Angelina Jolie has been in the spotlight for months following her separation from famous husband Brad Pitt. Now, it seems that the famous actress has managed to get herself involved into a scandal linked to some controversial auditions.
It all started with a Vanity Fair report, which claimed that Angelina’s process of casting children for her upcoming movie has been an “emotional abuse”, and “cruel and unnecessary.” Angelina allegedly looked for children who had suffered emotional distress. She “looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship,” the report claimed.
“In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away,” the same report said. “The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie,” it added.
As imagined, Angelina was not happy at all with all these claims. In fact, the famous actress almost immediately issued a statement, disputing the claims made by Vanity Fair. Angelina claimed that the exercise was an improvisation and it was actually from a scene from the movie. “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,” she said.
The famous actress also went on to explain that the producers took all the needed measures to make sure that the children who attend the auditions and who work for this movie are perfectly fine. This is why, their parents, as well as NGOs and doctors were present throughout the whole process.
The producer of the film also dismissed the claims, saying that casting was actually conducted in “the most sensitive way possible.” The producer also said that all kinds of children attended the auditions and they were asked to play an actual part of the movie, of course the best way to see their acting skills. Despite the denials, Vanity Fair stood up by its story.