Angelina Jolie Explains Casting Daughter In Maleficent
Star insists that four-year-old Vivienne was the only child who wasn't afraid of her costume...
"The other three and four-year-olds wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."
And she explained that the motivation for telling the story from the viewpoint of the villain was intended to allow the film to explore different themes to most children's movies.
"The exercise wasn't 'how can we have fun with a villain?' It was 'what turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?'
"It is really funny when people say you'd be obvious for a great villain."
And she reckons it has paid off, because her daughter Shiloh has already been defending the character.
"The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, 'You don't understand her!'"
The movie is set for release on 30 May.