Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie took drug tests to secure the role of Lara Croft, a new book has claimed.

An excerpt from a biography about Sherry Lansing, a former actress and film studio executive, alleges the movie star agreed to be tested so she could debunk rumours that she was using illegal substances. Jolie then went on to take the leading role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, which helped take her acting career to the next level.

Written by Stephen Galloway, the book Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, quotes the film’s director Simon West about the episode.

He told Galloway: “[Jolie] said: ‘Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I’ll do anything you want to prove that I’m worthy. I’ll be reliable, and I’ll turn up, and I’ll work hard.’ She said, ‘I don’t care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.’”

The book, which is due to be released later this month, states that Jolie took both urine and blood tests and passed them all.

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