Tigress Jolie Announces Sheâ€™s Having Twins at Cannes
DreamWorks Animation â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™ Opening Cannes Film Festival
By Robin Rowe for Hollywood Today
CANNES, FR (RUSHPRNEWS) 5/15/08 â€“ Asked at the Cannes Film Festival if itâ€™s true sheâ€™s having twins, Angela Jolie said, â€œWell, Jackâ€™s just confirmed it actually.â€ Her â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™ co-star Jack Black had made reference to them. Sheâ€™s expecting twins with actor Brad Pitt. Itâ€™s the Hollywood coupleâ€™s fifth and sixth children.
Jolie says she had many reasons for accepting the role of Tigress in â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™. â€œI have two children from Asia,â€ says Jolie. â€œThe fact that I get to be in â€˜Kung Fu Panda,â€™ which is set in China, and I get to play a tiger, thatâ€™s very cool.â€ Jolie has previously voiced for DreamWorks Animation as Lola in â€˜Shark Taleâ€™.
â€œTigress is very straightforward,â€ says Jolie describing her character. â€œThey explained to me that there are all different styles of kung fu, and herâ€™s is attack. Thereâ€™s no defense. Itâ€™s just attack, attack, attackâ€¦so that makes her a very interesting character.â€
â€œDirecting Angelina Jolie is pretty surreal,â€ says â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™ co-director Mark Osborne. â€œSheâ€™s amazing. You have to kind of look away, you know? You canâ€™t look at her directly while sheâ€™s performing, or your brain goes to mush. But whatâ€™s even more amazing about her is what she brings to the character. Her huge spirit and talents as a performer give Tigress all of these layers, and the character really expanded and grew deeper under her touch.â€
â€œWhen I first came in and saw all the characters, and I didnâ€™t know who I was, I was secretly hoping I got to be Tigress,â€ says Jolie. â€œI love her.â€
â€œReally, Iâ€™m a big kid,â€ says Jolie. â€œAnimation has grown and changed in the last few years. The stories are so good. There are some beautiful messages and some really fun characters. The setting is absolutely beautiful. I love that part of the world. This film was especially interesting to me because it was a sort of return to the classics. Itâ€™s like classic storytelling for children.â€
â€œIt was important to all of us, from the start that â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™ would have a theme, a positive message that we really believed in,â€ says Osborne. â€œWe wanted it to be a fun experience loaded with comedy and great action.â€
â€œThe bridge fight with all the different styles of fighting from the different animals, and how they put it together in a really clever wayâ€¦it was so much more than I anticipated,â€ says Jolie. â€œWell thought-out, beautifully done, and really funny.â€
â€œI think the bridge fight is one of the coolest kung fu fights ever put on film,â€ says Osborne. â€œThe sequence is complicated for many reasons. Our characters have fur. Our characters wear clothing, plus theyâ€™re doing kung fu and fighting on a disintegrating rope bridgeâ€¦all of it is extremely complicated.â€
DreamWorks Animationâ€™s â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™ is set for its worldwide premiere tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the the Palais of the Cannes Film Festiveal. The red carpet will include â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™ stars Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, and Lucy Liu and DreamWorks Animationâ€™s Jeffrey Katzenberg.
â€˜Kung Fu Pandaâ€™ releases in the United States on June 6th.