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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft

STARS: Angelina Jolie, Noah Taylor,
Daniel Craig • DIRECTOR: Simon West
PRODUCERS: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin

THE CONCEPT: Paramount Pictures new action/adventure Tomb Raidermovie is inspired by the most popular interactive video character in history, Lara Croft. Travelling to dangerous locales around the world searching for rare, lost crypts and long-forgotten empires, Croft is well-trained in combat and well-equipped to face any challenge.

Her latest escapade pits her against a powerful secret society that is endeavoring to find two halves of an ancient artifact buried in space and time - to possess it means ultimate power so … the race is on, and the fate of humanity rests in Lara's capable hands.

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"I don't think there is anybody better for the role of Lara than Angelina. She was the only problem we didn't have on the movie. It could not be a more physically demanding role for an actress, and she trained like crazy for it. She did a lot of her own stunt work, a lot of dangerous things. Big action movies are very dangerous, and she was a real pro. She was injured a couple of times and kept going."
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Jolie, ice-cool as LaraANGELINA JOLIE:
"The first few weeks of this film, when I was in training, I spent one night sitting in the bathtub with all my bruises and a cut knee, crying and thinking, 'What am I doing? I'm not going to be able to pull this off.' I couldn't get the guns even. I kept hitting myself with my braid! When I did the bungy jump I kept swinging back and forth, hitting the wall. But when you keep doing it, and finally accomplishing it, it's a great feeling. I've always been ridiculously fearless to a fault."
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SIMON WEST (Director):
"Lara Croft has this huge fan base. People know her mainly by what she looks like, and we knew we needed someone that had the physical attributes. But also I wanted someone who could act, because I didn't want this to be a cartoon. Angelina has this tomboy side to her, which means that the action was believable. I didn't realize how much she'd be able to do, and I certainly didn't cast her with the idea that she was going to have to do her own stunts, but she became willing to do them, and once we put her through this big training program, she was able to do all of them."
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LLOYD LEVIN (Producer):
"What we were really concerned with was not duplicating the videogame, but capturing the essence and translating it into movie terms."
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"While everyone was training, I was napping and smoking copious amounts of cigarettes. I'm actually quite a physical person, I used to do boxing and karate, but I'm equally at home on the couch!"
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DANIEL CRAIG: (Alex) on his character:
"The appeal for me was that Alex was ambiguous. You didn't really know whether he was good or bad. You didn't know whether he and Lara had had a relationship."
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JOLIE on recreating the physical attributes of her character:
"This has been the big question, so this is the way I answer it. (My bra size is) 36C - in the film, I'm a 36D. In the game she's a 40 DD, with a 20-inch waist, and 35-inch hips. I have a regular waist, regular hips, so we basically gave her a padded bra. I'm fine with my breasts, and I don't think that's something that little girls should look at and think, 'I should be that,' and get breast implants."

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Text by Judy Sloane. All images © Paramount Pictures.
Tomb Raider / Lara Croft™ Core Design
Feature © Visual Imagination 2001. Not for reproduction

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