So apparently Angelina Jolie is left handed.
just learned this thanks to one of those cable channels that show
movies from a few years earlier and have breaks at intervals to tell you fun
facts and inside insights about how the movie was made.
The film in
question today was 'Salt'. A movie which I care almost nothing about
and had never actually seen before; it was hitherto primarily notable
for being a rare instance of a script being written for a man and then having the main character recast as a woman.* Much like Sigourney Weaver's part in the first Alien film. (Presumably the writers knew that Sigourney Weaver was a woman for Aliens 2-4, but you can never be sure.)
it appears that this only came about after every other male action lead
currently working had been attached to star in the film and then backed
out, so it isn't quite the bold step forward that it might otherwise
appear to be. Still notable, however.
In any case, one
of the fun facts imparted during a break from the movie was that, as I
led with, Angelina Jolie is apparently left handed. This struck me as
interesting, because I'd never actually noticed it despite having seen
more than a couple of movies that she's been in.
leads me to a different fun fact to observe - since pretty much the
beginning of humanity we've associated 'leftness' with 'wrong'.
large part this is probably because when you see a left-handed person
doing something with their left hand that people more commonly use their
right hand for*, it does convey a vague impression of
'wrongness'. Because it looks different in a way that you can't quite
put your finger on. (Unless someone has helpfully pointed it out in a
behind the scenes featurette in which case it's no big deal.)
*Oh grow up.
It's possible. just possible, mind you, that this is why Angelina Jolie is vaguely terrifying.
Or it could be that her father is John Voight and she probably has bodies buried in her basement.
Could go either way.
realized after the fact that I finished this article without explaining
the title. 'Gauche' is French for 'Left'. See how the French just
proved my over-arching point?