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'Cruel' game to pick Angelina Jolie's cast

'Cruel' game to pick Angelina Jolie's cast”

Angelina Jolie has been accused of exploiting Cambodian children during casting for her new Netflix film.

Jolie's latest directorial venture First They Killed My Father is an adaptation of a personal account by human rights activist and Jolie's friend Long Ung of her experiences as a child living in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge years. Cambodia is a place that has proven to be deeply cathartic for Jolie, as it is where she adopted her first child, son Maddox, and restarted her life. More than 2 million people out of a total population of 7 million were killed during the purge, including Ung's father, mother, and two sisters. That one paragraph put a question mark on the methods used by the goodwill ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. The casting director played emotionally manipulative games with these kids.

The article states that Jolie "looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship" for the role of Long Ung, but that the casting directors devised a particular game for these children.

The role of Cambodian women writers as a child, Angelina was looking for a non-professional actress - arriving in Cambodia, Jolie staged a casting, inviting local children living in hard circumstances: children in orphanages, slum dwellers... in Front of each of them she put the money on the table and asked to imagine what the bills really need.

'The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie'.

However Ange has hit back, claiming her words were misinterpreted, and that taking the money was merely "a pretend exercise in improvisation".

'All these different things came flooding back. Jolie then tears up. When the girl asked why they need her, a small inhabitant of Cambodia replied that her grandfather died and the family not to bury him.

It is reported that a unusual method was used during the shooting of this movie, in order to draw the deepest, realest and most raw emotions from the actors of the movie.



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