Angelina Jolie has a message for those hating on her and her new flick: back off!
The Oscar winner took a timeout from plugging her new thriller with Johnny Depp, The Tourist, to lash out at the Bosnian critics who have sought to block her from shooting her directorial debut in the country.
"There's one person who has a gripe. The absolute majority of the people, population, the cast, prime minister, president have been extremely supportive," Jolie told reporters today in Paris.
At issue, a number of female victims were upset after hearing the still-untitled film's plot dealt with a Bosnian Muslim woman who falls in love with her Serbian soldier rapist during the 1990s conflict.
The storyline line turned out to be a rumor, and a false one at that, but their protests were enough to prompt a Bosnian minister to cancel a film permit, citing insufficient paperwork, only to reissue in days later.
As a result, producers of Jolie's untitled drama kept shooting in Sarajevo to a minimum, instead opting to shoot a key scene in Budapest.
Jolie, who also wrote the screenplay, hadn't overseen that particular Bosnian shoot. But she defended the film, noting that 95 percent of those in the cast had lived through the war. She also said she wanted to tell this story due to her anguish over the fact that the international community was so reticent to try and stop the war.
"I wanted to learn more about it and the people, the more I read and learned I was drawn to that part of the world," Jolie said. "I met artists from that part of the world and found they were extraordinary for what they'd gone through, so I wanted to give them a platform."
The Mighty Heart star and U.N. goodwill ambassador had previously said she would meet in person with some of the Bosnian critics, but so far no date for has been announced.