Conspiracy theories

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Over a year ago, during a French TV show called ‘Paris Première – Paris Dernière’ that aired on February 16, 2007 the show’s host Xavier de Moulins asked La Vie en Rose Make-Up artist Didier Lavergne about the death of his friend Coluche in 1986. Didier explains how he witnessed the incident from just a few meters away and how he came to doubt the official story that it was simply a stupid accident. Afterwards, they asked Marion Cotillard about her opinion. Her answer was elusive on the Coluche matter but included her take on conspiracy theories in general. To summarize, she is not believing everything she’s being told but is neither convinced of all the existing conspiracy theories – although being fascinated by them. During the informal discussion she cautiously states that she would rather carefully examine any conspiracy theory than automatically embrace the general opinion and tells about a specific documentary she’s watched. Here follows a French transcript and an English translation by Mariana.

Remember, she does not deny the horror of 9/11 nor that it happened. And nothing indicates what Marion Cotillard truly believes.

Moi, j’ai tendance, j’ai tendance à être plutôt souvent de l’avis la théorie du complot. (T’es parano?) Pas parano. Non, non, ce n’est pas parano. Parce que je pense qu’on nous ment sur énormément de choses. (Ouais.) Coluche, le 11 septembre, tout ça. On peut voir sur internet tous, tous les films qui enfin… du 11 septembre sur, sur la théorie du complot. C’est passionnant. C’est même addictif à un moment. (Tenons le 11 septembre, par exemple, qu’est-ce qui t’a toi le plus troublé concrètement?) On te montre que d’autres tours du même genre ayant pris des avions, ayant brûlé… Il y a une tour, je crois que c’est en Espagne qui a brûlée pendant 24 heures. (Avant de s’effondrer…) Elle ne s’est jamais effondrée! Aucune de ces tours ne s’effondre. Et là, en quelques minutes, quoi, le truc s’effondre. Et puis moi après, après ça on va en parler longuement puisqu’il y avait, parce que c’était bourré d’or, les tours du 11 septembre. Et puis c’était un gouffre à thunes parce qu’elles ont été terminées, il me semble, en 73 et pour recâbler tout ça, pour le mettre à l’heure de toute la technologie et tout, c’était beaucoup plus cher de faire des travaux etc. que de les détruire… Est-ce que l’homme a vraiment marché sur la lune? Moi, j’ai vu pas mal de documentaires là-dessus et ça, vraiment je m’interroge. Mais, en tout cas, je ne crois pas tout ce qu’on me dit, ça c’est sûr.

I have a tendency to often share the point of view of the conspiracy theory. (Are you paranoid?) No, no, it’s not a paranoid thing. Because I think that we are told lies about lots of things. (Yeah.) Coluche, 9/11, all that. We can watch on the internet all the films that, well… about 9/11 about, about the conspiracy theory. It’s fascinating. It’s even addictive after a while. (Let’s take 9/11, for example, what did disturb you more concretly?) You are shown that other towers of the same kind that were hit by planes, that burnt… There is a tower, I think that it’s in Spain that burnt for 24 hours. (Before collapsing…) It never collapsed! None of these towers collapsed. And, over there, in a few minutes, the thing collapses. And, then, after that, we’ll talk lengthily about it because there was, because the thing was filled with gold, the towers from 9/11. And then it was a money sucker because they were finished, it seems to me, in ’73, and to update all that, to modernise all the technology and everything, it was much more expensive to have work done etc than destroying them. Did man walk on the moon? I’ve seen quite a lot of documentaries about it and I ask myself. But, in any case, I don’t believe everything that I’m told, that’s for sure.

Cotillard could not be reached Sunday but her lawyer, Vincent Toledano, told AFP she had “never intended to contest nor question the attacks of September 11, 2001, and regrets the way old remarks have been taken out of context.”

When I came online a few hours ago I was deeply shocked. Not only were there many disrespectful comments about Marion Cotillard here on the site but I had also received countless emails insulting both me and Marion Cotillard. Is it any wonder that we have wars in this world when people rush to make such harsh comments after reading something they don’t like or agree with?

Once again this is proof that more often than not the media will dig up anything to defame a successful person. Despite being under intense scrutiny for months during the awards season Marion Cotillard has proven to be a down-to-earth and nice celebrity in addition to being super-talented. After her Oscar win it is typical that it is this part of the 50 minute-interview that is being taken out of context and blown out of proportion instead of e.g. her stand on ecological matters. I’m all for freedom of speech but I will be deleting any disrespectful comments here on the site. You might not agree with Marion Cotillard but that is no reason to become insulting! This is a place to promote Marion’s work and not where one can engage in heated discussions about conspiracy theories.

Sara Amelia:
As a former co-web here, and a huge Marion fan and now, supporter (as unfortunately, we must now be placed into that category), I would most definitely like to publically have my say. Maria has kindly let me add my opinion to this post, and I thank her for that. First and foremost, I want to come to Maria’s defense and aid here. To see the absolutely horrific comments she’s received is by far disgusting, and I’m appalled to see how pathetic people are. As human beings, we’re allowed to speak our minds, talk theories, and feel safe to do so. Unfortunately, for a country that preaches the allowance of freedom of speech, an immediate red flag raises when someone says something a little out of the box. Maria has done a beautiful job with this site, covering the career of a absolutely fantastic actress, and even more so, a truly wonderful person. In no way, should she or Marion be put down or bashed for what they do or say. We need to learn to love, and be accepting to those, instead of sheltering ourselves from what we’d rather not hear.

What I ask, from you, the person reading this right now.. is to rise above and realize that Marion, or Maria, has not killed anyone. They have not held a gun to your head, or threatened your life. Should we really concern ourselves with a comment said over a year ago that now seems to be an issue? Or should we really be concerned about the real issues, right in our own backyard? Have we not learned anything at all from the Dixie Chicks? Were we not apalled by the actions of our fellow people, for going so far as to give death threats? Let’s not allow that to happen once again.

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68 Comments on “Conspiracy theories”

  1. Thank you Sara Amelia and Maria. I am so sick of all these trashy media like the Daily Mail in the UK. They love to dragged people down just to sell newspapers worst than rats.

  2. I just wanted to say that I love your site and I come here everyday for my Marion news. I’m sorry that you have to suffer mean comments from rude and ignorant people…I hope that doesn’t deter you from running this site. There are many people who really appreciate it!

    It’s also very sad that the media (and the French media at that!) is searching for old information and taking it out of context just to drag Marion down in her time of success. I know this will blow over and have no affect on her career but it’s sad how we build people up to tear them down.

  3. Thank you, ladies. This has been a very strange, disappointing, gossip-laden day. It is amazing how far sensationalist pieces created to outrage and offend can travel, and in warp speed. The fact that somewhat respected forums (like the LA Times’ “The Envelope”) are taking the original tabloid at its word, and not even questioning the motive or timing of this story, is the most disappointing turn of events. Even more shameful is the trigger-happy response of many people who are so filled with hate and nastiness that they’ve taken comments completely taken out of context as a basis for insulting and dehumanizing not just Cotillard, but her fans.

    Keep up the excellent work, Maria and Sara Amelia. I applaud you.

  4. Unfortunately its another day in French bashing America but keep your chin up , you have a great site.
    Just think theses people were NEVER fans of Marion to start off with and were probably part of the freedom fries movement lol so they are not worth being upset for.

  5. Thank you for this. This is just one of the saddest things I have seen recently. It is so unfortunate that people will muckrake and twist peoples’ words. Being *interested* in conspiracy theories is not the same as preaching them. And, even if she had, what is it to us? We all have our opinions. I am glad that Marion is informed and has intellectual pursuits. I don’t agree with the conspiracy theories, but I don’t fault Marion for being interested in them. They are fascinating.

    It is so sad that some of my fellow Americans have such a strong anti-French knee-jerk reaction. But, let us not get too bogged down by this news. This too shall pass, and Marion will rise above the mess with her effortless integrity and great talent. Tomorrow, there will be another celebrity to bash. I don’t think Marion will suffer too greatly for this. Hell, even Isiah Washington is still out there and making movies. And he is 110% less likable than Marion.

  6. Seriously don’t get too upset, or dramatic about this. It will blow over and it probably not the worst thing that will ever be written about her. She’s just won the Oscar, she’s high profile at the moment, another month and she’ll be forgotten about; it’ll be someone else.

  7. What upsets me the most, apart from the French turning against their own star, of whom they were sooo proud a few days ago, is that Marion’s genuine happiness was spoiled by the stupid reactions of so many people. She wasn’t allowed to enjoy the “adventure”, as she likes to call it, and it’s such a shame… I can think of no one who deserves it better than her.

  8. As annoying as all this unnecessary controversy is (and the immature reactions by some), I don’t think it’s going to last. It will blow over like Johnny Depp’s “U.S. puppy” comments. The internet is really the only place overreacting over this. I guess it must have been a slow news day in Britney Spears Land.

  9. It’s more than the internet; it’a all over the Media in the UK and France, and will prob spread to the USA. Your right though, this will blow over.

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