UN humanitarian Angelina Jolie used cruel audition method to cast child actors for her Cambodia movie

Fellowship of the Minds

Angelina Jolie has a new Netflix original movie about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide, First They Killed My Father, to peddle.

So Vanity Fair magazine obliged her with a fawning interview with Evgenia Peretz, which is the cover story for the magazine’s September 2017 issue.

Some readers got upset by a section of the interview in which Jolie happily described how she cast the children for her film, by:

  • Searching Cambodian slums and orphanages.
  • Playing a sadistic “game” during the audition, in which the kids were told to steal money, lie about the theft, then had the money snatched from them so as to gauge their reaction.

Here’s the relevant section from the article about the interview:

“To cast the children in the film, Jolie looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship. In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung…

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