If you missed Bob Simon’s exceeeeeedingly polite interview with Angelina Jolie on 60 Minutes, watch it here. All week CBS had been teasing the piece with a snippet in which Jolie recalled her wild, “dark” days and said she was lucky she hadn’t died. Did Simon press her on that? He very courteously asked her to be more specific and she declined. OK. On one side is lurid TMZ, on the other courtly 60 Minutes, in between is a real interview we’ll never get. Still, there’s a reason to watch.
Jolie was there — actually in Budapest — to promote the film she wrote and directed, In the Land of Blood and Honey, a romance set during the Bosnian war. This unlikely film has been getting terrific advance word and in the 60 Minutes segment actually looks volatile and smart. And Jolie sounded calm and smart. She does know a few things about wrapping the press around her slender fingers.
Only Madonna has reinvented herself more than Jolie, and as it happens both have directed serious dramas coming out this season. (Madonna’s is W.E, about Wallis Simpson and a contemporary woman obsessed with her.) And that is a competition no one quite saw coming.