Angelina Jolie came under fire after a popular magazine alleged her upcoming movie, "First They Killed My Father," of coming up with a "disturbing" game for the selection of their main lead to play as young Loung Ung. In her cover story for the September issue of Vanity Fair, it was stated that the actress personally targeted "orphanages, circuses, and slum schools" to look for children who had gone through struggles.

It stated that the audition involved money for a scenario where they asked each auditionee to think of anything they needed the money for before they get it. The director then would act to catch the child who will be forced to come up with a lie for snatching the cash.

Jolie, on the other hand, remembered Srey Moch as the sole auditionee who looked at the money for a long period of time and turned emotional when asked to return the money. "When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral," she told the magazine.

The internet reacts to Jolie's casting method for new movie

As the director of the upcoming Netflix movie, Jolie was specifically criticized for the casting method her movie allegedly used. Some internet users labeled their process a "cruel scheme" and "cruel psychological game" to play with impoverished children.

In the wake of criticisms, the "By the Sea" actress has finally spoken up to fire back at the magazine and defend her film from their "false and upsetting" claims.

In a statement released on Saturday, Jolie reassured that her team has followed the necessary process to ensure the safety and welfare of the children since day one.

No real money involved in the audition

The "First They Killed My Father" director added that the young auditionees were accompanied by their guardians all throughout the production process.

Even their non-governmental organization partners and medical staff were even in attendance since they started working for the film.

The mother of six admitted that she was "upset" after she learned that their "pretend exercise" was taken out of context in her latest interview. She also denied that "real money was taken from a child" and guaranteed that she would be outraged if such thing happened during the audition.

An insider told the Huffington Post that the children were informed about the improvisation and that no real money was involved in the entire Casting Process.

"First They Killed My Father" is a movie based on Loung Ung's 2000 memoir of the same title. The autobiographical film premiered in Cambodia last February and will be released on Netflix this year.

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