Elle Fanning ‘breaking Disney rules’

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning thinks Maleficent breaks “some weird Disney rule”.

The 16-year-old actress stars opposite Angelina Jolie in the new Disney feature, which puts a dark twist on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty.

Elle’s character Aurora developed a strong bond with Angelina’s evil persona Maleficent and the teenager was profoundly moved by the tenderness the women shared on-screen.

“I’m glad that our film is like that. Also, the way it ends up, it’s more of a maternal love and a friendship love that wins out, over a romantic love with a guy. That was a nice take on [on the fairy tale],” she told Collider. “When I started filming, I was such a huge fan of the animated one. I was like, ‘I feel like we’re breaking some weird Disney rule.’ Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty aren’t supposed to talk to each other. They’re enemies. But the way it turned out, it’s a fresh take on it. For the modern world, we need to have a modern story, and it is. It’s very different.”

Maleficent toys are now available for sale in shops and Elle admits seeing her face on a small doll feels bizarre.

“At the Disney Store, I’ve seen little me, and it’s so strange,” she said. “My grandma went to the Disney Store and saw all of the Aurora dolls and grabbed all of them. She went to the register and they were like, ‘You can only take five.’ So, she only got five.”

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