AN INTERVIEW WITH
Copyright 2000 Mother Ship
[ July 24th 2000 ]
kids should really like that one!" Jolie says,
noting that her new hubby, Billy Bob Thornton,
will be making an appearance in the film as well.
"Billy's playing a barber. He's cutting hair and
I'm shooting guns! Yeah, I've been in England
for three weeks and we will be there for over
a month more just doing training. I'm training
throughout the film, but it's been great for me.
I get up and do yoga at 7 in the morning, which
is insane! I'm on protein shakes, and they've
taken my cigarettes and alcohol and sugar away
from me -- and Billy -- because I'm far away."
Lara Croft training involves a lot more than Yoga
the actress reveals. "I'm doing bungee ballet
and I'm doing diving, weapons training with the
Special Forces," the actress says. "I'm doing
kickboxing -- everything from soccer to rowing.
One British thing is to learn manners -- they're
sending me to manners school!" Lest anyone doubt,
Jolie will be playing Croft as an Englishwoman.
"Being in England, I now know she's very British,"
Jolie says. "She was raised a certain way, so
she has a very proper voice, but it's been broken
down, and she has very proper manners, but they've
been broken down and all that stuff. I've been
working on the accent."
knows Lara Croft is an arms specialist too, so
for Tomb Raider Jolie is learning all about firearms
of every description. "It's fun to learn about
'em, to be trained to take 'em apart and put them
back together and also to understand it," she
says. "It is like driving -- it's the same thing.
Yeah, you learn how to do it really fast. You
learn how to shoot really well, but you also learn
how to use the equipment properly. We shot a blank
into Styrofoam and this is what actors use --
and I've seen actors put them, like, this close
to another actor's head. "They had me shoot a
blank into Styrofoam. I had like two guns. It
blew a hole this big, and the second gun set it
on fire. And that's what we all have, right at
each other's heads. I'm learning a lot of things.
I was like, 'Whoa!'"
shooting in Cambodia, Iceland and England, Jolie
will be doing almost as much globetrotting as
Croft herself, with shooting starting at the end
of July. And don't kid yourself -- Jolie is looking
forward to it. "There's sky diving and there's
motorcycle riding," she says. "It's all going
to be good. There's some kind of swimming with
a hundred eels that I'm really looking forward
to, for some weird reason."