Angelina Jolie did casting for 'First They Killed My Father' by playing "disturbing" psychological games with deprived children, including orphans

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The story below is from Vanity Fair's latest Angelina Jolie cover story, this being her ninth time on the cover. The interview is mostly musings about Jolie's current lifestyle, her post-Brad Pitt endeavors, the six children that she now raises alone, but the biggest gimme I gathered from reading this standard, by-the-books feature on the 42-year-old actress was the manipulative way she did casting for her latest feature, "First They Killed My Father," which follows the same narrative path of her other directorial features: innocent young-ins being tortured and manipulated by higher authority. It seems like the notion of people suffering on screen gets Jolie high off her rockers, but who would have possibly imagined it would bleed through into the casting process as well.

"To cast the children in the film, Jolie looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship. In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie. “Srey Moch [the girl ultimately chosen for the part] was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time,” Jolie says. “When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion. All these different things came flooding back.” Jolie then tears up. “When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.” [Source]

She better have paid for that funeral. Jesus Christ.