Last night at the AFI Fest premiere of Rust and Bone, we came face-to-face with an actual movie star. Marion Cotillard had this sort of captivating presence that made you rethink the questions you prepared beforehand, because they just weren’t smart enough.
The Oscar winner went for a halter-neck Christian Dior gown with Dior shoes and Chopard jewelry. I nearly missed out on a question because I was staring at her watch.
Cotillard was joined by director Jacques Audiard and co-star Matthias Schoenaerts, who talked about becoming a deadbeat boxer for the flick.
“I did a lot of boxing and MMA [training] for a couple of months, on a daily basis,” Schoenaerts told me. ”I had to eat a lot because Jacques [Audiard] wanted me to grow a belly; He wanted me to look strong, but not fit. A guy that doesn’t have the means and doesn’t eat right because he’s poor, almost broke.”
By the by, Schoenaerts is very easy on the eyes.
The premiere also paid tribute to Cotillard’s work, and she took part in a Q&A before the screening. ”This is kind of unbelievable,” Cotillard said of the AFI Fest honor. ”I’ve always been treated so well here [in the states]. I’m really thrilled, but I still can’t believe it.”
Cotillard plays an orca trainer who loses her limbs after a tragic accident. ”She really moved me,” Cotillard said of her character, Stephanie. ”When I read the script, I was really moved by the story. The fact that she was so mysterious was something very new to me.”
“It must be the most mysterious character I had to play, and I had a really great experience with her.”