Angelina JolieFrom 'The 39 Steps' to 'The Manchurian Candidate' to James Bond, our fascination with espionage, spies and double agents is limitless. And with the backdrop of the Cold War looming over cinema for decades, it's easy to mistake the real-life clandestine meetings, multiple aliases and secret missions as just another plot point.

In 'Salt,' one of the few espionage thrillers to feature a female lead, Angelina Jolie plays the titular character, a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy who must prove her innocence or carry out her comrade-assigned orders. (Do you actually think we're going to tell you what they are?!) Washington, D.C., and New York are the playgrounds for multiple explosions, chase scenes and planned assassinations, with Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Jolie's fellow CIA agents who are trying to bring Salt in.

The role, which required extensive training in Muay Thai and Krav Maga, was originally envisioned for Tom Cruise. But Jolie snagged the part and holds her own against the Daniel Craigs and Sylvester Stallones of the world. Moviefone sat down with the three leads, as well as actual counterintelligence experts, to discuss the film and its real-life analogies. Angelina JolieFrom 'The 39 Steps' to 'The Manchurian Candidate' to James Bond, our fascination with espionage, spies and double agents is limitless. And with the backdrop of the Cold War looming over cinema for decades, it's easy to mistake the real-life clandestine meetings, multiple aliases and secret missions as just another plot point.

In 'Salt,' one of the few espionage thrillers to feature a female lead, Angelina Jolie plays the titular character, a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy who must prove her innocence or carry out her comrade-assigned orders. (Do you actually think we're going to tell you what they are?!) Washington, D.C., and New York are the playgrounds for multiple explosions, chase scenes and planned assassinations, with Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Jolie's fellow CIA agents who are trying to bring Salt in.

The role, which required extensive training in Muay Thai and Krav Maga, was originally envisioned for Tom Cruise. But Jolie snagged the part and holds her own against the Daniel Craigs and Sylvester Stallones of the world. Moviefone sat down with the three leads, as well as actual counterintelligence experts, to discuss the film and its real-life analogies.


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- One of Hollywood's most bankable actresses and its only current female action star, Jolie tells us about working with real CIA agents, changing the character of Salt from male to female, and why she'd make an awful spy in real life.



Liev Schreiber - The star of 'Defiance,' 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and the 'Scream' series waxes on the real-life Russian spy ring and the similarities between being an actor and a spy.



Chiwetel Ejiofor - The English actor and star of '2012,' 'Redbelt' and 'Dirty Pretty Things' discusses the research needed to play a CIA agent, his real-life paranoia and the perfect spy alias.



The Experts - Former KGB General and head of KGB operations in the U.S. Oleg Kalugin explains why there were no female spies in the KGB, and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Jr. talks about how widespread the issue of Russian spies was during his tenure.