Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since having her double mastectomy by attending the Sunday, World War Z premiere in London. It was evident to the world that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were there to support each other.
Jolie has avoided the limelight after the operation except to write in a New York Times op-ed on May 14 that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
In the op-ed the actress said, “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in each woman,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could.”
Jolie’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer at the age of 56, and her aunt, Debbie Martin died of breast cancer last month.
The 37-year-old mother of six has been praised for her courage in publicly announcing her surgery. Brad Pitt has been her biggest supporter and “loudest” fan. He has praised her repeatedly on her bravery and her openness about the matter. Jolie is reportedly planning to have another operation to remove her ovaries as the BRCA1 gene also gives her a 50 percent chance of ovarian cancer.
At the red carpet event in London on Sunday at the World War Z premiere, the couple were full of praise, not for the movie, but for each other. That this has brought the two even closer together is beyond doubt. Talking to journalists on the red carpet Angelina was full of praise for partner Brad Pitt and she described him as being “a wonderful man and a wonderful father.”
She told reporters at the event that, “I’m very, very grateful for all the support … and I have been very happy just to see the discussion of women’s health expanded and that means the world to me.” She added, “After losing my mom to these issues, I am very grateful for it.”
Angelina Jolie looked stunning in a long black, backless Yves Saint Laurent dress.
To support Pitt, the 37 year-old actress had to miss her aunt’s funeral which was held on the same day as the London premiere of his latest film World War Z which was adapted from the 2006 apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. It is a follow-up to his 2003 book, The Zombie Survival Guide.
But it was obvious to the world that apart from showing a solidarity for the London premiere of World War Z, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were there to support each other. He was not just there for his multi-million dollar new film, but to help Jolie face the public for the first time since her double mastectomy.
Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment secured the film rights in 2007 and it was directed by Marc Forster after Matthew Michael Carnahan rewrote the script. Filming began in July 2011 in Malta on an estimated $125 million budget, before moving to Glasgow in August 2011 and Budapest in October 2011 to finish filming. Originally set for a December 2012 release, the production suffered a few setbacks.
In June 2012, the film’s release date was pushed back and the crew returned to Budapest for a further seven weeks of additional shooting. The script had a lot of problems with it and Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the third act. Unfortunately he did not have the time to finish the script and Drew Goddard was hired to finish rewriting the third act.
The cumulative effort of reshooting and rewriting drove the film’s budget to over $200 million and it was alleged that star and producer Pitt clashed repeatedly with director Forster. In the film, World War Z, Pitt plays United Nations representative Gerry Lane who is enlisted to help stop a zombie pandemic that is in danger of destroying mankind.
On the red carpet Brad spoke of the film and his pride in it but he also wanted to talk about partner Angelina and her brave decision to not just have the double mastectomy but of her decision to share that experience with others.
The 49 year-old actor said, “When she’s faced with a problem – and we have known this was coming for some time – she takes it by the horns. I’m super proud of her. She’s a bad ass.” Pitt also said of Jolie’s being at the premiere with him that, “It’s just more fun to do these things with each other. More fun when she’s around and same for her.”
World War Z is Brad Pitts first real venture into the horror genre and definitely the first time he’s been in a zombie apocalypse film. The film also marks Pitt’s first foray as both the star and producer of his own possible franchise.
When reporters asked Pitt how his own kids had reacted to the books that had spawned his new move, he said, “The boys love a zombie.”
With Angelina Jolie reportedly going ahead with plans to have her ovaries removed, due to her 50 percent change of contacting the same disease that killed her mother, Bard Pitt will have to do much more that just support her at the World War Z premiere. And he appears to know that. The two will continue to support each other and their six children as they face the world without zombies, just love for each other and their family.
By Michael Smith