We love Angelina Jolie for her kickass portrayal of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, in the original and its
sequel, and in her Oscar winning role as the crazy mental patient in 2000's Girl, Interrupted. Jolie has stated recently that she doesn't plan on doing more Tomb Raider films, but don't expect her to not play any more powerful women. Her most exciting movies are coming out this year. She plays Colin Farrell's mother, Catherine the Great, in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and Captain Franky Cook in the all-green-screen film, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
Three years after burning up the box office with the serial killer film The Bone Collector, Jolie returns to the genre in Taking Lives, tracking a serial killer who kills his victims then establishes himself in their lives. He has killed over 19 in Montreal and Illeana Scott [Jolie] is an expert FBI profiler who is brought in to catch him.
Check out the website for Taking Liveshere.
Is there something about being an actor that's like being a FBI profiler?
Angelina Jolie: Absolutely. Well, obviously, you'd have to be very good to be able to do that part of taking over somebody's personality. Also, a profiler basically studies behavior, and I think that's what we often do. Trying to figure out whether my character would do this because of this, this, and this. So then a profiler looks at a murder scene and says, "Oh, the kind of person who would do that is this kind of person." So there's a lot of that.
I was surprised to see you do a nude scene in this.
Angelina: The thing is, it's important to the film. I never did one before because I thought I had to. It's not a big deal to be naked. I think it's a bigger deal to be emotionally naked. I think a woman's breasts are a woman's breasts; they don't freak me out or shock me. It's just not a big deal. I think it's appropriate to the story.
What was it that drew you to this script?
Angelina: It surprised me, and I don't often read scripts that do that. This script was just so much smarter than usual and I'm just fascinated by human behavior. Obviously, that's part of what we do for a living, so I'm fascinated by it. I wanted to study her and the kind of women that do this for a living, and how that affects their personal lives and who they are. Also, the mind of a serial killer.
Is it unusual people that become profilers?
Angelina: No. Some people have more of a comfort with it. The lady profilers I met weren't kind of dark people, they were actually quite light and lovely. There's nothing that kind of says, I like to hang out with dark things. They were just sensitive people. So no, certainly, I don't have a fear of that. I don't get grossed out when I see death or blood. I can see that it was a person and they're just passed away. It doesn't freak me out.
Is it fun playing a female character that's smarter than everybody else?
Angelina: Well, not smarter than everybody. But yes, she was very smart. We actually wanted to make sure that she wasn't too smart. That's the mistake some of these films have, where you have this female come in, and you want to prove that the female's tough, so she's just so cool and so tough so you just don't feel anything for her. We wanted to make Illeana a real human that's flawed and kind of awkward.
How do you feel about all the press about you?
Angelina: Apparently, I've made out with every single person in Taking Lives and I still had time to shoot the movie.
You've been connected with Jared Leto.
Angelina: I heard about that one.
Is that real?
Angelina: No. I don't even know where that came from; it's so bizarre and funny. Who is just sitting around thinking up this stuff?
They said they saw you at a club making out with him.
Angelina: Yeah, because that's what I do in my off time. I'm working 14 hours a day and I have a baby. I go clubbing now.
Working with Gena Rowlands must have been amazing.
Angelina: Oh, yeah. When she showed up, we're all these little actors that just love her. The cool thing about Gena is that she loves this kind of movie; she loves this kind of book. She's got a whole little murder mystery side to her that's very, very cool. She's probably the darkest, wildest of all of us. She's tremendous.
Can you tell us about Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow?
Angelina: We haven't seen the final movie and how it looks. It's really Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow's film, and I'm kind of the other character that shows up towards the end, that's a bit shifty. But it's great to work on, and I've known Jude because I was married to his best friend for a few years. So it was nice to finally work with him. But it is all CGI, and the nice thing about it is they were trying to think of the most fantastic things they could do with special effects. What can we make? Can we have a three-inch elephant? What can you do to make it, to really use this new way of making films? They really did that so that's exciting.
Does your son like it?
Angelina: He liked it. He's always there on set, and I thought he was going to freak out when he first saw me because I'm in all black leather and wearing an eye patch. Then it clearly didn't even bother him, and he wore an eyepatch, too
Does he understand what you do for a living?
Angelina: I think he just has this idea that i tend to be around places and my pictures are in places. He hates the Taking Lives poster, because it looks like I'm being strangled.
Will you do another Lara Croft movie?
Angelina: I don't think so. I just don't feel like I need to, because I felt very happy with the last one, which was kind of the one we wanted to do. The first one kind of frustrated us, because we were trying something new. The second one, I felt like that's kind of how I wanted to do it, and I don't really feel the need to do another one.
Did the lack of success of Beyond Borders hurt you?
Angelina: It would be wonderful if people would have responded to it more or seen it more. But at the same time, I know that I'm the kind of person that likes that kind of movie, and I don't go to movies. I'm assuming that, maybe, the people that would have appreciated it were too busy at home or they're doing other things or they're in the field somewhere doing something else. I certainly know that it's not an easy movie to sit through, so I don't think people were rushing to it. Before we did press, the movie company actually mapped the amount of people that wanted to go see it and after we did press, it was like nothing. The number dropped because so many realized it wasn't some fun love story.
How many people wanted to see it originally?
Angelina: I don't know.
Your Oscar gown was really beautiful. How did that come together?
Angelina: It took a bunch of people coming in with tailors and there was Maddox standing there screaming, because he doesn't want anybody touching me. They couldn't alter the dress, because he was on a bottle while they were trying to alter it. I said to my son, "Do you like it?" "No!" So when I'm home, I don't even know what I'm wearing because it's sort of like whatever I'm grabbing. I'll wear the same jeans for four days, or whatever is comfortable.
Have you made up with your dad yet?
Do you see that ever resolving?
You just did Alexander. How insane is Oliver Stone?
Angelina: I love him. I think he's a brilliant man, and I think probably insane by his own mind. Because even the jokes he says are so tapped into knowing, like, the whole history of a country. So he can make some random, off the cuff joke that nobody else in the room gets because we don't know that much about the world and history. The interesting thing about Oliver is that he's a director in this business who's lived a very real life. As far as these other directors that can maybe seem saner, he gets lost in it because he knows death and he knows war and he knows survival in a deeper way.
What was the filming like?
Angelina: It was fast for me. I was in Morocco for two weeks and at Pinewood for about two weeks. I think, for the guys, it was probably very dragged out and intense filming with a lot of preparation ahead of time to become soldiers.
Is it getting easier to juggle being an A-list actor and a mother?
Angelina: That just sounds so funny, A-list. Really, I'm a mom, and that's how I'm going to be all my life. Success in this business comes and goes. I'm so happy I'm working and able to take time off. I'm able to take him on set with me, because that's something not a lot of people can do.