Marion Cotillard, winner of this year's Best Actress Oscar, thinks that America blew up the twin towers on 9/11 to save money on refurbishing them, and suspects that the moon landing may have been faked. No, really.
Speaking on the cinema discussion programme Paris Dernière in February 2007, Cotillard had said: "I think we're lied to about a number of things", even claiming the Americans had destroyed the Twin Towers themselves because the were an outdated "money sucker".
Expanding her conspiracy theory, Cotillard said it would been "a lot more expensive" to rebuild the towers "which is why they were destroyed", with the loss of thousands of American lives.
Cotillard even questioned America's achievement of putting astronauts on the moon in 1969, saying: "Did a man really walk on the Moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don't believe all they tell me, that's for sure."
Now she's trying to take it back through her lawyer:
Her Paris-based lawyer Vincent Tolesano said: "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."
"Out of context" in this instance apparently meaning "failing to recognize that she was drunk." Or at least I hope.
A hint to Marion: if you are trying to redeem your credibility and appeal with the American filmgoing public, you might choose a spokesman other than a French lawyer. Like a friendly cartoon dog, for instance.
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