First Look at Angelina Jolie as Maleficent: Why Is She Wearing Leather Pants on Her Head?
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First Look at Angelina Jolie as Maleficent: Why Is She Wearing Leather Pants on Her Head?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 19, 2012 | Comments ()


Look, look, y'all. Angelina Jolie appears to have a pair of short, leather britches on her head in our first look at her in the role of Maleficent, the villain in the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. The movie itself -- another "edgy," "dark," and "twisted" take on a old tale -- will star Jolie, Elle Fanning as a young princess, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville as pixie fairies, and Sharlto Copley as a half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king. Veteran visual effects artist Robert Stromberg will direct.


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  • DAMMIT. I hate Jolie, and have no one to blame but myself- I actually wished for "this". After seeing Snow White and the Huntsman, and Gilliam's Brothers Grimm (for -like-the 6th time) I verbally wished aloud for more fairy tale reboots with a realistic twist.

  • Ginny

    Oh good, I'm not the only one. I actually really liked Brothers Grimm.

  • You are NOT ALONE!!!!

  • John G.

    Wait are you saying you liked Brothers Grimm? I didn't know people like you existed.

  • Yes, I did like it. And I am willing to own it and stand by it. I have an unabashed, completely myopic adoration for all things Gilliam. And while I am at it, Ledger and Damon too. I can't help it, I would have liked Don Quixote too if the damn thing had ever been made.

  • David Sorenson

    Why is she wearing leather pants on her head?

    Same reason she has a motorcycle helmet covering her crotch.

  • She really is the only actress who could play that part. Look at her. She was probably born in a scary fairy tale and came to Earth to fuck with us.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Um, because she's been mixing it up with Matthew Bourne's swans, of course.

  • ,

    She looks awful.

    As usual.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I mention this every time, and I don't think I'm alone in this: I've always thought Maleficent is beautiful. Jolie is a perfect choice, although it took me a minute to figure out if those were her cheekbones or prostheses. I'm still not positive, but either way I'm going to use them to open some mail later.

  • Paisley Poppins

    prosthetic cheekbones and nose ridge I believe.

  • John G.

    the dark version? This is a remake of the Disney version. The dark version is the original version, where sleeping beauty isn't woken up by a kiss, but by a rape.

  • Exactly. The originals are a lot more “edgy,” “dark,” and “twisted” than these versions. What about in Cinderella where the sisters cut off their toes and heels to fit into the glass slipper?

  • Samantha Schltr

    Whoops. I just posted that under someone else's name. Sorry.

  • celery

    Or even later than that, while in childbirth.

  • Anne At Large

    That's the one I remember, she wakes up while bearing twins.

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  • John G.

    they mention it on this obscure website called wikipedia

  • Sara_Tonin00

    You can wiki it - an Italian version of the story. Oh, and Anne Rice's take (as A.N. Roque-something) - "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty". A great gift for your friends squeeing over "50 Shades of Grey."

  • Salieri2

    Oh God what an awful book.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I was exposed to in college, and yes, "exposed" is the right word. On of my sisters - a Virginia soccer mom - mentioned that it was the first book chosen for a book club of hers. She had no idea....

  • colpetty

    Isn't 50 Shades of Grey the kind of book that book burnings were invented for?

  • Salieri2

    Not sure--haven't read it, don't plan to. But I meant the Ann Rice erotica thing. Just awful.

  • BobbFrapples

    Oooooh. I haven't seen a woman more likely to turn into a dragon since, well, Enchanted.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Those look like Tyrion's legs a'kickin

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Folks got tired of vampires so they moved on to fairies.

    She makes a pretty darn good Maleficent. Reminds me of Tim Curry in Legend, and he was the best part of that movie.

  • Steve Dennis

    "Veteran visual effects artist ... will direct." Sentences like this tend not to end well...

  • pissant

    I'm sure this topic has been covered on Pajiba before, but what the fuck is with all the fairy tale movies? Why were there two asteroid movies in one year? Why did The Prestige and The Illusionist come out so close together? The damn things take so much money and time. Were there, like, a shit-ton of dudes pitching fairy tale movies to Hollywood 3-5 years ago? Is this just a situation where that happened and all the stars aligned and all these movies actually got made?

    "Boys, listen, I'm tellin' ya...MAGICIANS!!! That's what's gonna be big a few years from now and I, for one, am not going to be left out in the cold like I was a few years ago with that whole asteroids thing. Coulda paid off my third home..."

  • Yeah, it happens all the time. My guess is someone in a studio hears that some other studio is doing a film in some very small niche genre (dark fairy tales! asteroids that need blowing up! magicians in the 19th century! animals who break out of zoos!), and they figure it's easier to steal an idea than come up with one, so they try to produce and release it before the other guys do.,

  • hapl0

    I'm starting to think it's no coincidence but a secret studio pissing match where they meet and place bets.

  • prairiegirl

    I don't think that is a costume, actually. I think that's her natural state of being. We just usually see her tamed and groomed by her handlers.

  • Forbiddendonut

    As for why she's wearing "leather pants" on her head, have you seen the Disney cartoon? It looks like they are just trying to re-create that outfit.

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  • Kolby

    I think that's pretty much what Maleficent looked like in the Disney film. Me gusta.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Sharlto Copley as a half-human, half-fairy bastard son '
    Tuh! Typical! Another actor just playing himself again!

  • zeke_the_pig

    I should probably add: totally not serious. He's a fucking dude.

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