Angelina Jolie has directed First They Killed My Father
The star has helmed the Netflix movie First They Killed My Father, based on Loung Ung's memoir of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
A report for Vanity Fair last week suggested she searched “orphanages, circuses and slum schools” for young actors; putting money in front of them and asking them to think of what they needed it for and 'take' it.
Jolie, the piece said, would them pretend to “catch” them stealing the money, and they would have to come up with a lie.
There was outrage on Twitter over what many deemed to be exploitation of impoverished kids, and Jolie has now hit back.
The film is out later this year
The film is based on Loung Ung's memoir
The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting
“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,” she told Huffington Post.
She insisted that the auditions had been taken out of context; and were an improvisation exercise based on a real scene from the film – and in the casting process, real money was not used, and the young actors knew it was not a real scenario.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Angelina Jolie in pictures Fri, July 28, 2017
Angelina Jolie in pictures.
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Angelina Jolie in pictures
The ultimate cast of First They Killed My Father is comprised of trained actors, orphans and disadvantaged children.
Jolie told Vanity Fair of Srey Moch Sareum, who plays the lead role and is from a slum community in Cambodia: “Srey Moch was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time.
“When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion. All these different things came flooding back.”
The film is out later this year.