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Behind The Scenes Stories From Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Updated 15 Oct 2019 180.8k views14 items

The release of the Tomb Raider movie reboot starring Alicia Vikander comes 17 years after the video game heroine's first live-action outing. While the original 2001 flick isn't exactly going to be hard to top in terms of critical reception, Vikander has her work cut out by stepping into Angelina Jolie's raiding boots. Despite being relegated to movie history as a cheesy Indiana Jones wannabe, Jolie's emphatic presence was really the one thing the film had going for it, helping to pull in over $250 million to make Tomb Raider a box office hit. 

At the time, Jolie's reputation as Hollywood's wild child led to the studio making some very extreme, invasive and odd decisions in regards to her wellbeing on set. Paramount also went to great lengths to pay as little as possible toward the film, which seemed counterintuitive to the sheer number of writers the studio burned through to get to the final draft. Read on to dig up more of the darkest and most interesting behind-the-scenes stories from Tomb Raider. (And if you're a fan, be sure to check out our list of the best Tomb Raider games and the best Angelina Jolie movies.)

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