The mother-of-six received serious backlash after she explained her process for casting the feature, revealing she had auditioned Cambodian children to play the young lead, Loung Ung, by giving money to the children, then taking it away to see how they'd react.
Angelina said Sareum Srey Moch, the girl who got the part, became overwhelmed with emotion when the money was taken from her.
"This is an army that is basically an occupying force of a dictatorship, it's used to put down environmental activists - the kind of thing that she stands for is in direct contrast to what this government is". Jolie said she and her team did everything they could to keep anyone from getting hurt when they filmed the movie, which recreates one of the most painful parts of their country's history. The children were also asked to pretend they had been caught and had to come up with a lie.
USA actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy Angelina Jolie refutes claims she played a vicious trick on child actors.
Jolie's reps did not immediately respond to request for comment. She says the kids knew that the audition was a "pretend exercise in an improvisation" and that it was all a "game", so nobody was being tricked.
"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", Jolie told HuffPost in a statement, explaining that the "game" described in the Vanity Fair profile was an improvisation exercise. According to the story, Jolie and the team were trying to find child actors in Cambodia who had "experienced hardship", and as part of their insane audition scheme, they purposefully left some money on a table and waited until the kids took it. "I would be outraged myself if this had happened".
"The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war, and to help fight to protect them".
Jolie and producer Rithy Panh issued joint statements Sunday refuting the account through a representative from Netflix, which is producing and distributing the film.
But the Hollywood director insists there has been a misunderstanding and was "upset" the audition scene had been taken out of context.