In this day and age, no actor can ever truly escape their legacy. Especially if they appeared in a genre movie that has resonated with fans on some level. Though The Dark Knight Rises came out more than four years ago, actress Marion Cotillard is still being asked questions about it. In particularly, her much hated death scene in the Christopher Nolan directed sequel.
There was quite a bit of fan backlash when Marion Cotillard‘s death as Talia al Ghul played out in the third Batman Begins movie. The actress doesn’t think she should be held fully responsible for her part in this scene. She was, after all, just an actress at the mercy of a script and an editor. That hasn’t stopped the scene in question from tainting the third act in The Dark Knight Rises for some viewers.
Some have called Talia al Ghul’s death scene the most maligned moment in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, a series responsible for reinvigorating the DC Comics franchise. Cotillard just thinks that some people have made too big a deal out of it. In the movie, Talia succumbs to her grave injuries following a devastating crash. And it is a point of contention that fans are still crying about this late in the game.
Most fans don’t have a problem with Marion Cotillard’s performance overall. She’s been called ‘great’ in the role, leading up to her demise. So many wonder how come the death was handled so awkward. What exactly went wrong? Allocine, a French site, caught up with the actress while she was promoting Allied, which bombed in theaters over the weekend. Cotillard opens up about this moment in The Dark Knight Rises for the first time. It seems she believes Nolan simply could have used a different take.
“We’re all in the same boat, and if sometimes it gets out of control, then everyone is involved. Sometimes there are failures, and when you see this on screen, you’re thinking: ‘Why? Why did they keep that take?’ But either you blame everyone or nobody. But I thought people overreacted, because it was tough to be identified just with this scene. When I’m doing the best I can to find the authenticity in every character that I’m playing, it’s tough to be known just for this scene.”
Obviously, the death of Talia al Ghul, nor the kind of response it has generated, has sat will with Marion Cotillard. And she is still bothered by it. The actress isn’t known for her genre work, taking roles mostly Oscar worthy dramas. It’s not clear if she plans on returning to the world of superheroes any time soon. But this is one instance where it might have turned her off for good. You can watch the scene all over again, in case you don’t remember why it’s so hated.