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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Simon West directs Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider

STARS: Angelina Jolie, Noah Taylor,
Daniel Craig • DIRECTOR: Simon West

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"Angelina was so into the character. She says it's the closest to how she really is. She does sleep with knives and she loves action. We were designing Lara's bedroom and she said, 'Of course, we'll have an electric chair in the room.' I went, 'What?' She said, 'I just want an electric chair.' I said, 'Okay.' I didn't ask why, and I still don't know why!"
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"Billy (Bob Thornton) got electrocuted in a movie this year in The Man Who Wasn't There, so it was romantic for me to have it! And I don't think (sleeping with knives) is that crazy. I lived in New York by myself for three years, and I had a knife under my mattress."
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"Filming in Iceland was quite scary really. We had to drive about an hour and a half every day up to this glacier. It was the end of the summer, and what happens during the summer is the ice melts a little bit, so the crevasses widen. When I was filming in that amphibious truck in the movie, one day it went 'bang,' and I leapt. It didn't go down, but it was a nightmare - because if you do down you don't come back up again."
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"I think this will be the last film where everything you see in the movie is real. There are digitized effects in it, but all the sets are real, all the robots are real, all the locations are real. I think there are only one or two blue screen shots. It had the feeling of a Cecil B. DeMille spectacle."
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JOLIE: on working with her father, Jon Voight, in the movie.
"I think we were both nervous for each other. But you forget that when you look into your parent's eyes and they're feeling a lot of emotions because they really mean what they're saying to you, and they're saying such beautiful things. Jon would hang out and watch filming, and really not understand why it was necessary for me to be falling on the ground (take after take)."
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WEST: onthe terrible track record videogames have had in the movies:
"On the one hand it's a little worrying, but on the other hand you can't do any worse!"

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Text by Judy Sloane. All images © Paramount Pictures.
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