Angelina Jolie is proving herself to be even more perfect by showing us that she is in fact not perfect.
Oscar winner, mother of six, UN Ambassador and now director: Sometimes, Angelina Jolie seems to be superhuman. But this week, she has proved – twice – that she’s just like the rest of us.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina took part in a roundtable discussion with some of the biggest and best directors in the business – and admitted to feeling nervous and unsure of her ability as a director. Sorry – Angelina Jolie, who has won an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, undertaken vast philanthropic and humanitarian work, been named as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009, 2011 and 2013 AND has been voted the world’s most beautiful woman numerous times, feels nervous?
Sitting down with Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Christopher Nolan (Intersellar, The Dark Knight, Inception), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), the actress and now director discussed how she came to work on her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey and how much she has learnt from her new blockbuster, Unbroken.
When asked if she was a good director, Angelina said ‘I don’t know’ and was visibly relieved when the other directors said they think everything they do is going to be badly received:
Mike Leigh: I’ve never made a film where I didn’t think, ‘This is the one; this is the disaster.’
Morten Tyldum: Seeing the first edit is the worst. You see the assembly, and you think: ‘F**k! I f**ked up this stuff.’
Christopher Nolen: I don’t watch the assembly for exactly that reason. I’ve never watched it – I just couldn’t face it. Four hours is like the crummy version of what you’ve done. It’s funny because the editors call it the ‘editor’s cut’.
Moten Tyldum: And you can’t take out anything. Everything has to be in the movie. It’s long, it’s dreadful, and you hate it, and it’s the worst experience watching it the first time.
Angelina Jolie: It’s so comforting to hear that. It makes me feel so much better.