A whale of a time

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

ac­tress Mar­ion Cotil­lard has re­vealed she forged a close bond with the killer whales she ap­pears along­side in new film Rust And Bone. She plays an orca trainer at a water park who is mu­ti­lated in a work ac­ci­dent in the French film from Jacques Au­di­ard. Cotil­lard in­sists she had no fear of her huge co-stars. ‘‘I got to have a strong con­nec­tion with the whales, even though I’m not very com­fort­able be­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment where the an­i­mals are kept in cap­tiv­ity,’’ she says. ‘‘Th­ese big, mag­nif­i­cent an­i­mals in a swim­ming pool doesn’t make sense to me. But then there’s some­thing very spe­cial with them be­cause they’re huge, gi­gan­tic, beau­ti­ful and still wild.’’ Cotil­lard, who co-stars with Bel­gian Matthias Schoe­naerts, picked up an Os­car for her por­trayal of singer Edith Piaf in the 2007 biopic La Vie En Rose.

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