Angelina Jolie Taunted Cambodian Orphans to Cast New Movie

If there’s one thing we can count on from celebrities and politicians from across the spectrum, it’s utter disdain for the poor. Take, for example, this tweet by Debra Messing, one of the loudest voices in the celebrity #resistance to Donald Trump when she found out Trump advisor Steve Bannon proposed raising taxes on people earning over $5 million a year.

It should come as little surprise, then, that casting for Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father involved giving money to orphans in Cambodia and then taking it away to find the one that had the most emotional reaction. According to Google, Jolie has a net worth of $160 million dollars and the average household income in Cambodia is around $1,100 American dollars a year.

You might think I’m exaggerating here, but here’s a direct quote from the Vanity Fair article Jolie revealed it in.

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.”

That authentic connection to pain was awakened in everyone involved, says Jolie, making for a film set like nothing she’d ever seen. “There wasn’t a person who was working on the movie who didn’t have a personal connection. They weren’t coming to do a job. They were walking in the exodus for the people whom they had lost in their family, and it was out of respect for them that they were going to re-create it . . . It completed something for them.” Some had flashbacks and nightmares. For this reason, a therapist was on set every day. And then there were the odd bystanders who hadn’t been aware that a movie was being made, and were traumatized. In one scene, recalls Jolie, “when the Khmer Rouge came over the bridge, we had a few people who really dropped to their knees and wailed. They were horrified to see them come back.”

I mean, Jolie sounds almost pleased with herself over the amount of actual human suffering her film instilled in the local population. It reminds me of when British nobility used to have fox hunts in order to ride their horses through the peasants’ fields with dogs and falcons, leaving wreckage in their wake in order to show everyone how unimportant they were compared to the idle rich and their whims.

I took to Twitter to find some reactions, and frankly, I don’t think you’ll find any better than these. Especially Lana Del Raytheon, who is always a delight.

We don’t talk about it much because everyone finds her so attractive, but Angelina Jolie is a nutter. She almost died getting injected with sheep placenta. While some cell therapy is actual medicine, like a bone marrow transplant, what Jolie had done is essentially homeopathy without the latter’s benefit of having a drink of water. Jolie also French kissed her brother at the Oscars, tried to hire a hitman to kill her, and used to walk around with Billy Bob Thornton’s blood in a necklace. She’s basically one jade vagina egg away from being Gwyneth Paltrow.

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