Marion Cotillard promotes ‘Land of the Bears’ on Disney Channel

Marion Cotillard promotes ‘Land of the Bears’ on Disney Channel

I don’t think we already hava a news announcement about this but Marion Cotillard is narrating ‘Terre des ours‘ (Land of the Bears), the first documentary to be presented in cinemas in 3D. It’s being released in France on February 26. Visit the official Homepage for more Information and to view some pictures.

Set in the wilderness of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the land of legends and the kingdom of wild brown bears, we follow the daily adventures of five wild brown bears. A mother bear and her two young ones, an adolescent male and an experienced male leader. Each of them have their own concerns and preoccupations. The mother must feed and protect her cubs, whilst all they want is to explore the big wide world out there, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead of them. The adolescent is coming of age and must find his place in the adult world, whereas the experienced male must constantly defend his supremacy and impose his strength.

Marion Cotillard answered some questions posted on Disney Channel.fr during their program Spot Mag last Wednesday.

What is your favourite animal and why?
Oh, this is difficult because I love lots of animals. So to start, I love elephants. Because I watched many documentaries about elephants and because their ability to show emotion really moves me. They cry and really display emotion in a way that we humans can see.

I want to become an actress. Do you have an advice?
I recommend to take your time, to work, to experiment, I don’t know how old you are but to live your life and to live all the experiences that nourish the actress you will be.

What was your biggest adventure when you were a child?
I was born in Paris, I lived in a city in the suburbs. So when I moved to the countryside with my parents it was really a very big adventure. I moved from the 18th floor of a block of flats to a country house that had a huge garden with a river at the end. This has really enriched my life. It’s true that my life in the city has done that as well, but it really was a shock and a big adventure.

How does it feel to be famous?
It’s quite a peculiar thing, maybe I will never fully get used to it. Additionally, celebrity today sometimes comes from nowhere, from nothing. Someone can be famous for being on television etc. This is dangerous. But my celebrity also comes from the fact that people have seen a part of my life when I was telling a story. So my celebrity allows me to continue to tell stories. Anyway, I can’t complain.

Bonus questions

What was your dream job while growing up?
I wanted to be so many things that I decided acting was the best way to experience many different jobs.

What are your passions?
I love music, I can’t imagine my life without music. It’s my dream to be able to play an instrument very well. This is something I can’t at the Moment and it’s frustrating. I also love forests and nature. It’s one of the reasons I agreed to be the voice of ‘Land of the bears‘.

What made you want to be in cinema?
I come from a family of actors and storytelling and acting has always been part of my life. What made me want to be in cinema is because I really admire this art form and I used to watch a lot of films by Charlie Chaplin or the Marx Brothers. So all of this made me want to be in cinema.

Gallery:
145 Specials > Spot Mag (Disney Channel) – 15/01/2014

 

Spot Mag 53 – Bonus

Spot Mag 53 – Bonus

Spot Mag 53

Spot Mag 53

‘Terre des ours 3D’ Trailer

‘Terre des ours 3D’ Trailer

Marion Cotillard Interview

Marion Cotillard Interview

Even after becoming the most popular French actress in Hollywood, after an Academy Award (La vie en rose, 2008) and several international successes (The Dark Knight Rises, Midnight in Paris, Contagion, Inception, Nine), Marion Cotillard appears surprisingly shy and low profile. She is most discreet, not to say dumb, about her life with Guillaume Canet, actor-director who has been her partner for seven years and is the father of her son Marcel (2 years and a half).

She is the image of Lady Dior campaign, too, but she says: “I have never seen myself as a beauty. And I feel always a bit embarrassed when someone says so: I admire Monica Bellucci, she is really so beautiful and really so witty and smart in talking about that”. Marion speaks with a gentle, soft voice, so far from the high notes she reached singing in the Oscar-winning role of Edith Piaf. She hides her beautiful eyes behind sunglasses: she never took them off during this interview.

In films, everything changes. Strangely, her two new roles have something in common: in Blood Ties, where she is directed by her partner, she plays Monica, a hooker with Italian origins and accent, while in The Immigrant by James Gray (who also wrote the screenplay of Blood Ties) she is Ewa, a Polish girl who goes searching for a better life in America, in 1921, but is exploited as a prostitute and accepts anything to pay for the medicines her sister needs to stay alive.

James Gray wrote the film and the role for you. Do you feel a responsibility about that?

Yes, but I try not to think about it. I felt a lot of pressure when I was about to read the script, because I knew that he had me in mind, when he was writing it, and I thought: “Oh my God, what if I don’t like it? It would have been very painful to turn it down. As if the world was upside down: I should be the one to beg to work with him. But fortunately I liked the story.

How is to be directed by your partner, Guillaume Canet, for the second time after Little White Lies?

I was happy to get this opportunity and I guess he didn’t treat me differently from the rest of the cast…

In Blood Ties you play in English with an Italian accent, in The Immigrant a Polish one. Does your musical talent help you learning languages?

I help myself trying to know more about the culture that any language comes out of. I don’t repeat words by heart. I want to know the meaning. I try to learn as much as I can. The technique is very important but I realized that the more you know about the people, the better and faster you learn to speak their language. In any case, the most difficult thing for me was to speak Polish without any accent at all: I wanted to be perfect, but it’s a mission impossible, I guess.

The Immigrant is about the American dream: did it mean something special for yourself too?

The American cinema is part of my culture: as an actress I always wanted to do movies but I never dreamt about working in Hollywood, I never thought it might be possible. My dream was pretty simple, I just wanted to tell stories. This film is about miserable people’s American dream, people who want to escape their countries to have a better life. Very different from my own story and dreams…

How do you feel about immigrants?

What moves me is the way people put themselves in danger to seek for a better life. There is a mix of strength, courage, hope, unconsciousness in all of them, because they have no other choice. Hope drives them to dive in the unknown …

Sometimes they find hope in religion. Are you a believer?

I was not raised as a Catholic and I don’t have a good relationship with religion: there have been so many wars in the name of different gods! I don’t understand how you can kill someone just because he does not have the same belief as you.

How was shooting in Ellis Island?

It was an amazing experience. Most of the troupe and the extras had someone in their families who had gone through Ellis Island in the past. Therefore they talked and shared their stories. What I like most about Americans is that you can feel the solidarity and empathy when they talk about their lives. I heard lots of them. Included James Gray’s one: The Immigrant is a very personal film for him. At first, he didn’t get the permit to shoot at Ellis Island, but he fought to obtain it: without that, he didn’t want to start shooting it at all.

What was your own first step in the United States?

I was escaping a relationship that went bad. I was 20 and I went to New York with my best friend. It was kind of crazy: we landed and we went straight to the Empire State Building. We wandered around without knowing where to sleep. We ended up in a hostel. We walked and we were so excited… but after three days, I received a call from France and I had to go back immediately, to play in a film I wasn’t expecting to be chosen for. It was my first experience “in and out” the country.

You started working there 10 years ago with Tim Burton (Big Fish) and, after the Oscar for La vie en rose. Is Hollywood the greatest achievement for an actor?


It’s very personal. I remember being in Cannes with Melanie Thierry, one of the best French actresses. My American agent asked me to be introduced to her and Melanie didn’t want to: I was so surprised, I begged her, but she refused and I couldn’t believe it (editor’s note: later she has been directed by Terry Gilliam in The Zero Theorem). For me it’s different. Hollywood wasn’t my goal, it arrived unexpectedly when I just considered myself so lucky to do what I always desired to do.

Do you feel like an “immigrant” too, now that you live for long periods in Los Angeles?

No, I could totally live there. I have been spending years over there. I love Los Angeles, but I need my country too because I am deeply French.

You miss France, then.

No, it’s funny though: I never miss France when I am having interesting things to do somewhere else. From 2008 I spent almost four years in the US without problems. But strangely, when I came back to France I missed Los Feliz, the area where I live, and the life I created there in Los Angeles. It’s not for professional reasons, but for lifestyle: it’s a city in the middle of wildness, in front of the ocean. And now I miss my son whenever and wherever I go without him.

Do you regret a more discreet life you had in France?

Not anymore. Even home, I can’t go out jogging without seeing someone taking some picture as soon as he recognizes me.

You come from a creative family, your parents are actors. Is this the reason why you wished to act?

Yes, I think so. I grew up surrounded by storytellers and an atmosphere of great energy. That was fascinating. When I was a kid, I saw plays that were not for kids at all, but I have very vivid memories of those moments. It usually happened when the nanny was not available and my mother had to take us all, me and my twin brothers, to the theatre even when there was some ancient Greek tragedy on stage. Sometimes we would go crazy, and she would go crazy too… but it was awesome to watch actors I knew as my parents’ friends, who transformed themselves completely on the stage, sometimes they even became cats or dogs. That’s why I always wanted to be an actress.

Do you remember your first time on stage?

I was 4 or 5. My mother laid on the floor beside a big piano and the director asked me to do something I can’t remember well now. I was confused. I didn’t understand why they were saying crazy things to pretend that my mother was dead, while she was not dead at all!

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