By Joshua Rivera
Updated December 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM EST


You can watch a lot of strange and unexpected things on Youtube, but a video of Angelina Jolie apologizing for staying home sick thanks to chicken pox might be the strangest thing you’ll see this week. In the video, Jolie hardly seems to believe it herself—her second directorial effort, Unbroken, is a mere two weeks away from being released, which makes this sort of thing awfully inconvenient in addition to being mildly embarrassing.

Strange as it may seem, noting the real reason for her absence at Unbroken press events is probably a smart PR movie for Jolie—given that she was the subject of some of the nastier emails unearthed in November’s Sony Pictures hack. If she hadn’t made the video, it would’ve been easy to assume that she was sitting out certain events due to the fallout from the leaked emails—which would have drawn attention away from the film itself, a project she obviously cares about very much. Hopefully she recovers soon; chicken pox as an adult can’t be very fun.


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