She opted to miss her aunt’s funeral so she could jet to Britain to support Brad Pitt at the premiere of his new movie World War Z. And Angelina Jolie certainly did it in style on Sunday evening as she made one of her first public appearances since she revealed to the world she recently underwent a double mastectomy. The Salt actress kept to her promise and was one of the big names who walked the special black carpet at the event.
The 37-year-old opted to co-ordinate with her man as they both arrived to rapturous claps and screams, both wearing matching black. Angelina wore a floorlength Yves St Laurent dress, while Pitt looked dapper in a suit with a casual T-shirt underneath. Just a few days ago it was revealed Jolie had chosen to miss her aunt’s funeral as it clashed with the premiere. The Salt actress – who recently revealed she underwent a double mastectomy after she was identified as carrying the BRCA1 cancer gene – lost her aunt Debbie Martin, 61, last week following a battle with breast cancer but Angelina cannot make the funeral in San Diego on Sunday June 2 because she will be in London.
Debbie’s husband Ron told E! News ahead of the premiere: ‘We are making the final arrangements for the funeral as we speak. But we expect it to be this Sunday at noon at El Camino Memorial in Sorrento Valley near our home.
‘Angelina will be in London on Sunday so she won’t be able to attend but she has been in touch with us and with various other members of the family, which has obviously been lovely and has meant a lot to us.’ And it seems Angelina is now fighting fit after making the difficult decision to undergo the operation.
Jolie, who oozed confidence at the bash, said she was ‘feeling great’ as she walked the black carpet with Brad Pitt. ‘I’m here for Brad. I’m so proud of him’, she said. The actress said she was ‘proud ‘ of the response to her article about cancer preventative surgery. ‘If it did some good then I’m pleased’, she said as she walked into the Empire cinema wearing a floor length Yves. St Laurent black silk gown. The actress spent twenty minutes singing autographs. She joked, ‘I’m a director’, as she took cameras from fans and took their photographs and video shots.
One fan handed her a fluffy teddy and later she gave it to Sophie Martinez, aged four, who promptly burst into tears. ‘It’s a nice teddy’, Angelina told her soothingly. Sophie’s parents Douglas and Tatiana, Brazilian students living in Putney, said they were so touched by Angelina’s gesture towards their daughter. Jessica Chastain, however, skipped the carpet to attend the film. She and Brad were in The Tree of Life together. Pitt told BBC News as he spoke ahead of the screening: ‘I think it’s pretty much the most intense film you’re going to see all summer.’
The night before on Saturday Brad made an impromptu visit to the first preview screening of World War Z in one of the Empire’s smaller screening auditoriums. He told the audience: ‘This has been a long time coming’. He was clearly referring to the film’s problematic production with costs rumoured to be in the two hundred million dollar plus range. He added: ‘I’m willing to bet that this is the most intense film you’ve seen all summer.’ He wasn’t wrong there!