A long away from that and currently making a family with the world's most gorgeous guy, Angelina Jolie is once again an Oscar nominee.
"I found myself telling people this story of this script. It's a great justice story as well as a story about love and loss," Jolie says of The Changeling.
On so many levels, Jolie had found her next project. "In the end, I couldn't shake it and decided I wanted to do it. Knowing that he was going to do it," Jolie admits while pointing to Eastwood, "kind of was everything. I've always wanted to work with him. But also knowing how difficult this film would be and know that I would be taken care of by somebody who would help me get through it."
The Changeling is a haunting film that should be earning Oscar nods come nomination season. Jolie was especially proud of this film and dominated the conversation with Eastwood concerning her amazement of the reality behind The Changeling.
Eastwood wanted Jolie for the part and considered no one else. When Jolie received the script for The Changeling, anyone around her knew the actress had her next project.
"She was very much a woman of the time," Jolie says. "In the beginning of the film she's a working mom who's into her job. She's loves her son and she's busy. But she is a woman of 1928. There is something small about her and apologetic about her. The script allowed for this transition to find her strength through the torture she went through and really coming to terms with what her rights are what she lost. To me, one of the main moments where things change, is when she realizes they just can't do anything else to her. She's lost what's important to her and now she's going to fight for everybody else. I think that's a wonderful human transition."
"You find yourself wanting to get very aggressive about a situation because you've been wronged. Instead, you've been feeling like a little woman facing this authority of men and at a time when that was such an authority. It was such a final word. They could easily say 'you're emotional. You're a woman. You're a mother not thinking clearly.' A lot of that people would say, 'that sounds right.' It's terrifying."
Watching Jolie in The Changeling is one of those moments in film that transcends time. Sure the setting on the screen is the 1920s, yet Eastwood's film resonance knows no decade.
Eastwood has been at this for a while and audiences hope decades longer. "Having done it so much for 50...54 years, you start thinking," he pauses as Eastwood's voice becomes his trademark whispery, 'damn, I've been doing this more than half a century. You think somewhere accidentally something will sink in somewhere that you can utilize."
For Jolie, the appeal of the film was also working with John Malkovich. Like audiences everywhere, she found two sides to a talented actor.
John's always one of those actors that...I've always respected him. I've felt he's one of those real artists. He knows his craft," Jolie says. "But, you don't know John. It was so nice to get to know John because he's just a pleasure. He is a very, very intelligent, very kind man - very intelligent."
Also, as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to the world for causes big and small, Jolie was able to effortlessly channel her global and personal passions into her role of a woman desperate for answers in a world full of questions. "Because it's a real story and because it's what someone really suffered in the system and how she fought the system," Jolie says.
Jolie won an Oscar for her portrayal of a wounded soul in Girl, Interrupted, and in Changeling, she inhabits another character whose wounds audiences watch get deeper as the film progresses. "I admired her and there was a strength in what she learned and how she rose above it that I wanted to share with the world."
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