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  • Angelina Jolie not getting married, focusing on directing and screenwriting debut

    Don’t believe the hype–wedding bells aren’t ringing for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt–yet.

    “I’m not pregnant. I’m not adopting at the moment,” Jolie declares in the new issue of Vanity Fair, adding that there are no plans for a “secret wedding.”

    Instead, the gorgeous Oscar-winner is taking time out to focus on her film career.
“Brad thinks I’m going to be a nightmare,” Jolie laughs, explaining how directing her new movie, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” has changed the way she approaches her acting career.

    “I had such a good experience he thinks I’m going to be impatient with directors, which I already am. I get impatient with people working on a film that have their head in their hands like it’s the most complicated thing in the world.”

    Writing and directing a film has left the actress feeling vulnerable. “I’ve never felt more exposed. My whole career, I’ve hidden behind other people’s words. Now it’s me talking. You feel ridiculous when you get something wrong.”

    Jolie wrote the script when she was stuck at home, battling a virus.

    “I had the flu! I had to be quarantined from the children for two days. I was in the attic of a house in France. I was isolated, pacing. I don’t watch TV and I wasn’t reading anything. So I started writing. I went from the beginning to the end. I didn’t know any other way.”

    She offered Pitt the finished script to read while on a trip. “He called and said, ‘You know, honey, it’s not that bad.’” 
The “Tomb Raider” star wasn’t initially planning on directing her debut screenplay. “It was something I didn’t trust out of my hands,” she says. “So by default I ended up putting myself in as director.”

    Jolie insisted on using the local people of war-torn Serbia and Bosnia. “It couldn’t be anybody else. It’s their story. It was important that they were willing to do it. If none of them were willing, I wouldn’t have made it.”

    Before shooting, Jolie sent the script to “reporters and writers, people of Serbian and Bosnian nationality who’d been through the war. I was gauging the accuracy…. If they said no, I wouldn’t have done it.”

    Luckily for Jolie, Pitt was a supportive and helpful critic to Jolie’s freshman writing effort–even if she didn’t agree with all of his advice. “He’d come in and say what he liked or what he didn’t understand. Like any woman, I would listen to most of it and fight a few things. He’s been so supportive. But it’s hard to separate the person that loves you from the critic, so I don’t think he’s a fair judge.”

    With some astute feedback from her partner, Jolie is ready for the reaction of the general public. “People will judge for themselves. I think if you make a good movie people walk away arguing.”

    The October issue of Vanity Fair will be on newsstands in New York and L.A. on September 1, and nationally and on the iPad September 6.


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