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Jolie: I'm excited about 50 Shades

Angelina Jolie has revealed she never considered directing the Fifty Shades Of Grey film.

The actress, who made her directorial debut with war romance In The Land Of Blood And Honey, brushed away rumours that she was in talks to take the reins on the big-screen adaptation of EL James' raunchy novel.

"It's funny, I think with directing, you just think, 'I'm better at telling some stories than others'," she told Entertainment Weekly.

"I came very clear out of the gate: after Blood And Honey, if I ever directed again, it would have to be a certain kind of film."

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who previously directed Nowhere Boy, took the job instead, with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson starring in the lead roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

Angelina said: "You know, I'm looking forward to seeing what Sam does with Fifty Shades and she's amazing."

The 38-year-old, who will next be seen as Sleeping Beauty sorceress Maleficent in Maleficent, stepped back into the director's chair for Unbroken about Olympic athlete and prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, played by Jack O'Connell.

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