Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood icon in her own right, will undoubtedly draw parallels to the late Elizabeth Taylor when she takes on the role of Cleopatra in the upcoming remake. While the comparisons have already begun, they aren’t limited to her on-screen abilities.
]]>According to Will Lawrence of the U.K.’s Telegraph, who has interviewed the actress on several occasions over the past decade, her “The Tourist” co-star Johnny Depp recently likened her relationship with Brad Pitt to “the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of our era.” Jolie accepts the comparison as a compliment (as it was likely meant) and adds the Paradis-Depp and Jolie-Pitt families spent a significant amount of time together while filming. When it comes to her big screen portrayal of the role Taylor played so memorably, Jolie insists that the new version will be more accurate. “My performance will never be as lovely as Elizabeth’s,” Jolie says. “We are trying to get into a different truth about her as a pharaoh in history and not as a sex symbol, because she really wasn’t.” “She has been very misunderstood,” she adds. “I thought it was all about the glamor, but then I read about her and she was a very strong mother, she spoke five languages and she was a leader.” Reportedly, Taylor herself had not been pleased with the idea of a Jolie Cleopatra for the David Fincher directed remake. What do you think? Are you excited to see a more accurate portrayal, or will Taylor’s sex symbol always reign supreme?