Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp Premiere 'The Tourist' In New York City

'I thought it was a challenge for me to be a girl, a real girly girl,' Jolie said on the red carpet.

NEW YORK — Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp warmed up the red carpet outside the Ziegfeld Theater in chilly New York City Monday night for the premiere of their sexy new flick, "The Tourist." The duo was joined by co-star Paul Bettany, as well as Jolie's hunky beau, Brad Pitt, and Bettany's wife, actress Jennifer Connolly.

"It was wonderful," Jolie, dressed in a creamy Atelier Versace gown, gushed to reporters about working with Depp on the flick. "He's as wonderful as you expect him to be. He feels like he's of a different decade. He's extraordinarily creative and extraordinarily kind. There's no one else like him."

Jolie said that she was also drawn to the project by her character's feminine wiles as well as the opportunity to work with Depp. "I liked that she was a real lady, a real European lady, and I've never played that before. I thought it was a challenge for me to be a girl, a real girly girl," she said. "Living in Italy for a few months was pretty hard to resist. And I've been dying to work with [the director] Florian [Henckel von Donnersmarck] and I've always wanted to work with Johnny and never met him, so it was a great. Everything was great about this project."

The movie's director was equally charmed by his leading actors and likened the premiere's madness to the kind he experienced shooting the film abroad. "Well, now you can imagine what it was like every single day," he laughed to MTV News. "And we had about 30,000 [people] standing behind the barricades whenever we tried to do an intimate scene, so it was quite adventurous."

He added that working with the two stars was pure joy. "It's exciting," he explained. "There's a reason why we're all so fascinated with these people. It's because they are so fascinating and they're fun, very creative people. ... Actually, I think they're not too far from what they are onscreen in this film. ... Johnny is as funny and as cool as he is onscreen in real life. I'd say there's very little difference. ... He's everybody's idol.

"And Angelina's the same way," he continued. "She's just so elegant and feminine and just exciting ... it was quite an experience working with them."

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