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Angelina Jolie Says Cleopatra Was Not a Sex Symbol

Angelina Jolie Wants to Play a Smarter, Less-Sexy Cleopatra

Angelina Jolie recently opened up about her family life, career, and partner Brad Pitt's manliness in an extensive interview with the UK's Telegraph, while also touching on the life of another famous sex symbol: Cleopatra. The actress is set to play the iconic queen in an upcoming film directed by David Fincher, but she says this will be much more than a modern remake. It will feature a completely different Cleopatra, one claimed to be closer to the real woman.

Angelina says even she misunderstood the Egyptian leader and strong mother who spoke five languages. Comparing her vision to that seen in Elizabeth Taylor's epic film, Angelina explains: "My performance will never be as lovely as Elizabeth's. We are trying to get into a different truth about her as a pharaoh in history and not as a sex symbol, because she really wasn't. Even this idea of her having many lovers — it was possible that it was only two. She is very interesting, but she wasn't a great beauty."

The difference in portrayal didn't originate with Angelina, but rather with the academic biography Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, which will serve as the basis of the movie. The book presents Cleopatra as a groundbreaking female leader who used her smarts rather than sex appeal to rule. Do you think Angelina can pull off the role?

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dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 6 years
I would have to disagree. Whenever I watch Angelina Jolie in a movie, I'm always aware it's Angelina Jolie, acting. She's so overexposed in the media/magazines (not her fault, really) but I can't ever get invested in her movies, because I only see her and not the character she's playing. Also, not sure what aspects of Cleopatra's life they are covering, but when she met Caesar, she was in her early 20's...
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
Argh, posted before finished: ...and how what was really sexy about her was her brain. It would be good if younger girls today could realize that brains are sexy!
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I think Angelina can definitely pull it off. And she's absolutely right - Cleopatra wasn't a great beauty, she was a brain who used that brain to get what she wanted. I've read the book, and it's interesting to see the reality of this supposed sex symbol.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
They are both so lovely and she absolutely could pull it off, in spades.
Susi-May Susi-May 6 years
I am reading the book right now, and yes I think she could do it.
whats-her-name whats-her-name 6 years
I'm actually thinking Angelina would be a good pick to portray Elizabeth Taylor when someone makes a bioflick of Taylor's life...
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