Despite being one of the more animal and environmentally conscious celebrities out there, actress Marion Cotillard is at the center of a passionate animal rights issue.
The 37-year-old “Inception” and “Dark Knight Rises” actress stars as an animal trainer in the new film “Rust and Bone,” which features scenes of killer whales in captivity. At least one organization, Animal Defenders International, is urging animal activists to boycott the movie over its use of captive animals in film.
“We are dismayed that the director, Jacques Audiard, gave his approval to the incarceration of orcas by using performing animals in the film,” Jan Creamer, chief executive of ADI, told the UK Telegraph. “We urge the public to boycott Rust and Bone and also to pledge not to visit establishments that use captive whales and dolphins for entertainment.”
When asked how she felt about working with the whales, Cotillard admitted that the experience made her uncomfortable. “I’ve always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in captivity,” she told the paper. “I had to work through my rejection of this world, which I still feel. But I had a job.”
Back in May, she told Empire Online that one scene in particular left her shaking.
“There were two whales and the first one went kind of mad at me,” says Cotillard. “It was the only time I was really scared and freaked out, even though I knew that the glass was totally secure. The whole crew was behind me, so it wasn’t the usual show for her, and she screamed at me with her jaws wide open. I got really scared.”
Check out a trailer for “Rust and Bone” below.