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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life - Jan De Bont Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. What was the challenge for you taking on the second of the Lara Croft movies?
A.
One of the things I really wanted to try and achieve was making Lara Craft a more proactive character, who initiates the action, and who was really in charge of her life. She determines what's going to happen, instead of being more passive.
I also wanted to give more human touches to her character; not just the toughness - that's all there, the love of danger - but also to have some soft spots and a little bit of romance. I think it makes more of a multi-dimensional character and someone audiences can identify with.

Q. What pressures did you encounter? I mean, you said that a week before the film was shown to the press for the first time in New York, you still really hadn't finished it? The print was still wet and you actually carried it over the Atlantic?
A.
You definitely want to make it as special as possible, especially because I am a perfectionist, and Angelina is a perfectionist, and it's never good enough. So you work until the very, very last day, to get it all right, and try to make changes. There is never enough time.
In this case, I really had to physically carry the movie the day before the press screening in New York, and I realised how heavy the movie was.

Q. Will there be a Tomb Raider 3?
A.
I think Lara Croft is an amazing character for a franchise. It's really up to Angelina, though. But I think she's right at the top in terms of female action and female character.

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