How motherhood prepared Angelina Jolie for latest role

05/21/2007 at 11:19 AM ET

Playing her good friend Mariane Pearl on-screen in the new movie A Mighty Heart was a daunting enough challenge for Angelina Jolie, but accurately depicting the horror of what befell Mariane after her journalist husband Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and ultimately murdered in 2002 was beyond difficult.  To give proper depth to Mariane’s sorrow Angelina says she drew inspiration from her own life experiences and memories, particularly those provided by her children. 

Many people know this story and they forget that Mariane was five-and-a-half months pregnant at the time (of the abduction).  I remember being six-months-pregnant and thinking ‘I can’t imagine at this time not having the father with me.’

Mariane — who authored A Mighty Heart — dedicated the book to her son Adam, born three months after his father’s death and now nearly 5-years-old.  It was Mariane’s courage and refusal to give herself over to hatred, for the sake of her child, which struck a chord with Angelina.

As a mother it just made me so much more connected to her and also knowing that carrying that life inside, that little boy that’s half Danny’s, that is so amazing…She is a very compassionate, thoughtful person who looks to dialog to change things, to make things better.  That is, I think, a lesson to all of us.

Angelina and partner Brad Pitt are parents to four children; Maddox, 5, Pax, 3, Zahara, 2 and Shiloh, turning 1-year-old next week.  The family is currently in Cannes, France at the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival in order to promote A Mighty Heart

Source:  Reuters   


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leni on

I am looking forward to seeing this film.

Meghan on

The movie is getting great reviews. Some people are even talking Oscar for Angelina.

Annoynomous on

Huh? I thought they were in Prague, for Angie to film Wanted?

They flew to France for Cannes over the weekend. There are links to photos further down the page.

Lori on

Angelina is so beautiful and a great actress that I love all of her films. I am looking forward to getting a sitter and going.

Bella on

Okay tell me if I’m worng but I seem to remember reading almost the EXACT same story (almost word for word except the part about Cannes) on CBB within the last couple of months. Again, tell me if I’m wrong it justs sounds very familiar….

Missy’s note: These quotes came from a press conference held yesterday at the film festival.