Angelina Jolie “Wanted” to die

Nov. 05, 2008 | 6:53 p.m.

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SPOILER WARNING: This guest post by Los Angeles Times movie writer Chris Lee gives away some major plot twists in the film "Wanted," so don’t read  if you were waiting to see it on DVD!

Angelina Jolie did not want to ride off into the sunset. At least, not when it came to portraying a sexed-up super assassin in the summer action hit "Wanted."

The Oscar-winning actress now says that she accepted the role of the sleek killer named Fox only after the filmmaker agreed to a crucial script revision: She didn’t want her character still breathing when the final credits rolled. It was a major change from the story in the graphic novel of the same name but, as anyone familiar with both already knows, there were plenty of huge differences between Mark Millar’s dark comic-book tale and the Hollywood adaptation.

"In the original, she doesn’t kill herself," Jolie said. "I actually changed the ending. I said, ‘If she was to find out she had killed people unjustly and was a part of something that wasn’t fair, then she should take her own life.’"

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In a penthouse suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last week, during a conversation about her latest drama "The Changeling," Jolie got to talking about what had drawn her to the role of Fox, a member of a 1,000-year-old secret society that murders people who are destined to cause some unspecified tragedy in the future.

"I liked ‘Wanted’ because I liked the idea that she was somebody who believed she was delivering justice to bad people," Jolie said. “For instance, if you knew Hitler was coming and you could take him out, would you? I liked that."

"Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov failed to mention the Jolie-requested ending when I interviewed him last summer. Jolie told me that she frames her choices to appear in bombastic popcorn thrillers like the "Tomb Raider" franchise and "Wanted" as a method of counter-balancing her more somber films.

"First of all, let’s not over-think it," Jolie said, her back to a panoramic view of the city’s glittering nighttime horizon. "It’s an action movie. As much as I love to be home with my kids, it gives me an excuse to go out and by physical. To do different things. Too many films like ‘The Changeling’ or ‘A Mighty Heart’ and it takes a toll after a while. They’re so emotional!"

– Chris Lee

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Photos: Top: Angelina Jolie in "Wanted." Credit: Universal Pictures; Inset: James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie in "Wanted." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk. Bottom: Credit: Martin Schoeller / Los Angeles Times.

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6 Responses to Angelina Jolie “Wanted” to die

  1. cal godot says:

    Angelina Jolie – the walking illustration of a primadonna. As an author, I find the notion that an actor can demand such significant script changes to be, well, appalling. But money talks in Hollywood – the problem is, the corollary bullshit doesn't walk: it just hangs around the set all day. Angelina Jolie is one of the many reasons the movie Wanted sucked. With her muscle-free noodle arms and complete lack of athleticism, Jolie was about as believable as a child actor playing the world's tallest human. It's clear now that the logic-free script changes were motivated not by a desire for good plot or action, but to soothe the fragile ego and tortured self-image of a bird-brained, talent-free actress.

  2. CC says:

    She…is…so….pretentious. Gag.

  3. Michele says:

    Typical responses from BOYS! Angelina Jolie was THE reason I went to see Wanted and I understood why her character had to die even though I was beyond disappointed that she did. FOX was a kick-ass character. And by the way, strength is not always equated with muscle. I've know some skinny ass gilrs to pack quite a whollop. PLEASE go back to watching your Tom Cruise movies.

  4. neil says:

    cal godot | November 06, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    So, cal GODOT, what PRETENTIOUS blurbs are you an author of? If this is an example of your writing you must get a lot of rejections. Here is a hint to better your chances for success; share your thoughts not your prejudices. That is if you don't want to sound very small minded much like your comment above.

  5. anti-godot says:

    Stumbled upon this just now…
    @cal godot
    wow, successful troll. Jolie is absolutely not why the movie Wanted sucked. You want to talk about the many reasons, go ahead. But it's not the single reason you brought up.

  6. Crow-Poppy says:

    Anjelina wasn’t the reason this movie sucked but she didn’t help. I felt she was a bit too emotionless for the role in which she was cast but her action scenes were exhilarating. Would’ve loved to see Common be more than just a surly black guy with a paragraph of dialogue but such is the case when more than one talented black person is cast in a “white” movie.

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