Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rankin Admits to Crush after Filming Ballet Star Polunin

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rankin Admits to Crush after Filming Ballet Star Polunin

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CELEBRITY photographer Rankin says he has "a bit of a crush" on ballet star Sergei Polunin after filming him in a new music video -- and now wants to cast the Ukrainian in a comedy.

The video, right, choreographed by Polunin, shows him dancing with a cage around his face and can be seen on Rankin's Hunger TV website.

The photographer, who made his name on style magazine Dazed & Confused, said: "I shot him in my studio, so I first met him as he walked on set. I'd heard about him and done my research. But seeing him was a real wow moment.

"He's so physical, but there's also a deeply internal thing that really comes through. I got such a buzz that day and I instantly knew I wanted to work with him and feature him on Hunger TV. I think I got a bit of a crush on him."

Polunin joined the Royal Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to principal at the end of the 2009-10 season, aged 19, but walked away from the company after only two years. …

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