Angelina Jolie: Wing-Ripping Scene in "Maleficent" Represents Rape
Nothing in film occurs without plenty of inspiration and Angelina Jolie revealed the reasoning behind the brutal wing-ripping scene in her block buster hit “Maleficent.”
During an appearance on BBC’s Radio’s Woman’s Hour on Wednesday (June 11), the “Salt” beauty revealed that the violent scene was used to symbolize rape.
The Oscar-winning star talked to more than 300 government officials during the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London. At the event, Miss Jolie was asked about the scene where her character’s wings are ripped off her body by a friend while Maleficent sleeps.
"We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton} and I, that it was a metaphor for rape," she explained. "This would be the thing that would make her lose sight."
"At a certain point, the question of the story is what could possibly bring her back?" Jolie continued.
During her primary speech at the summit, Angelina said, "It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict. There is nothing inevitable about it. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It is nothing to do with sex, everything to do with power…This whole subject has been taboo for far too long, war zone rape is a crime that thrives on silence and denial."
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