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Angelina Jolie on casting daughter: 'Other kids were scared of Maleficent'

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Angelina Jolie has explained how her daughter was cast in Maleficent.

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Jolie's 4-year-old daughter, will play a young Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty adaption.

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent


The Salt actress said that the role went to her daughter as she was the only one who would co-operate with her intimidating costume.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she revealed: "The other 3- and 4-year-old [performers] wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."

Jolie added that she was thrilled to be part of the film, which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the viewpoint of Maleficent.

She said: "The exercise wasn't 'how can we have fun with a villain?' It was 'what turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?'"

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

"It is really funny when people say you'd be obvious for a great villain," she added.

Jolie went on to say that her role in the film had changed her children's opinion of the Disney villain.

"The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, 'You don't understand her!'" she said.

Maleficent will be released on May 30.

Watch the Maleficent trailer below:

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