Actor says reports of alleged exploitation in casting for Netflix Khmer Rouge movie First They Killed My Father are ‘false and upsetting’

Angelina Jolie has rebutted an account of a controversial child-casting technique used in her new film First They Killed My Father, calling it “false and upsetting”.

The account appeared as part of a profile of Jolie for Vanity Fair. It described an audition process for the made-for-Netflix film, which is adapted from author Loung Ung’s memoir of life under the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. According to the article, casting directors devised a “game” to help select a child to play the lead role where they gave money to a child who had experienced hardship, “asked the child to think of something she needed the money for”, and then took it away again.

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