7:49 pm - 06/16/2010

Marion Cotillard nearly quit acting

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Marion Cotillard nearly gave up acting at 27.

The 34-year-old star - who earlier this year won the Order of the Arts and Letters from the French government for her services to the country's culture - admits she became dangerously close to quitting the acting profession because few people wanted to cast her, but came back to the idea upon the advice of her agent.

She said: "The directors I dreamed of were Coppola, Scorsese, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Spielberg because of 'E.T.' I wasn't considered an actress.

"I didn't want to get bitter while waiting for something to happen, so when I was 27, I told my agent I was stopping and going to work for Greenpeace. He said, 'Please just have this one meeting.' It was with Tim Burton, for 'Big Fish', and I got the part."

Despite nearly quitting, Marion does feel like she has always wanted to work in performance because she always enjoyed portraying other people.

She told US Vogue: "As a teenager, I didn't want to be me; I wanted to be many different people. Maybe I realized that they all lived inside me and that if I managed to connect with them, they would become aspects of me."

Such a feeling helped her portray Edith Piaf in 'La vie en rose' - for which she won the Best Actress Oscar in 2007.

She said: "There was one little problem: The finance people didn't want me. I learned how to make the space inside me for her to come in."

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icameinyoursoup 17th-Jun-2010 03:58 am (UTC)
My God, this is like hearing Hitler's mother nearly aborted him.
revertigo 17th-Jun-2010 04:59 am (UTC)
winniechili 17th-Jun-2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Greenpeace, lol. Might as well join those Whale Wars people.
onlyhappiness 17th-Jun-2010 03:58 am (UTC)
im glad she didnt cuz this would really upset all of her many fans
ms_firecrotch 17th-Jun-2010 04:05 am (UTC)
yeah all 3 of them would enter depression
onlyhappiness 17th-Jun-2010 04:08 am (UTC)
can u stop? it's been documented that she has over 12 fans (only 10 of which are members of her family) and growing
sagesse_reine 17th-Jun-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
ugh greenpeace
comalies 17th-Jun-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Thank God she didn't, she is one of the best actresses working today.
pixiedivision 17th-Jun-2010 08:54 am (UTC)
fuck you she's a great actress
popcornfartv1 17th-Jun-2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Glad she didn't quit :)
ms_firecrotch 17th-Jun-2010 04:04 am (UTC)
should've gone ahead with it
pixiedivision 17th-Jun-2010 08:56 am (UTC)
Right ok lol this is coming from the person who has Mischa Barton in their icon, it's ok I didn't expect you to have any taste.
^^ you think Mischa Barton could ever win a fucking oscar for a role like this?
ohhhmandy 17th-Jun-2010 04:06 am (UTC)
that picture D:
disclosure 17th-Jun-2010 04:10 am (UTC)
The combination of her hair and her dress in that photo is really creepy.
leviicorpus 17th-Jun-2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I love her even more for wanting to join Greenpeace if acting fell through.
recognitions 17th-Jun-2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Oh Marion, I want all the people inside you.
thekatiefactor 17th-Jun-2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Wow, there's really that much hate for her? I've only seen Big Fish and Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles, but surely she's not that bad?
icameinyoursoup 17th-Jun-2010 04:18 am (UTC)
She said some vaguely anti-American stuff before, she's not attractive, and her stans are rabid.
leviicorpus 17th-Jun-2010 04:28 am (UTC)
oh god not ~anti-American~

tiddlywinks103 17th-Jun-2010 05:10 am (UTC)
her stans are rabid

enid_keaner 17th-Jun-2010 04:24 am (UTC)
I like her. She's not a bad actress. I think the 9/11 stuff she said pissed people off.
pixiedivision 17th-Jun-2010 08:57 am (UTC)
no she's n amazing actress, she's just having a hard time transitioning to american films i think. She's a marvelous french actress.
bienenkiste 17th-Jun-2010 04:12 am (UTC)
jfc @ all the haters in this post
trixx_r4_kidz OT: Percy Jackson & the Lightening.....17th-Jun-2010 04:14 am (UTC)
I just hit my nightly bowl and I'm on a Logan Lerman kick (since *sometimes* ONTD has good taste in male celebrities) and I just turned this shit on. I am lunchin out and it literally just started. Does it really start out with a giant man coming out of the Hudson River (IDK?). I feel like I stepped into the wrong movie lol..

BACK OT: I LOFFF HER. I've noticed a lot of my favorite actors/entertainers were on the verge of quitting before they got their big break...
leviicorpus Re: OT: Percy Jackson & the Lightening.....17th-Jun-2010 04:26 am (UTC)
hdu that's not a man, that's ~Poseidon~ going to visit his brother Boromir Zeus.
trixx_r4_kidz Re: OT: Percy Jackson & the Lightening.....17th-Jun-2010 04:36 am (UTC)
haha forgive me. I don't think I've ever seen a movie open with a giant man walking out of water, so it totally caught me off guard. I had no idea what PJ was even about, but I get it nowww =)
pallasathena Re: OT: Percy Jackson & the Lightening.....17th-Jun-2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Where are you watching it? I want to watch it but it's not out on dvd yet.
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