Angelina Jolie set the record straight right off the bat: not pregnant, no secret marriage planned and no more adoptions on the horizon. Then, she talked about her biggest fear.
“Brad thinks I’m going to be a nightmare,” she told Vanity Fair magazine in the latest issue.
She’s talking about her latest movie, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” her directorial debut that already has a lot of critics waiting to rip it to shreds.
The drama is set against the brutal 1992-95 Balkans conflict that was fueled by hundreds of years of bitter religious hatred.
It’s about a love affair between a Serbian man, who is Catholic and Bosnian woman who is a muslim. The war was marked by episodes of ethnic cleansing and mass rape. Critics in the region claim it is a “rape” film.
“I’ve never felt more exposed. My whole career, I’ve hidden behind other people’s words,” Jolie says. “Now it’s me talking. You feel ridiculous when you get something wrong.”
Jolie wrote the script herself while down with the flu in her French house.
“I went from the beginning to the end. I didn’t know any other way,” she says.
Then, she handed over to Brad: “He called and said, ‘You know, honey, it’s not that bad.’”
Before shooting, the magazine says, she sent the script to “reporters and writers, people of Serbian and Bosnian nationality who’d been through the war. I was gauging the accuracy…. If they said no, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Directing the film wasn’t part of her original plan, but “it was something I didn’t trust out of my hands,” she explains.
“So by default I ended up putting myself in as director.”
The brutal war included incidents of mass genocide, rape and murder. In all, more than 100,000 people died.