Brad Pitt isn't the only one growing tired of the major motion picture business. His longtime girlfriend and mother of his children, Angelina Jolie, is also fed up with mainstream movie-making and signed with IFA Talent in order to make a serious change in her career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress hired the agency to help her find smaller character-based roles in independent projects because she no longer wants to be part of box office franchises like Kung Fu Panda. This is a pretty big change for Jolie since the last time she was represented as an actress by a talent agency was back in 2006, when she was with CAA.
In addition to her recent hire, Deadline reports Jolie is opting to release her directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey in the native language of Bosnia (which is Bosanski/Hrvatski/Srpski, a.k.a. BHS) rather than in English. The film -- which centers around a Bosnian war love story -- was originally supposed to be in English for the U.S. audience, but Jolie convinced the distribution company to make the change in an attempt to keep the story authentic. In a statement regarding the decision, Jolie said, "I’m honored that FilmDistrict has chosen to release the film in the United States in the original BHS-language version. It was always my hope that U.S. audiences would have the opportunity to experience this version." Let's hope America is willing to settle for subtitles.
I'm assuming these changes in both her career aspirations and her directorial decisions are because Jolie wants to be taken more seriously. Perhaps she feels indie films will give her a greater chance of winning an Oscar, or that authenticity will make people praise her skills as a director. Then again, maybe she's just over the whole fame thing and wants to prove she's above all the glitz and glam that comes with box office hits. Either way, Ricky Gervais might have to come up with some new material for next year's Golden Globe awards because Jolie is done being the butt end of his jokes.