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'Vanity Fair' Stands By Angelina Jolie Article, Publishes Interview Transcript

'Vanity Fair' Stands By Angelina Jolie Article, Publishes Interview Transcript

Vanity Fair is speaking out after the magazine’s latest cover star Angelina Jolie faced criticism for something mentioned in the article.

Angelina told a story about the casting of the young female lead in her movie First They Killed My Father, which was reportedly done by playing a game that has been called emotionally abusive.

“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.

Angelina released a statement assuring that the “safety, comfort and well-being of the children” were taken into account and that the story was taken out of context.

Now, Vanity Fair claims that Angelina‘s lawyer contacted the magazine and said contributing editor Evgenia Peretz “mistakenly” reported the incident. The lawyer asked for a statement to be published and for the paragraph to be removed from the online article.

The magazine also released a transcript from the interview with Angelina.

Click inside to read the transcript…

“But it was very hard to find a little Loung. And so it was what they call a slum school. I don’t think that’s a very nice word for it, but a school for kids in very poor areas,” Angelina said. “And I think, I mean they didn’t know. We just went in and—you just go in and do some auditions with the kids. And it’s not really an audition with children. We had this game where it would be—and I wasn’t there and they didn’t know what they were really doing. They kind of said, ‘Oh, a camera’s coming up and we want to play a game with you.’ And the game for that character was ‘We’re going to put some money on the table. Think of something that you need that money for.’ Sometimes it was money, sometimes it was a cookie. [Laughter] ‘And then take it.’ And then we would catch them. ‘We’re going to catch you, and we’d like you to try to lie that you didn’t have it.’”

“So it was very interesting seeing the kids and how they would—some were very conscious of the camera. They were actually—there are so many talented kids in this country. But Srey Moch was the only child that stared at that money for a very, very long time before she picked it up, and then bravely, brazenly lying, like was trying to hide, but then she also kind of—,” she added.

Evgenia interjected and said, “Wait. This is the girl, Loung.”

“This is the girl,” Jolie continued. “And then when she was forced to give it back became very kind of like strong, emotional, she became overwhelmed with emotion that she was—and she just—all of these different things flooded out. And I don’t think she or her family would mind me saying when she was later asked what that money was for, she said her grandfather died and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.”

Vanity Fair says the magazine “stands by Peretz‘s story as published.” Read more on VanityFair.com!

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