Violante Placido destined to act

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A non-stop action film starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie & Morgan Freeman. Wesley Gibson (McAvoy) is a mild-mannered Chicago office worker until he meets Fox (Jolie), who reveals to him that he's a member of an ancient secret organization called the Fraternity, which kills bad people. Upon learning from Fox that his estranged father has been murdered, Wesley completes training and becomes an avenging assassin.
December 30th, 2010

Violante Placido's mother always wanted her to be an actress.

'The American' star - whose parents are 'The Godfather' actress Simonetta Stefanelli and Italian TV star Michele Placido - showed early signs of wanting a career in showbiz, but insists she was never forced into the industry by her family.

She said: "When I was very young, I used to watch these Marilyn Monroe movies and I would dance and sing along to the songs.

"I think my mother might have imagined me becoming an actress one day, but she never put pressure on me."

Violante played a prostitute who has a romance with George Clooney's hitman character in 'The American' and she believes the two are "purified" through their love for one another in the movie.

She explained: "They live on the margins somehow. That is what at the beginning brings them close. They are damned in a way but together they purify themselves."

Violante can next be seen in movie sequel 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' - in which she will star opposite Nicolas Cage.

She has been shooting the film - which is based on the Marvel comic book series - in Romania and plays the character Nadya.