Vanity Fair has a huge profile up today on Angelina Jolie, and I dunno: I don’t want to be a dick about it, but it’s about as … unctuous as the Brad Pitt profile in GQ last month. I mean, I can totally appreciate that she’s been through a difficult ordeal, and the divorce has been hard, and that Brad Pitt drank too much and was an asshole, but y’all: A-list celebrities are just different than us. I mean, when they get tired of doing the dishes and making meals for the kids, they … take a trip. And then Jon Voight comes over and reads a book to the kids:
“He’s been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time. I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around. He knows kind of the rule—don’t make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”
Just be a cool grandpa, man.
Whatever: Point is, she’s not like us. Also, she had a … peculiar way of casting her latest film, a Netflix joint coming out next month about the Khmer Rouge.
To cast the children in the film, Jolie looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship. In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie. “Srey Moch [the girl ultimately chosen for the part] was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time,” Jolie says. “When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion. All these different things came flooding back.” Jolie then tears up. “When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.”
That does not sit well with me at all. How many children did she break emotionally before she found her lead? I mean, that’s fucked up.
But she didn’t do it for herself, y’all. She did it for them: “They were walking in the exodus for the people whom they had lost in their family, and it was out of respect for them that they were going to re-create it … It completed something for them.”
I’m just going to keep my thoughts about that to myself.
Source: Vanity Fair