Entertainment Weekly sat down with Angelina Jolie and talked about everything from her crying to her dumb leg. They even touched a little bit on her starring as the title character in Maleficent, though it runs a distant second to that leg.
As is the trend lately, this is another twist on a classic fairy tale. This time Sleeping Beauty is being retold from the point of view of the villain Maleficent.
Jolie said the following when asked if the movie is sympathetic to the evil witch or if it treats her as a villain:
“It’s both. I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities. You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is.
“It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect.
“In general, it’s a very good message to say, ‘Let’s look at something from the other side.’ But then also, what our challenge will be — and the script writer [The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland’s Linda Woolverton] has already cracked it — is not to simplify it, not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either. It doesn’t flip it.”
If there’s one thing audiences have been screaming for, it’s a fair and balanced look at an evil fictional witch.
Maleficent starts shooting this summer and will hit theatres sometime next year.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly