The following article contains allegations of child and domestic violence.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s custody battle has dragged on since 2016, when they first announced their 12-year split, according to TMZ. August 2022 was particularly shocking when troubling details about Pitt’s plane incident in 2016 — just days before Jolie filed for divorce and was made public — came to light. NBC News reports that the FBI investigation into this jet incident documented that Pitt was intoxicated with alcohol and increasingly aggressive when he intentionally poured beer on Jolie and her children. It is alleged that he shook her violently, causing injuries to her hand and elbow. When one of her children tried to intervene, the documents show that Jolie had to stop Pitt from hurting her. The FBI documents include details such as “Husband allegedly physically and verbally assaulted plaintiffs and children who ‘suffered sustained physical and mental trauma’ as a result of the assault.” Pitt.
These revelations paint a toxic relationship between the former husband and wife, but there was a time in their marriage when Jolie made every attempt to mend and resolve the differences between the two. And according to an interview, Jolie even wrote and directed one of her films, casting them both as husband and wife to save their marriage.
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Angelina Jolie wrote a movie to save her marriage
In 2015, the co-stars of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” returns to the screen for “By the Sea,” a marital drama written and directed by Angelina Jolie. The duo play a married couple trying to fix their problems by holidaying in France – but they become obsessed with their young neighbours’ sex lives and spy on them, according to The Guardian. Her own trauma comes to light. It was less than a year after the release of this film that Brad Pitt and Jolie called it quits. By 2017, Jolie revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Award Chatter” podcast (via W Magazine) that she made the film because she “thought it would be a good way for us to communicate.” In a way it was, and in some ways we learned some things.”
Jolie went on to explain that “there was a heaviness behind the scenes,” though not because of the film’s dark subject matter. After she took off, she noted that they were “dealing with” “something” without going into specifics. However, she spoke about the transformative power of filmmaking when going through a tough time. “Whatever it might have been [making the film together] not resolved certain things, but we communicated something that needed to be communicated to each other,” she said.
Her experience filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith was very different
When By the Sea was released in 2015, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hinted at marital struggles but insisted they weren’t using the film as a substitute for couples therapy. “Brad and I have our issues,” Jolie told Vogue. “But if the characters were even remotely close to our issues, we couldn’t have made the film.” Jolie noted that they shot the film almost immediately after the couple’s 2014 wedding. “It’s a weird honeymoon,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “After a few weeks, we started wondering if it was a good idea because it’s … hard and there’s a lot of fighting.” She later commented that if the film didn’t catch on with audiences, it would be “the worst honeymoon ever.” would be well received. In the same interview, Pitt gushed about working with his wife and mother for their six children, calling the “collaborative” experience “a real pleasure.”
Interestingly, filming was a very different experience when Jolie and Pitt first met as a couple in 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith” performed. Jolie characterized their working relationship in a 2007 Vogue interview. “A few months later I realized, ‘God, I can’t wait to get to work,'” she told the publication. “…Everything we did together we just found a lot of joy in it and a lot of real teamwork. We just kind of became a couple.” Those comments prompted Pitt’s first wife, “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston, to respond at the same outlet a year later, noting that it was very “uncool” to The Daily Mail, considering Aniston and Pitt were still dating at the time were married.
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