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Angelina Jolie took drug tests in order to get cast in ‘Tomb Raider’

Angelina Jolie’s rebellious past almost affected her legendary career.

The former bad girl had to agree to drug tests during the filming of the 2001 film “Tomb Raider” before she got the role, director Simon West revealed in Stephen Galloway’s new biography of former Paramount executive Sherry Lansing.

At the time, 24-year-old Jolie was in her wild child phase, including her relationship with Billy Bob Thornton, and executives worried about her “baggage.”

“She said: ‘Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I’ll do anything you want to prove that I’m worthy. I’ll be reliable, and I’ll turn up, and I’ll work hard,’” West said in the excerpt of “Leading Lady” acquired by the Hollywood Reporter.

Network executives feared the impact of Jolie’s “baggage,” including then-boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton.
Network executives feared the impact of Jolie’s “baggage,” including then-boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton.

“She said, ‘I don’t care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.’”

And that’s what they did: Then-Paramount president John Goldwyn required random drug tests — urine and blood — which Jolie continually passed.

“Tomb Raider,” based off the wildly popular video game series, eventually went on to make $275 million worldwide and launched two sequels, including an upcoming spinoff starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

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