In a new interview with W magazine, Marion Cotillard shares a delightful aspect of her personality: She loves Step Brothers. She gets emotional every time she watches it.
"It might sound weird, but I always cry at the end of Step Brothers," Cotillard, the star of Assassin's Creed, said. "I've seen the movie 10 times, and it still touches me at the end, when Will Ferrell sings. You don't expect to cry watching that type of comedy, but I always do."
Thinking of Academy Award-winning French actress crying over a Will Ferrell movie is quite surprising. You know what else is potentially surprising? Cotillard's previous statements on the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
"I think we're lied to about a number of things," she said in an interview with French TV program Paris Premiere in 2007, according to the Telegraph. "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 burnt for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And [in New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed."
This may come as a shock to some who were not aware of Cotillard's previous claims, either about 9/11 or about her suspicions regarding the American moon landing.
"Did a man really walk on the moon?" she said in the Paris Premiere interview. "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."
Cotillard has since claimed her 9/11 theories were taken out of context and apologized for any offense.
In an age of celebrity culture and coverage that emphasizes the lovable and relatable, it's worth occasionally taking a stroll down memory lane to recall that, yes, some of our most beloved stars can have socially unacceptable and factually dubious opinions. They are real, three-dimensional people who rarely fit into clean boxes. Here are a few such celebrities.
Mark Ruffalo is a beloved star of franchises like The Avengers and independent movies like The Kids Are All Right. He also believes 9/11 was an inside job. From a filmed interview in 2007 (big year for 9/11 trutherism):
The fact that the 9/11 investigation went from the moment the planes hit to the moment the buildings fell, and nothing before or after, I think, makes that investigation completely illegitimate. If you're going to do a crime investigation, you have to find motive. We didn't follow that. It was quickly pushed away, obviously. There was no evidence at the biggest crime scene. None of us know what happened but I'm totally and completely behind reopening that investigation. Where is the money? Follow the money, guys!
Woody Harrelson and Martin Sheen
Woody Harrelson has been a delight in films like The Hunger Games and The Edge of Seventeen. Martin Sheen played the righteous-but-right President Jed Bartlet on The West Wing for seven seasons. Both were set to star in a movie called September Morn, which was announced in 2012 but never made it to screens. The movie would have reportedly called for an investigation into 9/11. Sheen once said there were "a lot of unanswered questions" about the attacks, while Harrelson questioned a lack of investigation.
Daniel Sunjata, star of such series as Graceland and Smash, also was set to star in September Morn. He is also a well-documented 9/11 conspiracy theorist from years before — so much so that he went on Alex Jones' show to talk about it. When his once-FX series Rescue Me added a 9/11 conspiracy theory to their script, he said, "I was shocked that they added it to the show," Sunjata said. "I think this is something that should concern all Americans. And the fact that it's included in the show, without bias or slant, is laudable."
Rosie O'Donnell, a cherished American figure with a lengthy tenure in daytime TV, chose no lesser venue than The View to express her doubts about jet fuel melting steel beams. "I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Tower Seven, building seven, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved," she said.
"The day it happened, I saw one fall and it was just so symmetrical," Willie Nelson said when questioning the official reports about 9/11. "I said, 'Wait a minute, I just saw that last week at the casino in Las Vegas', and you see these implosions all the time, and the next one fell and I said, 'Hell, there's another one.' They're trying to tell me that an airplane did it and I can't go along with that."