Angelina Jolie: Behind the camera

Bob Simon profiles international film star Angelina Jolie who is often called "the most beautiful woman in the world," but Jolie has worked hard to prove she's far more than that

(CBS News) She's often called "the most beautiful woman in the world," but Angelina Jolie has worked hard to prove she's far more than that. Restless in her role as a movie star, she's now turned to directing, with a film she wrote about the Bosnian War. She talks candidly to Bob Simon about her career, her family, and the "darker times" she's put behind her.


The following is a script of "Angelina" which originally aired on Nov. 27, 2011 and was rebroadcast on June 3, 2012. Bob Simon is correspondent. Tom Anderson, producer.

Every once in a while you draw the short straw here at 60 Minutes.

This time, we were told to spend a few days with a woman who is often called "the most beautiful woman in the world."

Angelina Jolie.

She may well be the most photographed, the most recognizable and the highest paid actress in Hollywood. She is certainly the number one target for paparazzi everywhere.

And that's how many Americans know her...from the tabloids as wild, weird and eccentric.

But the Angelina we met was quite different from all that.

We met her before she announced she was getting married to Brad Pitt and she was totally focused on her first film as a director -- a film about a very serious topic.

She doesn't appear in it and said she was happy moving behind the camera where, she told us, she feels more comfortable.

As we first reported last fall, we linked up with Angelina in the indisputably beautiful city of Budapest which is where she shot most of her film,"In The Land of Blood and Honey."

Angelina Jolie: We came here to Budapest for logistics and financial reasons 'cause we're a tiny movie.

It may be a tiny movie but look at it, it's about a heavy subject - the war in Bosnia - which was fought in the early 90s, killed at least 100,000 people and brought ethnic cleansing to Europe for the first time since Hitler.

Bob Simon: What did your-- what did your friends and colleagues say when you said, 'Hey, I'm gonna direct a film about the war in Bosnia.'

Jolie: I think people that really know me weren't surprised. But I think they all thought it was a bit crazy. I think everybody still thinks it's a bit you know-- it's not, I still think it's crazy.

Simon: You could have done a light comedy or an action flick.

Jolie: I think I'd be terrible with a comedy.

There's certainly no humor in this movie about a Muslim woman named Ajla who starts to fall in love with a Serb named Danijel. After the war breaks out, Bosnians are rounded up and locked up by the Serbs and Danijel, a Serb captain, becomes Ajla's jailer.

Jolie: It is a gorgeous building. Is this-- there are gorgeous--

Simon: You made horrible things happen inside here.

Jolie: And beautiful things.

Angelina shot the jail scenes in this Budapest museum and she relied heavily on her actors. They all come from the former Yugoslavia. She let them rewrite scenes and they speak their native language in the film, which will be released with English subtitles. Angelina said she wanted to make the film as realistic as possible.

Jolie: We all spoke about every speech, every scene and made sure that it was right and true. So everybody helped to educate me and we all adjusted the script together.

While we were there, Angelina gave the cast a sneak preview of the film's trailer and they thought it reflected the reality of their war.

Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic play the two lovers.

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