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Angelina Jolie Talks Blood & Honey on 60 Minutes: Afghanistan Set War Drama is Next, Punching Through Gender Stereotypes & Being Scared in a Good Way

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 28, 2011 at 1:45PM

Angelina Jolie Talks Blood & Honey on 60 Minutes: Afghanistan Set War Drama is Next, Punching Through Gender Stereotypes & Being Scared in a Good Way
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Jolie on the set of "In The Land of Blood and Honey"
Jolie on the set of "In The Land of Blood and Honey"

Angelina Jolie is promoting her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey" (December 23), which means conversation inevitably veers toward Jolie's tabloid existence rather than the work at hand. 60 Minutes' Bob Simon kept his conversation polite but still asked the usual questions necesary for people to pay attention. He met with Jolie several times to put together a profile on Jolie; you can watch the video below. As for her directorial debut, she is "nervous that people are going to not understand it." That's probably because she thinks people don't understand her.


Yes, she's beautiful, has a dark side, and has a bunch of kids with Brad Pitt. Cut to the relevant parts: She chose to do a love story set amidst war torn Bosnia and ethnic cleansing, not a action flick or comedy. "I think I'd be terrible with a comedy," she says; Simon confirms there's no humor in "Blood and Honey." This is no surprise, given Jolie's years of humanitarian efforts. But it is "a movie, a love story, not a documentary," Jolie reminds us. She plans on shooting another war film--next time in Afghanistan, where Simon points out two things: 1. Her beauty won't matter -- "It's nice for all of that not to matter," she replies., and 2. It's risky -- "Is it?" she says, "I think what's risky is living your life and-- and never trying for anything and never doing something brave and never getting yourself scared." Is she scared? "In a good way."

Jolie now prefers directing and "having the spotlight on somebody else."

Simon reminds her she was once asked if she wanted to be a Bond girl. Jolie's reply was that she wanted to play Bond. "Is that one of your ambitions, to punch through these gender stereotypes?" he asks her. Her response; "It's not something I intentionally did, but when it comes my way, it's-- and I'm aware of it, it was really fun to do especially 'cause I just had kids. I just had my twins, and I'd been in a nightgown for about seven months. And I felt like-- I felt like getting up and punching something." (See also: Jolie Transcends Gender)

Jolie names "A Mighty Heart" her favorite of her films, and says it was also the hardest as an actress. Being a mother, however, is harder. Jolie's self-proclaimed soft spot: her mother. "I will never be as good a mother as she was. I will try my best, but I don't think I could ever be. She was-- she was just grace incarnate. She was the most generous, loving-- she's better than me."

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