Spotlight By: Benjamin Lee BenjaminLee@TheCinemaSource.com
For all of her haters, it’s worth noting that without Angelina Jolie in the world, tabloid magazines would be forced to write even more about Paris Hilton. Okay so she’s done an enormous amount of charity work as well.
In fact, UN Ambassador Jolie is the hardest-working celebrity out there when it comes to charity. She’s also the mother of three young children which has meant we’ve seen little of her onscreen of late. Her last movie was the notorious Mr and Mrs Smith and in her new offering The Good Shepherd, Jolie sticks to similar territory. That of espionage.
The film sees Jolie play the wife of Edward Wilson, a man who witnesses the rise of the CIA while missing out on spending time with his family. It’s a true story and one which Jolie was fascinated with, even if this time her spy work was all done from home.
‘My character has nothing to do with the spy stuff’ she admits, ‘But I am fascinated by not so much espionage but the inner workings of the people who hold so much power in our country.’ It wasn’t just the story which attracted her though. The film is directed by screen legend Robert DeNiro. ‘Obviously I think Eric Roth is a great writer and Robert DeNiro is an amazing director and it’s a great story about a fascinating time in our country’s history’ she states, ‘For me it was a really interesting character â€“ a woman who goes through so many different changes. There were a lot of good reasons to do it.’
For the typically glamorous star, the role meant she had to ‘dress down’ somewhat. Her character grows old and develops an alcohol problem, but with a lack of prosthetics or dramatic make-up, Jolie was forced into using her initiative. ‘It’s one of those funny things’ she says, ‘I’ve
Another thing Jolie had to change was her overall manner. ‘I had an etiquette coach for that time and that was interesting’ she remembers, ‘The manners of that time and the way they would behave and why they would behave.’ Anything rub off? ‘I wasn’t as far off as I thought I was actually’ she admits, ‘Little things do rub off like politeness but there are some ridiculous things like when you’re listening to someone tilt your head to the side. That makes no sense to me. It’s a false way to behave’
Her husband is played by Matt Damon and the chemistry they shared onscreen was miles away from what you’d expect. There’s no Pitt explosives here, since the couple barely get on throughout. ‘Matt and I keep joking that I did a film not with Matt’ she laughs, ‘Because he never spoke to me or looked at me the whole film. It was great because we were friends. I don’t know if I could have done that with anybody else. We know each other and we know each other’s families so we had such an ease about being as rude and as cold to each other as possible and not taking it personally. We were able to laugh a lot or joke a lot after.’
Having a director like Robert DeNiro means that
While able to add yet another acclaimed film to her increasingly distinguished career, it’s her life off screen which has been drawing in all the attention. It’s been a hectic year for Jolie, giving birth and being blamed for a Hollywood divorce have meant she hasn’t disappeared from the magazine shelves. After such a big year, you’d expect she had quieter plans for the new year. ‘We’re gonna have a big 2007!’ she smiles, ‘We plan to just continue everything that we’re doing and do more of the same and grow in all different directions. Everything’s just getting crazier and crazier. We’ve now done so much travelling together, our children are growing up and we wanna have more children. Being able to survive the last year now we feel like what else can we do?’
Her charity work separates her from many of her peers and it’s something that Jolie considers hugely important for actors such as herself. ‘The responsibility of an artist is to do their job and do their job well’ she tells, ‘The responsibility of all of us is to do the most with what we have. A lot of people who are celebrities have a lot so they should do
It’s unlikely that Angelina Jolie will fall out of the public eye anytime soon. With a number of high-profile roles in Sin City 2 and A Mighty Heart, plus her continued support of charitable causes, Jolie isn’t going anywhere. With her personal, professional and charitable lives all going from strength to strength, does Jolie ever consider combining the two by co-starring in a movie with her partner Brad Pitt again? ‘We were joking before that nobody’s going to watch the children if we both go to work at the same time!’