Month: July 2010

Marion Cotillard, l'exception d'Inception

de La Presse (Canada) / par Marc-André Lussier

Ayant un personnage très complexe à défendre, Marion Cotillard n’a jamais autant «cherché» que pour son rôle dans Inception. Avec des partenaires comme Leonardo DiCaprio et le cinéaste Christopher Nolan, le travail s’est toutefois révélé passionnant.

La feuille de route impressionne. La plus «internationale» des actrices françaises travaille avec les plus grands. Après Tim Burton (Big Fish), Ridley Scott (A Good Year), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Un long dimanche de fiançailles), Michael Mann (Public Enemies) et Rob Marshall (Nine), Marion Cotillard tourne présentement dans la Ville lumière Midnight in Paris sous la direction de Woody Allen. L’actrice est aussi pressentie pour les prochains films de Steven Soderbergh et David Cronenberg. Auparavant, elle aura joué dans deux films français (dont Les petits mouchoirs, nouvelle réalisation de son compagnon Guillaume Canet) et, surtout, aura été de l’aventure d’Inception, le film – très intriguant – de Christopher Nolan.

«Oui, ce fut toute une aventure! confie Marion Cotillard au cours d’une interview accordée à La Presse. Lors de notre toute première rencontre à Paris, Christopher m’a parlé de son concept. Le monde des rêves est si particulier que nous avons tout de suite discuté de nos rapports respectifs avec cet aspect mystérieux de la pensée humaine. Ce n’est qu’à la fin de cette discussion, déjà fascinante, qu’il m’a invitée à lire le scénario.»

L’univers du réalisateur de Memento reposant en grande partie sur les éléments visuels, cette lecture ne pouvait évidemment pas traduire d’office l’ampleur du projet, ni laisser deviner à quoi pourrait ressembler le résultat final.

«Les situations étaient déjà décrites de façon très précise dans le script mais le concept est si original qu’il était impossible de le visualiser, explique l’actrice. La première lecture se révèle ainsi un peu ardue mais l’histoire est si riche que l’on sait d’entrée de jeu à quel point l’aventure dans laquelle nous entraînera Christopher est exceptionnelle. Plus on approfondit la recherche, plus l’exercice devient intéressant. Il est bon de se perdre parfois. Un peu comme les personnages dans le film!»

Une page blanche

Dans Inception, Marion Cotillard se glisse dans la peau de la femme du protagoniste de l’histoire, interprété par Leonardo DiCaprio. À vrai dire, l’actrice doit plutôt évoquer différentes incarnations d’un même personnage, selon les niveaux de conscience dans lesquels le récit évolue.

«J’ai lu le scénario au moins une dizaine de fois», déclare celle qui, à ce jour, est la seule actrice française à avoir obtenu, grâce à La môme (La vie en rose), l’Oscar de la meilleure actrice pour un rôle joué dans la langue de Molière. «Avec un sujet aussi riche, il a fallu lire le script à plusieurs reprises pour aller au plus profond des choses et accéder à tous les détails. Un peu comme certains livres ou certains films. Qu’on a envie de relire et de revoir parce qu’on sait qu’il y aura toujours une nouvelle chose à découvrir, ou une nouvelle question à poser.»

Pour la première fois de sa carrière, Marion Cotillard a dû composer un personnage à partir d’une «page blanche». Contrairement à son habitude, elle ne pouvait au départ se raccrocher à aucune figure pour trouver une inspiration.

«La base était déjà très solide, fait-elle quand même remarquer. Mais pour donner toutes les cellules de vie à un personnage, pour l’incarner véritablement, il faut quand même partir à sa découverte. Or, mon personnage évolue dans une dimension plus nébuleuse, de sorte que je ne savais pas trop à qui rattacher cette personne au début. Ce qui rend le travail d’autant plus passionnant.»

Leo au travail

Son personnage se révélant être le fil émotif reliant tous les éléments d’une histoire complexe, Marion Cotillard a eu l’occasion de travailler en étroite collaboration avec Leonardo DiCaprio.

«Il est très stimulant de voir Leo au travail, souligne l’actrice. Surtout dans un contexte aussi particulier, avec un sujet aussi riche. C’est comme avoir la chance d’entrer dans la cuisine d’un très grand chef. Nous avons passé des heures à discuter ensemble. J’avais le sentiment de bénéficier d’un privilège exceptionnel et d’avoir accès à quelque chose de secret. On apprend toujours beaucoup à côtoyer les plus grands.»

L’actrice française, nourrie au grand cinéma américain dans son enfance, est encore étonnée de la tournure qu’a prise sa destinée.

«Jamais je n’aurais pu croire qu’un tel parcours aurait été possible pour une actrice française. Moi qui ai tant apprécié les films de Chaplin, des Marx Brothers, de Spielberg, et toutes les grandes comédies musicales américaines, me voici plongée dans un univers où plusieurs des grandes rencontres auxquelles je rêvais se sont concrétisées. Merci la vie!»

Marion Cotillard finds her inner Yank for Inception

from Straight.com (Canada) / by Ian Caddell

Marion Cotillard had done something no one had done before. She had won the best actress Oscar in 2008 for the film La Vie en Rose even though she spoke French throughout the movie. She says in an L.A. hotel room that although the public was enthusiastic, there was a segment of French society that wasn’t impressed.

Watch the trailer for Inception.“I felt very supported by the French people, but from the French media it was different. I don’t read them anymore. If they think you are getting too high [on yourself], they will try to put you down.”

The U.S.–based media have been different. They’ve praised almost everything she’s done here, including Nine, which received a lot of bad reviews but won Cotillard acclaim, as well as Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe nominations. She may receive even better reviews for her latest film, Inception, which opens Friday (July 16) in Vancouver. In it, she plays the late wife of Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a man who steals from people’s dreams. To do that, he has to enter someone’s dream and find the things they are trying to hide in their subconscious. He is good at it, but he keeps running into images of his wife. His guilt over her death leads him to conclude that she is seeking revenge.

Once Cotillard had won her Oscar, Hollywood studios began to pursue her for films that called for her to play Americans. First up was Public Enemies, in which she played a woman with a French name—Billie Frechette—but a Midwestern background. She admits that when she finished the movie, she decided to wait a while before taking on another character with lots of lines and no French accent.

“It was such a hard job trying to get the American Midwest accent and knowing that I wouldn’t be 100-percent perfect,” she says. “I worked hard, but it was frustrating because I needed to find the authenticity of a role. After it was completed, I had another offer which was a beautiful offer, but I couldn’t imagine that the character would have any French flavour in her accent. I was not ready yet to go back into four months of dialect coaching to try and erase my French accent. Maybe I will go back there in the future, because it’s a challenge that I would love to succeed at, but it was really hard because I knew when I was not perfect and it was difficult to get there. I learned English when I was 12, but with a very bad English teacher who was French. He would say ‘azeef [as if]’. You really have to start very early to learn another language so that it gets into your brain and it becomes automatic. If you don’t, it’s really hard.”

Cotillard admits that although she still owns a home in Paris, she has a soft spot for the City of Angels. And she says that after making several films here, she finds herself feeling homesick when she is away. “I love it here, actually. I have had this weird thing where I have never been homesick [for Paris] because it is your home, so you know that you will always go back there. But after Inception, I spent three months here and I went back home, and although I was happy to go back home, I felt I was missing L.A., which was weird because before I came here I had a lot of clichéd ideas about it. But I happened to really fall in love with the city.”

Part of that enthusiasm can probably be traced back to the awards season of 2008. Cotillard spent a lot of time in Los Angeles between January and March, with nominations for the Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice awards and wins at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, and the L.A. Film Critics Association awards. She says that even though it was a bit overwhelming, it was among the most memorable periods in her life.

“I enjoyed it so much. It was a new experience. I didn’t expect it at all. I met so many amazing people that I had admired for many years. It was almost three months here with a movie that I loved so much, that I loved to do, and then got to share here. We [the cast and crew of La Vie en Rose] didn’t expect to travel that much with this movie. Every day was special and unique, and I had no pressure because if you don’t expect something like that, you live in the present time with your eyes open. You have this innocence. Even though I am not a little girl anymore, I felt I was entering a new world that was so positive.”

Marion's 4th time on Craig Ferguson's Show

Tuesday night Marion Cotillard was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – for the 2nd time this year and overall her 4th visit. As usual the banter between the two was hilarious and I don’t think Marion’s ever been this relaxed on TV! And we get a new glimpse of a scene with Marion in ‘Inception‘. Enjoy!

Gallery: 376 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson – 2010, HQ Screencaptures
Video: 001 Talk Shows > Craig Ferguson

'Inception' Premieres

Marion was very busy promoting ‘Inception‘. On Thursday, July 8, she attended the world premiere at Odeon Leicester Square in London, England. Her dress is by US-designer Thakoon. She looked absolutely perfect, her look was so her, the wavy hair, the bohemian style of the dress and the make-up gave her a beautiful complexion. It’s definitely one of my favourite outfits of her.

Then after the press junket on Friday, she attended the Paris premiere at the Gaumont Champs Elysées on Saturday evening, July 10, looking absolutely flawless in Dior.

And yesterday, July 13, she attended the Los Angeles premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in a exquisite L’Wren Scott dress, looking – once more – breathtaking. She was spotted at the airport taking a plane back to Paris right after the premiere (she still has the same hairdo) as she’s expected on set for more ‘Midnight in Paris‘ filming.

237 ‘Inception’ World Premiere – London
126 ‘Inception’ Premiere – Paris
181 ‘Inception’ Premiere – Los Angeles

More from the Set of 'Midnight in Paris'

I added some more pictures of Marion Cotillard on the set of the Woody Allen directed ‘Midnight in Paris‘. There are some from last Tuesday (July 6) where she’s wearing the same costume as on Monday and a whole bunch of her with Owen Wilson from Wednesday (July 7).

047 Midnight in Paris (2011) > On Set

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