‘Rust and Bone’ Star Talks Marion Cotillard’s Amazing Transformation — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (La vie en rose, The Dark Knight Rises) has in many roles become unrecognizable, thanks to the magic of makeup and special effects. But in the upcoming drama Rust and Bone, she tackles her most difficult transformation yet.

Depicted in raw fashion by director Jacques Audiard (Oscar nominated for A Prophet), Cotillard plays Stéphanie, a whale trainer who loses her legs while on the job. After the incident, Stéphanie struggles to feel alive, and finds empowerment through a budding relationship with a single father (Bullhead‘s Matthias Schoenaerts), who has his own burdens to carry.

Thanks to the magic of subtle special effects, Cotillard appears in the film without her legs, and the performance is simply stunning. In this exclusive clip from the the Rust and Bone Q&A for EPIX and LA Times’ Envelope Screening Series, Schoenaerts describes his experience working with the special effects team that helped create the effect at the core of the two actors’ onscreen relationship. Watch the clip below and look out for the film, which arrives in theaters Nov. 23.

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[Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics]

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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.

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