Marion Cotillard Interview – “I’m not Playing Talia Al-Ghul”

Cotillard is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter. On The Dark Knight Rises:

The actress started filming Knight in June 2011, working on and off until the fall in locations including Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh. She says there were long gaps when she wasn’t needed: “It was a very, very small role. Otherwise, Cotillard is coy about the picture, whose storyline has fueled pages of Internet speculation. All she’ll confirm is that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson‘s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.

On working with Jacques Audiard in “Rust and Bone”:

That road wasn’t easy. Cotillard had just days to prepare before Rust started shooting in the fall in Antibes, France. “I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to rehearse, and it was very disturbing to me because Jacques works a lot with the cast before he starts a movie,” she says. It wasn’t only her fellow actors she had to worry about. There were killer whales, too.”It was a very weird experience because I came back from the United States and was totally jetlagged,” she remembers. “I arrived directly in Antibes where their Marineland water park is. I’ve always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in captivity. I had to work through my rejection of this world, which I still feel. But I had a job. And even though the orcas are as big as trucks, they’re animals, and you have a connection with them.

Read the whole interview here:

New Photos from Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone”

I wonder if the “horrific accident” that causes Cotillard’s character to lose her legs is whale-related? (The movie is about ““the relationship between a homeless man (Schoenaerts) and a trainer of killer whales in a sea park (Cotillard) who loses her legs in a horrific accident.”)


Marion Cotillard in “Rust and Bone” and “Low Life”

She’s been super busy this year, in additiom to The Dark Knight Rises, she’s starring in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone”, which “follows the relationship between a homeless man (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a trainer of killer whales in a sea park (Cotillard) who loses her legs in a horrific accident”, and James Gray’s “Low Life”, which follows “the journey of a Polish immigrant (Cotillard) who becomes caught between a cabaret owner/pimp (Joaquin Phoenix) and and a magician who wants to save her (Jeremy Renner)”. Wow, playing a Wayne Enterprise board member and possible Bruce Wayne’s love interest seems like a walk in the park compared to these.

From Rust and Bone:

From Low Life:


TDKR Stuff

Are people seriously discussing whether The Avengers will be a more memorable movie and/or will make more money than The Dark Knight Rises? Come on!! I love campy fun light superhero movies, but let’s get real here, how many people will actually remember what happens in The Avengers a year from now? The Iron Man movies were great fun, but I couldn’t tell you now what happened in them if my life depended on it. Chris Nolan’s movies are sometimes too humorless and cold for my taste (and enough dead wife/girlfriend already, Nolan!), but they’re always great fodder for in-depth discussions, and you remember them afterwards, even years later. On the box-office question, I’m still convinced TDKR has the edge, if only because of repeat viewings. The Avengers is not the kind of movie people go to see more than once (except for the most dedicated fanboys, I guess). Of course The Avengers is the one getting the most attention now, and people are “more excited about it compared to The Dark Knight Rises” etc etc, it’s opening really soon (in fact already opened in some countries), TDKR won’t be out till the end of July.

Apparently there’s a scene of Bruce Wayne kissing Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) in the footage screened for theater owners earlier this week. Uh oh! Look out, Miranda Tate, you’re not long for this world! Let’s see the track record – Memento (dead wife), Batman Begins (dead mother), The Prestige (TWO dead wives), The Dark Knight (dead girlfriend), Inception (dead wife). I don’t think the studio will let Nolan kill off Catwoman, so Miranda Tate (or whoever she really is, hehe) better watch out. Wouldn’t it be great if it turns out Tate is the real mastermind behind the whole Gotham takeover thingy? And Bane is just the frontman. Hubby hates this idea because it smacks of Batman Begins re-run (the whole Ducard/Ra’s al Ghul twist), but I think Nolan is capable of making it work in a different, more interesting way. Plus, I really, really don’t want to see Marion Cotillard reduced to playing the incidental love interest.

PG-13 Rating for The Dark Knight Rises for Violence, Action and Sensuality

CNN reports that The Dark Knight Rises has been given a PG-13 rating by MPAA for “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language”. The interesting part is “sensuality and language”, which is not present in MPAA PG-13 ratings for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I’m guessing “language” is for the use of profanity, while “sensuality” is related to Catwoman and Miranda Tate? (Miranda Tate has to be Thalia al Ghul, right? With those clothes, and the men with guns and everything, she can’t just be Miranda Tate, some Wayne Enterprise corporate person. Or maybe Miranda Tate is working with Bane in secret.)