murder of his
The Crow's bizarre plot was dwarfed when Brandon Lee, the
son of kung fu legend Bruce Lee, was accidentally killed by an improperly loaded prop gun.
Whether it was the notoriety of Lee's death or the film's haunting appeal, The Crow
grossed more than $100 million worldwide. The search was on to find a replacement,
leading producers to France where 32-year-old Perez is somewhat of a legend himself.
Perez is to France what Antonio Banderas is to Spain. He set hearts aflutter when he
romanced Catherine Deneuve in Indochine and Isabelle Adjani in Queen Margot.
Offscreen, Perez was creating a similar stir with actress Jacqueline Bisset, 20 years his
senior, and supermodel Carla Bruni.
"I believe you cannot choose who you are going to love and you certainly cannot stop
yourself from loving someone just because they are a celebrity.
"You must only accept that there is going to be gossip."
Perez is comfortable with his celebrity status, though he finds all the sex symbol buzz
"I don't know what a beautiful person is supposed to be or how you're supposed to
feel. I love beauty myself and feel good that some people think I have beauty,"
He's equally grateful some people in high places think he also has talent. He's being
considered for several major films.
"I'm not really French, though I am a French movie actor," says Perez. "My
mother is German. My father Spanish. I was raised in Switzerland until I was 18."
He then went to Paris to study sculpting, but switched to acting.
"I do not like being alone. An artist must love solitude. I was always a shy person
growing up. I didn't want to go more inside myself, so I became an actor."
Perez insists he was not chosen to replace Lee because he resembled the actor.
"I think it was the exact opposite. I think that's why they chose someone European
instead of another American actor.
"My interpretation is very different. I have made (Draven) a cross between Hamlet and
"He is the kind of rock musician Morrison was and he is driven by revenge like Hamlet
[Written by Louis B. Hobson]