When Angelina Jolie left Brad Pitt & Mr & Mrs Smith director 'uncomfortable' with her scandalous comments

15 years after Mr. & Mrs. Smith released, we revisit director Doug Liman's 2005 interview where he spilled the beans of working with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
When Angelina Jolie left Brad Pitt & Mr & Mrs Smith director 'uncomfortable' with her scandalous comments
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It has been 15 years since the controversial Mr. & Mrs. Smith released. While Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's chemistry in the movie was the talk of the town at the time, Mr. & Mrs. Smith was also the turning point in Jennifer Aniston and Brad's marriage. The Friends alum and the actor filed for a divorce before the movie released. With the controversies surrounding the movie, director Doug Liman had previously opened about the much-talked-about sex scene and shed light on the mood on the sets of the filming. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2005, Liman revealed there were a few instances on the set when Angie managed to leave Brad and Doug were left in shock with Angelina's comments on sets. The director had confessed that filming the steamy scenes was awkward for him for he came from "a relatively uptight family" when he was further asked if his co-stars were as awkward as it was for him. 

It was then that Doug replied, "They were pretty comfortable with it. I mean, I think Brad and I were more uncomfortable, ’cause she’s such a force to be reckoned with. Occasionally she’d make a comment and both of us would be like, Whoa!" Sharing an example, he explained Angelina liked to be "shocking sexually." Angie liked being the person who was least embarrassed, the director added. 

During one of the scene discussions, the director revealed he "suggested [she should perform] the most graphic, crazy sex act I could imagine [for the love scene]. Just to try to shock her. Like, 10 steps beyond anything I’d consider doing in my own life. She starts furrowing her eyebrows and I’m like, Oh, never heard of that one? Guess Bunny’s not that sheltered! And she’s like, No, actually, I’m just trying to figure out whether I’ve done that one." 

While the director gave readers of how it was working with the actress on sets, Liman detailed in on the impact Jennifer and Brad's divorce process had on the film's editing. The director revealed he and Dave Matalon [who runs Regency] were debating over making the scene less steamy to avoid pissing Jennifer's fans. The filmmaker confessed he wanted Joe Strummer singing “Mondo Bongo,” which he found was "very sexy" for the scene. However, Dave had a different perspective. 

"Look, I’m honestly worried about the Jennifer Aniston fans out there. I don’t want to lose that little niche audience of people who are huge Jennifer Aniston fans who are going to hate Angelina Jolie if the sex scene is too sexy. People will see the sex scene and say, Oh, that’s how Angie did it. It’ll be like, She used her wiles to seduce him. I would rather you put something sweeter musically over the sex scene. I’m not telling you it’s better, I’m…telling you where I’m coming from," he told the director. 

So Liman reached out to a few women from his sound crew and asked their opinion. "Luckily I had a bunch of women on my sound crew who came to my defense and helped win him over. I ultimately prevailed," he said. Liman also detailed in about the maddening paparazzi surrounding the sets while filming the reshoots of the movie. He remembered the paparazzi following Brad from the first day. He said that they would hear the helicopters arriving before they would hear Brad walk in. "A helicopter that had been following him since he left the Beverly Hills Hotel. That was taking it up to a new level. We were told that a photo of the two of them together would be worth $300,000. So we were all like, Hmmmm! I tell ya, I had to think twice about that one," Liman shared. 

The director also revealed that a PA was yelled at for he said something that had the possibility of being misinterpreted. "We were shooting in the supermarket-shelf section of an IKEA-type store, and [Pitt and Jolie] were like, you know, fiddling around with the paddle balls or something. What actors do between takes. And a PA said, “Brad is screwing around with Angie.” They’re like, Look, you’ve got to be careful how you speak if you’re going to say something over the radio about them. On this movie, saying someone was “screwing around” would have a different context," he said. 

Wow, talk about walking on eggshells! Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more updates. 

ALSO READ: Jennifer Aniston went from wanting to have babies with Brad Pitt to being FRIGHTENED by the idea of motherhood

Anonymous 8 months ago

All you sad people must lead boring lives.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Men leave their women for other women because they can count on the fact there would be a populations of commenters putting all the blame on the women and never blaming their d***ks owning their brains. It’s always Team Woman1 Team Woman2 but in the end the Men win. How sad. Blame Eve forever.

Anonymous 9 months ago

A PR stunt. Angelina controlling the show.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Honestly both women are ridiculous. Aniston's been known for being hard to work with and if she doesn't like the jokes then she gets this whole catty aire about her. Angelina is a nutjob that alot of people thinks is wonderful goddess of a woman whenever is literally all for sure and she's about as wonderful as getting a coochie full of porcupine spines.

Anonymous 9 months ago

She a g****g kind of women. He wanted to make her a mother. Now he must pay for being a fool.

Anonymous 9 months ago

I prefer Jennifer Aniston. I don't like Jolie

Anonymous 9 months ago

Team Jen Forever

anonymous 9 months ago

First of all Angelina didn't snatch Brad from Jennifer because it takes two to Tango. Obviously Jennifer didn't have what it takes to keep a man. And still doesn't, look at her track record with ex husbands and guys she's dated. As far as her smelling like fish the people that complained well they must have been up her a**!! Besides she may have had fish for her meal prior to people all on her a**. Besides it was probably made up by Jennifer!

anonymous 9 months ago

Wtf are you talking about?! “Doesn’t have what it takes to keep a man”?! What a dumb, insulting comment to all women. What exactly should she be doing to “keep her man?” I’m sure, like most marriages, they had their issues and Hollywood compounds it by a 1000. But Brad and Elvira are both aholes for that situation and for how public they were with everything. Whats her face gets blames for it a lot bc she has a history of unabashedly carrying on very public affairs. Brad is stupid for not having an affair but for choosing a partner who has not had a single, healthy relationship in her life.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Angelina smells of fish! When she was filming The Tourist in Venice the locals said she smelt of fish!

Anonymous 9 months ago

Angelina is every woman’s worst nightmare come true – she’s ruthlessly ambitious and she always gets what she wants (even adopted children whose parents still want them!).

Anonymous 9 months ago

She made a lot of money adopting children. Yet they look like orphans all of them. She spends a lot of money to remove the horns she had growing on her face.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Hahahaha.........move on.Brad fell inlove with Angie.Angie is perfection.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Aniston's PR team is on speed dial attacking truthful comments about her as soon as they appear on the page. She plants these misleading items.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Angelina Jolie? Going directly to the bottom of the barrel!

Anonymous 9 months ago

Another married man!

Anonymous 9 months ago

Team Aniston!!!!

Anonymous 9 months ago

Team Aniston is responsible for lies, attacks, and an ongoing saga that is inaccurate.

Anonymous 9 months ago

The controversies were manufactured and Doug Liman had also denied the false affair rumors beforehand.

Anonymous 9 months ago

It was not the turning point in his marriage to Aniston who was having her own illicit affair with married Matt LeBlanc and was even publicly caught kissing him. Her team buried those pics. The media has suppressed the old official statements of Doug Liman denying an affair. He and the entire production denied an on-set affair. This interview is about Doug editing the film to avoid backlash from Aniston fans who blame Jolie for that divorce.

Anonymous 9 months ago

TRUTH. So bizarre how Aniston fans want to deny that she was caught kissing Matt and I saw the pics.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Jolie destroyed Brad and Jen's wedding

Anonymous 9 months ago

She did not destroy their marriage and was not even at their wedding.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Why does everyone blame Angelina Jolie for the break up of Brad Pitts marriage to Aniston. Let's be real Aniston's second marriage barely lasted long enough for the ink on her marriage license to dry.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Wrong. She had moved out before they started dating. They were engaged in 2012 and did not marry until 2015. That’s not exactly jumping the gun

Anonymous 9 months ago

Lasted about as long as Brad and Angelina’s. And about as long as Angelinas 2 other marriages. Probably 2x longer than her next one.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Everything you have said is so true!

Anonymous 9 months ago

Aniston had an affair with Theroux while he was with Heidi. Their real relationship only lasted for a year or so. Then they got fake married.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Jolie loves married men

Anonymous 9 months ago

It's been 15yrs, let it go. Beside Angelina was rich before meeting Brad.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Jolie owes no respect for Jennifer Aniston

Anonymous 9 months ago

She has no respect for herself so how could she for any one else?

Anonymous 9 months ago

She has no respect for herself so how could she for any one else?

Anonymous 9 months ago

He is still with her. It's a PR stunt.

Anonymous 9 months ago

She used Brad for his money and A list status and she is now trying to take his money in the divorce! Brad is the real star and now she realising this because she is unwanted in Hollywood and has to take loans from him! She is just washed up attention seeking trash, a bad actress and a fake humanitarian.

Anonymous 9 months ago

He is pathetic to allow it

Anonymous 9 months ago

Angelina putting Pitt through yet another vicious smear campaign is probably one of the most sickest and twisted things I have ever seen.

Anonymous 9 months ago

She is tacky. All his women were tacky except Jennifer.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Oh so she seduced the married man? So men have no control over their actions? It's all her fault and has nothing to do with the MARRIED man deciding to break his vows. Its unbelievable how men have no self control...

Anonymous 9 months ago

You are speaking on behalf of who? Brad knew what he was doing but so did Jolie. It was mutual and takes two. Jolie was also on the rebound. Brad wanted more excitement and said his marriage was boring whilst Jolie has only just filed divorce and wanted a new love. Women know what they’re doing as much as men! Takes two

Anonymous 9 months ago

Totally agree

Anonymous 9 months ago

I bet Ben Harper and Billy Bob's wives suffered too when she had her affairs with them.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Laura had an affair with Billy Bob and Ben Harper when they were married.

Anonymous 9 months ago

She did not snatch Brad Pitt. Aniston snatched Tate Donovan from Sandra and used her Huvane connection to act like they are friends. She snatched Chris Gartin from his wife. She had an affair with married Matt while she was with Pitt. She snatched Heidi from Justin.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Laura suffered a lot. I remember this separation.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Angelina Jolie snatched Laura Dern’s fiancé Billy Bob Thornton and then Jennifer Aniston’s husband Brad Pitt after.. she be snatching people’s men like they are Infinity stones.

Anonymous 9 months ago

I cannot get over how poorly Jolie acts. She is so wooden, so stilted and shows absolutely no emotion on her face and this makes her performance totally unbelievable.

Anonymous 9 months ago

All of the above mentioned along with Angelina Jolie who was called a homewrecker.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Angelina Jolie Our lady of Endor Coven. Pure evil.

Anonymous 9 months ago

Hasn't aged well. Looks older than Brad.