The controversy all started when Vanity Fair reported about an audition exercise the film’s casting directors allegedly used to weed out impoverished child actors and find their eventual lead:
The mom and actress sounded off in a statement adamantly refuting that claim, saying:
“I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened. … Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present.”
Furthermore, another source who had knowledge of the movie’s casting process reportedly backed up Angelina’s statement: the children were aware all they were doing was improvising a scene from the film, and there was no actual money involved.
First They Killed My Father premieres on Netflix this September.
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