ON TOMB RAIDER
Copyright 2001 www.darkhorizons.com & Paul
[ June 5th 2001 ]
rumour mill Dark Horizons snatches a few moments
with Tomb Raider star Angelina Jolie who talks
about Core Designs intrepid British aristocrat
Lara Croft and the upcoming Paramount Pictures
Jolie loves to further than most actresses in
her generation, and she told Paul Fischer, making
Tomb Raider was a fantasy come true. It's a relaxed,
beautiful and supremely confident Angelina Jolie
who walks into her Four Seasons hotel room. Always
unashamed and outspoken, the Oscar winning star
of the action pic Tomb Raider has no qualms about
being truthful about her life. "I'm just honest
and I like that I don't have to worry about what
I say in life or try to pretend to be somebody
else; nor do I have the time or energy for it
and don't want to live that way". Jolie also concedes,
however, that "sometimes things are taken the
wrong way and it's crazy to be misinterpreted
and it bothers you sometimes, but there's also
a hell of a lot people who don't know about me.
People know maybe ONE-TENTH of my life and because
it's maybe a certain KIND of life, they assume
that that's everything, but I have my secrets".
secrets may be many, and may not include the blood
necklace she proudly wears around her neck, but
her year-long marriage to Billy Bob Thornton is
still alive and well, and the actress couldn't
be happier. "In fact, better than ever. We're
even talking about a poodle," Jolie says laughingly.
"What I mean by that is, we're having fun with
our life. We're coming back from work and we're
spending July mostly with his children and we
want to have a REAL life and a REAL family". That's
not surprising given then fact that she spent
her honeymoon working on Tomb Raider, "but I made
sure that I came back pretty much every weekend".
Tomb Raider is Jolie at her best, in this whiz
bang adaptation of the popular video game. It's
the first time since the Alien films, that a woman
has been allowed to drive an action picture, and
playing Lara Croft, the empowering central character,
was a dream come true for the actress.
the film for the first time yesterday and all
I could think about was how much I missed being
her and travelling and all the things we did every
day. It was great". Jolie plays Lara Croft, daughter
of a British aristocrat (played by Jolie's real-life
dad Jon Voight) was born and raised to be part
of British high society. But at the age of 21
on her way home from a skiing trip, her charter
plane crashed deep in the heart of the Himalayas.
For two weeks, Lara was forced to rely on her
wits to stay alive in the hostile environment
until her rescue. The incident had a profound
effect on her. Disowned by her family, she has
spent the last eight years travelling the globe
exploring the tombs, temples and archaeological
sites of ancient civilizations - funding her travels
by writing her exploits and occasionally picking
up certain 'items' of historical importance which
certain people will pay a LOT of money for.
person is a man named Powell who's after 'The
Clock of Ages', a device which gives its user
the powers of the tribe it once belonged too.
Playing such an empowering female character was
a liberating and fun experience for the actress.
"This film was great to do and it was so much
fun, but even through the process of it, we didn't
want it to become too jokey. We all went into
it knowing what could be the obvious jokes about
it, how it could not work, how it would be really
campy, so I'm just happy all the way through the
process when something has been a solid thing.
I'm still looking at it so much as that way, but
I know myself being such a nut. I think my husband
would see this and just go, "Oh, look at her in
her little shorts.' Please! " Indeed, as powerful
a character Lara Croft is, no attempt has been
made to hide the character's sexuality, and for
Jolie, that was half the fun with this film. "Almost
every other suggestion for a movie I've done has
been for a short, brown haircut and leather pants
because THAT'S what a tough girl is.
girl couldn't possibly be a curvaceous woman who
also is comfortable with her sexuality. And so
many women are like, "Well, we don't like the
woman who's comfortable with her body and flirtatious
because that means she doesn't like other women
or that means she's too flirty. We're not comfortable
with her.' "The reality is, nobody actually knows
what sexual preference she has. That's one reality.
And the thing is, she's just free. More than anything,
she's athletic. She has the things that make her
Lara Croft. We also knew there were lots of questions
about what she was going to be wearing and whether
she was going to have a shower scene. "There are
moments where, and it's not an intentional [thing]
where she's being teasy or sexual. The entire
movie was made for the people that like her. It's
one of those movies you do where, when there's
a moment where you finally accomplish something,
you want them to be with you and rooting for you.
That's what it's for.
become a real person. We were aware of all the
things that people are looking for, like whether
there was a shower scene, so we didn't ignore
that and put a bit of it in, but didn't really
show her body, didn't really do anything overly
sexual". Part of the character's look came in
the form, how can one put this, her breasts, which
have been commented on a lot, but which are a
dominant component of the character. "Personally,
I wouldn't want those breasts," she admits smilingly.
She's one cup size bigger than me. I'm a 36 C,
she's a 36D. In the game, she's a DD, so we took
it down, but still just gave her some proper padding,
but it's one cup size up from me". Ah, the things
one discusses in interviews. Jolie gets to do
some physically demanding stuff on this movie,
and training was part of the deal. "We had the
two and a half months before filming and then
all through filming we were training. I had a
bedroom and a living room and the living room
was taken out and [they put in] a boxing bag and
a pull-up bar and a bunch of power bars for like
eight months. I would call my husband and say,
"I want a cheeseburger and some pancakes.'"
enjoyed the kick-ass stuff she did. "I loved it,
yeah. I especially loved the fight at the end".
It would have been easy to shoot Tomb Raider entirely
on sets, or in local British locations that double
for the exotic locales in which much of the film
was set. But Tomb Raider was shot on location
in both Cambodia and Iceland, which provided diverse
opportunities for Jolie. "I really missed Cambodia
when we were done with the film", she recalls
laughingly. "I miss that every day was so freeing;
I recommend it for anybody. It's just such a freeing
thing to set these great challenges for yourself,
to travel, to learn more about the world, to just
go out there and get crazy and get free and get
strong. It was wonderful that every day was about
learning something new and trying to overcome
some obstacle. It's just a great feeling". Iceland
on the other hand, was not as pleasurable. "Firstly,
I don't like cold weather very much". And here,
they filmed on top of a very real glacier. "We
all thought that being inside the glacier, water
would definitely look like this because it's so
blue, but that was Iceland and it was freezing.
We had dogs on the boats that were very unhappy".
DID make Jolie happy was the chance to fully work
with her father in one of the film's gentler,
more emotive moments. It remained a very special
component of her experience making the film, she
says. "This was a very special moment because
it's for everybody, if you've lost somebody in
your life and you want to know how they feel about
how you've grown up, whether it is your parent,
your lover, your husband or wife. "There are things
you want to get back, you want to say, and I think
for everybody, you want to know that your parent
is proud of you and that they love you and you
want to be able to say certain things to them.
I think it's a universal theme, but it was very,
very personal to me because it is my dad and we
adjusted little things, maybe a word here or there,
so we were really speaking to each other. Also,
you're playing with each other. You're acting
together, so it's like we were both working together
and that's a great feeling". Jolie is preparing
to take a break. She has another film - Original
Sin - due out later this year, is shooting a new
film in Canada, but is content to spend more time
with her husband and family, which these days,
are becoming increasingly important to her.
is what grounds you. No matter what kind of press
I have been doing for this movie, I came back
to our house where there were bunk beds being
built and there's a bunch of little things. It's
a real life that you have together and memories
you build and share, so we want more time together.
I'm going on tour with him in August when he does
his music at House of Blues. We're just home more".