Marion Cotillard has found herself in the middle of a post-Oscar outrage concerning comments she made about a 9/11 conspiracy theory. The Oscar-winning actress tells Access Hollywood her comments — from a February 2007 interview on France's "Paris Premiere" cinema program, are not as they appear.
"My statements on that program have been taken completely out context and been crafted into a story that has no merit," Cotillard told Access.
Cotillard appeared to have called into question the collapse of the Twin Towers in the year old interview.
"I think we're lied to about a number of things," Cotillard said in the interview, which despite being a year old, resurfaced on the Internet recently. "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 burned for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [in New York ], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed."
The actress also claimed the World Trade Center was in need of extensive repair work, as part of her opinion.
"It was a money-sucker because they were finished, it seems to me, by 1973, and to re-cable all that, to bring up-to-date all the technology and everything, it was a lot more expensive, that work, than destroying them,” she added."
The 9/11 attacks were not the only event that Marion questioned in the 2007 interview.
She goes on to ponder whether or not America landed men on the moon.
"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," Marion said.
Marion stressed to Access her deep apologies regarding her statements, saying, "At no point did I intend to contest the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, one of the most tragic days in all of history. Nonetheless, I sincerely regret if my comments offended or hurt anyone."