When it comes to worldview, Angelina Jolie is gaining fame for standing out from the Hollywood crowd.
After meeting with Gen. David Petraeus a while back, Jolie made clear her preference that the U.S. not withdraw from Iraq as quickly as some prominent Democrats wanted to.
Well known for her work as goodwill ambassador for the U.N., Jolie has made more than 20 visits to countries with human rights violations and, along with companion Brad Pitt, given millions to related charities.
Most recently, Jolie is talking as if she’s adopted some of the late Charlton Heston’s viewpoints.
The actress reveals that she and Pitt are gun owners and keep firearms in their home.
“I bought original, real guns of the type we used in ‘Tomb Raider’ for security. Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one,” Jolie tells the U.K. Daily Mail.
In case you’re wondering whether a Malibu celeb would really use a firearm for self-defense, Jolie supplies the answer: “Yes, I'd be able to use it if I had to. I could handle myself. I think there are certain combat skills that would come out.
“If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I've no problem shooting them,” the someday Mrs. Pitt says. (Angelina apparently envisions eventual nuptials, saying, “I'm sure one day we'll do it.”)
Adding to her newfound gun owning rep, Jolie has been spotted with a machine gun pendant around her neck, a reported Mother’s Day gift from Brad fashioned in the shape of a drawing made by son Maddox.
Jolie is raising her children with an understanding, too, that the world contains good and evil.
“It's just not a reality in this day and age to say, ‘I'm never going to let my kids watch a movie that has a gun in it.’ It's important to know that this exists,” she explains.
“But I'm very clear with my children about who's a good guy and who's bad. If they're watching a movie at home and they say, ‘Is that a bad guy, Mummy?,’ I say, ‘Well, is he trying to hurt somebody? If you see somebody picking on a person or starting the fight, that's the bad guy.’”
Makes one wonder if Jolie’s dad, actor Jon Voight, has had an influence on her current beliefs.
Although they’ve had some problems in their relationship and gone for long periods without communication, Jolie recently talked with her father via phone.
“We've had a difficult relationship,” she admits, adding that it has been important for her to “distance myself from it, because it was unhealthy.”
“But I called him and we've spoken recently. We're going to try to see each other. I don't think we'll ever have that daddy-and-daughter relationship, but maybe we can get to know each other as friends,” Jolie says.
Two people who believe in protecting and guiding the ones they love? Sounds like the basis for a beautiful father-daughter reconciliation.
James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor and teacher of mass media law at Biola University.
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