Angelina Jolie is getting a little horny.
Okay, okay, okay – forgive that shamelessly provocative intro. We’re just talking about preparations for Jolie’s new role as the devilish Maleficent in an upcoming Disney film. “Wait until you see the horns,” she laughs.
In a wide-ranging interview with EW, Jolie explains why a live-action film focusing on the villainous witch may be good for young viewers.
She also describes her fears (and tears) while bringing her Bosnian War movie In the Land of Blood and Honey, to the people who lived through that conflict. [The film debuts on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow.]
And of course, she reacts to all the commotion surrounding her infamous leg pop at the Academy Awards.
“It’s interesting that you just really never know…” Jolie says.
This is her response to the response to her leggy pose at the Oscars, which became a viral phenomenon, inspiring various websites, a Twitter account, and countless imitators (both ironic and sincere).
But that quote might also apply to what she was doing just a week before the Oscars: taking Blood and Honey, the harrowing and heartbreaking war film she wrote and directed, to premiere in Sarajevo, a city that was under siege for four years during the 1992-1995 war.
Before she was sticking her leg out, Jolie was sticking her neck out.
That ethnic conflict claimed the lives of nearly 100,000 in the former Yugoslavia, and emotions are obviously still raw for survivors. Any first-time filmmaker would be nervous facing that audience, but Jolie was particularly on edge, especially since wild rumors about the story provoked controversy during filming.
“War is so complex, human nature is so complex. There’s no filmmaker who has ever figured it out perfectly,” she tells EW. “We just try to shed a light on one corner of something. And that, hopefully, makes you think of all the other corners you’re unable to see.”
Jolie shot every scene in In the Land of Blood and Honey in both English and BHS, (Bosanski, Hrvatski, Srpski, a.k.a. Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) the official language of the former Yugoslavia. In theaters, she only released the subtitled version (picking up a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in the process). Tuesday’s DVD and Blu-ray discs will make the English version available for the first time.
Considering all the pressure she felt a week before, it was funny to Jolie when the whole world decided to talk about her gams.