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[ May 17th 2001 ]

Entertainment Tonight takes a sneak preview behind the scenes of Paramount Pictures upcoming motion picture Tomb Raider, staring Angelina Jolie as British aristocrat Lara Croft:

From 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.

Watch the tour here

In a 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 can happen."

And most everything does happen to Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider,' opening nationwide June 15!

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