Twin Cities theater luminary has cameo opposite De Niro in 'The Family'

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Minnesota theatergoers take note: A familiar face turns up in the new Robert De Niro crime comedy "The Family," the Star Tribune reports.

Dominique Serrand -- who founded the theater company formerly known as Theatre de la Jeune Lune -- is featured in a scene opposite De Niro as the mayor a small French town where an ex-mobster (De Niro) and his family hide out while in the federal Witness Protection Program.

Serrand, who is currently co-artistic director of the Twin Cities theater group The Moving Company, told the Star Tribune by phone from North Carolina Thursday that he was in Paris visiting his family when he got a call from a casting agent.

Turns out "The Family," which was mostly shot on location in France, "just needed someone who could speak good English," Serrand said.

The actor-director told the paper that he was "pretty impressed to be seated across the table" from De Niro, who "had extreme concentration."

Serrand said while he and De Niro didn't talk between takes, they chatted afterward "and he's very pleseant."

The director is in North Carolina helming a production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Family" opens in theaters Friday.

See a TV spot from "The Family" featuring Serrand and De Niro below.

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