Jolie surprised by Beowulf’s 12A rating in the UK

November 14th, 2007 - 10:39 am ICT by admin  

The movie, which was based on the ancient English poem, received a 12A certificate in the UK.

“It’s remarkable it has the rating it has. It’s quite an extraordinary film, and some of it shocked me,” BBC quoted her, as telling reporters at its British premiere.

Robert Zemeckis’s film used hi-tech computer animation for its titular hero’s battles with ogres and dragons.

Jolie, though, said it was not “graphic for the sake of being graphic”.

“I think it’s beautifully done. It’s amazing, and very creative,” she said.

Beowulf employs a process dubbed “digitally enhanced live-action,” a technique similar to that used in Zemeckis’s 2004 film The Polar Express.

The actors’ performances were filmed on a “black box” sound stage, and then used as reference footage for computerised 3-D animation.

In the original poem, Jolie’s character was of a wizened hag but in the movie, she has been presented as a sultry, slinky temptress who seeks revenge for her monster son’s death.

“I knew they were going to try to make her a little sexy. I wasn’t going to be just a lizard,” she said.

The actress, who provides the voice for a shape-shifting demon in the film, arrived at the premiere in London’s Leicester Square with partner Brad Pitt.

Commenting on Winstone, who plays the hero Beowulf, Jolie said he was “amazing” to work with.

“I want to do something else with him soon because he’s so much fun,” she added.

According to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), no one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.

Jolie, however, said she would not be taking her own children to see the film.

Beowulf opens in the UK and US on Nov 16. (ANI)

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