Hollywood and beyond has been buzzing all weekend about Oscar winner Marion Cotillard's interview containing controversial remarks about 9/11. However, her lawyer is now coming to her defense, saying the remarks were taken out of context. The 32-year-old actress said she felt lied to about certain world events, including the September 11 attacks on America and the 1969 moon landing, in a February 2007 interview on the French channel Paris Premiére's cinema program.
Cotillard argued, "We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes. Are they burned? [A] tower, I believe it was in Spain, burnt for 24 hours. It never collapsed.... And there [in New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed."
People magazine spoke to her Paris-based lawyer, Vincent Tolesano, who came quickly to the actress' defense, saying, "Marion never intended to contest nor question the attacks of September 11, 2001, and regrets the way old remarks have been taken out of context."
Many have heard such conspiracy theories about the Twin Towers and have watched that well-known viral video about how the government could have brought down the towers in a massive cover-up, and it's tolerated because of our right to freedom of speech. But in this biz, for a high-profile, seemingly intelligent woman like Cotillard to go on the record with this kind of divisive what-iffing - regardless of the context - well, she may never win an award in this town again. - Erin Fox