Lara Croft Tomb Raider : The Cradle of Life : An Interview with Angelia Jolie
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Interviewed by Wilson Morales
Lara Croft Tomb Raider : The Cradle of Life: An Interview with Angelia Jolie
Not since Sigourney Weaver made a household name with her
ďRipleyĒ character in the Alien films has there been another
female action hero that drives men and women to the theaters.
Angelina Jolie has been through a lot these few years. She has
numerous Golden Globe Awards and an Oscar for her role in Girl
Interrupted. In 2001, she chose to play the role and star in Lara
Croft: Tomb Raider, which became the biggest female action film
with an opening weekend of $47.7M. The film would go on to gross
over $300M worldwide. Since then she has spent her outside the film
world taking care of her newly adopted son Madison and being a
traveling spokesperson for the United Nations. But she loves to act
and sheís back once again reprising her role as Lara Croft in Lara
Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. In an interview with
blackfilm.com, Angelina Jolie talks coming back to the role as well
as being a single mom.
WM: After doing some many dramatic pieces and winning the Oscar, did you find this film challenging in regards to acting?
AJ: Believe or not, I think itís one of the hardest things Iíve
ever done. For most people, if you had to sit in a corner and think
about what makes you sad, and think about what haunts you, and what
makes you angry, we could all probably get to that place, but if
you had to stand front and center in front of a thousand people,
really proud and confident and get them all to follow you out of
the room, thatís hard. Do you know what I mean? So thereís this
weird feeling that sheís positive and confident all the time that
that was very difficult for me.
WM: The first film was the biggest action film featuring a female lead. How does that raise expectations for the sequel?
AJ: Itís a lot of pressure. I plan not to answer the phone for 3
weeks. (She laughs) It does. It puts the pressure. When we did the
film and when I saw it, I think itís a lot better than the first
one so Iím pretty confident that if people give it a shot, it
certainly holds up, if not, itís much, much better than the first
one. But you never know, and I donít take it so seriously. Itís a
summer movie and itís business and if it goes well, great, and if
it doesnít, itís not the end of the world.
WM: Were you disappointed in the first film?
AJ: I wasnít satisfied with it. Through the making of that film,
we were all still trying figure out how things worked, and we were
trying to make the video game into a person, but still it was the
video game and still she was a video vixen and she wasnít quite a
solid woman with emotions and feelings. Even the way she looked
wasnít to me sexy and real enough. So there were a lot of things,
and we couldnít adjust to everything right. We thought a lot about
how to make the second film right.
WM: Physically, whatís the toughest thing you had to do for this film?
AJ: Just the endurance of it. The first of it was to go on for
that many months like that and also having a kid. The horse was
hard because it was so many different skills at once and working
with an animal thatís a stallion that didnít want to listen to me.
That was pretty tricky and the Jet Ski was hard. I donít like being
wet. So the whole water aspect of the film was not fun.
WM: How was the chemistry between you and Gerald Butler?
AJ: I think a love interest and having something that tempted
her and that she cared about was very important in this film and to
see what her sadness is. Maybe if she is fine being alone or if she
carries her sadness with her. I think we wanted to make sure there
was a man who wasnít some weak boy that loved her. We wanted to
find man that would be equal to her and just as strong and military
and wild and heís certainly has that and heís a strong man and he
has a great role and they are equal. He sometimes has one up on her
WM: How do relate to the character? Are there any particular characteristics that are like you or any characteristics she has that you like?
AJ: I think Iím the more fortunate of the two of us cause I have
Maddox. I feel like sheís alone and I get to be a mom; but what we
have in common is that we both have a strong sense of adventure and
love for other cultures and other countries and we both would fight
to death for what we believe in. I think sheís a good friend and
bit a nuts.
WM: Are you a bit nuts?
AJ: I would think so. I think we are all a bit nuts.
WM: Do you ever get sick of seeing yourself on covers of magazines?
AJ: Yeah. I tend to avoid and donít read them. I saw a glimpse
of two different covers so far and I havenít read the articles and
I donít plan to. I glimpsed through them quickly and send them to
my mom cause she keeps them. Yeah, but itís strange. Itís always
strange. Itís nice when you look at some and they look like you and
they represent you and some donít look like you at all. But it all
comes in perspective when Maddox will see something like that.
WM: Does Lara Croft look like you?
AJ: Sometimes. But sheís definitely her. I feel separate from
her. Beyond Borders sounds like me, looks like me, acts like me.
So thatís very strange to watch.
WM: Does Maddox get what Mommy does?
AJ: Maddox thinks Mommy dresses funny. (She laughs). Maddox
looks at the wet suits and couldnít figure out why I had this weird
rubbery skin on me, and always had gadgets and things. I did a film
where I wear black leather, and big boots, and an eye patch, and a
commander hat and everyone said Maddox would see me and freak out.
So I walked in the room and he said, ďMommaĒ. So I thought this
fine and thereís nothing hard about this situation.
WM: How has motherhood changed you? Does it change what you look for in a script?
AJ: It changes if I look in a script how much is demanded of my
time away from him, and also if itís really worth it. Iíll look at
a part and Iíll look a script and Iíll see what the films says and
Iíll think that if itís more important to do that or to travel
around the world and spend 3 months with my son. Itís becoming
harder. I used to just want to work and get out of the house all
the time and never was happy in my life and now with traveling the
UN and the time with my son, itís much harder to come to work and
feel that doing a film doesnít mean much to me.
WM: Do you see yourself dropping out?
AJ: I wouldnít because I know as much I would love to believe
that I could be useful in the field, and just as a mother, Iím
aware that Iím much more useful if I can balance both. And I do
WM: How tough is it being a single mom?
AJ: I think itís only tough because youíre aware of moments you
wish you were sharing with somebody who would remember that when
youíre growing old and could talk to you about it. That time when
Maddox first walked in Africa, or that time when there was nobody
to hold your hand and say, ďIsnít that beautifulĒ. Iím aware thatís
something that could be sad, but I think itís better that to not
have that than to have the wrong relationships around. So it feels
really good that everybody in his life and every aspect of his life
is honest in the way it is and doesnít have to worry that something
will have to adjust.
WM: With this character, what are your feelings toward video games and would let Maddox play when heís ready?
AJ: Iíve heard a lot about the different controversies of new
video games and I donít know them cause I havenít played them so I
canít really comment on them. Maddox, I hoping heís ridden camels
and elephants and lives half of the time in the jungle and plays
soccer and Iím hoping that if I expose him to all the other aspects
of life, he wouldnít want to sit in a room and play games. Iím
hoping to influence that. The other aspects are his mind and his
life so that if he ever decides to play a computer game, Iím not
going to stop him. I think itís fine but I want to make sure heís
got many other interest.
WM: Have you ever played the game Tomb Raider?
AJ: I tried. I find that itís very difficult and for the record
I think that Lara would find it very difficult as well. I think the
two of us would break the game. Itís better for us to just be in it
and jump around as much. Itís funny because I do break things all
the time. I break computers all the time and someone said, ďWell
Iím supposedly like Lara cause Bryce is always having to fix
something she breaks.Ē
WM: Is New York your home now?
AJ: I call England home. I live outside of London, in the
country. I feel more connected to the rest of the world and I
travel a lot in Asia and Africa and the rest of Europe and I felt
very far away being in the states.
WM: Do you enjoy being in NY?
AJ: I love NY and I have an apartment here. I just havenít seen
it in 4 years. (She laughs). At the time I married Billy (Bob
Thornton) and he didnít want to live in New York and I havenít been
WM: Iím curious that you donít like to read your own press. Arenít you concern how these magazine are portraying you and if there are accurate?
AJ: I ask people who read them if it was fine. Some would say
yes. I want to live a normal life and be a normal person and I
donít want to take myself seriously. Either way, people love me or
hate me, think Iím great or think I suck. Whatever it is, I think
itís healthier to not pay attention to that stuff and read about
yourself in the third person. But I do often ask it said anything
that would upset anybody. Did it point a finger at somebody? Did
they say something nice about my mom? Did it say something nice
WM: When you first started in this business, you got rejected because of your looks, either because you were too dark or whatever. Did that make you stronger or bitter?
AJ: It made me confuse because I didnít know where I would fit
in. I went to over a hundred auditions before I got a job and I
think thatís good. You pay your dues and then you appreciate
working and you work that much harder. But yeah, I was always told
that I couldnít be the girl next door or that there was something
odd about me. And then I realize, Iím fortunate that I happen to be
at a time when there were films like Gia or Tomb Raider. There
are certain types of women are a bit dark and a bit weird where I
would fit in. Probably if I was born in the 50s I wouldnít be an
WM: Can we expect a 3rd Tomb Raider?
AJ: I donít know. Iíll see how this opens and how people respond
to it. Iíll talk to the fans and see if they want another one.
WM: When you say fans, does that mean critics too?
AJ: No. Itís a big summer movie and I tend to find that critics
tend to take it seriously like theyíre analyzing Shakespeare. Itís
fun, and itís fun and entertaining. I can understand if someone
says something horrible or if itís crass in some way, then
criticize it. But itís just simply fun, I never understand why itís
WM: At this point in your career, would you still consider darker roles like Gia?
AJ: Yeah, but not exactly in the same way, cause I know darkness
in a different way. I think Beyond Borders is very dark when it
comes to more aspects of life, but in a mature way. Itís a less of
self-destruction a less of personal madness and itís a different
kind of darkness.
WM: Very recently you talk about the bigger darkness outside the world. Is that what new affect you have?
AJ: That does affect me more than anything. I think I used to
want a lot for myself. Like everybody else, I would get frustrated
over certain personal things and I never do now. Iíve seen that
thereís real darkness and real sadness and real pain, and we donít
have a clue whatís it like. So Iím very fortunate and I donít
WM: Not to get too personal, but does that make you want to resolve whatever issues you have with your father?
AJ: No. I have an adopted son so I donít believe that if you are
genetically connected you have a natural connection and destiny
together. We are not similar people. We are trying to have a
relationship and we didnít become friends in this life and it would
be great to have a relationship with a dad. I donít have one and I
have a lot of other blessings and I need to focus on those. And if
anything I need to keep a really strong place because Iím a parent.
If anything, it translates probably when I traveled the world and
if I see a man who is crying because he canít get his children out
of Columbia or somebody who just lost his child or a man whoís
frustrated cause he doesnít have enough money to feed his kids. I
would probably be that much moved by those kind of parents and pay
that more attention to fathers because I donít think to be a father
is something really important.
WM: Is Sharkslayer a film you are doing because of Maddox?
AJ: Kind of. I loved Shrek. Maddox loved the film, and you
donít always the opportunity to be a bad fish. So I went in the
room and they had all these pictures of all the fish and they asked
me to play one of these characters. So you see the sweet little
light fish and then you see this red fish with a huge mouth and
pointy eyebrows, and I go, ďThatís my fishĒ.
WM: What was your favorite scene to shoot?
AJ: I loved the fight with Simon Yam. I loved the rifle drill.
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