Recently, #MarionCotillard was promoting her new movie #Allied and a journalist from Allocine asked her about her now-infamous death scene in the #Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. (If you haven't seen it or just don't remember how cheesy it looked, check it in the video below.)
Here's what Cotillard had to say to say about it during her interview:
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.
Cotillard went on to explain that it didn't really affect her, and there are bigger issues in life to be worried about. She didn't try to defend her scene in the movie, and to be honest, there are far worse comic book movie death scenes that have graced the big screen.
Here are 5 actors in various #comic book films who delivered a less-than glorious death.
1) Kevin Costner in The Man of Steel
Hey, Marion Cotillard, you're not the only Oscar winner to have a dumb death scene. Kevin Costner had a cringe-worthy death in #ManOfSteel. That's right, he starred along side #HenryCavill as Pa Kent, the adoptive father of #Superman. He didn't want the world to know about Clark Kent's powers. So during a mega tornado, what does he do? He goes out to save some people, but doesn't let his own super-powered son save him. Instead, he goes full Wizard of Oz and gets swept away by the tornado. Come on, we all know Superman is just as fast as #TheFlash! He could have easily run out there and grabbed him before he got sucked into the twister.
Pa Kent deserved better.
2) Bruce Davison in X-Men (2000)
Do you remember Bruce Davison in #XMen back in 2000? No? Well, he played Senator Kelly, and he was eventually mutated into a jellyfish because of #Magneto's plan to turn the world into mutants. If you're thinking it would be cool to have jellyfish powers, you'd be wrong. He suffered from a really, really bizarre death.
Yes, he could breathe underwater, but later on he just turned into a pile of water. And down the drain his small role went -- unlike Cotillard's whose career survived a bad death scene and moved on to star in a movie with Brad Pitt!
3) Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I remember in 2009 when they released X-Men Origins: #Wolverine because it was going to feature Ryan Reynalds as #Deadpool. I was so excited. Then I watched the movie, and I wanted to cry. What they did to the Deadpool character was an atrocity. It was even more painful to watch Reynolds (who will forever be the only Deadpool actor) get stuck portraying a characterization of Deadpool that included Wolverine's healing, Wraith's teleportation, and #Cyclop's laser beams -- and on top of all of that they sewed his mouth shut!
This version of Deadpool is one of the worst villains in a movie, ever, and he got a terrible death scene too. Despite all those powers, #Wolverine easily decapitated him with one simple slash.
4) Adam Beach in Suicide Squad
Everyone's favorite #DCU movie of the year: #SuicideSquad. It gave us the titillating #HarleyQuinn, the master of weapons #Deadshot, and the charismatic #Slipknot -- whose special ability was to climb any object with super strong ropes.
It turns out, that scene was a homage to an issue of the Suicide Squad comic book, but why was his death scene so bad? He barely had even five minutes of screen time.
5) Michael Shannon in Man of Steel
I think we can all agree that Michael Shannon played a very convincing and menacing #GeneralZod. After several rounds of smashing #Superman through buildings, #Zod ends up in a headlock from the Man of Steel. Zod attempts to fry a group of people with his heat vision and tells Superman, "If you love them so much, you can mourn them." As Superman tries his best to stop Zod's heat beams from eviscerating the humans, he can't seem to do it and Superman decides to break his moral code and snaps Zod's neck.
This scene caused a great deal of controversy in #DC fandom. How could Superman kill someone? He never kills? Poor Zod never knew his death would cause this much grief and drama.
There ya go, Marion Cotillard. The next time someone asks about your death scene in The Dark Knight Rises, just point them to this list and chuckle away.