Angelina Jolie is playing ALEXANDER THE GREAT's mother in a new movie, but she's ignorant of basic historical facts about her on screen son.

The 28-year-old actress - who plays the legendary warrior's mother in Oliver Stone's forthcoming ALEXANDER - thinks the Macedonian conqueror - who is portrayed by COLIN FARRELL - died aged 19, when he was in fact 33.

Angelina - attempting to rebuff suggestions she is too young to play the mother of 27-year-old Farrell - says, "I play Alexander's mother when he's seven and I age through the movie, though he was quite young when he died, about 19.

"So it's not like his mother was that old by the end. She's mid-30s."

21/10/2003 13:56