Angelina Jolie, Gone in 60 Seconds

Angelina Uncaged

Jon Millar talks to Hollywood’s hottest property - the star of Gone in 60 Seconds – about fast cars, going blonde and getting married…

From Film Review September 2000

ANGELINA JOLIE, with her fondness for tattoos and knives, could never be accused of being dull or predictable. But the 25-year-old, who this year achieved an Oscar and Golden Globe double, excelled herself by suddenly marrying Billy Bob Thornton – his fifth marriage, her second – at a no frills ceremony in Las Vegas.

The beautiful daughter of Midnight Cowboy star Jon Voight followed that up by heading to Athens, not though on honeymoon with her new spouse. Angelina was in the shadow of the Acropolis – literally, you could see the ancient structure from the five star hotel – to beat the drum for her latest movie, Gone in 60 Seconds.

The high speed plot of this up-dating of the cult 1974 movie revolves around a gang of slick car thieves who, in one night, have to steal 50 high performance cars. Angelina plays the former girlfriend of Nicolas Cage, who orchestrates the motor theft marathon to save the life of his brother (Giovanni Ribisi). So there’s bags of screaming tyres, car chases and crashes on screen.

To look slick at the steering wheel, Angelina and Nic took some specialist driving lessons. “That was fun, I was turned on by the cars,” says Angelina, whose bee-sting lips break into a gleaming smile. The actress, who drives a Ford pickup, which is also the first car she ever owned, and is considering buying a Stingray, may adore cars, but her real passion, as becomes very apparent during our conversation, is her new husband.

“I’ve never been happier,” she gushes after Film Review offers the new bride congratulations. “I’m madly in love, getting married was the happiest day of my life. There was no point in waiting and I am absolutely certain that we will be together to the end.”

Right now, of course, they are parted as Angelina is first in Athens for Gone in 60 Seconds and then England where filming is now underway on Tomb Raider, where she plays computer game sex symbol Lara Croft.

As we speak Angelina, dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt, is wearing her hair long and dark. But she decided on a very different look for her portrayal of Sarah ‘Sway’ Wayland in Gone in 60 Seconds. In the movie she has bleached blonde hair that’s been braided into dreadlocks and, according to Angelina, her appearance was chosen to fit in with the style of a fast car action movie.

“Now, this is going to sound insane,” she says, flashing another dazzling smile. “But I designed Sway’s look so that she would appear to be like a Ferrari. So I thought she would wear tight-fitting pants and bright orange colours and have long white hair. I imagined her looking like some strange sports car, so I guess in that way I tried to make her blend in with the Ferrari that she was working with. I saw her like some wild creature.”

So is the cliché correct, do blondes have more fun? “I don’t know because I was blonde in Girl, Interrupted – which was about women in a mental institution – and people then did not think that I was having fun. I seem to get darker when I am blonde, though not in Gone in 60 Seconds, which is a lot of fun...”

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Angelina Jolie
on Nicolas Cage

Nic Cage & Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie enjoyed the experience of working with Nicolas Cage and is only too willing to offer her appreciation of the versatile actor...

“He is a great guy, I have a lot of respect for him,” says Angelina. “I think he is fun and deep too, there is a lot going on in his mind. It’s always fun to be around someone like that.

"We went to racing school together, for the film’s fast car sequences, and that was fun too. Driving back in the car together we got the giggles so badly that we laughed for half an hour.”


STARS Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Vinnie Jones, Delroy Lindo, Christopher Eccleston
DIRECTOR Dominic Sena
SCREENPLAY Scott Rosenberg
RUNNING TIME 1hr 58 mins

Get the full interview, plus our review of GONE IN 60 SECONDS, in the September 2000 issue of Film Review

Film Review Sep 2000 issue

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