JOLIE AWED BY
Copyright 2000 Reuters
[ November 30th 2000 ]
continues around the religious Temples of Angkor
Wat, Tomb Raider star Angelina Jolie takes time
out to talk about filming in Cambodia.
bad girl Angelina Jolie, star of next summer's
blockbuster "Tomb Raider," says filming scenes
for the movie at Cambodia's fabled Angkor temple
complex has changed her life. "I feel very blessed
and very lucky to be able to be part of this film,
part of this whole experience,'' Jolie told a
news conference in the northern town of Siem Reap.
has changed my life being here in this country...It
makes me feel differently about everything --
about my life, about work, about what we can all
do,'' said 25-year-old Jolie, who won an Oscar
(tm) for best supporting actress for her role
in 1999's "Girl, Interrupted.'' "It's the most
amazing place I've ever been to in my life,''
the poised actress said, defying the image her
tattoos, frank talk and off-set antics have earned
"Tomb Raider," based on a popular computer game
of the same name, wrapped up a week of filming
in Cambodia on Monday. The movie is to be completed
by the end of the year and released in U.S. theaters
on June 15, said unit publicist Susan D'Arcy.
Jolie, whose real-life father Jon Voight plays
her character's father in the movie, said her
experiences filming at the 9th-12th century temple
complex were personally moving and professionally
By Angkor Jolie -- who married actor Billy Bob
Thornton earlier this year and made headlines
around the world when she and her new husband
talked in detail about their sex life -- said
she was truly awed by the Angkor complex. "We
spent eight months together, including training
and filming, with everybody shooting this film
and running around and making a movie. Suddenly
we got to Angkor Wat and everybody got really
happy, really quiet and really friendly, and the
entire film just calmed down,'' Jolie said.
said she trained for months to play the part of
Lara Croft the gun-toting lead character in the
film. "I loved the spirit of it and the adventure
of it and I wanted to go on an adventure. I wanted
to spend months in training and learn every different
skill possible. I wanted to go bungie-jumping
and motorcycle riding and canoeing and I wanted
to see Iceland and Cambodia and I wanted to tell
this story.'' But neither Jolie nor producer Lloyd
Levin were very specific in summarizing the story.
``Lara saves the world...but there are a couple
twists and turns along the way,'' said Levin.
``One of the underlying themes is about the connectedness
between the past and the present and the future
and peoples from all over the world,'' he said.
was even more cagey: "It's a mystery...It's the
world's puzzle. It's the puzzle of life and history.''
Jolie will return to Cambodia early next year
to film Oliver Stone's "Beyond Borders.'' Though
eager to call Thornton after the news conference
-- "I have only an hour left to call Billy,''
she said on her way through the hotel lobby --
the willowy, dark-haired Jolie said she wasn't
quite ready to leave Cambodia. "This place is
just amazing to me. Everything about it is just
amazing. I was under this beautiful waterfall
with this most amazing jungle around me...It was
lovely. It's hard to talk about. I'm overwhelmed
by this place,'' she said.