Angelina Jolie is refuting claims by some on social media that she subjected auditioning children to a cruel game while casting her upcoming Khmer Rouge drama “First They Killed My Father.”
In the new issue’s interview with the actress and filmmaker, Vanity Fair described how casting directors “set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism,” in which children had to improvise stealing money from a table and devising a lie when caught. A number of Twitter commenters retweeted a post by Kay Burley of Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News, alleging Jolie had been “tempting deprived kids with cash and then snatching it away.” British talk-show host Piers Morgan, one of the retweeters, wrote, “What? This is appalling.”
Jolie, 42, who directed and co-wrote the movie with Loung Ung, on whose memoir it is based, responded in a statement Saturday to HuffingtonPost.com. “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.”
She added, “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. Parents,…
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