Angelina Jolie has revealed that a scene in her blockbuster Disney movie Maleficent was a metaphor for rape.
According to The Daily Mail via ST Communities, she spoke openly about the harrowing scene during a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour show in which her character's wings were ripped off her body by a childhood friend.
The UN Special Envoy, who was in London to co-host the End Sexual Violence In Conflict Global Summit with William Hague, explains the act of violence that takes place as her character is in a drug-induced sleep: "We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton] and I, that it was a metaphor for rape".
"And that this would be the thing that would make her lose sight of that," she continued. "At a certain point, the question of the story is what could possibly bring her back?"
The mother-of-six also said that while it is "an extreme Disney, fun version of it", the film at its core is about "abuse, and how the abused then have a choice of abusing others or overcoming and remaining loving, open people".
She added that "something would have to be so violent and aggressive" to make a woman "become so dark and lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood and her softness".
Screenwriter Linda Woolverton had explained in another interview prior to this that the movie was "a reinvention, not just a retelling" of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairytale, which is why the dark backstory of its villainness was explored and delved into.
"[We] created a past for her that led to the moment in which she curses Aurora, then takes us past that moment from Maleficent's point of view," she explained.
Maleficent is currently showing in cinemas.