Pitt says he struggled with how to "broach the subject" of Jolie playing Mariane Pearl
“I knew the part had to be played by someone with Mariane’s strength and understanding of the world, but I didn’t know how to broach the subject,” Pitt, 43, tells Newsweek.
“It feels a little like Wolfowitz trying to get his girlfriend a job,” he quips (former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz resigned last month after he was accused of using his office to give his girlfriend a high-paying promotion).
Jolie herself has said she "was nervous" about playing Pearl, especially because the women are now close friends.
Says Pitt: “Being in the room with those two women is great fun. It’s like sitting down with Roosevelt and Churchill – only much better-looking.”
But after Jolie was cast, some black actors were shocked that the white actress would play Pearl, who is of Afro-Cuban and Dutch descent. Jolie tells Newsweek, “I know that people are frustrated at the lack of great roles [for people of color], but I think they’ve picked the wrong example here.”
Adds Pearl: “This is not about skin color. I wanted her to play me because I trust her. Aren’t we past this?”