“It was a dream come true,” says Marion Cotillard, describing the job she has just completed with the Dardenne brothers, the two-time Cannes Palme d’Or winners. But the statement could apply equally to everything she does. The actress will soon be in England, fulfilling another childhood ambition by playing Lady Macbeth in the latest big-screen adaptation of the Scottish play.
This is on top of two films that will soon be gracing our picture houses. The 38-year-old plays a down-on-her-luck Pole coming to 1920s New York in James Gray’s The Immigrant, and she has a part in the ensemble thriller Blood Ties, directed by French heartthrob Guillaume Canet, with whom she has a two-year-old son.
It’s not just on cinema screens where Cotillard has been wowing. Wherever she goes, someone has seemingly spent hours laying out a red carpet for her to strut down in the latest creation from Christian Dior. She’s been the promotional face of their handbag line since 2008, a contract that landed soon after she became the first woman since Sophia Loren in 1962 to win the Best Actress Oscar for performing a non-English language role.
In any room she enters, Cotillard is seemingly the only person there. This is true even when she dresses in jeans and a T-shirt, as she does when we meet at the Marrakech Film Festival, where she has been on jury duty, rubbing shoulders with heavyweight movie directors – Martin Scorsese, Paolo Sorrentino and Fatih Akin. Everything she does, even dressing down, oozes confidence.
French actress MARION COTILLARD was shocked to be offered a leading role in a new big screen adaptation of MACBETH because she struggled to understand WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’s classic text.
The La Vie en Rose star will portray Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender as the Scottish king in a reimagining of the stage tragedy, and Cotillard reveals it is her dream role.
However, the Oscar winner admits the language barrier meant she could barely understand the Bard’s original lines.
She tells The Independent newspaper, “I knew that one day I would play Lady Macbeth, but in my mind it would be on stage and in French. I never thought that one day I would say the original lines, which took me ages to understand. I was very honest when I read the text for the first time. I called the director and said. ‘Thank God I know the story, because I didn’t get any of the words’. It’s kind of crazy for them to ask a French actress to do that.”
Marion was the cover of 26th December 2013 issue of the italian magazine TU Style. Enjoy the HQ scans I took from iPad and upload in gallery.
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MARRAKECH, Morocco– On top of being part of Martin Scorsese’ Jury at Marrakech Film Festival, Marion Cotillard — whose latest film, James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” played at the Morocco-based fest — cheerfully participated in roundtables with journalists. Cotillard, the first French actress to have won an Academy Award for her perf as Edith Piaf in “La Vie En Rose,” just wrapped Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night” and will next topline Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth,” replacing Natalie Portman in the title role.
Variety: Through your parts in “La Vie En Rose,” “Rust and Bones” and “The Immigrant,” you’ve fully transformed yourself and dived very deep into the characters. How did these experiences change you on personal level?
Marion Cotillard: I think that when you discover something that was unknown before it opens your mind, your heart. Roles after roles, I learned a little more about human beings. I want to go as deep as I can in a character. Sometimes, especially with “La Vie En Rose,”when I finished the movie, I needed to clean myself from old stories, things that you keep within yourself that you never get rid of because you don’t know how, or because it’s just too much, you don’t have the courage. To go deep in the character really gives the courage to face things. I don’t do that job to do that, to have that, but it happens. But I’m not going to choose a character because I’m gonna be like “it’s gonna be fantastic therapy” or something.
You’re on the Marrakech jury with Scorsese and you look like one big happy family. Do you think he’ll think about you for a future role?
Of course I’d love to make a movie with him one day, but today, the relationship we have all together, with the jury, is just about talking about cinema. I’ll do a parallel with James Gray. I met him with my boyfriend (Guillaume Canet) and we became friends. I’m a huge admirer of his work but when I met him, I didn’t even dare to tell him. Never in my mind was I thinking, “I’m going to do everything to work for him” because I was never able to be in that kind of seduction from the beginning of my career. When I had to meet a director, I preferred to have a screen test and show what I could do instead of sell myself in a discussion, because I was bad at it. When I met James, we became friends and I never thought I could work with him because he was my friend. The relationship I have with Martin (Scorsese) is two people who talk about cinema, and that’s it.
Speaking at the Moroccan Film Festival, the actress said she found it hard to understand the Shakespearean script for her forthcoming film
Marion Cotillard has revealed she struggled to understand the script for the forthcoming film Macbeth, in which she stars as Lady Macbeth.
The French actress, who will star alongside Michael Fassbender in the film, said: “The hardest thing is going to be performing in the original language. When I first read the script I didn’t understand anything.”
Cotillard added it had been her life-long ambition to play the Shakespearean heroine.
Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival, she said: “I always thought that one day I would play Lady Macbeth. I just imagined that it would be on-stage, in French, and in Paris.”
The Oscar-winning actress, who was part of the jury at the film festival, shared the judging panel with Martin Scorsese, Patricia Clarkson, Golshifteh Farahani and directors Paolo Sorrentino, Fatih Akin, Park Chan-Wook, Amat Escalante, Narjiss Nejjar and Anurag Kashyap.
The top prize was awarded to South Korean film Han Gong-Ju, a drama about a young schoolgirl who is sent to stay with the mother of a schoolteacher.
The Jury Prize was shared between Blue Ruin (USA) and The Swimming Pool (Cuba and Venezuela), while the prize for Best Actor was shared between Didier Michon and Silmane Dazi for their role in Fevers (Morocco and France.)
Swedish star Alicia Vikander won the Best Actress award for her turn in Hotell (Sweden) and Best Director went to Andrea Pallaora for Medeas (USA, Italy and Mexico).
Marion Cotillard attends day 4 of the Gucci Paris Masters 2013 at Paris Nord Villepinte on December 8, 2013 in Paris, France.
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