OK: the “joke” isn’t really a joke.
It sounds like the scene is the ultimate way to demonstrate how callous his character is.
In 2008 it emerged that Marion Cotillard, who had just won Best Actress for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, doubted the official account of the terrorist attacks.
Footage from a Paris talk show showed her questioning both the New York attacks, and the 1969 moon landing. ‘I think we’re lied to about a number of things,’ said Ms Cotillard.
Referring to the destruction of the two World Trade Centre buildings, Ms Cotillard said:
‘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 [New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed.’
Ms Cotillard suggested that the towers, planned in the early 1960s, were an outdated ‘money sucker’ which would have cost so much to modernise that it was easier to destroy them.
Her words — which she later claimed were taken out of context — led to calls for her to give her Oscar back.