Bonnie Says! Hey Angelina, Don't You Think You're Being Crazy Irresponsible Doing Your Dangerous Stunts When You're A Mom Of Six?

Sun, April 18, 2010 12:51pm EDT by 23 Comments
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

You’ve dangled 10 stories up above the ground and jumped from moving vehicle to moving vehicle in your upcoming movie Salt — that’s NUTS!

Angelina Jolie you’ve always taken pride in doing your own stunts in your movies; it’s one of the reasons you’ve become the top female action star of our day. But there’s a big difference between your turn as Lara Croft in 2001’s Tomb Raider and your role as Evelyn Salt in this summer’s action-thriller Salt — you’re now a mother of six! And while being responsible for so many young lives might inspire some women to stay out of harm’s way, it seems to only be making you MORE adventurous.

“The funny thing about having children is that now I am twice as motivated to do a cool stunt because my kids will like it,” you say in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Angelina, there have to be other ways you can impress your kids — most moms don’t leap from tall buildings! Acting is your job, but now that you have a family, it’s also your responsibility to stay healthy for your kids. Angie, I’m a mom of four and it weighs on me at all times that I have to keep myself safe. My responsibility to my kids is to NOT put myself in harm’s way. Why would you knowingly put yourself in danger like this? Even Salt director Phillip Noyce thinks you’re overdoing it!

“Personally, a lot of the stuff she did in this, I would’ve preferred to do bluescreen,” Phillip tells the mag. “She was often suspended up to 10 stories high and she’d leap from vehicle to vehicle at high speeds. She doesn’t have to do it, but she has absolutely no fear. Usually when an actor becomes more and more successful, they play it safe. But that’s not Angelina Jolie.”

Angie, we know you take your roles very seriously — and we think that’s great — but for the sake of your kids, PLEASE listen to your director’s advice and start playing it safe. You may think you’re invincible – because you’re just 34 and you’re rich, famous and on top of the world — but actors get hurt on set all the time… and in the occasional, tragic instance, some actors have even lost their lives due to carelessness.

For example, Vic Morrow died on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1982 when a stunt helicopter accidentally fell on him and two other actors. Then there was Bruce Lee‘s son, Brandon Lee, who was accidentally shot and killed on the set of The Crow in 1993.

People will still flock to theaters to see you, even if you do your stunts in front of a bluescreen. And your family will be much better off for it.

You expose yourself to enough danger on your admirable UN mission trips to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan — but stunts are for entertainment only and not worth your children being deprived of their mother if something goes wrong.

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Joules

Posted at 2:57 PM on April 21, 2010  

Do you remember why Angelina Jolie got a name for herself in the industry? It was because she was daring and at the edge of every film she’s done. She makes the big bucks because she isn’t afraid to step outside the bubble and do something semi-dangerous. Do you think that anyone is going to put her in a situation that could potentially kill her? No. You know why? Because if you kill the cow you get no more milk (figuratively speaking. She was doing this before children and she is doing it after children. It is a bit sexist. Obama is the first black President…do you have any idea how dangerous that could be? I mean being President alone is dangerous but then you have all these crazy people out there who are racists. Would you expect him to just take a job in a cubical somewhere because life my dear is DANGEROUS. Miss Jolie could walk out a door into a street and get hit by a bus. She could contract a “killer flu”. All these things are more likely to happen than her getting killed on the set. Also when you are talking about these people who have died doing stunts…that was years ago. Things have changed, there are better regulations now and better safety equipment. I’ve read a few of your “stories” and I think you are ridiculous. Perhaps you should stop writing trash (as no child will think that is “cool”) and start living a life of your own without criticizing others. That woman (Angelina Jolie) is 100 times the woman you will ever be because she is true to herself and has a good heart.

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guest

Posted at 11:55 PM on April 20, 2010  

Bonnie has got to be a fan of jennifer aniston,why else is she all the time ragging on jolie.

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Rolio

Posted at 6:52 PM on April 20, 2010  

Who gives a rats ass on what Bonnie has to say. What is she some kind of expert or something, always questioning, how and what other’s should do. There’s lots of things I bet Bonnie should do, but this is a public forum that doesn’t deserve such filth.

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xxo

Posted at 3:20 PM on April 20, 2010  

How come it is ok for men with children to do stunts but not moms what is this 1956? we know how much you enjoy ragging on Angie but why be sexist too?

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gbtw

Posted at 4:15 PM on April 20, 2010  

she never said it was okay for the men to do it, either. did i miss that? point out a male parent that does it to her, and next time they do, maybe she’ll chastize them for it. frankly, angie is so frail looking, though, in her case maybe it is appropriate to be sexist b/c she looks like she’d break in two at the slightest bump. men don’t tend to be that frail, sexist or not.

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shilo

Posted at 8:52 AM on April 20, 2010  

lf she has the common sense to see that she is doing something wrong that will be great for all of us.

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gbtw

Posted at 8:01 PM on April 19, 2010  

oddly, i was not offended by this even though everyone is outraged. i also am much more careful about my own health and well being knowing that my child needs me. i don’t even cross the road the same way i used to. it’s not fear, it’s just being hyper-vigilant because of my importance and responsibilities to a small child. i don’t think bonnie is out of line here. however, my guess is that angie’s stuff isn’t too crazy or else truly they wouldn’t let her do it. or, she’s just someone who needs that rush to tame her. (maybe she’d be doing other crazy things in real life if she weren’t getting a release on set!) i don’t know, but, for once, i have to agree with bonnie on this one. i think parents do owe it to their kids to be hyper-protective of themselves.

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gordon

Posted at 12:22 PM on April 19, 2010  

Bonnie – You looked great this morning on the Today show. Wonderful red dress and stunning necklace. Best wishes to you.

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grahamatical

Posted at 10:56 AM on April 19, 2010  

Bonnie; do you believe female cops, fire fighters, corrections officers and others are irresponsible too? Unlike many Hollywood stars I see Angie as someone who is genuine in everything she does. She has a healthy respect for stunt people and the dangers associated with parts of her job. She is dedicated through and through. Also, by making this statement you are insinuating she doesn’t love her children. SHAME!

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Hanni

Posted at 4:35 PM on April 19, 2010  

Sorry, but an actress ist NOT a cop, firefighter or a corrections officer. She is doing it for the money and to be seen as a cool woman/mum, not to save lives.

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Fran

Posted at 9:50 AM on April 19, 2010  

Hey being a mom doesn’t mean you become an invalide. Never will I stop doing what I love because I am a mom! Mother hood doesn’t provide much adrenaline and I need something much hotter than sex to keep me satisfied! Extreme sports are like my rewards!

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LooLa 2

Posted at 2:23 AM on April 19, 2010  

It’s probably more dangerous driving in Los Angeles than doing stunts that Angie’s long-time stunt woman and her long-time associate plan and test out for her.

We really don’t believe your attacks on Angie or your sucking up to her either, Bonnie. You know better than most that keeping a sleazy gossip operation a float requires Angelina Jolie on the front page. I remember vividly when you congratulated Jane Pitt for excluding AJ from the Pitt family holidays. You are a cow!

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louise77

Posted at 11:05 PM on April 18, 2010  

This is a stupid attack. Plenty of parents do their own stunts. I don’t see any stories about Tom Cruise or Nicole Kidman. Nicole actually got in car accident on set a couple of years ago. Clearly if the stunts were too dangerous she wouldn’t be allowed to do them. Also there are plenty of photographs of Angelina’s stunt double. They are not hidden and nobody has ever claimed she doesn’t have one. Angelina also talks about them in interviews.

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LooLa 2

Posted at 2:29 AM on April 19, 2010  

Angie’s stunt woman has worked with her since Lara Croft I (and trained her for it as well). Her name is Eunice Huthart. She is also practically a Jolie-Pitt family member. Also, on SALT the 2nd unit director and/or stunt coordinator was Simon Crane who is world-famous for his successful stunts and has also worked most AJ films since LC:TR.

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jasg

Posted at 9:34 PM on April 18, 2010  

I agree with Tiffany. I visit this site daily because I like the photos, but you guys are always way out of line with your judgements. Reading way to much into the lives of celebrities whom you don’t even know and being so critical–as if you’re a perfect woman, wife and mom Bonnie! Some journalist you are. So obvious you hate Angelina. You can never say anything nice about her. There’s nothing controversial about her saying she does action to impress her kids. How about you take that quote of hers and interpret it in a good way for once. Like, she’s brave because most actors are scared to do their own stunts; she’s a good role model to her kids because she faces challenges such as taking action-challenging roles; she’s a cool mom for making the kind of movies that her boys would enjoy watching and they can brag about how kick-ass awesome their mom is for being a gun fighting, action-hero. Why always take something about her and make it sound so bad? Why the hate? Is it because you’re not over Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston? Because that’s the only thing you obsess about here. Seems like Aniston got over it a long time ago. Maybe you should too considering that it’s not your life.

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syd

Posted at 7:45 PM on April 18, 2010  

I’m sure she’s insured. And we know Brad has “medicinal hash” on hand- Let’s hope she does get injured, perhaps then she will spend some time at home with the kids.

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LooLa 2

Posted at 2:25 AM on April 19, 2010  

Angie spent 15 months with her kids in 2008-2009 and 9 months last year. Did you? I know I had to work most of my kid’s lives why shouldn’t AJ do what she is trained for, and so excellent at?

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Tiffany

Posted at 6:55 PM on April 18, 2010  

This has got to be the MOST judgmental site EVER. Overall I like your photos and style artices, but I am becoming more and more turned off by the fact that you guys are constantly telling women how to live their lives. Telling this one to leave him, that one how to dress their child, another to not perform stunts. More people die from alcohol and cigarette smoking than stunt work! I guess your trying to be empowering, but it reads as judgmental. Your entitled to your opinion and to keep printing what you want, just keep in mind that some of your daily readers, such as myself, are starting to look to other sites for information.

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guest

Posted at 6:43 PM on April 18, 2010  

Jolie is not going to put herself in danger she’s smarter than that.

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jennylynnm

Posted at 4:52 PM on April 18, 2010  

Do we criticize fathers for doing their own stunts? Didn’t think so. Don’t be a hypocrite. Doing her own stunts does not make her a bad mother.

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Village

Posted at 4:16 PM on April 18, 2010  

I agree with Alex. She doesn’t do stunts that haven’t already been done by her stunt double to test the rigging. Although rarely photographed, Angelina’s double does the same stunts first, in costume, but usually wearing athletic shoes!?!? Angelina is being very careful. It is probably more dangerous to drive around LA with so many idiots on cell phones, or texting while driving.

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karen

Posted at 6:25 PM on April 19, 2010  

Thank you for saying this. We saw tons of pics with her and her stunt double. Bonnie hates Angelina. A blind man can see it. Every post has a negative turn. While she fawns all over anything Jennifer Aniston does or says. Yes Balanced and fair. Where is your post on the other women. Mila does a lot of her own stunts. So did Kate B. Scarlet just said she did her own stunts as well as Zoe S. But they are not Angelina. This is not her first action film. she is careful and works with wonderful people. Bonnie your bias is just sad. Especially for a professional woman. Angelina has done nothing to you. Stop the nasty little jabs. Makes you seem so catty.

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Alex

Posted at 3:40 PM on April 18, 2010  

It’s not fair to compare what she’s doing to the deaths of Morrow and Lee. Morrow’s death was due decisions made not by him but by others and there was legal hell to pay for years and new laws written as a result. Lee’s death was caused by stupidity and also led to new rules being written. Jolie is worth millions of dollars – the filmmaker’s won’t let her do stunts that might endanger that investment. You can’t stop accidents, but mothers of six can get hit by a bus walking across the street, too, and probably have. And Jolie’s not an idiot regardless what some might believe: if she doesn’t feel comfortable doing a stunt, she won’t do it. Simple as that.

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