UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. actress Angelina Jolie is being criticized for the methods she used to cast children for her latest film.
Jolie is currently directing the Netflix film “First They Killed My Father,” about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie spoke about the methods the casting crew used in Cambodia. She said they gave money to poor children and then took it away from them, as an acting exercise to gauge their reaction.
When the interview was published, many people turned to social media criticizing Jolie for the methods, saying she was cruel and exploited the children involved.
On July 30, Jolie released a statement, explaining the exercise was an actual scene in the film and the acting was improvising.
One Cambodian girl, who took part in the alleged acting exercise, has since been named as the lead actress in the film.