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Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt from "Salt." Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt from "Salt." (Photo: Columbia Pictures)

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Evelyn Salt from 'Salt'

Directed by Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce, "Salt" was originally intended as a new espionage thriller for Tom Cruise. When he dropped out, American actress Angelina Jolie expressed interest in the film and the script was reworked to feature a female lead.

The plot revolves around a CIA agent named Evelyn Salt who, after being falsely accused of working for the Russians, goes on the run to clear her name. To become physically fit for the role, Jolie trained in Muay Thai, Shaolin Kung-Fu and Krav Maga, a self-defense discipline that originated in Israel.

“I’ve done films that are focused on action and films that are focused on drama but this is the first time I’ve been able to do both in the same movie," Jolie told the U.K. Telegraph. "I took Salt’s character and her relationships very seriously and with as much commitment as I would have given to any dramatic film."

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