There is a piece of behind-the-scenes footage, probably locked deep in the Disney vault, that the tabloids would pay millions to get their hands on. In it, a then four-year-old Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt makes her big-screen debut, as a somewhat reluctant participant in Maleficent, the forthcoming prequel to Sleeping Beauty.
“Her first day, she doesn’t want to put the dress on. Then she wants to have food and she wants to get the dress off. Then she doesn’t want to do her hair. Then she wants to go play in the mud. Then she loses her other shoe,” says the young actress’s mother. “All she had to do that day was chase this little ball on the end of a stick, which would be turned into a butterfly. But we realized on that day that anything you tell her to do, she will not do.” So Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spent the day acting like rodeo clowns. “I’ve got the stick, and he’s on the edge of the [fake] cliff so that when she jumps, she jumps into his arms. We’re making these faces and singing these songs, anything we can do,” she says, shaking her head with bewildered affection familiar to all parents. “Disney did tell me those were some of the funniest outtakes they’d ever seen.”
Angelina Jolie tells this story in the commissary on the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles, a spot that is remarkable only for being one of the few places in the developed world where Angelina Jolie can unself-consciously eat lunch in plain view. As she stirs honey into her mint tea—they bring it without asking—and talks with openness about her band of six children, clearly her favorite subject, there’s a moment to take in her face, which is a process, in that it is somehow unlike all other faces. ( Read more...Collapse )
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