Vincent Cassel thinks gangsters get a tough time in cinema, because people forget they have a heart just like everyone else.
The French actor has played a string of gangsters on screen in films such as Ocean's Thirteen, Derailed, Eastern Promises and in Mesrine, the biopic of infamous French criminal Jacques Mesrine.
Vincent plays a shady businessman in Danny Boyle's new film Trance, but insists his character has a softer side.
"Why do people think that gangsters never fall in love? I think they do," he said.
"Knowing that I did so many gangsters in my life, I wanted this one to be different. There's nothing gangsterish about him really. The way he walks, talks, dresses, there's nothing that gives any hints that he's a gangster.
"He's a normal guy doing business and one of his partner double-crossed him so he's not happy and he wants his money back. Which is actually totally normal. On the way he falls I love with somebody who is actually worse than he is..."
Asked why he has played so many gangsters, heartthrob Vincent joked: "I don't know - maybe my facial features are like a gangster!"
The Black Swan star will next appear as the Beast, in a new movie adaptation of Beauty And The Beast from French director Christophe Gans.
He revealed the dark interpretation would have more in common with Japanese manga director Hayao Miyazaki's film, than the Disney cartoon.
Vincent said: "This is actually a movie based on the original tale, which is a metaphor about the end of aristocracy. It's going to have nothing to do with Disney. I think it will have more to do with the movies of Miyazaki, that kind of stuff."