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Jolie to be Olympic torchbearer

Actress will run one of last legs in Greece
/ Source: Reuters

Oscar-winning American actress Angelina Jolie will trade her leather Lara Croft outfit for a tracksuit later this year after agreeing to be one of the final torchbearers at the Athens Olympics.

In a letter to Athens Games organizers released on Tuesday, Jolie, star of the two “Lara Croft” adventure movies, agreed to run one of the very last legs of the relay in Athens, the day before the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony on August 13.

The 29-year-old actress who is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, will carry the Olympic torch for a few hundred meters on the afternoon of August 12, as the international relay comes to a close in the Greek capital after crossing all five continents.

“I would consider it an honor to run with the Olympic torch as a gesture of hope for refugees and to express my active support for sport and world peace,” Jolie said. “The preferred time for me to run would be 1800 or 1900 hours.”

Jolie, whose second “Lara Croft” movie was partly filmed in Greece, is the first high-profile torchbearer to accept an invitation to run in the relay on its return to Greece.