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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - Angelina Jolie Q&A

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. One of the many things you've said about yourself is that you are an adrenaline junkie and you love the action side of movies; so what's the one scene in the making of this that really rocked your socks?
I loved the variety of it. I loved the polling upside down, I loved landing in the back of his Jeep, and many, many things.
The horse was the most difficult, because any time you work with an animal, they don't really listen to you; they tend to knock you off into the bushes.

Q. The upside down thing... Gerard Butler has said that he made a very bad decision to eat beforehand. Were you much too sensible?
Yeah, I was prepared from the first one not to do that.

Q. Was there some small part of you that thought, 'oh God, not again!', when doing some of these stunts?
No, it was more when I put some of the clothes on, I thought, 'oh no, not again!' But it's a pretty great job that you get to do in your life, when you get trained by all these amazing people to travel the world and learn these new skills and go on this adventure. So even when it gets crazy or it's hard work, I don't take it for granted.

Q. Were there moments that you wanted to do more than the producers were prepared to let you?
Yeah, I think there were moments, but I think it was beyond all of our control, in terms of insurance purposes...
Jan De Bont: Yes, I wouldn't let her jump off the building, for instance. That's not a good thing to do. She's a good skydiver, but there are certain things you cannot let your lead actress do.

Q. There seems to be an explosion in young women taking part in martial arts movies, kick boxing, and things like that. What do you think about that?
It's wonderful. I came out of a generation of a lot of women who were overly concerned with being too skinny, and being unhealthy. I think to be athletic, and to be strong, and to be physically fit, to inspire travel, or adventure, or any of that is all positive.

Q. What do you think Maddox is going to make in, say, ten years' time, when he finds this video of his mum.
[Turns to Djimon, who answers]:
I think Maddox will love it. Already when he sees her on-screen, he goes, 'mom, mom, mom!'
Angelina: He'll find it funny. I guess he'll think that mum's a bit nuts. I'm sure it'll just be hard when I try to tell him not to ride a motorcycle and not to get a tattoo [laughs]
He'll probably rebel against me, which means he will have to be a really passive intellectual.

Q. With the first film, there was a feeling that you weren't entirely happy with the way it turned out, so how do you feel about this one?
That was part of the reason of wanting to do a sequel, I think we felt there was a lot we had established in the first one, and we got some things right; but there was a lot I was not satisfied with....
I really am very happy with the second film.

Q. Do you get worried about the pressure that comes with having your name above a poster?
Yes, there is a certain kind of pressure, but fortunately, because of being a parent and other things I've been doing, I don't take it so seriously. I enjoy making films now, mroe than I did before, when I was trying to be established and trying to work a lot, and just be in this business.
Now I feel that if I have the opportunity to continue to work, then I am happy. But sometimes I wish there were more people on the poster with me!
The other day I saw this cab go by with me in a silver wetsuit, which is just weird. But I'm proud of the film, so that makes it easier.

Q. Your a huge star, a goodwill ambassador for the UN, and a full-time mother, do you find it hard or exhausting?
I think sometimes, yeah, it can be hard. But it's so wonderful, and it gives my life so much purpose, especially Maddox and my work at the UN, it's just such a pleasure to have a day filled with so much responsibility. I'm finally enjoying myself, over this past year, because of all that. And I'm tremendously grateful for all that.

Q. Do you have any more UN commitments you can talk about?
I'm leaving for Russia the day after the premiere, and then I'll be going to the Congo.

Q. Lara Croft has a home in England, but you have a home in Cambodia. Is this true?
I have a home in Buckinghamshire, actually. But I do have a place in Cambodia. It's not a big house; it's right near a wildlife sanctuary that I've started and we have this small area next to it, that's basically a little wooden house on stilts and an out-house. We're right now trying to deal with snake bit kits, and things like that, and figuring out when it's safe. I mean, it's just been de-mined, and they found 48 unexploded mines on the property...

Q. Was there any trepidation about moving somewhere like that?
There is a bit, but because my son's from that country and there are little children running around with their parents actually alright, I thought that if their children are expected to do that, then mine shouldn't be an exception.

Q. Going back to the stunt sequences and the upside down sequence, in particular, was there the option of a stunt double, and were you ever tempted?
For that one, specifically, it was kind of fun, especially as it was one of the first times I got to do something like that with another person. I got to watch Gerard struggling with it as well...
But I like heights, I'm very comfortable with them. I was probably much more comfortable hanging upside down over 100ft that I was on a jetski in a bikini. We all have our fears. It was just long... I mean after we had been up there about 22 hours, you start to get dizzy, and you're shooting guns. I think there was one time when we started spinning and shooting...

Q. Was it more difficult doing the stunt work or three lines of mandarin?
Three lines of mandarin. It was quite hard, yeah. I think I spent a week in a row rocking Mad to sleep, just speaking it over.

Q. What's it like being a single woman again?
Marriage is not my strong point [laughs]. I haven't really indulged in life as a single woman in any way, because I've been quite busy with things at the moment; but I'm sure at some point I will, whatever that means....

Q. Returning to the question about your house in Cambodia, was there any trepidation about moving to Buckinghamshire?
Pinewood Studios is so close by, Lara Croft's stuff is moving around with me.

Q. Is there any difficulty in maintaining your level of visibility?
I'm looking at an apartment in New York, to have a base there. But I don't think so, I haven't come across that yet. Buy maybe I'll just go and do European films.

Q. Why do you think England has more to offer to you and your young son, than any other part of the world?
To be honest, I grew up learning about American history, and I've become very aware of the world, and all the different parts of the world and its people, and I've become a student of that and other cultures. I want my son to know that, and I feel he will have a better education for that. I think the news is different here, and the papers are different.
I mean without trying, even, last night there was an hour special on Channel 4 about the Congo, which was on general television. I don't feel that this would have happened if I was in the States. I appreciate a lot of that here and I feel closer to other parts of the world.

Q. There can't be many actresses who are as sought after as you are, who decide to get involved with the UN and go off and become one of their goodwill ambassadors. What do you think you've achieved by doing that? And is there any sort of thing that's really opened your eyes and thought, 'there but for the grace of God, go I'?
I didn't actually intend on becoming a goodwill ambassador. A few years ago, during the first Tomb Raider, after travelling in Cambodia, I started to realise that there was a lot about the world that I knew nothing about. I'd heard stories about Sierra Leone at the time. I came back to the States and I wasn't able to follow it as well...
So, I called this organisation in Washington and asked if they would teach me, and if I could travel with them, I would pay for it, if they would just point me in the right direction and give me a contact. And so suddenly, I was in Sierra Leone.
Then a year later, I became a goodwill ambassador, so everything has changed my life; every country I've been to, and every experience I've had. I'm really, really aware of how fortunate we are in countries like this and America, and how little we know about all the other people's of the world, and what they're going through and who they are, as well as how much we can all do.

Q. And was there one moment that really opened your eyes?
It's a very heavy thing to get into at something like this. But in Sierra Leone, I met a two-year-old girl who had had her limbs cut off... that had happened and everything that that says was just shocking....

Q. You're obviously comfortable in the English accent, would you like to play an English role again; perhaps less aristocratic?
I'd love to, yes. Maybe a part in EastEnders! Although that was strictly off the record.







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