She's spent a lifetime around show business, wowed on red carpets and won an Academy Award. But it was a decidedly unglamorous event that tops all of those Hollywood highlights for Angelina Jolie.
The actress's directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," a love story set amidst the war and ethnic cleaning in Serbia, was "probably the best experience I ever had," she told "60 Minutes" on Sunday.
"I had never felt so much part of a team," she said. "I don't know if it was the subject matter or just that we all came together in a very specific time and environment about something that meant something to us, but somehow it became probably the best experience I've ever had."
Jolie came under fire for the film, which features the story of an affair between a Bosnian Muslim woman and the Serbian head of the rape camp where she is held, and even had her permit to shoot in Bosnia revoked for a time. But as she told the newsmagazine, in order to make it as true to the serious and tragic history as possible, she insisted that the locally drawn actors speak in their native tongues, and rewrite the script as they saw fit.
"We all spoke about every speech and every scene, and made sure it was right and true," Jolie said. "So everybody helped to educate me and we all adjusted the script together."
Still, she admits that the premise alone, especially for a first time director, was a bit out of left field, and quite the undertaking.
"I think people that really know me weren't surprised, but they all thought it was a bit crazy," Jolie laughed. "I think everyone still thinks it's a bit. I still think it's crazy."
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