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[ May 17th 2001 ]
Tonight takes a sneak preview behind the scenes
of Paramount Pictures upcoming motion picture
Tomb Raider, staring Angelina Jolie as British
aristocrat Lara Croft:
the video game to the big screen, 'Tomb Raider'
explodes into theaters this summer, promising
plenty of cutting-edge action and adventure. And
that's just what Angelina Jolie was looking for
when she signed up to play video vixen Lara Croft.
Combining the best elements of James Bond and
Indiana Jones, Jolie says Croft is "a really great
character. She's full of fun and fire and is certainly
enjoying everything about this adventure. She's
wicked and alive, which I love." The 25-year-old
Jolie's production odyssey took her across the
globe to such exotic locations as London, Iceland
and Angkor, Cambodia. The actress also had to
endure rigorous training for the physical feats
required of her animated alter-ego, resulting
in more than a few cuts and scrapes on the set.
the tour here
Movieline interview, Jolie points out, "I got
every different possible injury. I pulled ligaments,
burned myself on a chandelier .... But the most
difficult thing was learning how to do bungee
ballet. It took me a while to work with the harnesses."
From real-life temples to cavernous, mind-boggling
sets, the production crew of 'Tomb Raider' had
to invent worlds that no one had seen before.
Writer-director SIMON WEST faced many hurdles
to create Lara's world, but perhaps the most difficult
was building a set on Europe's largest soundstage
for the film's climatic scene: a complicated system
of planets in alignment that rotate into an ancient
super-sized mechanical key to a puzzle. Explains
'Tomb''s production designer, "The technical side
is quite difficult: nine planets and sun. How
do we make nine planets miss each other? When
we finally destroy it, crank it up, give it as
much as we can, start blowing arms off -- anything
everything does happen to Lara Croft in 'Tomb
Raider,' opening nationwide June 15!