A few days ago Actress Angelina Jolie under fire after revealing cruel method used on Cambodian children for the casting of her new film…
Vanity Fair’s description of how Jolie cast her upcoming Netflix film about surviving the Cambodian genocide, “First They Killed My Father,” was slammed by critics who called the process “deliberate emotional abuse” and “cruel and unnecessary.”
In finding children to act in the film adaptation of Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir, Jolie “looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship,” Vanity Fair’s Evgenia Peretz wrote.
“In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: They put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away,” Peretz wrote. “The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie.
Here’s an update on the situation.
On Sunday, Jolie and producer Rithy Panh issued statements, via Netflix, disputing Vanity Fair’s portrayal and defending how the film was made.
“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,” Jolie said in a statement. “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.”