Hollywood star Angelina Jolie says she never intended to make her directorial debut with a controversial film about the Bosnian Civil War.
The 36-year-old, whose film In the Land of Blood and Honey chronicles the romance between a rape and kidnap victim set against the backdrop of the 1990s war in Bosnia, said she became fascinated by the conflict while studying up on the region for her own interests, Contactmusic reported.
"My passion was to get a great education in Bosnia, and then it somehow just led to this film and then I met the people from the region and I couldn't be more passionate about these people and I just followed their lead," she said.
Jolie served as writer, producer and director on the movie, but reveals she relied on her cast to make the storyline more believable.
"I didn't have to teach these people what it was like to live through war. They had to teach me. I just had to calm them down and set the right environment and make them feelsafe...," she added.