ON SCREEN STAR AND DIRECTOR
relationships are more complicated. So we hope it’s not just a new spin. We hope it’s updated it to make it more meaningful and give it more resonance today.”
One element that resonated a little too much as the look of Maleficent herself. Consequently for a sequence in which the aloof, haughty and imposing fairy has to be greeted by an adoring child Jolie found herself relying on her own daughter, five-yearold Vivienne. The reason, says the star, was expediency.
“We have never intended – and we still don’t – to put our children in film. The reason we needed to put Vivienne in the film was because there was a [sequence] when Aurora is five and she has to not see me as a demon.
“All the little kids who came to the set – crew members would bring their children – would see me and they would be terrified.
“They would cry or they would freeze. They certainly couldn’t do a scene with me so it was genuinely out of necessity that it had to be Vivienne. The idea that she’s in a movie is still funny to her Mom and Dad.”
And so to the future. Jolie’s next film is Unbroken, the story of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini and his wartime experiences.
She directs rising British actor Jack O’Connell as the escaped PoW who endured weeks on a life raft. Is directing the road she will travel from now on?
“Acting is going to be taking more of a back seat. I’ve had a wonderful career and I’m very happy to have had all the opportunities to tell stories and work for as long as I have. I’m sure there will be a few more films [to act in] but I would like to focus more on writing and directing.”
Maleficent (PG) is on saturation release.