American actress Angelina Jolie, who recently landed the cover of Vanity Fair reacts to the interview she had with the magazine especially about her new film ‘First They Killed My Father’ that broke silence from fans and general public.To cast the children in the film, Jolie looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship. 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. “Srey Moch [the girl ultimately chosen for the part] was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time,” Jolie says. “When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion. All these different things came flooding back.” Jolie then tears up. “When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.”After the internet called Jolie’s process “monstrous”, “sickening” and more, the cover star and the film producer Rithy Panh released statements defending the auditions and explaining that the outrage was based on the “false and disturbing” interpretations of VF’s story. Jolie wrote that “parents, guardians, partner NGOs whose job it is to care for children, and medical doctors were always on hand” during the film’s production, and clarified that the “game” described by VF was merely a scene from the film the children were asked to perform: 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. “The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war,” she added. “And to help fight to protect them.”Credit: Getty
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