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Angelina Jolie hits back at critics over ‘false, upsetting’ rumour on new movie

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Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has hit back at accounts of her giving
children money and then taking it back from them.
The actress had reportedly been casting her new film ‘First
They Killed My Father’ which centres on the main character’s childhood under
the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
A Vanity Fair article described a scene in which casting
directors trying to find a child actress to play the lead role gave money to
poor children, only to take it away again as an acting exercise.

The report prompted criticism from those who said the method
was cruel and exploitative, Sky said.
But Jolie and producer, Rithy Panh, denied the claims in a
statement released through Netflix, which is making and distributing the film.
Jolie said: “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.
“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 that doctors, guardians and parents were on the
film set every day to “make sure that no one was in any way hurt by
participating in the recreation of such a painful part of their country’s
history”.
Panh, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, said: “The
children were not tricked or entrapped as some have suggested.
“They understood very well that this was acting and
make believe.”
Vanity Fair said in a statement that the writer of the
article Evgenia Peretz “clearly describes what happened during the casting
process as a game”.
They added that the film-makers “went to extraordinary
lengths to be sensitive in addressing the psychological stresses on the cast
and crew that were inevitable in making a movie about the genocide carried out
in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge”.
The film will debut at the Toronto International Film
Festival in September.

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