Book: Angelina Jolie was drug-tested for 'Tomb Raider'

Carla Harmon
March 30, 2017

The dirty details are exposed in a bombshell excerpt from the new Sherry Lansing biography titled Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.

The English archaeologist Lara Croft, now played by Vikander, has continued to become one of the most exciting female characters online and on the big screen. "Tomb Raider" is not just a story of highlighting her terrific physical accomplishments but also touched deeper into her humanity.

Along with Vikander as Lara Croft, the film features Dominic West (The Affair, 300) as Lara's father, Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands) as the captain of the ship transporting Lara on her quest, and Emmy-nominated Justified and The Hateful Eight actor Walton Goggins as the film's primary villain. "Funnily enough, that was one of my selling points: This troubled and risky aspect in her reputation actually helped the character", he added.

Later on director West chose to meet up with Jolie in Mexico on the sets of Original Sin.

West recalled their meeting on the set of Original Sin.

Director Simon West recounted that the 41-year-old mother was keen for the part, adding that she even volunteered to take daily drug tests to "prove that I'm worthy". I'll be reliable, and I'll turn up, and I'll work hard.

And so they did!

Jolie was obliged later on to undergo drugs tests which involved urine tests and blood tests. Sound off your thoughts in the comments section below and stay tuned for other news about the Angelina Jolie drug abuse history in the days to come. As we saw in the previously leaked set pictures, Vikander looks very much like the Lara Croft of the reboot series, with the outfit she is wearing being an nearly replica of the one in the first reboot game. "Then there was this notion that we had to give her spiritual and psychological support".

Despite the drama, Lansing was enamored with Jolie. "She also has a fantastic mix of traits - tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she's kickass!" It earned US$274 million (AU$356 million) in the box office, which prompted the studio to create the sequel, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life", in 2003.

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