*While plugging her new action thriller “Salt,” Angelina Jolie was inevitably asked about her upcoming lead role in producer Scott Rudin’s “Cleopatra,” a casting that has drawn criticism for its selection of another white actress to portray the iconic Egyptian queen.
“I will play it differently to Elizabeth Taylor, but I could never be as lovely as she was,” Jolie said of the veteran actress’ 1963 film. “We are trying to uncover the truth about her as a leader and not just a sex symbol which she really wasn’t – she didn’t have many lovers, maybe only two, and they’re men she had children with.”
Despite admitting to a life-long admiration of Cleopatra, Angelina was stunned by what she learned when she started researching the role.
She explained to the New Straits Times newspaper: “She was misunderstood and her life story was written wrongly. I always thought her life was very glamorous. Then I read her story and found a different side to her – that she was a mother, leader and an intellect who spoke five languages.
“Her upbringing also reflected her relationship with Rome – all that is much more interesting than what she was summed up to be.”