For her “60 Minutes” profile piece, Angelina Jolie spent much time talking about her directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which opens in December. Everyone thought her first attempt at writing and directing was a bit crazy.
“I think people that really know me weren’t surprised, but I think they
all thought it was a bit crazy … I still think it’s crazy,” says Jolie, about the movie’s heavy subject matter. But she adds, “I think I’d
be terrible with a comedy.”
“Blood and Honey” is about the 1990s Bosnian war and a fictional romance between a female Muslim prisoner and a Serbian commandant at the prison where the woman is held. Jolie says the actors, all Yugoslavian, were great sources of input for the film.
“We all spoke about every speech, every scene and made sure that it was
right and true. Everybody helped to educate me and we all adjusted the
And of course, due to the sensitive subject matter, Jolie says she’s nervous.
“I’m nervous that people are going to not understand it,” she says. But she definitely prefers directing to acting.
“I prefer directing. I loved having the spotlight on somebody else,” says Jolie. “It’s nice for [her looks] not to matter. I think what’s risky is living
your life and never trying for anything and never doing something brave.”
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” opens Dec. 23. Jolie also spoke in the interview about her relationship with Brad Pitt and their six children. Read what she had to say about that here.