“She was so insane inside”: Denzel Washington’s Movie Made Angelina Jolie Lonely and Drove Her Nuts

Denzel Washington's Movie Made Angelina Jolie Lonely and Drove Her Nuts
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The 1999 cop thriller, The Bone Collector, made Angelina Jolie go almost insane. Although nothing is impossible for the Oscar-winning actress, the mental toll that the preparation for the movie took on her was the toughest part to go through according to the actress. Jolie is not privy to thrillers and has given some amazing performances in movies such as Salt, Mr. & MrsSmith, and many more. But The Bone Collector was nothing like the rest.


Jolie, who played a cop, hunting for a serial killer on the loose for the Denzel Washington movie, admitted that was one of the greatest challenges she had to face on screen. Thus, the fearless cop who played Washington’s character like a fiddle by playing some dirty sexual mind games with him scared her.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie’s Fictional Counterpart for the 1999 Movie Made Her Go Insane

Being an actor is not an easy job. Although Angelina Jolie makes it look easy, there was one movie that certainly made her doubt her capabilities. The dark thriller starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie was a tough nut to crack for the Oscar-winning actress, it, in turn, made her go “nuts”. Amelia Donaghy of The Bone Collector was something she will remember as one of her most notable works till her dying breath.

The cop who was desperately in search of a serial killer all while playing her on-screen partner like a fiddle with her mind took a toll on the actress like no other. In a conversation with Dark Horizons, she discussed how exactly the movie impacted her mental health. She explained,

“This one was less extreme but nearly drove me insane because she was so insane INSIDE. Sometimes with the extreme ones, you’re a character so you are free; this one was like: Be yourself, let those tears fall, be simple, and be still. You can’t hide. Sometimes it can be harder.”

Angelina Jolie in The Bone Collector
Angelina Jolie in The Bone Collector

Although deemed as “less extreme” by the Girl, Interrupted actress, she felt very naked as the character started to slip inside her through her skin. This also highlighted many of her insecurities and brought out the complicated parts she avoided dealing with for the longest time. She continued saying,


“It was really lonely and I went a bit nuts. From the beginning, I felt as if I was not capable of doing this, of leading a film and being responsible for this, of physically handling this, of saving a life and going in there and being a cop.”

Thus, finally cracking the character and gathering the courage to portray the character on screen really was a triumph for her.

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Angelina Jolie Had the Best S*x of Her Life on The Bone Collector

Though it was rough, one aspect of the movie, especially the character she really enjoyed, was the mind games her character Amelia Donaghy played with Denzel Washington’s character Lincoln Rhyme. The role Jolie was portraying used her intellect and wit to form an intimate connection with her love interest, instead of just relying on physical attributes. Which is typically not shown on the big screens, she loved that her character actually served a purpose rather than being just a love interest. She claimed,


“It was great seducing someone with your mind, a huge turn-on,”

She then stated how amused she was to portray such a fresh character and deemed it as one of the greatest on-screen intimate scenes ever in the history of cinema. She said,

“What’s fascinating are the journeys these two characters undertake, and the deep relationship that evolves between them,–The best s*x I ever had was in this movie”

The Bone Collector
Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in The Bone Collector

Thus, although she doubted herself in the beginning, she successfully picked herself up to deliver one of her finest performances. Jolie said,

“It was just all those things by yourself: Am I good enough, am I worth anything, really, on a spiritual deep level? You start to get into those things and this is what she had to go through, and then get through it,” 

Living the character, appreciating and understanding her mind truly helped her as an actress to get through the harrowing experience. In addition to that, she was also grateful to the cast and the crew, and the film itself for helping her get through one of the toughest hurdles she ever had to face.


The Bone Collector is now available on Netflix to stream.

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Source: Dark Horizons


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