Angelina Jolie: Behind the camera

Bob Simon profiles international film star Angelina Jolie, who is making her directorial debut with a film based on the war in Bosnia

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Zana Marjanovic: People I know and my friends and their families never thought in their life that everything they had could be taken away from them.

Goran Kostic: It goes to the core of who I am and where I am and what we are, I suppose. It's very personal.

Others might find the plot implausible - an affair between a Muslim prisoner and the Serb commandant of the prison where women are getting raped every day. Some Bosnian women who'd been through that, found the film objectionable. The Bosnian government temporarily withdrew Angelina's permit to shoot there.

Simon: You walked into a mine field. And when you were writing the script, did you realize that every step you took, there was a mine in your way?

Jolie: I didn't know it was gonna be as sensitive. Everything was something to be very careful about and sensitive.

But Angelina says, 'Remember, it's a movie, a love story, not a documentary.'

Simon: There's a lot of heart, there's also a lot of brutality.

Jolie: There's a lot of brutality.

Simon: A lot more than there ever was in a film that you acted in.

Jolie: Yeah. That's true.

She's acted in more than thirty films and her first ones, like "Gia" - about a drug addicted fashion model, felt edgy and real. Angelina, whose actor parents broke up before she was one, experimented with drugs and a few other things early in her life. She says she used those experiences to get into her roles.

She won an Oscar for her chilling portrait of a schizophrenic in "Girl, Interrupted." Later, she switched gears as Lara Croft, a character from a video game in Tomb Raider. And played a spy, Mrs. Smith, to Brad Pitt's Mr. Smith.

Simon: You were once asked if you wanted to play a Bond girl and you said, 'Nope.' You wanted to play Bond. Well you didn't play Bond, but you played a Bond-like character in "Salt." Is that one of your ambitions, to punch through these gender stereotypes?

Jolie: It's not something I intentionally did, but when it comes my way, it's-- and I'm aware of it, it was really fun to do especially 'cause I just had kids. I just had my twins, and I'd been in a nightgown for about seven months. And I felt like-- I felt like getting up and punching something.

Her favorite movie was not an action flick but a tragedy, based on a true story. In "A Mighty Heart," Angelina plays Marianne Pearl, the widow of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan.

[Excerpt from "A Mighty Heart": Angelina Jolie is screaming.]

Simon: That was a moment I'll never forget.

Jolie: That was the hardest thing. Yeah. As an actress that was the hardest thing.

Many of her films earned her more money than praise. Critics have often been tough. But some directors rave about her. Clint Eastwood said she's a great talent hampered only by the fact that she has quote "the most gorgeous face on the planet." That face has sold a lot of handbags and magazines, but early on Angelina Jolie flirted with a very different career.

Simon: You wanted to be a funeral director.