Marion Cotillard: All good actors have ‘something deep inside which is broken’

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard covers the March issue of Interview magazine. As usual, she’s stunningly gorgeous. Most people don’t get excited enough to talk about Marion in a gossip sense because she’s not controversial at all. By all accounts, she shows up on movie sets and delivers nothing but professionalism. How boring, right? She needs to toss some sh-t around her trailer and act all vengeful like she did in Inception. Or not. Marion doesn’t need a whiff of scandal to make it in Hollywood. She’s already set.

This post is mostly about the gorgeous cover and shoot. The styling is old-school glamorous and the background scenery is so lush. I want to live inside these photos. The interview itself isn’t too revealing. Marion touches upon her upcoming stint as Lady Macbeth and talks about playing three prostitute roles in the past year. Marion discusses parenting (she has a 2-year-old son with director Guillaume Canet) and gushes about Joaquin Phoenix. She exchanges many pleasantries with her interrogator, John Cameron Mitchell (who directed Cotillard in the Dior fashion films). Here are some highlights:

Working on Macbeth: “I’m preparing it. We haven’t had the shooting yet. And, well, this is a lot of work. Because this is something where you cannot just learn your lines and show up on set. It would be a disaster. So, yeah, we’re in the flesh. Not shooting yet, but we’re in the flesh.”

Why three prostitute roles in a row? “You don’t turn away a great director. And I always wanted to work with James [Gray] without thinking it was possible. And then I met him and we became friends, and, weirdly enough, when you become friends with someone you wanted to work with, it’s not that the desire disappears, but the perspective is … It’s like, when he asked me if I wanted to be part of his next movie, I was very, very surprised.”

Working with Joaquin on The Immigrant: “Working with Joaquin [Phoenix] was something very special. He is a special actor and a very special human being. His instinct is like the instinct of an animal. There’s a pureness about him. We lost this animal instinct that we used to have. We use a very low percentage of our instinct. [H]e’s an animal. That’s how I describe him. To be in the same area with him, I took it as a privilege. A privilege to see someone who struggles with this instinct, who doesn’t always want to trust it when it’s always right. I remember when we started rehearsing, he was about to say something, his instinct wanted to say something, but most of the time he was like, ‘No, no, no, this is sh-t.’ And James would always go for what he said. I was impressed. So I started to do it as well. When he didn’t want to say something, I was like, ‘Please, Joaquin, say what you wanted to say.’ I felt so lucky that I could work with him. And he’s very funny, too. Oh, my god, he is totally brilliant in Her. Everything he does is — he takes what he does very seriously, of course, but he’s very special when he thinks he’s not. And he truly thinks he’s not.”

Getting used to parenting: “Ah, it’s an amazing job, but my parents never told me anything about how hard the job would be. My parents were actors too. I don’t even know if when I wanted to be an actress, they went, ‘Oh, sh-t.’ [laughs] I must ask them. I mean, an actor has a huge failure in him. And this is not a weakness–this can make you strong. But it’s deep. Maybe failure is not the right word. Something deep inside which is broken. It might be missing. And most of the time I think if you don’t have this, you’re not a good actor. [laughs] So it’s kind of a struggle. I mean, if my son wants to be an actor, it’s fine.”

The hardest part of fame: “Being interviewed, that’s one of my problems. Talking about myself to someone I don’t know, and knowing that most of the time they will interpret in a bad way what I’m saying, has turned me into a wild beast when it comes to press. I’ve noticed that it’s creating something kind of out of focus about myself. But, in a way, I don’t really care, even if sometimes I feel that the person being put out there is so far from who I am. As you said, being the same person everywhere, that’s something that I would love to feel, to achieve. But the thing is, I have a responsibility in creating this person who is not someone that I like at all.”

[From Interview magazine]

I guess Marion feels like she’s been burned in some interviews. Maybe she’s talking about how the “actors are fragile creatures” discussion that didn’t go over 100% positively. If that’s all she has to worry about from the media, Marion is very lucky. Most actresses get jumped all over for saying all sorts of things. Male actors have it a lot easier, of course. They are so easily forgiven by the powers that be. Women get punished like crazy for saying dumb stuff. Look at Katherine Heigl. Marion should be happy she never said anything (and never will) resembling a Heigl statement.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard

Photos courtesy of Interview magazine

 

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  1. paola says:

    I rolled my eyes so hard I gave myself a migraine.

    • Kate says:

      Well, only reading the comments here I could see the double standard and misogyny… coming from WOMEN, which is worse and very sad!
      People can’t stand anyone having a little success, especially if this person is a foreign in Hollywood, and a foreign woman like Marion gets double hate because people are too jealous and can’t stand a successful woman!

      Someone mentioned that Cotillard is not liked in France, well, frenchies can’t stand another french having international success, they hated Juliette Binoche for that same reason for years, and this year she was shamefully robbed of a César nomination for her performance in Camille Claudel… France didn’t forgive her for her career in Hollywood until now and she is not even popular in Hollywood nowadays like Cotillard is.

      Marion is the highest paid french actress in both France and USA and one of the highest paid foreign actresses in Hollywood, that’s why the hate started!

      I truly believe that none of you here saying that Marion is overrated never really saw her acting! So please, before saying some sh*it like that, watch her in Chloé, Furia, Les Jolies Choses, Love Me if You Dare, A Very Long Engagement, A Good Year, La Vie en Rose, Nine, Inception (yes, she was great in it, even if some dumb disagree!), Rust and Bone and The Immigrant, and then tell me if she is overrated and can’t act!

  2. AD says:

    Am I the only one that doesn’t find her to be the best actress? I don’t mean for this to sound bad at all, but during movies (not in real life), I find her French accent distracting when she’s playing someone who is not French. I hope I don’t offend anyone!

    • Tapioca says:

      She was horrible in Inception and horrible in The Dark Knight Rises, but that may have been down to Chris Nolan being completely incapable of writing good female characters. Her performances in the French films I’ve seen are amazing though.

      Maybe she’s one of those actresses who’s brilliant in their mother tongue and it doesn’t quite translate into English? Penelope Cruz is another.

    • Myrto says:

      Who would you offend? definitely not me. I find her cringe-worthy in a lot of movies, not just the ones where she has to speak English. The only time I thought she was good was in A Very Long Engagement where she had a small part and she nailed it. I still to this day don’t understand how she made it in Hollywood. And this interview was so zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….
      @Tapioca: agree about Penelope Cruz. She’s great in Spanish movies, but as soon as she has to speak English, she’s just not very good.

    • Luca26 says:

      Horrible in Inception but La Vie en Rose was just a stunning performance she has talent but I think she should stick to french films.

    • Ice Maiden says:

      No, you’re not. In fact, I think the general view is that she’s great in French, not so great in English.

      That’s why I’m afraid she’s going to ruin ‘Macbeth’. Sure, she’s a better choice than Natalie Portman, who was originally linked to the role, but she’d still be one of the last actresses I’d want as Lady Macbeth. And I agree that it’s distracting to have an actress with an obvious French accent play a medieval Scottish aristocrat! I know there’s nothing she can do about her accent, but it does interfere with her acting. Seriously, wasn’t Tilda Swinton available?

      • magpie says:

        THIS. So many talented English actresses and they go with a french one with a bad accent who can’t carry a film. She’s already ruined this movie for me.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        I don’t know if you’ve seen the 1995 film version of ‘Othello’, starring Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. There was a Swiss actress, Irene Jacob, playing Desdemona. And although Jacob is a much better actress than Cotilard, and in every way other than her accent was great for the role of Desdemona, her obvious French accent and general unease with English made her seem out of place. Othello is meant to the ‘foreign’ one, not Desdemona.

        I really don’t see why they chose Cotilard. It’s not like she’s a huge box office draw. The thought of having the likes of Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett playing opposite Fassbender just makes me go all mushy… now THAT would set the screen on fire! And instead they choose a mediocre French actress? WHY?

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I think Marion has a dark aspect to her vibe, and I think that is why they cast her in Macbeth. She has the necessary inner crazy.

      • Ellen says:

        “And I agree that it’s distracting to have an actress with an obvious French accent play a medieval Scottish aristocrat!”

        If you really knew Macbeth, you should’ve know that Lady Macbeth’s nationality is never mentioned in the play! Macbeth is the only one who is a truly Scottish and for that reason he becomes king. At that time, intermarriages between scottish and french royals was very common, so yes, Lady Macbeth can be french!

        BTW, Fassbender isn’t Scottish either and he can’t hide his Irish accent, why nobody is complaining about him playing a Scottish? let me guess: because HE’S A MAN!

        And let’s face the truth: hollywood movies ALWAYS have american and british actors playing german/french/swedish/russian/etc characters, they just use a british accent for every nationality and everyone believes they’re playing a foreign with “perfection”, but an actor from a non-english speaking country can’t do the same because he/she will be extremely criticized! Funny, huh?

      • Chris says:

        @magpie: Cotillard can’t carry a film? REALLY? Have you really seen her films (especially the french ones)? or are you just judging her based on her small parts in american films? b*tch, please! watch her movies before saying something that you clearly don’t know!

        @Ice Maiden: “I really don’t see why they chose Cotilard. It’s not like she’s a huge box office draw.”

        So Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett are box-office draws? LOL

        Cotillard’s films have grossed more than 2 billions on the box office! only La vie en Rose grossed more than 200 millions worldwide! and Rust and Bone was a huge hit and did very well for an indie and non-english speaking film without a crazy marketing campaign behind it (not to mention all the awards and nominations: Golden Globe, Critics Choice, SAG, BAFTA and César) and every cinephile agrees that Marion was robbed of an Oscar nomination last year!

        And you know that Macbeth isn’t a blockbuster, right? it is an INDIE FILM! and a british production! is not like they’re hoping to gain billions with it in U.S.!
        Fassbender is the lead and he isn’t a box-office draw! why are you not complaining about him?

        I think you only saw Marion acting in american films, in poorly written characters with little screen time by the way, she never had a great role in an american film until know, otherwise you wouldn’t call her a “mediocre actress”! she has better written roles and better movies in France!

      • magpie says:

        @chris:

        First of all don’t call me b*

        Second of all I speak fluent French, lived in France for many years and have many French friends. I hated La vie en rose (real french title la môme) but thought she was excellent and deserving of the Oscar. But in every US film she’s been she’s been painful to watch.

        And did you know she’s not very popular in France? All my French friends think she’s overrated too.

        She was in the one of the most Oscar baity roles last year in “the immigrant” and failed to get rave reviews or any Oscar traction.

        So don’t make assumptions about who I am culturally, you will be very wrong. I am a Francophile but that doesn’t mean I have to think she’s a good actress. I stand by my statement that this is HORRIBLE casting.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        I agree with Ellen here.

        Americans and British people have a REAL obsession with accents, in UK it is so bad that they are even accent-racists between different counties (“oh people from Stoke have a bad accent, people from Berkshire have a better one, etc,”).
        Really, get a grip on yourselves….

        For God’s sake, Mel Gibson as William Wallace was utterly ridiculous as well Kevin Costner as Robin Hood!

        And you are spouting nonsense about Marion Cottilard only because she has a French accent?

        Good Lord, worldwide audiences who are not British or american born don’t even perceive the difference!

      • Rose says:

        @magpie – Marion is not popular in France because she is making Hollywood movies! All the french actors who have a career in Hollywood are called “bad” and “overrated” in France, they can’t stand the fact that someone can have success outside of their country and Marion is the most popular and highest paid french actor in Hollywood nowadays, that’s why she is not popular in her country. Jean Dujardin was popular and loved in France before The Artist and his Oscar win, now he is “bad”, “overrated”, “can’t act” and every unknown french actor is better than him until he starts a career in Hollywood! LOL and the same thing happened with Juliette Binoche, she was also “overrated” while she was popular in Hollywood, I guess it wasn’t just a coincidence that she didn’t got a César nomination this year after making two movies in Hollywood last year.

        Who said that Marion failed to get rave reviews for The Immigrant? her performance was higly praised at Cannes! just read the Variety review for example, she appeared in lots of shortlists as a contender for an Oscar nomination, it didn’t happen because the film wasn’t released in US last year, a film can’t be nominated for an Oscar if it wasn’t released in US (especially in Los Angeles, according to the rules), The Immigrant was only screened in film festivals and it doesn’t count for an Oscar nomination.
        Harvey Weinstein is too stupid and decided to hold a film starred by Marion, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, that idiot thinks nobody want to see a movie starred by these actors? please! but it’s funny how he decided to campaign for such a weak film like August Osage County and thought The Butler and Mandela could be Oscar contenders…

        If you lived in France and has french friends, so why did you called Marion’s accent as “bad”? I guess you must have a bad accent as well!
        As someone mentioned, Lady Macbeth can be french since her nationality is not mentioned in the original play, the accent is not a problem, and a Shakespeare’s adaptation directed by Justin Kurzel is not a Christopher Nolan’s film! that man can’t write a decent female role!
        Lady Macbeth is a great character, you can’t compare her with the kind of (small) roles that Marion gets in Hollywood, it makes no sense to judge her using the american films to prove that she doesn’t have talent.

    • jinni says:

      Though I do feel that people are harder on foreign actors from non-English speaking countries for having a hard time doing accents or going in and out of accent than British, Irish, or Australian actors (who for some reason everyone always seem to think are better at doing American accents than American actors are at doing theirs) I’m not offended.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        It’s just that very very few people can imitate a ‘native’ accent in a foreign language, no matter how great they are at acting. Even though a British actor might not be able to do an absolutely spot-on American accent – or vice versa – most of the time it’ll be at least semi-convincing, certainly for those who aren’t themselves speakers of the same variety for English. But a ‘foreign’ actor doing an English-speaking role – or vice versa – is always going to sound ‘foreign’, and that can be very distracting, unless of course the character is supposed to be a non-native speaker.

      • jinni says:

        @Ice Maiden: I understand why people are a little weary of her playing this part because Lady M’s supposed to be Scottish with an unmistakable Scottish accent. I know I was a bit annoyed when Samantha Morton gave Mary, Queen of Scot a Scottish accent in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, when she would’ve most likely had a French accent since she spent most of her life in France. So, I get it. It’s just that I feel that people usually give certain foreign actors a pass, especially since I’ve heard some pretty jarring American accents from English speaking foreigner, but they don’t get ragged as hard for it.

      • SonjaMarmeladova says:

        I can think of a couple of foreign actors who I didn’t know were foreign until I looked them up, their accents were so good. Elena Satine is from Georgia and has a perfect accent, Diane Kruger is from Germany and I can’t really hear an accent from her either.
        Although, I’ve never heard French or Spanish speaking actors without an accent. Maybe Romanic languages are harder for loosing an accent.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        @jinni

        I can only speak for myself, but for me, Cotilard’s French accent, while an issue, isn’t the main reason I’m not happy with her being cast as Lady Macbeth. I just don’t think she has the range and intensity to portray such an iconic character. Now, she may very well prove me wrong, and I hope she does, but as someone who loves ‘Macbeth’, I do find it disappointing that they cast a rather bland actress who’s always delivered very mediocre performances in English language films.

      • jinni says:

        @Ice Maiden: I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve only ever seen Marion in “Public Enemies” and she didn’t really do much for me in the movie. I think Andrea Riseborough could have been a good choice for Lady MacBeth or Anne Marie Duff.

      • magpie says:

        Ice Madien said; “Even though a British actor might not be able to do an absolutely spot-on American accent – or vice versa – most of the time it’ll be at least semi-convincing”

        Case in point Margot Robbie.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        SonjaMarmeladova

        Latin languages are all bad to lose accents. You will never hear a French, Spanish or Italian actress with no accent at all. The problem is that the native pronunciation and enunciation of those languages is quite difficult to modify. After 30 years I still have an accent, despite various attempts to correct it.

    • minime says:

      Not offended..though I find it funny that American movies are always portraying the rest of the world as Americans and most people don’t seem to be bothered by that…Like “hey we need a German for period movie, call Brad Pitt”. If she was to play Marie Antoinette in an American movie then everything would be OK because she could have the pretty French accent while speaking English, right? ;)
      I find it very annoying in movies where the nationality of the character is important that they simply put an English speaking person with a stupid accent, or some actor that is suppose to be the “latino or the asian” (insert stereotype) of Hollywood, because they can’t bother to find someone who would actually fit…Well, at least is easier for any foreign to do an English or American accent, then it is for most of the native English speakers to pretend a foreign accent. I guess she’ll be fine…People just have to use their capacity of abstraction as they have done till now.

      • SonjaMarmeladova says:

        Don’t get me started on that. It’s not just the accents – there was a Croatian family in a movie I saw ( they were mobsters, because of course) and they had Russian first and last names, Russian accents, spoke actual Russian and listened to Turkish music – I don’t understand why they didn’t just make them Russian then.
        There was also a Richard Gere movie a while back where they had a Bosnian Muslim named Marta, they shoot parts that were supposed to be Bosnia near Zagreb ( that’s like shooting Scotland in the Alps – completely different landscape and climate). Would a little research kill anyone?
        That wouldn’t bother me all that much, but a lot of the times ( most of the time) they portray us like borderline savages, which is highly offensive – and then we’re of course saved by the great Americans.
        When I think of it, in most American movies, everything that’s not North America/ West Europe is portrayed almost barbaric.

      • Zadie says:

        @In Force 10 from Navarone, the Yugoslav Partisans ( Europe’s most effective anti-Nazi resistance movement) weren’t capable of blowing up a bridge without Harrison Ford. I hated that film into oblivion ( the actual bridge was blown up by the engineer, who was from Montenegro and was shot on the spot by the Italians who captured him)

      • Em' says:

        You are so right. 9 out of 10 times, “French” characters in movies or tv shows are Canadians.
        Whenever there are lines in French you can’t be mistaken. French and Quebecquois accents are so completely differents.
        And I got to say I am tired of the very cliché names french characters have. They are so dated (like, my grand parents dated)

      • mayamae says:

        They may have a problem with Marion playing Marie Antoinette if they realize the latter was Austrian. Who knows?

        Roger Ebert used to joke that in Hollywood movies, all European characters were played with British accents. It doesn’t bother me too much if the accent is consistent.

        For a while there were three actors on The Walking Dead who were British and attempting southern accents. One of the actresses said she spent a little too much time with the local Teamsters on the set and had to rein in the extreme accent she learned. I find that most actors tend to lose their accents when they’re yelling, I think the guy who plays Daniel on Revenge is the worst at this.

        I realizing this post is rambling, but I can’t seem to do anything about it.

    • mj says:

      Hmm, I chalk that up to the writing of the characters, though. Have you seen Rust & Bone? She is absolutely brilliant in it. Then again, it’s in French, so maybe that is a factor. Then again, it’s a totally different character–she plays someone who is lost, knocked out of her dual life and into a deep depression due to disability, and who finds strength in the violence of of a wayward man. So clearly I’m a fan of this movie.
      I guess what I’m saying is, in Inception and in TDKR, she’s a sideliner, a trope of a vengeful a/o manic woman. When she takes the lead, she really has it.

  3. Sienna says:

    Stunning woman and brilliant actress plus her and her husband are one very goodlooking couple.

  4. Tanguerita says:

    I think, in case of K. Heigl it wasn’t only about what she said to the press, but about the way she acted on sets and towards her peers, namely as an entitled bitch. Plus, Cotillard has more talent in her pinky than Heigl in her whole body. She should have never left “Grey’s anatomy”.

  5. blue marie says:

    Interrogator? That’s an odd way to refer to an interviewer, did he hold her face to the light and ask where she was on the night of the 20th? That would have made this interview more exciting. She takes herself and her job a bit too seriously, she’s acting not performing brain surgery.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Amen. Actors take themselves and their craft soooo seriously, really, it often makes my eyes roll.

    • Jen says:

      All this “I am an AK-TOR” pretentiousness, so I am broken nonsense is annoying. It is a great gig. You get to dress up, put on make-up, wear amazing clothes, and pretend to be someone else and if you are successful, make tons of money. It is about entertainment. It is work and it is a job, yes, but you are not saving lives. I get equally annoyed when those in the field put it down as I do with those who make it sound more important than it is. It is your job, some good days some bad, some good results and some lousy, just like everyone else’s. Enjoy it and do the best you can is all that is required.

    • Nanou says:

      I agree but i feel like acting is all she’s ever practically known in her life since her parents are trained stage actors … I think she’s a fine actress but overrated. I just don’t think she has more range than Juliette Binoche, for example. Audrey Tautou has zero interest in Hollywood or she would’ve been a big competition for Marion …

    • j.eyre says:

      “did he hold her face to the light and ask where she was on the night of the 20th?” – not THAT’S the photo shoot I would like to see.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Gorgeous!
    I like her as an actress. I think a lot of what she says gets a little misconstrued due to language issues.

    • FLORC says:

      Lucy2
      With other actors I might agree with your statement, but not with her.
      She’s very well handled. Her PR people and overall team are very aggressive to make sure only the best image of Marion gets out there. Remember her angry handler on the red carpet? She knows who she surrounds herself with and that they will control and protect her image. If this woman and her people let something go to the presses it was cross checked several times before the printing.

  7. Lark says:

    Gigantic double standard in the way women and men are treated, especially in the gossip media—many of us are guilty of the double standard to a lesser degree so it’s a bit ironic we are discussing the issue. She’s a talented, gorgeous woman, but she’s very melodramatic and actressy so her interviews are always a bit RME-worthy.

    • Miffy says:

      I was going to attempt to disagree with that point (that actors have it easier than actresses) but could you imagine of Cotillard pulled Phoenix’s weird beard “performance art” phase? She’d be ruined!

      As would any actress who attempted Shia La Boeuf’s recent crap. Imagine Natalie Portman turning up anywhere with a paper bag on her head? Girl would be slapped with a conservatorship so fast!

      • Lark says:

        @Miffy
        Actors have it easier 95% of the time compared to actresses. I was actually going to use Joaquin as an example—-people attack Rooney Mara for the slightest thing, but Joaquin is considering “brooding, intelligent, quirky” and mostly given a huge pass. Tom Hanks straight up admitted in direct quotes to cheating on his first wife with Rita Wilson and nobody gave a shit (and after a certain point in time I do believe the public and press need to let that kind of thing go…. but if that had been a woman directly admitting to something like that in print—well there would have been a shitstorm). For example, look at how the press treated Sienna Miller/Getty versus how they treated Russell Crowe/Meg in their infidelity scandals. Drugs/drunk driving is another one—a man is seen as a “bad boy” or a poor little victim and a woman is considering a sloppy mess. I love Bruno Mars, but everyone still finds him an adorable man even after being arrested with coke—but if that had been someone like Lorde or Ariana Grande you know it would have been a huge deal. Anyway, there are countless examples of the double standards….Shia is perhaps the most prominent example. No actress could get away with half the shit he pulls, and he’s still landing roles (even after physically fighting with people like Tom Hardy in addition to his public image issues)….

      • Val says:

        I think this has something to do with us as women always giving men a pass, and compromising for them… we tend to be the ones bending over backwards and accommodating them, and this translates in our attitude to actors vs actresses. We tend to see other women as competition or as ambassadors to the “sisterhood”, so we’re angry when they fail us (by sounding stupid, or reinforcing stereotypes). And our ‘instinct’ (thanks Marion) is also somewhat to compare ourselves and see how we measure up to someone who is so successful.
        My 2 cents anyway.

        I like Marion, I think she’s harmless… but in France she is definitely not very liked.

      • FLORC says:

        Miffy
        JP and Shia/Portman are no where near the same types of people/actors.

        JP is known to have had a difficult life and still damaged from losing his brother.
        Portman/Shia have had the best upbringings. They’re just full of themselves and say the wrong things because of that.
        I put Marion in the snooty catagory and she’s yet to prove me wrong on that.

        Now Tilda is an actress who wouldn’t be found to be nuts if she pulled the JP growing a beard and going into hip hop act. It’s all in their current attitude.

      • Miffy says:

        @FLORC, yes but Tilda isn’t a fair example. She’s an alien who transcends gender (and time, and space…)

        I wasn’t suggesting that there were any similarities between JP or Shia dljfkalkfkaj (I’m not arsed trying to type his name out properly again, it’s my first caffeine free day), other than their bizarre ‘art performance’ behavior.

      • FLORC says:

        Miffy
        Yes. Tilda is an alien goddess. It was an unfair comparison.
        And I empathize with your caffeine free day. I gave up all caffeine 3 weeks ago. had to been weened off. It really is terribly difficult when your body becomes so dependent on that morning cup.

        I only meant the comparison from how outrageous their behavior can be and how easily we accept it from some and would commit others for identical behavior.

  8. bowers says:

    Some actors are reasonably mentally healthy, as are most people. We’re all a bit “broken” but that can be overcome by many. She’s full of it.

  9. Miffy says:

    The only difference between an actor being damaged versus any person being damaged (and I believe everyone has been damaged to some extent, it’s just plain life experience) is that an actor is willing to exploit the experience for their job. That’s fine, they have to but I’m getting a major dose of the eye rolls at the projection of the tormented artist stereotype.

  10. Luca26 says:

    She did say some loony anti-Semitic stuff far worse than Heigl but it blew over because she’s beautiful.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1580414

  11. minime says:

    She is stunning as usual and I don’t read anything that could make my eyes role (again the gender double standard is already visible in the comments).
    In my view she is an extremely talented actress that doesn’t need to create scandal to get a role. I saw a french movie with her last weekend and although the movie was not the greatest, she was really great on it. She has an amazing charisma that she transposes to her roles. If it wasn’t for her in Inception that love story would have no strength. Only she could actually make a love story with Leo credible.

  12. SamiHami says:

    I just don’t get her. I have seen her in a couple of things and she is just not particularly talented or special. And there is something off-putting about her face…I’m not sure what it is; I can’t say she’s ugly because she’s not. But there is just something off that makes her seem unattractive to me.

  13. eliza says:

    I liked her in Rust and Bone. I dislike her immensely in interviews.
    The end.

  14. JaDeRu says:

    She made me laugh out loud during The Dark Knight Rises in her dying scene. I think she’s very beautiful though. And a tad bit TOO into her ACTOR self.

  15. GeeMoney says:

    Her comments are nauseating. I can’t stand it when actors imply that you have to be “tormented” and “broken” in order to be a good actor. That’s complete BS if you ask me.

    I think Cotillard is a pretty good actress, but shouldn’t speak her mind too much. She comes off as silly and uninformed.

  16. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    She looks like Katy Perry only with less eye make up.

  17. belette says:

    Marion did actually said something far more offensive than anything Heigl ever did ! She shared her conspiracy theory about 9/11 on french TV and also stated she didn’t believe Armstrong walked on the moon. She often appears moronic in her french interviews and has a reputation of couch casting (La vie en rose director Dahan amongst others…)

    • Kelly says:

      Casting couch with Olivier Dahan? the guy is gay! LOL
      Dahan was the one who decided to keep Marion in La vie en Rose while the producers wanted Audrey Tautou in the film, HE INVITED Marion to make the film! he wrote the script with her on mind! Dahan actually loose a huge part of the budget for keeping her in the film but he didn’t regret! =D

      Marion doesn’t need to casting couch with anyone! the best directors wants to work with her because she has talent, a little thing that you clearly don’t have!
      You are just a jealous french!

  18. Just me says:

    Oh she said a lot of stupid things (about the moon landing she said : “Did a man really walk on the moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don’t believe all they tell me, that’s for sure.” ) .
    Just one thing TAIS-TOI

  19. pam says:

    She’s a 9-11 conspiracy theorist and she doubts the US landed on the moon. That’s makes her even dumber than Heigl in my view.

  20. Aria says:

    I like her more for her conspiracy thoeries than for her acting.

  21. Hypocrisy says:

    I think she is very beautiful and very bland at the same time, hence why she is good as second billed, not as the main actress..

    She doesn’t have the edge of a young Carole Bouquet, the sensuality of an Emanuelle Béart or the charisma of a Sophie Marceau.

  22. Ellie says:

    Amazing cover! Marion is very beautiful and photogenic!

  23. Willy says:

    Marion Cotillard has the potential to be the future Meryl Streep or Sophia Loren. One of the reasons is she is very selective with her work and does not let money motivate her. She really is a decent woman. The reason why she is not a household name and a tabloid darling like Penelope Cruz once was is because she intentionally keeps her private life private and she doesn’t talk about girlie stupid stuff like makeup and red carpet or sex, which is what mainstream women’s mags like Allure and ELLE feature. Penelope Cruz (who has a very similar path) became famous to Americans because she was in high-profile relationships and once her name was established she moved on with…a Spanish actor. Marion would never do something like that and that’s why she is not as well-known to the American public. Her talent is a brand and that is the key to longetivity. She will have a long and successful career in Europe and America.

  24. Maum says:

    Why are people bringing gender into it?
    I hate the way if women criticise other women they’re seen as betraying the sisterhood. Having ovaries doesn’t give you a pass on being annoying.

    The fact is the woman takes herself so seriously it’s insufferable. Her French interviews are even worse. I laughed out loud when I read the part about her hating interviews and talking about herself. She LOVES talking about herself .

    And yes, French people find her annoying but there are plenty of male actors who are equally dissed. Jean Dujardin has turned into a bit of a prick since he won the Oscar and he took lots of flak for it.
    I find Marion Cottillard overrated- she overacts in most of her films and is rather pretentious. Shoot me.

  25. Wow Shock says:

    I agree that she’s not the best (or even good) in English-lan films. She’s great in french films. Her voice and accent are distracting, and her mannerisms are not quite right. Compare with Matthias Schoenaerts (also in Rust and Bone), who seems to have immersed himself in eng-lan films and us/uk culture. There’s something lost in translation when it comes to Marion. She’s so gorgeous though, and I think she’s actually pretty modest.