Angelina Jolie as Maleficent (Greg Williams)
Angelina Jolie confessed she frighted multiple small children while wearing her "Maleficent" costume during the D23 fan convention in Anaheim, Calif.
"The strange thing was people with little kids would visit the set and I would think, ‘I’m a Disney character!’” the actress said at the panel for her upcoming film.
"I’d go over to the children and say hi,” she told the crowd. “And they would scream and run off. One little boy actually said Mommy, ‘Please, tell the mean witch to please stop talking to me.’”
The Academy Award winning actress, who attended the convention to unveil footage from the 2014 film, explained she felt the most comfortable while working with daughter Vivienne -- who plays a very young version of Aurora, the "Sleeping Beauty."
“She was the only 4-year-old who wouldn’t scream,” Jolie said.
According to the film' director, Academy-Award winner Robert Stromber, "Maleficent" takes a lot from the 1953 Disney version of the film but from the villain's perspective.
“It has to be from the point of view of the villain, so as beautiful as it was it also needed the edge, and to be a little sexy and little darker.”
“We’ll see the epic battle with of the dragon, but this time, just maybe, we may find ourselves rooting for the other side,” added studio production chief Sean Bailey.
As for Jolie, the actress expects parents and children to warm up to the villain. She claimed that even as a child she felt drawn to the character of Maleficent.
“Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite. I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her, know what she was like and who she was,” Jolie said. “She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel, Just wonderfully and deliciously cruel.”
Also starring Elle Fanning as an older Aurora, "Maleficent" hits theaters on July 2, 2014.