When it comes to the moral high ground in celebrity circles and just in promoting themselves in a very saintly light, there’s probably nobody more famous for it than Angelina Jolie, apart from the very exposed hypocrisies of George Clooney. Anyway, we have a soft spot for Angelina Jolie here at Brainstain, or are we just learning more about the super-mom as her guard goes down and her PR people aren’t always around her?
Yes, sometimes in candid interviews, things slip out and then this godly PR image, can slip down a few notches, and thus expose that not everything is what it seems, at all times… After all, nobody is perfect and celebrities are only human, well most of them, anyway…
Surely Angelina Jolie is a super “hippy-good” mother, taking care of six children and her heart is most definitely coming from a very good place, indeed. Ironically, Angelina Jolie and George Clooney, no longer get along very well, either… That’s the rumour in Hollywood, since some claim that Angelina did not get along with Amal Clooney either, amidst so-called humanitarian jealousy, perhaps?
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Angelina spoke about her status ten months after her split from Brad Pit, stating that “It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air”.
Fair enough. Since relationships & marriages are a very tough business and add six kids in the mix and over time, surely it’s hard to keep that spark alive. Brad Pitt had admitted to having some alcohol problems, which when thrown into a marriage, it never ends well, that’s alcohol for you, which serves as a type of legal escape addiction from increasing marital frustrations, perhaps?
This is all the while quite normal and way too common in life, so it’s an issue that’s rife in all corners of the world, no matter if you’re worth $250 million or simply, worth a lot less than that in your bank balance. After meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004, a whirlwind romance began between two of the hottest actors in Hollywood, with Brad Pitt divorcing Jennifer Aniston and later marrying Angelina Jolie. Such was the passion which led to their ultimate union, all be it, two completely different people, making it work anyway.
Angelina also revealed that during the editing of the Netflix film, ‘First They Killed My Father‘, which is also written and directed by her, based on the novel of the same name, is about the Khmer Rouge atrocities between 1975 and 1979 in Cambodia, where Pol Pot’s communist regime murdered way over 1 million Cambodians in a pure campaign of genocide, as an act of ethnic cleansing. A true monster, some say even the worst in history. However, despite the horrid subject matter, Angelina let slip in an interview with Vanity Fair of how she conducted her castings in order to cast the children from Cambodia, from orphanages and poor neighbourhoods for her Netflix film.
Of course, let’s now remember that Angelina Jolie is also a special envoy for the sometimes very questionable United Nations organisation, and is a self-professed humanitarian to boot. So, what did Angelina say? Let’s also say now that we are also very fond of castings and sometimes you have to be creative in order to find the right choice for your roles, by a process of elimination to secure the right people for your film. But, this latest practice revealed by Angelina Jolie herself, has landed her in some hot water over Twitter and social media, since she revealed that one of the main challenges to these poor orphans and street kids, was when she played tricks with money against them, in order for them to prove their worth, to get an acclaimed role in her Netflix film.
This casting challenge involved showing a poverty-stricken orphan money and then telling them to grab it, as soon as they could explain what they needed the money for… If they couldn’t explain a valid reason, then the people conducting the casting along with Angelina Jolie, would then snatch the money back from them. Can you imagine? She’s worth $160 million on her own and she snatches the money back from them? Surely, she should be handing out $1,000 envelopes instead, if she really meant well, right? Anyway…
Yes, in her own words now, here’s Angelina with some questionable casting tactics out in Cambodia for ‘First They Killed My Father‘, “Srey Moch [the girl ultimately chosen for the part] 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.”
“Okay”, so in castings, sure you should try to evoke emotion, but perhaps, showing and threatening to remove money from some of the poorest people in the world, isn’t really a kosher casting practice, is it?
Angelina got emotional and said “When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.”
Cue the Twitter reactions now, calling out Angelina Jolie’s celebrity moral high ground antics, questioning her saintly image and this undeniable Public Relations act that many SJW celebs try to invoke onto the public, whilst many people come to question the validity of it all, over the years…
Calling her a “Mother Teresa Act” is quite the statement to make, but perhaps one, that many people would say fits her perfectly.
Yes, some would call this crazy and immoral, right? What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
Some would call this casting process tactic, both “cruel” and “bang out of order”, wouldn’t you?
Angelina is an honorary citizen in Cambodia, where she adopted her first child, but even Cambodia should come to question such desperate measures in casting for her film, from street slums and orphanages, especially when you’re worth around $160 million.
Back to the topic of the film now, and Pol Pot had actually killed 2 million people, not just 1 million people of the old government and citizens, including educated people, intellectuals, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and career professionals, basically anyone that he didn’t like, which is why the whole genocide and the wiping out of a third of the population is now referred to as the Killing Fields, such as the 1984 film.
No family was not unaffected by the murderous ways of Pol Pot, and Angelina said that there was a palpable feeling of “authentic connection to pain” on set and during the filming. Gee, we wonder why? But perhaps, subjecting children to the taunting of giving and taking away money from them, surely added to that pain, eh?
Jolie proudly told the Vanity Fair, journalist: “There wasn’t a person who was working on the movie who didn’t have a personal connection. They weren’t coming to do a job. They were walking in the exodus for the people whom they had lost in their family, and it was out of respect for them that they were going to re-create it. It completed something for them.”
Additionally, a therapist was on the film set, at all times, for the cast and crew who were said to be suffering from flashbacks, while even onlookers were said to be horrified by re-living the trauma whilst making the film.
Angelina said boastfully, “When the Khmer Rouge came over the bridge, we had a few people who really dropped to their knees and wailed. They were horrified to see them come back”.
Again, we wonder why? So, shall we commend Angelina Jolie for making a film about these atrocities? Maybe, we should…
But now, we have long questioned the sanity and validity of Angelina’s sainthood, amidst feeding BBQ’d tarantulas to her children in Cambodia on a family vacation, to adopting so many children in the first place, to her sharing vials of blood with Billy-Bob Thornton before Brangelina happened, to her rumoured and reported questionable parenting methods from Brad Pitt himself in divorce papers, to that of other Hollywood stars branding as her completely “nuts” over the years, plus additionally to that of her own father, Jon Voight previously worrying for her mental health on many occasions, so is this casting revelation but a mere sign of just unorthodox practises or is there something slightly more sinister at play at here?
Let’s not also forget that Angelina has also reportedly been obsessed with the cult like status of the secret societies for many years (not mentioning any names) but that Brad Pitt also didn’t wholeheartedly agree with them all the time?
Angelina Jolie is a wild child of Hollywood, which doesn’t make her a bad mother, and it doesn’t make her not a humanitarian, but surely casting in this way, over stepped some boundaries of decency, without taking much thought into account, perhaps?
We now wonder if she will announce an apology over the way she casted children in her film? Let’s wait and see, shall we?
Brainstain, over and out!
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Featured Photo Credit: United to End Genocide