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Angelina Jolie Talks ‘The Tourist’ & Johnny Depp
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Angelina Jolie has been on the road promoting ‘The Tourist‘ with Johnny Depp, and we got to check it out at the premiere. Here’s what she had to say about the film and starring with Johnny Depp.
The story of how the film got made was the classic Hollywood story that rarely happens. Seems the both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie loved a small foreign film called ‘The Lives Of Others‘ which was trying to get a distributor. Pitt even sent the director a letter, and suddenly overnight, Hollywood was smitten with the German director. Angelina liked the story for The Tourist, but felt the script needed some major work and suddenly Henckel von Donnersmarck got his quick lesson in Hollywood filmmaking where he not only directed two of the larger than life stars in the action thriller but also rewrote the script. That’s how those Hollywood legends are made.
If you’re not familiar with what ‘The Tourist’ is about, here’s a quickie overview. Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in The Tourist. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Here’s a little of what Angline Jolie had to say about ‘The Tourist’ and finally starring with megastar Johnny Depp.
Q: What about The Tourist appealled to you?
A: I had finished Salt, and I didn’t have a project, and Moneyball (the Brad Pitt movie about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane) was delayed, and I simply asked what was being done in a nice location. … I thought it would be fun to do something light, and something I hadn’t done before. … But honestly it was just a really great excuse to take my family to Venice and Paris and work with a great director (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) and great actor (Depp) and have a nice time.
Q: I love the story of how you ended up working with Florian (The Lives of Others) as it’s very inspiring to struggling filmmakers. How was the experience?
A: He really did help me a lot with (Elise) in that he was raised more around this type of very well-bred Europeans, and I clearly was not. He was a good gauge for me on how this person should really behave … doing things that are very gracious as opposed to something that would be cool or seductive. And he told me to slow down. I talk fast, I move fast, and she as a character does things very slowly.
Q: In ‘The Tourist’, no one can keep their eyes off Elise, and that seems to be in most of the films you are in, at least the audiences can’t keep their eyes off you. You’ve said more than once that this isn’t the case in your everyday life?
A: I’m like that, behind closed doors with Brad. (laughs) But when it calls for it, when you have to get dressed up for a premiere, you get dressed up like all girls do, you have your moments. But in general in my daily life, my suitcase is full of about 10 pairs of black trousers and sweaters and T-shirts and two pairs of boots. I can just about brush my hair when I’m not working.
Q: A question you get a lot, but I have to ask. Since you’re married to an actor, do you find yourselves offering up advice even when it’s not asked for?
A: We don’t really analyze ourselves, but we did when I was directing (a movie she wrote about the war in Bosnia that she will edit this winter). We had lots of discussions on how best to help me guide the actors, for me to understand from him as a man, what helps him. I think actors are actors, male and female. But women’s roles, I understand women’s roles, I understand a mother, I understand a wife, so it’s easier for me to guide somebody into it. To direct a man to be masculine or a soldier or a fighter or a husband is not innate to whom I am, so it’s something I have to learn about in order to help guide.
Q: The Anthony Zimmer version of ‘The Tourist’ is more suspense thriller, while yours is more of a goofball romantic comedy with a thriller overlay. Was that your intent?
A: Which is really funny for Johnny and me to be in a goofball romantic comedy. I don’t know how it happened.
Q: Johnny Depp is more known for his over the top characters than his serious roles. How was it for you playing opposite a more serious Depp?
A: I bet it was very challenging for him. He usually plays (weird roles) and I usually play a tough something, so we were both way out of our regular range.
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