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"Tomb Raider 2"'s Jolie Enjoys Greek Isle

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Aug 27, 2002 | 11:04am EDT

Angelina Jolie may have found the perfect spot to get away from all the turbulence in her life recently--even though her escape will include running, kicking, jumping and fighting as she reprises the distinctively double-barreled role of Lara Croft.

The Associated Press reports that the 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress has become besotted with the crescent-shaped volcanic Greek isle of Santorini, where she's traveled to begin filming on Tomb Raider 2, the sequel to the successful 2000 action flick based on the hugely popular video game, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

"I love it here. It's really beautiful. Everyone has been really warm," Jolie told Greek reporters Sunday on the popular holiday resort island, noting that she's already embarked on an elaborate aquatic scene. "There are lots of things going on above and below the water," she said. "Everyone liked the first film but didn't love it. We changed a lot of things--the action sequences, everything."

The film, due in theaters next summer, is being directed by action vet Jan de Bont (Speed) and co-stars actor Djimon Hounsou.

The action-packed island getaway may be the perfect antidote for Jolie's recent highly publicized woes: She recently filed for divorce from her husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton, and has been besieged by pleas from her estranged father, Jon Voight (who appeared as her dad in the first Tomb Raider film), to reconcile and receive treatment for alleged emotional and psychological problems. But on the bright side, Jolie also recently adopted her first child, a Cambodian infant she named Maddox.

After months of turbulent headlines, she told reporters she hasn't yet formed an opinion of Greek men. "The only man in my life right now is my son," she said.

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