Oscar Winner Blamed U.s. For 9/11
Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard is likely to draw protesters when she begins shooting a new film in Chicago next week because of year-old remarks about the 9/11 attacks in which she appeared to contend that the U.S. staged the destruction of the World Trade Center towers because they needed to be modernized and "it was a lot more expensive, that work, than destroying them." In an interview for French television that was originally broadcast a year ago, she suggested that the public was "lied to" about the attacks. Cotillard has been cast in Public Enemies, which costars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. In an interview with the Hollywood Today website, 9/11 fireman Mike Lennon, who made a documentary about the disaster, warned that Cotillard's remarks "could be a powder keg issue for thousands of firefighters and the families of victims who may picket her next film with my full support."