With Macbeth now playing in limited release, I recently sat down with the Oscar-winning Marion Cotillard who plays Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth in Australian director Justin Kurzel’s second feature. Kurzel delivers a visually stunning, dark and thrilling interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic play about the courageous Scottish General whose ambitious wife convinces him to kill the King of Scotland so together they can seize the throne. It’s a visceral and entertaining tale of all-consuming passion and ambition featuring one of Shakespeare’s most compelling characters.
In our interview, Cotillard talked about why she always knew one day she’d play Lady Macbeth, what it was about this cinematic interpretation of the play that convinced her to do it, how she loves the challenge that comes with each new role, what it was like learning the Shakespearian verse when English is her second language, how it was working with Fassbender and Kurzel, and then reteaming with them on the upcoming video game adaptation, Assassin’s Creed, which she is currently filming. Check it all out in the video below:
- You’ve said you always knew one day you’d play Lady Macbeth. Do you remember when and why you determined that would happen?
- What was it about this cinematic interpretation of the classic play that made you say I’ve got to do this?
- I know you love to challenge yourself with each new role. What was it like learning the Shakespearian verse when English is your second language?
- How was it working with Michael and Justin on this and then reteaming with them on the upcoming video game adaptation, Assassin’s Creed?