This part is about Mr.&Mrs. Smith and the gossips about Brad and Angelina
“One of my favorite scenes from the movie,” Angie said, “is where they’re having dinner and they’re not talking and they have a conversation and it’s about peas.”
“It was a study in partnership and the things that go wrong and the things we fight through,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s: Can they work as a team? And do they have each other’s back?”
She and her co-star, Brad Pitt, did while preparing for the movie, she told me. “We went to gun training, which is actually one of the most dangerous things two actors can do. We would go to rifle ranges and actually compete with each other.”
“Who was a better shot?” I asked.
“I think we were pretty evenly matched,” she said. “We each had our favorite gun.” Hers, the pump shotgun. His, “I don’t remember. A semi-automatic, maybe.
“They would have these obstacle courses, and you have to learn to enter rooms and shoot at moving targets, get from one wall to another and protect yourself. They had us do it together—which is, if you don’t know somebody really well, when you’re holding loaded shotguns, and you’re back-to-back—”
They were using live ammunition, she said. “You had to trust each other to cross under or over and only move when the other person moves, so the trust, when somebody’s got a loaded gun at your back.… It made us trust each other quickly, you know?
“A lot of [the movie] is metaphors,” she told me.
During the filming of the movie, a scandal erupted over the question of whether Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had had an offscreen romance, possibly contributing to the January 7 breakup of Pitt’s marriage to the actress and former Friends star Jennifer Aniston.
“It’s obviously been difficult with all this bullshit going on,” said Angie.
“Eyewitnesses,” the trusty sources of tabloids, were quoted as saying that Pitt admired Angie’s political activism and was very attentive to Maddox on the set. Which could just mean he’s a nice guy.
“I’ve been tied to everybody I ever worked with,” Angie said resignedly.
When I asked how the current tabloid mania had been affecting her, she said, “I live in England,” with an elegant shrug. “When [Pitt and Aniston] separated, I was in Niger in a place where there are no newspapers and nobody gossips.”
And there has been a lot of baseless gossip, almost not worth repeating; but we did talk about it. I asked her about the rumor that Aniston overheard her and Pitt having phone sex. “Absolute bullshit,” she said. One report quoted her saying that she had been merely “a shoulder for Brad to cry on.” “If you track that, it was printed from a British journalist who says that a friend said that Angie said that she was a shoulder to cry on.” She said she had her lawyers “send word to” Aniston and Pitt that she never said anything like that.
As for the picture of her and Pitt in Italy, walking along embracing, she asked, “You mean the picture from the movie? If you look closely, it looks like my hand is in his shirt ‘cause they’ve actually moved two pictures together.” (The Star ran the shot on a January cover, with headline type over the wayward hand.) “I called the studio and said, Don’t you guys have a still where the camera’s in frame? They did some damage control. I didn’t pay attention.
“I knew nothing about their marriage,” she said. “All I know is they seem like wonderful people and wonderful friends and they seem like—I wish people could learn from them and how they seem to obviously be so close and—”
“They seem like they’re getting back together,” I said.
“Yeah,” she said. “Maybe.”
Aniston filed for divorce on March 25.
By: NANCY JO SALES
Source: Vanity Fair, 2005.