Brad Pitt’s ex has caused a polemic by revealing how she cast children for her latest film.
According to an article by Vanity Fair, published on July 26, Angelina talked about how she had chosen the roles of disadvantaged children in her latest film First They Killed My Father.
This method was seen as cruel and abusive and provoked many reactions on social media, forcing Jolie to issue a statement on Sunday in response to the outrage.
The 40-year-old insisted that the session was taken out of context and explained that the children were supervised by parents, guardians, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and doctors.
“I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario,” Jolie told The Huffington Post.”The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”
Angelina Jolie demanded a public apology but the publication decided to counter-attack by unveiling the transcription of her exchange with contributing editor Evgenia Peretz.
“But it was very hard to find a little Loung. And so it was what they call a slum school. I don’t think that’s a very nice word for it, but a school for kids in very poor areas,” Jolie said. “And I think, I mean they didn’t know. We just went in and—you just go in and do some auditions with the kids. And it’s not really an audition with children. We had this game where it would be—and I wasn’t there and they didn’t know what they were really doing. They kind of said, ‘Oh, a camera’s coming up and we want to play a game with you.’ And the game for that character was ‘We’re going to put some money on the table. Think of something that you need that money for.’ Sometimes it was money, sometimes it was a cookie. [Laughter] ‘And then take it.’ And then we would catch them. ‘We’re going to catch you, and we’d like you to try to lie that you didn’t have it.’”
However, after publishing the transcripts, Vanity Fair supports their journalist and decided that they will not publish the apology requested by Jolie’s lawyer.