‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Marion Cotillard on Gun Violence: ‘It’s a Vicious Circle’
Marion Cotillard is still visibly shaken when she recalls the moment she first heard about the Aurora shootings.
The date was July 20, 2012, and what was meant to be a career high for the Oscar-winner — starring in a new, Christopher Nolan-directed Batman epic — was instantly overshadowed by unthinkable tragedy, as news quickly spread that a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado left 12 moviegoers dead at the hands of a crazed shooter.
Those wounds have barely begun to heal as the country now copes with an even more unbelievable and senseless horror: the murder of 26 people, 20 of them young children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The Hollywood Reporter asked Cotillard about her thoughts on the Colorado shooting in a conversation with the actress last month.
“I’ve never felt good about guns. Especially when it’s out of control,” the Rust and Bone star told THR.
“Sadly, I guess, it’s in America’s culture,” Cotillard continued. “And I believe it’s going to be hard to change that because some people can’t be secure without it. It’s creating at the same time this insecurity. It’s a vicious circle.”
Cotillard is currently shooting Blood Ties, directed by her partner and father of her one-year-old son, French movie star Guillaume Canet. The film is set in the world of organized crime in 1970s Brooklyn.