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Angelina Jolie Fires Back at 'Vanity Fair,' Disputes 'First They Killed My Father' Audition Story

Angelina Jolie Fires Back at 'Vanity Fair,' Disputes 'First They Killed My Father' Audition Story

Angelina Jolie is refuting an account published in her Vanity Fair cover story about how casting directors played a “game” with the young children they auditioned for First They Killed My Father, the new movie she directed.

“In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie,” the Vanity Fair story reads. Many are calling this account of the casting emotionally abusive.

Angelina released a statement to the Huffington Post assuring everyone that the story is taken out of context and there were guardians, parents, doctors, and more present during the entire filming process.

“Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present,” Angelina said. “I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”

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  • tboz

    Forget firing back she needs to straight go postal on half of the ignorant, biased, hateful, jealous, lying, dimwits, that keep going off on her coyly of full outright. Keep up the good work Ms. Jolie and I hope she never does another print article with them.

  • VanityInsecurity

    As if Angie could do something like that.. only the gullible & naive, or the haters are quick to believe this ridiculous story!

  • Seriously

    Doesn’t explain the fact that she’s given millions to former Khmer Rouge military personal buying property from them or that people from this violent group of thugs also worked on the film with her.

  • Seriously

    Angelina’s rabid fans spent an ENTIRE DECADE mocking Jennifer Aniston’s first post-divorce Vanity Fair interview in 2005.

    Ironically, right after the interview Aniston said the magazine misrepresented her. 12 years later she has never given them another interview.

    I suppose Jolie can now follow in Aniston’s footsteps. Wouldn’t be the first time. LOL.

  • http://fasdeangelinajolie.blogspot.com.br/ Fãs de Angelina Jolie

    It was not for Vanity Fair went to Vogue in 2008, this controversy about Aniston, if you knew what you’re talking about, you’d know, but you’re just a hater who always repeats the same speech.

  • Seriously

    No, it was the Vanity Fair interview…in 2005. She made a comment about the headline they used on the Vogue cover in 2008.

    Doesn’t really matter. You are literally using Jolie’s name and photo in your avatar. No bias there whatsoever, huh?

    Hilarious!

  • suzybel

    Not to mention the fact that it might be confusing for the kids.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    Moving my comment over from the other thread…..

    *****************************

    Actually went to bed at a reasonable time (whuuuuut? ) so I just read the thread. What did we all say? That the minute Angelina did something they didn’t like they would turn on her.

    I had questions about the casting process…….but I also read that article. And i also did not believe that a) Angelina would do that to children, and b) be stupid enough to brag about it. Half of that article was straight up tabloid gossip, no question. The other half had so many ellipses it was mind boggling.

    And then add in this tidbit. You all remember Kelly Rutherford? She married a German businessman and then when they divorced and went through a custody battle bc she thought she should be the only one to get the kids, she had a entirely false and biased article about the custody battle in VF. Anyone who used Google would’ve found the lies in 2 min. VF did not fact check at all……..didn’t look at any of the actual court docs that were online. Her ex put out a cease and desist letter to outlets, effectively muzzling his ex.

    VF, unless it’s some stupid puff piece and even then…….just is not credible imo. I mean that literally.

    And this also speaks to the power of journalists and the written word. Yeah celebs have a ton of power, but so do these publications. Like this is honestly a good lesson of why a lot of celebs are so in control of how they are perceived. Whoever wrote this cut out at least half of what Angelina actually said. That’s why I don’t judge celebs that “play the game” (I judge the ones who pretend they don’t then complain about the image they put out there)…….*cough*Jennifer A AND JG *cough*

  • Felinelilly

    As if there was any doubt that Angelina would ever do something like that. Puhlease.
    But then again the threads are full of gullible people when it comes to Angie and/or Brad. Will gobble any negative right up. The perfect rag audience.

  • Robert

    Never took this seriously in the first place.

  • MXC

    damage control

  • tboz

    In those new pics of the kids at Sports Academy were they working out with that couple?

  • LetMeTranslate

    You are still reading any word of the VF article after this huge snafu?? I am doubting if she even has Bell Palsy

  • busted

    Glad to see Angie make a statement. Hopefully this will blow over. Just wait for some other celebrity to do something. This will be pushed to the back. We have some weeks before TIFF so it will be good to see her on the RC.

  • busted

    Hey Feline.. sorry I missed you. Bad weather here so just doing nothing. Hope you are still having a relaxing vacation. I have about 10 days left. going too fast.

  • toastie postie

    That is interesting thought, since Shi went back a second time.

  • Felinelilly

    LOL I just left you a comment on the other thread, I guess we criss-crossed. Doing nothing on a rainy day is the best, very relaxing.

  • Meri

    I think so. The man had a sports academy tshirt on and the girl/woman had work out gear on.

  • bap

    Angelina and Panh can not control what the media does with their rebuttal except now she can sue them if they continue to defame her. I am just glad the rebuttal is on record.

  • Frankie

    LMAO! Just how delusional are you?

  • bap

    Thank you!

  • toastie postie
  • bap

    Question was Not Variety one of the ones critical of Angelina? I am Not surprise they only did a short version.

  • ali7

    All trades are now reporting her refute they didn’t write anything abt the Vf before now, that’s good it looks like they were waiting her explanation.

  • toastie postie

    I don’t remember. I stop reading a lot of the stuff.

  • toastie postie

    Yes, I saw a couple of more.

  • bap

    Thanks for the information TP!

  • toastie postie

    Ali did say that the trade papers didn’t write about it.

  • gemdiamond

    Hi, Love The Jolie-Pitt!!!
    So happy 2 read your posts at de previous Angie thread!!!
    😘😚😙😍

    Hope 2 read more of your posts here at JJ 👉👉👉 X let harsh @ angry words deter U from posting here!!!

    Miss U and your posts, LTJP!!!
    😘😚😙😍

  • Meri

    Yes I don’t think they did. Angie’s rebuke of the article seems to be much more reported by the msm that the original social media storm.

  • Malf

    Janice Mean’s former outfit THR did have a VF story but they were more concerned about the gossipy bs. They were too busy kissing Charlize’s azz. THR has had multiple articles pimping Atomic Bomb.

    I’m surprised the trades waited but then they know how the audition process works and for once they didn’t want to step in it & piss off Netflx for no reason.

  • ali7

    Lol the British media were the one going hard on her and where the right-wing dominated the British press.

  • Malf

    The irony is that the right-wing Brit media don’t give two shites about foreigners so the false concern for the Cambodian kids was full of caca.

  • Passing Through

    GroundControl500 Passing Through • an hour ago

    Bwaaaahhh 😭😭 I love Alicia. Don’t be a meanie. I wish her well.

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL! I have nothing against Vikander. I’m just saying – she’s just another in a long line of squirrels trying to get the nut Angie deliberately dropped. I don’t think it’s going to work out any better for her than it has for Charlize, ScarJo, and all the other wannabes. JLaw only had action hits because they were franchises and comic book movies. Gal Gadot got lucky because she’s in a Marvel superhero movie. Put her in any other action movie and she’ll suffer the same fate as the rest of them.

  • ali7

    Lol that my point, they don’t care but they always wait the opportunity to attack famous people in general.

  • Passing Through

    I guess since they couldn’t get a response from Angie – that’s better than nothing…

  • ali7

    Remember the Canadian director article I posted she said Angie won’t do something like this and add we shouldn’t judge until Angie clarify.

  • Passing Through

    I think the trades know how the auditioning process works and that’s why they didn’t jump on that part of the story. As Malf noted – THR was all about the gossipy parts of the story…

  • Malf

    Yep but because it’s Angie….it’s always a rush to pile on.

  • shoes4life

    It’s so disheartening that she so hated. I believe for every hateful thing sad about her that she is the total opposite of what was said. Some people grow and change and in life that is what we all are given the opportunity to do, yet as always those who dislike, are jealous or hate you will never allow you to evolve.

  • Malf

    Sowwy but I can’t stop mocking & ragging on Charlize & Atomic Bomb. Fvck-off if faux feminists think that I shouldn’t because I’m not supporting a sistah! I’m not into supporting entitled faux opportunistic feminists. So there!

    LOL at the trades saying that Atomic Bomb opened to a solid $18.6 mill. OK …sure, it ain’t bad but they were saying it was going to contest for #1 this weekend & instead it finished 4th. Keep cashing the cheques from Charlize’s publicist. ROTFL. Spin…spin…spin.

  • hotmesss

    Agree about the trades and as you said they know things works. Think the wrap was the only that fell for the bait and reported it a couple days ago but the others nada which was smart on their part.

  • hotmesss

    Sports Academy has youth summer programs available so she and her siblings may be going to some of them that’s offered.

  • Passing Through

    A “solid” $18.6MIL when they were projecting as much as $27MIL – and $1.5MIL of that came from Thursday previews? Spin, spin, spin, spin, spin. Next they’ll be declaring it

    And did you see what BOM did? Instead of comparing it to Salt – which it is most like…they’re comparing it to John Wick (because it’s from the same producers) so that the box office looks better than it actually is

    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/showdowns/chart/?id=atomicwick.htm

    Atomic Bomb – OW – $18,554,000

    Salt – OW – $36,011,243

    STFD, Charlize.

  • Lee

    I was looking back at the VF article and I don’t think I can remember the last time that I saw a full magazine spread having such few quotes. It just seems like Angie didn’t do much talking which makes me wonder how much time she actually spent doing the interview. The ‘journalist’ was obviously pissed about not getting a great soundbite and so filled the article with gossip BS Instead. Too bad Angie isn’t the lawsuit type.

    Has VF responded to Angie and Panh yet?

  • Malf

    The Wrap is even worse than THR.

  • Passing Through

    A lot of it’s not hatred – it’s envy and jealousy…and from the media it’s clickbait for the haters. Gotta turn a profit any way they can.

  • hotmesss

    LOL than I guess that’s the reason they reported it. Glad to be informed because from now on they will be ignored.

  • hotmesss

    Thank you!

  • Marie

    I don’t know what is going on in this country that compels people to read threads about people they hate and then write hateful comments! wouldn’t these people be happier paying more attention to articles about people they like!!
    I believe she would have used a lot of compassion and precaution when dealing with casting these children…but lets not forget this is a tough movie with a tough subject and the kid that plays the main character has got to be thick skinned….but wts, i also believe as much as AJ loves kids and as much as she has done for children all over the world, and considering this was a project of love for Maddox and Cambodia, it is highly unlikely that these children were not well taken care of!!!