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SDCC ’10: Angelina Jolie charms seasoned Comic-Con crowds with ‘Salt’

hollywoodnews.com:Thursday afternoon in Comic-Con’s storied Hall H, Angelina Jolie introduced footage from her new film Salt and fielded affectionate if slightly repetitive questions from fans. Following a screening of the theatrical trailer, Jolie joined director Phillip Noyce, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and co-star Liev Schreiber for a lively question and answer session about her eclectic and hugely successful acting career.

“I thought it was one of the smartest scripts I’d read,” Jolie told the panel’s moderator when asked why she picked the film over what was likely her choice of action-oriented options. “I’d done a lot of action movies, but they were always rooted in fantasy in some way, so it was the first time I got to do something in reality and I think that makes all of the action harder and tougher, and just a lot more fun.”

Despite repeated attempts from fans to get her to talk about he character in depth, Jolie skillfully navigated her way around details about Evelyn Salt without leaving the audience with nothing. “She’s a fascinating character,” Jolie said. “You can never talk about her, because it’s all a secret and you’ve got to let the pieces unravel, but she’s a real interesting kind of damaged, unusual type of person, so I think people will relate to her in a very different way and identify with her.”

At the same time, Jolie indicated that the tone and execution of the film made it a different and more rewarding experience than many of those she’d done in the past. “I love doing action, and I love doing dramatic films, and I’ve never really been able to combine them. As for action, I had so much fun doing certain films, but you can get away with so much when it’s fantasy – you can bend a bullet and jump off something that doesn’t exist. But for this one it was just such a nice challenge to say we have to work so much harder to convince the audience that all of these things are absolutely possible so my style got meaner and harder and darker and it wasn’t as fun or pretty and that made it, I think [with] these stunts a better action movie than ones I’ve done.”

Before Jolie left the stage, she did reveal that she was injured doing some of those mean, hard stunts, although she said that in the end she was no worse for wear. “Oddly I got injured in one of the most ridiculously easy stunts in the movie,” Jolie said with a laugh. “I had to jump into a door, shoot sideways and then roll onto the ground, and I rolled right into a desk. I cracked the front of my head open, not my skull but I was bleeding, and I have a little scar here [over my right eye]. Then I actually thought I had some problem because I couldn’t hear very well, and I thought, oh my God, I’ve done it. But I had forgotten I still had my earplugs in from the gunshot, so I was fine.”

Salt opens Friday nationwide in theaters. Check back at Hollywood News for more reports from the San Diego Comic-Con, and about your favorite actors, movies and franchises!

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About Todd Gilchrist

Todd Gilchrist is a Los Angeles-based film critic and entertainment journalist. Over the past decade he worked at a variety of online and print publications, including the Miami New Times, Filmstew.com, SCI FI Wire, and IGN.com, where he wrote reviews, conducted interviews with actors and filmmakers, and edited Movies, DVD and Music content. He currently works for Cinematical.com among other outlets, and has been a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association since 2005.

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