Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Stunt doubles need not apply: Daredevil Angelina Jolie takes to the skies as she continues shooting Maleficent

By Sarah Bull

She revealed her passion for doing her own stunts when she starred as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.

And it seems that Angelina Jolie certainly hasn't lost her love of adrenaline-seeking, judging by pictures of the star on the set of new Disney movie Maleficent today.

The 37-year-old actress was seen wired up to a crane as she took to the skies to shoot some high-octane scenes for the movie.

No stunt double needed! Angelina Jolie has no qualms performing her own stunts, as she showed on the set of new Disney movie Maleficent today

Wearing her horned headdress, complete with prosthetic cheekbones and a long brown dress and matching cape, Angelina looked calm and confident as she was lifted up into the air by the crane, which was attached to her around the waist.

Angelina, who is shooting the new movie in Buckinghamshire, stars as the title character - the evil Maleficent - in the film, a real-life version of the Disney cartoon Sleeping Beauty.

And it seems Angelina has no qualms about shooting the stunts herself - even getting excited about the prospect.

Giving it her all: Angelina showed off her fancy footwork as she threw herself into the role, quite literally

Careful! Angelina flew through the air as her movements were captured by the waiting cameras

Tomb Raider stunt coordinator Simon Crane said in a previous interview that Angelina was one of the most competent actresses he has ever worked with in terms of the stunts she performs.

He said: 'I would rate Angelina very highly against all of the action actors I have worked with. We've done a couple of sequences that involve stunts you won't have seen a woman do before, and basically she is doing almost all of these stunts herself.

'We did a bungee-jumping sequence, and she went through three months' training to be able to do it. She's just done all these somersaults for another sequence. I was very impressed.'

Walking in the air: Angelina managed to still look as graceful as ever as she performed the stunt

Daredevil: The actress is famous for her love of performing her own stunts, and it seems this movie is no exception

Flying high: The actress was secured to the crane with a blue bar around her waist

The focus of the film centres on the events that hardened Maleficent's heart, leading her to curse the baby Aurora who will be played by Elle Fanning.

Speaking about her new film Angelina told EW: 'It’s not anti-princess, but it’s the first time they’re looking at this epic woman.

'I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities'

Careful! A host of crew members surrounded the crane as Angelina began shooting the scenes

Loving it: Angelina was seen looking in good spirits ahead of shooting the scenes

Ready for your close-up? A woman dressed in the same clothes as Angelina but without the harns and headdress was also seen on the set

She said: 'It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect.'

'In general, it’s a very good message to say, “Let’s look at something from the other side.” But then also, what our challenge will be - and the script writer [The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland’s Linda Woolverton] has already cracked it - is not to simplify it, not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either.'

The film will be directed by Robert Stromberg and is set for release on March 14, 2014.

Ready for war: An army of men on soldiers were also seen on the set of the movie shooting a battle scene in a nearby field


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