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Original 'Tomb Raider' Director Reveals Why It Was Difficult to Cast Angelina Jolie

Original 'Tomb Raider' Director Reveals Why It Was Difficult to Cast Angelina Jolie

Tomb Raider director Simon West is opening up about the difficulty he faced casting Angelina Jolie for the role.

The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider director revealed that when Angelina auditioned for the part, he had difficulty convincing others she was the right person for the job.

“[She] had a great, dark reputation about her. She lived quite an alternative lifestyle and didn’t hold back her words,” he told EW.

“She spoke her mind, and she had a notorious reputation. It was quite hard for me to get her through the approval process at the studio, because I wanted an actress who was going to bring something to the part, and she brought this great Angelina Jolie mythology with her as this dark, crazy, wicked woman with a very particular and interesting personality. I wanted that mythology of Angelina Jolie to fuse with Lara Croft.”

Pictured below: Angelina goes shopping on a family outing on Sunday (March 11) in Studio City, Calif.

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  • toastie postie

    Woo Hoo!

  • Nan

    yes

  • bap

    Finally.

  • PS712

    It’s only right that YOU ARE FIRST!!

  • Nan

    I love her interesting personality and her kind heart.

  • toastie postie

    Well it should have been Bap, since she checked 1st. I almost hesitated since it speaks of Angie’s bad reputation…..

  • toastie postie

    Bap, you should have posted 1st.

  • bap

    Simon had to get some PR.

  • Gemini675

    Yay new thread. Simon’s West comments are interesting.

    But not about TR. It is great that Angie has her groove on and going to be acting again. Yes!

  • Orianna Petroy

    My God!The first photo is killing me!💞💕💖

  • bap

    TP that’s ok.

  • nani

    So, so beautiful!

  • PS712

    Yeah, but we all know what he’s trying to say, that it was BS, even called it a “mythology”.

  • toastie postie

    Yes, but then there are people who only see certain words.

  • LetMeTranslate

    Angie, you still got it. And I know you only play crazy villain in the movies :-)

    May the peace prevail here, the rest of you beautiful ladies here.

  • Nan

    it is what the media reported but angelina knows who she is not the media and she learned from her mistake and which is part of growing. she will tell you to make mistake in youth and learn from them.

  • 50ftQueenie

    She looks radiant

  • toastie postie

    Even though a new thread, don’t forget to go back to old thread. Some very good comments and posts. Plus sometimes trolls like to sneak in when they think no one is there.

  • PS712

    They already have their negative opinion, so they should go elsewhere.

  • toastie postie

    Hi, Queenie! How is spring break treating you?

  • 50ftQueenie

    I have some catching up go to! Had to get the kids to the dentist today, then we took my parents out go lunch. And now they get to sleep over there for a couple nights 🎉🎉🎉

  • toastie postie

    Oh, I know you will miss them, but…….

  • 50ftQueenie

    Lol just posted to you above. Kids are off to grandparents for a couple nights! Woo hoo!

  • LetMeTranslate

    Lucky you!

  • 50ftQueenie

    🤔 nah

  • toastie postie

    Party time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 50ftQueenie

    I’m too exhausted 😂

  • toastie postie

    🤣🤣🤣

  • LetMeTranslate

    Spring break for you too!

  • toastie postie

    Er….I’m sure Hubby will change your mind.

  • 50ftQueenie

    But I have work to catch up on 👎

  • LetMeTranslate

    I thought you were going to say, don’t forget to keep being nice to each other :-)

  • 50ftQueenie

    He’s rushing home from work as I type lol

  • LetMeTranslate

    :-(

  • 50ftQueenie

    It goes without saying 😊

  • toastie postie

    😝😝😝No more preaching from me for the day!!!!

  • LetMeTranslate

    Preach it, Toastie!

  • 50ftQueenie

    I see it as wise guidance from one who has lived and learned

  • LetMeTranslate

    Toastie’s got street credit :-) :-)

  • 50ftQueenie

    Lol, she is OG

  • 50ftQueenie

    I wonder how much of that media push to villianize her in the beginning and portray her as unstable was the result of the pork chop Weinstein.

  • bap

    Good question! Jon played role also.

  • 50ftQueenie

    He did it to so many other actresses and destroyed their chance at a career. Angie always had something special and she could not be held down.

  • toastie postie

    🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 https://m.popkey.co/c49c0b/a0Kye.gif

  • Nope.

    Crossing fingers

  • 50ftQueenie

    Lol if he has that much energy I am scared

  • toastie postie

    I think he had a lot to do with it. Just as I’m sure he really pushed for WindBag to steal the Oscar from Angie.

  • LetMeTranslate

    LOL!!

  • toastie postie

    LOL. I was going to say, I’m sure he is running faster than that!

  • LetMeTranslate

    Is that your boyfriend, Toastie?