Angelina Jolie sure knows how to sell a film, doesn’t she? After all, what could make people more excited for her David Fincher-directed remake of Cleopatra than telling us she won’t be nearly as sexy as Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 film. “My performance will never be as lovely as Elizabeth’s,” she told The Telegraph. “We are trying to get into a different truth about her as a pharaoh in history and not as a sex symbol, because she really wasn’t.” Truth! Oh yeah, we love that in our epics. “Even this idea of her having many lovers—it was possible that it was only two. She is very interesting, but she wasn’t a great beauty.” Forgive us for asking, but then why is she being played by Angelina Jolie? And how realistic is any film that stars a white actress as an African queen?
Despite the discussion, it will be a while before we see Jolie’s gritty, less erotic version of Cleopatra—Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy will likely keep him busy, and no one has been announced to play one of her Roman suitors. Let’s not forget that Steven Soderbergh has been trying to make a 3-D rock musical on the subject with Catherine Zeta-Jones—Cleo—for years. Gee, why is it so hard to get outlandish remakes of the most expensive movie of the ’60s off the ground?
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