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VIDEO: Maleficent cast talks meeting and fighting Angelina Jolie

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Even with fake, angular cheekbones, Angelina Jolie's beauty and star power command attention. We sat down with her co-stars to find out what it was like working with such a powerful actress.

Apparently, Elle Fanning, Dakota's younger sister, has always wanted to be a princess. She gushed about getting the opportunity to play Aurora.

"When I was little, all the time I wanted to be a Disney princess, as a job. I thought that when I grow up, I would figure out how to be one. And yet, I never thought about being one through movies and then I realized I can actually accomplish my lifelong goal of being a Disney princess. It was the most exciting thing when I got to play [Aurora]," the giddy actress said.

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Fifteen-year-old Fanning also told us about her first interaction with Angelina Jolie. "I was very nervous, that first time meeting her. We were at the studios during the rehearsal period. I heard everyone saying, 'She's here, she's here.' I turned the corner and there she was!

"Immediately, we both just kind of jumped on each other and gave each other a big hug. She shook my shoulders and said, 'We're going to have so much fun making this film!'" said Fanning.

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South African actor Sharlto Copley (District 9) played King Stefan and shared what it was like to fight onscreen with Angelina Jolie. He didn't mince words.

"It was pretty brutal. The hardest part, really, was playing a scene, fighting with a woman. I have a major problem with that, personally. It's probably the toughest thing I've done as an actor. [Maleficent's] magic, and whatever the case might be, but it was very, very tough.

"Where I'm from in South Africa, and how I was raised, it's quite old-fashioned. You'd never, ever, ever hit a woman in any way, under any circumstance. It's not justified in any reality. So my alpha male side would want to attack a man who I saw hitting a woman. If I saw a guy in a restaurant slap a woman, I'd want to rip his head off. So my primal instinct is that. And Angie has this vulnerability and she puts on this whole thing, but she does have that feminine quality to her, so it was not pleasant for me. It's not something I would hurry back to do anytime soon," Copley confessed.

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So, what originally drew Copley to the part?

"I think it was the opportunity, in all seriousness, to provide a cautionary tale to men. There is sort of a trait in men, that they love to be king of their castle, that they think they know everything, but this is a stereotype. This is an example of a guy who's ambitious and driven. That can be a good quality in a man, but he takes it to the extreme where he'll do anything to become powerful. He makes the ultimate sacrifice to become king," he said.

Watch our video to find out what else the stars had to say. Maleficent opens in theaters today.

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