Friday, March 07, 2008

When brilliant is not brilliant: Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard gave a brilliant performance as Edith Piaf, the French singer who rose from the streets to become France's national treasure, in the film La Vie en Rose. But brilliant actress does not equal brilliant person. The recent revelation of her ignorant comments regarding the events of 9/11 and the 1969 walk on the moon being fabricated is enough to make my blood boil.


At 12:20 PM, March 09, 2008, Blogger Dantallion said...

I hadn't heard anything about any of this, but then truth be told, I had no idea who she was until your post. (I'm not a big Oscars guy, can you tell? lol).

In any event, after I read your post, I tried to get some info on what she said (and the inevitable spin that followed), and all I was able to gleen was that (in reference to 9/11 and walking on the moon) she didn't necessarily believe in or accept official accounts of events - in a seemingly "questioning authority, you can't believe everything they tell you" sort of way. And that she's found some of the conspiracy theories floating around on such matters compelling.

Clearly you're genuinely angry about something she has said or done, but I'm not sure I understand what. I'm going to guess that I'm missing part of the story (Lord knows it wouldn't be the first

At 12:33 PM, March 09, 2008, Blogger Jess said...

Dan, she said we get lied to about a lot of things. That might not have been so bad, but she also said, "We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes, are they burned? ... There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burned for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there in New York, in a matter of minutes, the whole thing collapsed."

She went on to say the government didn't want to spend money refurbishing the towers...

"It was a money-sucker because they were finished, it seems to me, by 1973, and to re-cable all that, to bring up-to-date all the technology and everything, it was a lot more expensive, that work, than destroying them."

(Take a look here for this part of it:

There was more, but that's sufficient. She's an idiot. A great actress but an idiot. We may be more sensitive here (one 9-11 memorial is in a large park about a mile from our house... so this stuff is a rather sensitive subject), but she really said some very stupid things. She backpedaled as fast as she could, but what kind of pinhead looks at the murder of 3,000 people and even suggests that it might have been some kind of bizarre government plot?

(BTW, please don't take this as a rebuke! It's not meant to be. Just sharing more information. It's just something that hit a nerve at this house, especially as it came right on the heels of our watching La Vie en Rose and loving her work, so we felt so sad that such a great actress could hold such thoughts.)

At 1:02 PM, March 09, 2008, Blogger Dantallion said...

Yeah, you're right - that really wasn't very bright. It always irks me that, by virtue of simple celebrity rather than any kind of real understanding of a situation, people like that get media-level attention for whatever silliness that casually comes out of their mouths.

I didn't take it as a rebuke at all - and I hope that my questions on the story were not taken as anything other than a sincere wish to understand what provoked Marc's anger.

I completely understand that there would be an increased level of sensitivity to the subject given where you live. I'm not convinced that any such sensitivity is really a factor here - stupid is stupid regardless of how close someone is to the situation. I really wish that the media would stop essentially handing a mega-phone to people whose opinions are, at best, nothing more than uninformed celebrity fodder.

At 1:51 PM, March 09, 2008, Blogger Marc said...

Dan, yes, exactly. I just couldn't get over the fact that she would compare a building burning in Spain to the WTC towers (hmmmm...did jetliners crash into the buildings in Spain? Did the same engineers create the two buildings? Were the buildings made of the same materials? Do the two subjects have a single fucking thing to do with each other except for the fact that both burned? These were positively moronic comments. And to suggest at the same time that the U.S. Government would destroy the buildings this way, with almost 3,000 unsuspecting people in them, in such a torturous way, killing people in the planes as well...our Commander-in-Chief may be stupid, but he's not Lenin.

It hits a little closer to home to me since I could see the buildings on fire from my building on Long Island almost 20 miles away...and to see them there, burning, and then an hour later, to see them gone from the skyline...just defies description. To hear someone who wasn't there, who didn't witness it, who has no idea what she's talking about makes me livid...and then her celebrity status getting her the platform on which to spew her mindless blather...well, it's all just infuriating to me. Okay, rant concluded.


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