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JOLIE DOUBLES AS STUNT WOMAN
Copyright 2000 www.tombraiderchronicles.com Source: USA Today

[ December 12th 2000 ]

Fearless adventurer Angelina Jolie has, according to Tomb Raider stunt coodinator Simon Crane, "a passion for performance which extends to doing her own stunts" America's USA Today reported during an interview with Crane.

''I would rate Angelina very highly against all of the action actors I have worked with,'' says Crane, whose work includes Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart and Vertical Limit. We've done a couple of sequences that involve stunts you won't have seen a woman do before, and basically she is doing almost all of these stunts herself. We did a bungee-jumping sequence, and she went through three months' training to be able to do it. She's just done all these somersaults for another sequence. I was very impressed.''

The film, out in June, is based on the popular video game. Jolie plays Lara Croft, a Pulitzer Prize-winning art collector, photojournalist, adventurer and aristocrat who gets into adventures involving lost civilizations. The stunts and action sequences are in the Indiana Jones/James Bond mode, Crane says. And while the actress is up for the challenge, Crane has his own. ''It's a question of telling Angelina that she's not allowed to do this or that,'' he says. ''She can be a very stubborn lady."

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