As if you needed a reason to be more excited for Maleficent than you already are, Angelina Jolie says that her makeup and costume for the film were both so terrifying that everyone from the child actors on-set to her very own children refused to come near her. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE.
“When Pax saw me for the first time, he ran away and got upset — and I thought he was kidding, so I was pretending to chase him until I actually found him crying. I had to take off pieces [of the makeup] in front of him to show him it was all fake and not freak out so much.”
The reason I love this so much is not because I want children to be sad (sorry Pax!), but because while it’s one thing for a costume to really work onscreen, once all the lighting is right, and the digital tricks have been used, but in person is a whole ‘nother matter. So for everything to be so successful that it even works face-to-face means that the movie is gonna be incredible.
From what Angelina says, the only one of her children who was even marginally okay with the outfit was her five-year old, Vivienne. Which is apparently how she earned her spot in the movie, because all of the other child actors were too horrified by Angelina.
“We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That’s not our goal for Brad and I at all. But the other three- and four-year-old [performers] wouldn’t come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv.”
I actually really love that as a reason to have Vivienne in the movie. And it sounds like all the kids were super involved in the whole process. They didn’t want their mom to take the role because she’s such an evil character, but Angelina talked them through it until they were more comfortable.
“I said, ‘Let me tell you the real story but you can’t tell anybody.’ So this was my test too, like any parent. The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, ‘You don’t understand her!’ They got into a bit of an argument and I thought, that’s the reason to do the film. It’s not that Maleficent is justified, but this story shows how she became misguided. When that character makes mistakes — which Maleficent does, and crosses many lines — you want them to be angry at her and concerned and confused and in the end, somehow understand something that they didn’t know before.”
Damn. Now I’m not only psyched for May 30th to get here so I can see this film, but I’m also kind of hoping that Angelina puts out a parenting book that I can read. Because she seems to really have it together, not just as a performer but also as a mom.
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