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Alarcon and Jolie: The Sitdown

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by Alarcon, for outsideleft.com
originally published: March, 2005
She deliberately rubs her upper left arm in an attempt to expose her old tattoo that reads Billy Bob in jailhouse script.
by Alarcon, for outsideleft.com
originally published: March, 2005
She deliberately rubs her upper left arm in an attempt to expose her old tattoo that reads Billy Bob in jailhouse script.

Angelina Jolie, outsideleft's favorite large-lipped thespian recently sat with our Alarcon for one-on-one - no handlers, no PR flacks, no bodyguards. Pretty brave of her. But, things weren't as exciting as one might think. "It was kind of anticlimactic," Alarcon was overheard saying the day after the interview. "Her usual soft, pouty, and supple lips were completely normal-sized in real life, and she was as thin as a rail - I'm talking Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen thin. I was a real bring down."

When you filmed "Gone in 60 Seconds," did they teach you how to really hotwire cars?

That's dangerous for me to admit to, isn't it? Cars will go missing and they'll start pointing fingers at me [goofy laugh]. I think I might have to check my notes, but yeah, I can now. That's the great thing about my job: You get to learn about cool skills like breaking into cars. This time, I got to play with cars and learn how to drive properly and break into cars - there's an art to breaking into them.

What about the fact that you're hardly in that movie, yet you're billed as a co-star?

You know what's great about that question is that everybody is upset about that, which is lovely. But it's just a group movie, it was never going to be me—it was always an ensemble. And I was part of that and we all had our roles. And um, you always want to do more [gets quiet and rambles off a few more words]. But I agree with you, I would have liked to do more.

What made you choose your look for that movie? You know, the blond dreads and stuff.

[Laughs] I thought that [Sway] should look like a Ferrari and I thought that since she was going to be surrounded by a bunch of guys, it should be obvious that she's very much a woman and so I wanted her to have long hair as opposed to the boy-greaser thing. So I wanted her to have long hair, but then I though I looked like one of those car magazine girls in the end.

Was it a wig?

Yeah, mostly.

Considering you spend most of your time behind the wheel of a car in that movie, what's your favorite driving music?

I'm listening to Johnny Cash, The Clash, Elvis - "Kid Creole" is my favorite song ever [laughs freakishly as she deliberately rubs her upper left arm in an attempt to expose her old tattoo that reads "Billy Bob" in jailhouse script].

You can't help but notice that "Billy Bob" tattoo is still on your arm. Was it stressful being married to him during all the attention you received for you Oscar?

Well, marrying Billy Bob was a life-changing decision. I never thought I'd settle. I always have carried this crazy thing around and I thought no one would ever get inside my head and I was very, very calm and I felt I had so much meaning. He just made me complete and I just admired him and I respond to him and all that. And I've always felt that he was the most amazing person that I've ever met - I'd always been moved by his work.

What about the rumors of you and Antonio Banderas on the set of Dancing in the Dark? Reports are that you two really did those sex scenes.

[Gets serious all of a sudden and speaks very slowly and deliberately] If people believe that, it'll actually make me sad because Antonio loves his wife [Melanie Griffith] so much and is absolutely crazy about her and loves their child and it's a beautiful thing and nothing should be taken away from that. We were great friends, but there is absolutely nothing like that going on—nothing. But you know, after we signed on to the movie, we looked at the script and [said], "OK, there are sex scenes, now what do you think the rumors are going to be?" We were surprised that it didn't come sooner. Of course people are going to say that - it's a given, an obvious.

What do you remember most about the night of the Academy Awards when you won your Oscar?

I remember, uhh—calling my mom and not being able to understand her because she was screaming so much and that she talked to my dad and that they got along well together that night. I remember seeing my father s face and he was so emotional and he said that when I said that he was a great father, it meant a lot to me that was—I didn't know how much that would mean to him. Obviously, looking over at my brother and knowing that this is the world that we grew up in and you know, this is a place where my dad stood and, um, it meant a lot to me. And then I went home to Billy Bob's and we put his two beautiful children to bed. And then I got in a plane the next morning to Mexico to finish Dancing in the Dark.

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Alarcon co-founded outsideleft with lamontpaul in 2004. His work for o/l has attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers, oh and probably the fbi too.

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