Perhaps desperately needing an influx of star power, The Santa Barbara Film Festival, which is going on right now, put together a big celebration of Angelina Jolie's work and persuaded the star to appear the other night. I know nothing about these SBIFF events, but according to the NY Post they seem to be half honorarium, half roast, as the honoree is asked to watch old clips of their bad movies and then acknowledge them. The problem, of course, is that this comes on the heels of Jolie being snubbed for an Oscar nomination for her performance as Marianne Pearl in A Mighty Heart, so the ribbing seems to have been toned down considerably. (I wouldn't go so far as to say Jolie's was a great performance in that film, but considering that the academy tapped Cate Blanchett for a noticeably bad performance in an exceptionally awful film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Jolie would have every right to be upset.)
So a planned montage of clips from Jolie's old movies was shelved at the last minute. The actress did speak about the old days, though, calling her earliest movies "cheesy" and saying of Cyborg 2, "The first one was Jean-Claude Van Damme, the second was me at 17." In other words, 'not my fault.' She also had the following to say about Hackers: "As Brad knows, he's in the audience, I really don't know how to turn on a computer." Jolie also seemed to take a halfway-swipe at Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which isn't a bad movie in any sense. "It's one of those that I think Brad and I both tried to get out of," Jolie said. "Obviously I'm grateful I did [the movie] because it changed my life," apparently referring to meeting the afore-mentioned Brad.