Angelina Jolie showed off her toned legs in a sleeveless beaded black Emporio Armani dress at the premiere of Salt in Los Angeles July 19, 2010.
Jolie, 35, was accompanied by a beardless Brad Pitt, 46, who looked dashing in a charcoal Tom Ford suit.
‘I’M THIN BUT I LOVE TO RUN AND JUMP’
Angelina, who plays a CIA agent in Salt, got lots of cuts and bruises from doing her own stuntwork for the action thriller.
“I’ve always been kind of slight, but I’ve always loved to run and jump around and be physical, so action roles are not a huge challenge for me,” Jolie said at a recent press junket. “I enjoy them.”
Angelina, an Academy-Award winner, considers herself very lucky to be offered both action roles as well as dramatic parts.
“I got really lucky early in my career that I got offered roles where I could train for fighting,” she says.
Jolie adds: “And then I met all these amazing stunt people who I’ve worked with for quite a few films, and so we’ve become kind of a family and they know the things I’m good at and they know the things that I complain about, but I end up getting through.”
Interestingly, the role of CIA agent Evelyn Salt in Angelina’s spy thriller, was originally written for a man, with Tom Cruise cast in the lead. But after Tom dropped out of the project, studio execs rewrote the part to accommodate Jolie in the role.
‘SALT IS FRAILER THAN HER RIVALS SO I MADE HER MEANER’
The slender Angelina modified the character’s demeanor to convincingly play a gun-slinging super-spy. “The physicality had to change,” she says. “I’m smaller than everybody, so how do I go up against a bunch of men without looking silly? How do I fight?”
She adds: “We made her meaner than a guy, and dirty. She uses the walls, the fact that she’s lighter and can throw herself around. It’s the Chihuahua up against the big dogs.”
Jolie, who bounced back into peak condition following the birth of twins Knox and Vivienne in July 2008, underwent grueling martial arts training for her blockbuster action thrillers, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and its sequel, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life (2003).
She also did fight training and took up gun-shooting practice for the 2008 hit Wanted and the 2005 blockbuster Mr. and Mrs. Smith (which co-starred Brad).
‘I LOVE MARTIAL ARTS‘
While Angelina gets bored by regimented workouts, the lanky Oscar winner stays slim by being active and encourages her six young children to be active as well.
“I love martial arts,” Angelina recently told OK! “They are ideal for children because they teach them discipline and perseverance. My son [Maddox, 8] is already starting to go to class.”
So when she does sit down to see a movie, what does Angie like to watch? “I like all of Bruce Lee‘s films; he was the best,” she notes. “I also like Jackie Chan a lot—my kids are Jackie Chan fans.”
Salt, which co-stars Liev Schrieber, opens July 23. [see slideshow below]
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