Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie stars in Warner Bros.’ new fantasy adventure “Beowulf” – director Robert Zemeckis’ re-imagining of the oldest epic tale with the most modern technology of performance-capture and digitally enhanced live-action. In the film, after destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, mighty warrior Beowulf incurs the undying wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonates throughout the ages, immortalizing the name of Beowulf.
A bemused Jolie notes that “when you mention Grendel’s mother, you find that everyone has an opinion about her. I think she’s lovely and everybody else thinks she’s a bit off.”
The character’s actions, Jolie points out, are beyond good and evil, driven by a profound maternal instinct. “Yes, she’s a monster, but she’s also a mom and that’s the essence behind everything she does. Grendel is like a full-grown man but there’s something vulnerable and childlike about him. I thought about her as a mother. If someone hurts your son, you would go to the ends of the earth to avenge him. So, I approached it that way.”