While checking out a window display of Corum watches at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in south of France, Angelina Jolie talks to Entertainment Weekly promoting Timur Bekmambetov’s action-packed summer flick – Wanted – which she stars in.
On discussing politics with director Clint Eastwood: We don’t disagree as much as you’d think [politically], she says of Eastwood. I’m registered independent. I’m looking at McCain as well as Obama
I was describing the plot of Wanted to a friend and she said, “So instead of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, this is just Mrs. Smith”: Maybe this is Mrs. Smith after she killed Mr. Smith, went into depression, and got very, very, very moody. Fox is not happy, and she’s not easy to be around. She was interesting to me because she isn’t the love interest and she isn’t having fun with it like the Tomb Raider. She’s darker.
Do you worry that people will have a hard time squaring this gun-toting character with your role as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador: They do seem quite incongruous. I am a strong believer that without justice there is no peace. No lasting peace, anyway. I’m somebody who’s very curious about the International Criminal Court and supportive of following through on the arrest warrants in Darfur. I’m not somebody that just wants to hold up a white flag and say, ”Let’s all just get along.” I think people that do horrible things should be held accountable. I don’t think like in Wanted — which is an action movie — people should [just] be killed. I think there should be trials and justice. But the idea behind Wanted is not that she’s a badass assassin that just likes to kill people. It’s that, if you ran into Hitler before he did everything, and you knew, should you shoot him? And I would. These assassins are getting lists: They find out who is going to slaughter other people ahead of time and they remove them. So that was the side of me that identified with her. But it is a confusing thing, certainly for rights activists. Don’t read too much into it. I am holding a gun, but there are so many people that have done so many horrible things… Pol Pot died a grandfather in the jungle, most likely of old age. Never was punished for what he did.
Tony Rivetti Jr.
What convinced you to do the movie: I was in between A Mighty Heart and Changeling, which were two very, very emotionally difficult films to do. And my mom had passed away in that year. And I’d had a baby. So everything in me was just feeling very fragile. And so, knowing myself, I thought, What I need to do most is get up and get focused and get aggressive and get out of myself a little bit. We discussed that at home — that that would be good for me. Then I read this and knew they were casting McAvoy, and I thought, That sounds really unusual. I met Timur and I knew that he’d include a story. I know that sounds odd, but a lot of action movies rely so much on generic special effects or a story we’ve heard before.
To read the complete interview, visit EW.com.
Wanted hits theaters on June 27.