Jolie: My relationship inspired me
Published 22/12/2011 | 14:54
Angelina Jolie has revealed she took inspiration from her relationship with Brad Pitt to help develop her new movie.
The star's directorial debut, In The Land Of Blood And Honey, follows two lovers - a Bosnian Muslim woman and a Bosnian-Serbian man - from their tender relationship before the war into the brutal horrors of work and rape camps.
And mum-of-six Angelina said she imagined herself and Brad at such extremes as she put together the story.
"The closest relationship in my life is Brad. It's the man-woman relationship. So for me to put myself in a position to be able to write from, it would be, 'Well, what if it was me, and what would it be like? And what would it take? Could I ever turn on him? Would this ever happen? Would he ever turn on me?'" she revealed.
"So you try to put yourself inside, and that's how that relationship started."
The Oscar-winning actress admitted she didn't know much about the war when it was taking place after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
"I was being a 17-year-old. I knew only a little bit about it. It just felt very far away, and until America got involved, I don't even remember any headlines in our papers," she said.
The Salt star added that while she'd prefersviewers to see the native-language version, the English one is "there for whoever wants it, because we want to reach as many people as we can".