By Emily Tait
Hollywood icon Angelina Jolie has put another feather in her cap by starring in the new adaptation of the Walt Disney classic Sleeping Beauty, and has used coloured contact lenses to help her.
The 37-year-old actress plays the role of the evil Maleficent in the new film, and has been helping to get into character with the use of prosthetic cheeks and coloured contact lenses.
As with the animated version of the character in the 1959 film, Jolie's Maleficent will have huge horns and a pallid complexion, with striking green/yellow eyes set against light blue lids.
However, unlike the animated version, Angelina says that the character has a good side that will hopefully come through in the film.
"It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect," she said recently.
In promotional shots for the film she appears to have taken inspiration from Lady Gaga, who has also used the cheekbone method in her music videos, as there is a definite peak at the sides of her mouth that rises to her eyes.
She was recently photographed on location filming scenes for the movie – which will be called Maleficent, and was wearing a long, brown cape and holding a staff, suggesting some witchcraft will be involved at some point in the production.
Although many aspects of the character will be tweaked slightly to enable the transition from cartoon to real-life, other elements will definitely remain, such as the horns.
"We’re experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns - you can’t deny them. You have to have horns," she said.
Maleficent, which will also star Elle Fanning in the role of Princess Aurora, or Sleeping Beauty, is due for release around the world in 2014.
by Emily Tait