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 red carpet at the event.
The 37-year-old opted to co-ordinate with her man as they both arrived to rapturous claps and cheers, both wearing matching black.
Angelina wore a floorlength 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.
Brave face: The Hollywood star decided to fly to London with Brad while the funeral was going on so she could support him at the premiere
‘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.
‘I feel great’: It’s the first public appearance Angelina has made since undergoing the double mastectomy and she told reporters she was feeling good since the op
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!
This reporter found himself grabbing his son’s arm when the gruesome got even grosser.
But, then it’s a Zombie movie with a capital Z. Those living dead dudes sure know how to make you sit up in your seat with a jolt.
To be sure, some of the dialogue is cheesy summer fare like hero Brad’s screen wife, played by Mirelle Enos intoning, ‘I remember what it did to you last time’, as she pleads with hubby not to go off and battle the Zombies.
Yet it’s not the mega-flop poor old Paramount Picture had feared.
Nor is it the worst movie ever made as some would have had us believe.
It’s, actually, good, entertaining nonsense.
Often it’s possible to sit through a summer blockbuster without having a clue as to what was happening on screen. Not so WWZ. The plot’s comprehensible.Dunderheads could follow this film.And, let’s be honest, these summer movies are made for dunderheads.
WWZ has turned out to be the summer’s biggest surprise.
It’s going to be a smash, too.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt allowed two of their children to see the PG15 World War Z.
Brad admitted that it’s ‘going to be the scariest movie of the summer’ but he was happy for two of his brood to watch it.
Maddox,11 and Pax, 8, arrived at the Empire, Leicester with nannies and assistants.
The two children mixed with friends at a pre-screening champagne reception.
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