Even though Angelina Jolie may have gotten very real with the folks over at Vanity Fair for their latest issue, there is one thing she is very strongly denying: she did NOT set up a disturbing “game” to cast children in her upcoming film First They Killed My Father.
The actress spoke out on Saturday evening, vehemently denying accusations that had been flying around about allegedly disturbing actions undertaken by the casting directors for her film.
The controversy all started when Vanity Fair reported about an audition exercise the film’s casting directors allegedly used to weed out impoverished child actors and find their eventual lead:
“In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie.”
That sounds incredibly disturbing, and intense, and also… not true, according to Angelina.
The mom and actress sounded off in a statement adamantly refuting that claim, saying:
“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. 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. … Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present.”
Furthermore, another source who had knowledge of the movie’s casting process reportedly backed up Angelina’s statement: the children were aware all they were doing was improvising a scene from the film, and there was no actual money involved.
First They Killed My Father premieres on Netflix this September.
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