Q&A With… Marion Cotillard

Q&A With… Marion Cotillard

from SavoirFlair.com (Middle East) / by James Levy

There is major Oscar buzz surrounding Marion Cotillard’s raw performance in Rust and Bone as a killer whale trainer who loses her legs. Here, the French actress talks to us about the challenges of playing the role and juggling her career and motherhood.

How did your experience on the movie influence your attitude to life and to your own body?
I always keep something from an adventure, from a story, from an encounter with a character, with a director, with other actors. The first thing is a lotof joy and then it’s kind of hard to explain what stays with me. When I talk about joy it’s this energy of when you share something and you feel that it’s deep, then it really makes you feel part of something that has a right place, you know what I mean? Also, I think an actor is kind of an anthropologist of the human soul and so the more you explore the human soul the more you learn about us. And the more you learn about something, the more respect you have – and a lot of love too. I kind of love human beings. I have say. Voila, did I answer the question?

Physically, how did you work out for the part? It must have been difficult to think of yourself as legless?
It’s actually not difficult. The complexity will be the emotion and the different layers of a character, which is very interesting of course, for an actor. Difficulties, for me, are always technical. There were no major technial difficulties with the physicality in this movie because it was imagination – a lot of imagination. It’s hard to explain, or maybe it’s just as simple as I just imagine I have no legs – which is kind of hard to explain, but simple to say.

Can you talk about the special effects? They were incredible.
Yeah, they had to be because otherwise, there is no movie. They did an amazing job. And they did an amazing job because it didn’t affect the shooting at all. I didn’t know at all what it would be – I didn’t know if I would have to walk very slowly, I didn’t know anything. The fact is, there was nothing more to do than just being on set and doing the work that we usually do – and they just took my legs off.

We know about the intensity of your acting, but the moment when you discover your legs are gone – how do you do that?
Well, it’s imagination. I don’t know.

It must be more. And how hard is it for you to play that?
That’s what I try to do. Being a character and trying to feel what a character would feel… If you fall in love, if you lose someone or lose something. I really think it’s just the imagination.

What is it like to come back to your country and your language? What difference does it make?
It’s totally different because you don’t have to think about the way you talk. You create a different way of speaking, which is why I like to create something that is different, or a lot different, or slightly different from my way of speaking, my way of moving. I like that a character will have its own way of living, but, for example, with the last movie I did I’m a Polish girl, so I had to learn Polish and some of my scenes are in Polish and also I had to have this Polish accent in English. It’s a lot of work. When I do a scene it’s like my brain has separate places for each complexity and technical difficulties. In French it’s just French – I don’t have to think about the way I have to say this word, or if it sounds French. It does! I know that it will! I know that it will sound French no matter what, no matter how I speak.

There’s this amazing shot where you’re standing in from the glass with the killer whales on the outside. How difficult was that shot?
Well, I was lucky to have a very strong connection right away with the whales and we had rehearsed this scene before, but it was not a rehearsal – the choreography was not like the show outside before the accident. The choreography was specific. Here I knew what I could do to have this conversation that was totally improvised in a way that I decided to wave and she would wave back. I decided to tickle her nose and she would make the bubbles. So it was pretty strong because you never know if she would react and she reacted to everything that I proposed her.

What was the whale’s name?
There were two whales and actually the first one was kind of mad at me and the whole crew. It was the only time I was really scared and I freaked out even though I knew the glass was totally secure. But I asked her something and because you’re in character and there’s the whole crew behind you and it’s not a usual show for her, she became mad at me and she screamed at me with her jaws open and I got really scared.

Have you gained power from injuries in your own life?
Well, I think a human being goes his way and you’re richer from your experiences. So, of course, yeah.

Let’s talk a bit about The Dark Knight Rises – what was it like working with Chris Nolan?
Oh, it was amazing. I love working with him. I loved working with him on Inception and then I was very lucky that I could work with him again. It’s actually the first time that I’ve worked with a director twice. I loved his set, even though it’s a big scale movie because it’s huge obviously, but it really stays at a human size. He’s a family guy and his set is like a family, which is kind of weird when you talk about Batman, but it’s actually true.

How do you do that logistically, working so much and being a young mum?
Well, he knew that I was a young Mom and he has four kids and they were amazing with me – they were really amazing. I cannot thank them enough to make me part of the adventure and still being entirely a Mommy.

Not many European actresses have made it in America. What do you put your success down to?
I just go where I think I belong. I’m so lucky that sometimes it’s in the US and I have the opportunity to explore a wider world. An actor is happy when you explore something that’s different each time and to get to explore Italy when I play an Italian woman, or Poland when I play a Polish woman, because then you learn about the history of the world and the history of a country. So I’m grateful to Olivier Dahan who gave me all this because of the role in La Vie en Rose. He’s the reason I’m so happy right now.

Where have you put your Oscar statue?
It’s in Paris. I’m never in Paris so it’s been a long time.

Where in Paris?
Well I’ve just moved from my apartment so it’ll be in a box somewhere.

How was it working with Jacques Audiard compared to other directors you’ve worked with?
Well it’s impossible to compare any of the directors that I’ve worked with. That’s why I had amazing experiences with all those people because they are so different, and that’s what I’m looking for. Something different each time, a different vision of life in a way. All the directors I worked with love the story they’re telling, obviously, and they love their characters but with Jacques it’s so strong the love that he has for his characters. It is so strong, that is, first of all, very inspiring and secondly, very beautiful to watch.

Finally, how was it to kiss Batman?
How was it to kiss Batman? Jeez (laughs).

Video from Telluride Tribute

Telluride Film Festival added a brief video from the tribute to Marion Cotillard last Saturday, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter’s film critic Todd McCarthy.

Gallery: 042 Award Shows & Premieres etc > Telluride Film Festival – Tribute – 2012
Video: 001 Award Ceremonies > Telluride Film Festival

Buy Tickets For The OBC and Marion Cotillard

As previously posted Marion Cotillard will perform as Jeanne d’Arc in Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne au bûcher with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona (OBC) on November 17 and 18. The event is now listed on their official website and you can buy tickets ranging from €39 to €73. There will be two performances:

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7.00 pm
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 11.00 am

The Saturday performance will live stream on medici.tv. According to their website it’s available worldwide and live concerts are available free of charge, and only require to be registered / logged in.

If you miss that you can listen to the Sunday performance live on Catalunya Música (in Spain) or later to the recording on Tuesdays at 9pm on the radio’s website. The recording will also air on RNE’s Ràdio Clàssica on Sunday’s after 8pm.

'Rust & Bone' Trailer – Lady Dior Documentary Teaser

There’s an awesome new UK trailer for ‘Rust and Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os). In my opinion it captures perfectly the essence of the movie and gives you a taste of how visceral & powerful it really is.

031 De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) – 2012 > Screencaptures > Trailers

001 Trailers > Rust & Bone

And Dior released a teaser for the forthcoming Lady Dior Documentary – which we now know will have 7 (!) episodes. Can’t wait for the first one to be online on Wednesday. New episodes will be published every two weeks through December (source).

Our Lady Mystery is none other than the incomparable Marion Cotillard. In seven exclusive reports, she gives us a sneak peek into the whirlwind that is her artist’s life, from photo shoots to fittings.Our Lady in Dior will await you here, in two days’ time, for the first episode in the series.

2012 Telluride Film Festival

Marion Cotillard arrived in Telluride, Colorado (US) yesterday after reportedly taking four flights to get from Paris to Telluride (via Los Angeles). Despite being exhausted from the travel she charmed everyone. She attended an intimate filmmakers Dinner hosted by Sony Picture Classics (US distributor for ‘Rust & Bone‘) and was awarded the Silver Medallion for her performance.

TELLURIDE: Just left intimate SPC dinner w/ Marion Cotillard, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Dennis Quaid. Off to outdoor screening of Bernal’s NO.
PS: Marion Cotillard, even on no sleep and after taking five flights to get from Paris to Telluride, is still drop dead gorgeous. My God.
• Scott Feinberg Tweet 1, Tweet 2

At SPC’s annual filmmakers dinner Saturday night, Rust & Bone star Marion Cotillard attended. Besides Best Actress Oscar talk, she received a special festival tribute today which she told me was quite an honor.

At one table, journalists switched seats throughout the dinner in order to converse with Bernal and Cotillard, who were seated at opposite ends. Upon arriving, the two European stars hugged and proudly showed each other iPhone pics of their young children. Both had to leave a little early — Cotillard to receive her career tribute, which was moderated by THR film critic Todd McCarthy, and Bernal, with Larrain, to introduce the second screening of No, which was held at a nearby outdoor venue. … Cotillard, meanwhile, talked about how difficult she has found it to learn other languages — especially Italian — for films that she has made outside of France.
The Hollywood Reporter

This morning, Marion Cotillard atttended the tribute to herself and the screening of ‘Rust & Bone‘. A few pictures via Twitter:

Betsyrowbottom, Bunee Tomlinson, Steve Persall 1 & 2, Jim Berkowitz

And 2 articles:
Telluride 2012: Marion Cotillard Comes to Town for Career Tribute and ‘Rust and Bone’ Premiere, The Hollywood Reporter, September 2
‘Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Rust & Bone’ star Marion Cotillard honored in Telluride, HitFix, September 1

002 Events in 2012 > 2012 Telluride Film Festival – Sony Pictures Classics Dinner credit: Hollywood Elsewhere
012 Events in 2012 > 2012 Telluride Film Festival – Silver Medallion Award
012 Events in 2012 > 2012 Telluride Film Festival – Day 3

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