Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie take their marital issues to the big screen

The famous couple give us a sneak peak into their rocky romance
ByAndre NevelingThursday , 20 August 2015
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie take their marital issues to the big screen
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They’re one of the most famous celebrity couples in Tinseltown, yet they’re also one of the most private. So when we get offered a rare glimpse into the lives of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, we never say no! And that’s exactly what’s on offer in their new movie, By the Sea, which Angelina wrote and directed. 

The couple’s on-screen marriage is far from perfect

The film is their first on-screen collaboration since Mr & Mrs Smith, which marked the start of their relationship an entire decade ago! In their new film, Brad and Ange play a married couple in the mid-1970s travelling through France who are forced to re-examine their marriage after an encounter with a younger couple in a seaside town. In the trailer, the pair get into violent physical altercations. Ange’s character slaps Brad’s at one point and the trailer ends with Brad storming out of a hotel room while Ange lays sobbing on the floor. 

Angelina opened up about the difficulties and intricacies of making the film with Brad. She revealed: “I’d be directing myself and him in a scene where we’re having a fight, and I’d be pulling out the parts [of him] that have an aggression toward me or when you’re frustrated with each other – it was very heavy,” Ange told the Directors Guild of America. “We kept joking that all of the crew felt like they were living in a house where the parents were fighting and you don’t know where to stand or where to look,” she added. 

Ange describes By the Sea as 'an art film”, adding that it’s “the kind of movie that I like to see but not something I’m usually cast in.” She also called it her “hardest film… because it wasn’t [issue-driven].” She confessed: “It’s something I probably won’t do very much of.”

Now that we know some of the film’s emotional and dramatic fighting scenes are inspired by real-life tension, as Ange suggests, it’s clear their marriage isn’t always as perfect as we’d like to think. Considering how much we love Brangelina as a couple, we’re in for a rollercoaster of emotions when the film hits cinemas on 13 November. 

Brad and Ange in Mr & Mrs Smith

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