Official statements

Marion Cotillard:

“On February 16, 2007, I appeared on a late night French television program,’Paris Dernière.’ In the last 48 hours, my statements on that program have been taken completely out of context and been crafted into a story that has no merit. The conversation on the talk show included a dialogue about conspiracy theories. At no point did I intend to contest the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, one of the most tragic days in all of history. Nonetheless, I sincerely regret if my comments offended or hurt anyone.”

Publicist Bastien Duval to The Times (we don’t know the cues that prompted these answers, nor do we know whether this is all Mr. Duval said):

Marion is “still in shock” at the angry reaction to her comments in the United States. Mr Duval said that the interview was filmed after a broadcast on Coluche, a French comedian killed in a motorcycle accident in 1986, and she had simply made clear that she intended to form her own opinion about the events of September 11 rather than follow the official version, that it was a terrorist attack led by al-Qaeda.

“This reportage has been taken out of context and one can only condemn such practices. Marion deplores that. She is currently filming in Chicago and has a lot of work. She is in an ocean of happiness and voila, this row blows up. It’s rather strange. It’s an old report, not at all current. Why bring it out now? I talked three times to Marion overnight. This is worrying her. She is still in shock and does not really know how to react. She doesn’t have to apologise for a badly presented and badly interpreted reportage. She hopes that the Americans will have enough distance to understand, but her career is not just American. She can make films everywhere.”

Leslie Unger, Spokeswoman for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

“The opinions expressed by Academy Award winners are solely their own. Ms Cotillard is free to express whatever views she has, but they have nothing to do with the Academy or the Academy Awards. Oscars are not revoked in light of any expressions of opinion. The Oscar is recognition of work done in film; nothing more and nothing less.”

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39 Comments on “Official statements”

  1. When you read the transcript MC does not say anywhere that she believes these conspiracy theories to be fully and literally true. My interpretation is that she says that conspiracy theories exist and they make her think about the “truths” that we are told by our governments. Good for her! I’m glad she’s not one of those poor sheep who believe everything they read in the newspapers or that their governments tell them. She doesn’t actually say anywhere that she thinks the US government destroyed the twin towers or that man never walked on the moon – she’s saying these theories exist and they should make us think about what people would like us to believe.

    I really really hope that she doesn’t formally apologise for this episode – it’ll make her look like a hypocrite to those of us who think she has done nothing wrong!!

    Marion Cotillard : J’ai tendance à être plutôt souvent de l’avis de la théorie du complot.
    Xavier de Moulins : Un peu parano ?
    M. C. : Pas parano, non c’est pas parano parce que je pense qu’on nous ment sur énormément de choses : Coluche, le 11 septembre. On peut voir sur internet tous les films du 11 septembre sur la théorie du complot. C’est passionnant, c’est addictif, même.
    X. de M. : Sur le 11 septembre par exemple, toi, qu’est-ce qui t’a le plus troublée, concrètement ?
    M. C. : On te montre 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 brûlé pendant 24 heures.
    X. de M. : Avant de s’effondrer ?
    M. C. : Elle ne s’est jamais effondrée ! Aucune de ces tours ne s’effondre. Et là, en quelques minutes, le truc s’effondre. Et puis après, on peut en parler longuement… 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 1973 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…
    [A ce stade, il semble que le reste de sa tirade ait été coupé au montage, pour en arriver à la conclusion :]
    Est-ce que l’homme a vraiment marché sur la lune ? J’ai vu pas mal de documentaires là-dessus et ça, vraiment je m’interroge. Et en tout cas je ne crois pas tout ce qu’on me dit, ça c’est sûr.

  2. I agree with you Fifi but I’ve just read the article on the Times website and I think what Marion’s agent, Bastien Duval said is not going to help, he declared: Marion can make movies elsewhere! to which hundreds of readers replied: “fine, she can go back to France, they deserve her + she’s not welcome here!”
    + lots of other xenophobic comments…. Not many people wrote to support her and the few who defend her are mostly European. I don’t know how Marion is going to manage during the shooting of Public enemies in Chicago.
    It’s a horrible situation.

  3. Well let’s hope that by the time Public Enemies is released (what an ironic title that film now seems to have!) all of this nonsense will have died down and the easily offended elements of the American public will be pissed off with someone else!! We don’t know what the producers of Public Enemies make of all this – they might actually LIKE the controversy – after all, there is that old saying that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”!! MC has charmed Hollywood so far and hopefully they’ll understand that MC was not making a personal attack on Americans as a whole. And if they don’t, well she’ll just have to settle for good old Europe ………………..

  4. Poor Marion. I do think this will blow over soon but it’s really sad how people are using this as another reason to hate on France. But American/British actors say much worse stuff than she did (and theirs doesn’t even have to be taken out of context) and it blows over for them. In the US, at least I haven’t heard of this outside of the internet fanatics. I just feel bad for her that her joy has turned to worry over something so stupid.

  5. HEY! DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT!!! THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN THE STATES IS MAKING UP THIS SUPPOSED “OUTRAGE”. I’M IN THE STATES.

    I PERSONALLY THINK WE WERE LIED TO ABOUT 9/11 (THAT’S MY OPINION — I’M NOT SAYING IT’S YOUR OPINION). LOTS AND LOTS OF US CITIZENS ARE WAKING UP TO THIS. IT’S THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT’S EITHER OUT OF TOUCH OR TRYING TO SUPPRESS OUR VOICES. WILLIE NELSON JUST CAME OUT AND SAID THE SAME THING. THE MEDIA WON’T EVEN REPORT IT. WHY? BECAUSE HOW COULD THEY GET AWAY WITH SLANDERING AN AMERICAN ICON AND SPINNING WHAT HE SAID? EVERYONE HERE LOVES HIM. SO THEY JUST DIDN’T REPORT IT.

    ANYWAY, WHAT’S WRONG WITH TRYING TO DISCUSS IT? THAT MAKES ME THINK YOU’RE AN INTELLIGENT PERSON.

  6. As a resident of New York and a big fan of MC I feel as if the American public has truly over reacted to this interview. Most Americans don’t research facts and truths about stories. The Media only feeds the people the info to create a story. On the other hand it is important for her to keep a low profile for awhile and answer back to the American public as much as possible. She has the potential to be a big star in this country if it is important to her. Her PR staff should be doing its job. This will blow over. But she must face the media one on one. Hollywood is where the money is like it or not. For me it doesn’t matter. She is still a great Actress. 9/11 is still a very sensitive topic and to say”I made a mistake”would go a long way!!

  7. Poor Marion! 🙁 It’s sad when people make fuss out of nothing, and you become the world’s biggest enemy (well, that’s what it seems like after reading some people’s comments!).
    She’s a very talented actress and a sweetheart and it would be a shame if people boycotted her work just because some newspaper published her statement without giving a context to it, which changes the meaning of her words 🙁

  8. Where is the freedom of opinion in the U.S.A.?! She just told her opinion. Milions of people and scientists agree with her views. Why does the U.S. – Media attack her for her outlook. Thats totally wrong & doting. They are overreacting. She is just an actress who explained her views to a magazine. I like Marion even more since this interview. Go Marion!

  9. I admire her for not retracting her statements. There is nothing to retract. Nowhere in that interview has she disrespected the lives lost in that attack. She only questioned the official report issued by the government. This incident is getting unnecessary mileage. I think, for the most part, people don’t really care. It’s just the media that keeps fanning the flames and using sensitive 9/11 feelings to pit the American public against her by using sensational headings and picking and choosing her quotes for their convenience. Have you guys read what TMZ wrote about her and the comments that were received? I try to remind myself that these people do not represent the whole population.

  10. Let me be the first to say I have always admired MC. I think she is the wonderful actress, so much so, that I own several of her films. While Marion certainly has the right to speak her mind, and yes I do believe the article is making a bigger deal of it than it is. We must remember that while you or I may not have lost anyone when those towers collapsed. There are thousands of families out there that did, and it still is difficult for them. And we must respect that. Just as much as we respect someone’s freedom of speech. Hopefully her career isn’t harmed by this but I do agree with Sissy what her agent said isn’t going to help matters at all.

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