Angelina Jolie says her turn as CIA officer Evelyn Salt is one of the most unglamorous roles she has ever taken on.
The 35-year-old star said: “Females in those films rely on being female but we wanted to ignore that – she’s just Salt.
“She doesn’t use her sexuality to get anything. In fact, in many ways it’s the roughest I’ve looked, because when you fight it gets ugly and if someone breaks your nose it’s not pretty.”
The part of Evelyn Salt came about as a result of a script change – the role was originally meant to be played by a man – and Jolie admits it was tough to adapt the screenplay to have a woman as the lead character.
She told Total Film magazine: “It was much harder than we thought to switch it from a male to a female because the challenges and surprises or how a man would react to a certain situation are not necessarily the same when it’s a woman.
“For example, the original character was married and he had a child and part of the discovery at the end was that he would find love. But for a woman the discovery of love is not a deep surprise.”