10 Little-Known Facts About ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’

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We’ve all heard the story about how Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but what do we really know about this action flick that brought them together?

For insistence, did you know that Jolie would have never been cast had Nicole Kidman stayed on board the project? Maybe life for Jennifer Aniston would’ve been very different.

As Mr. & Mrs. Smith turns a decade old, we’re taking a closer look at the film that introduced the world to Brangelina. Here are 10 little-known facts about the movie.

1. Pitt initially dropped out of the movie but agreed to return once he heard Jolie was signed on to play his wife.

Before casting Jolie, director Doug Linmantoyed with the idea of a pairing like Will Smith and Catherine Zeta-Jones or Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett.

2. Pitt and Jolie did film a sex scene, but it was eventually removed so the film can get a PG-13 rating.

It can be found on the unrated version of the movie. (Or, like, on YouTube.)

3. The movie’s director actually clashed with Jolie.

“When I was shooting a scene on Mr. & Mrs. Smith and I had one idea of how the scene should play out … Angelina Jolie had a different idea. I said, OK, we could sit here and argue, but we’re wasting time, let’s just shoot it both ways,” he recalled. “And she was like, ‘But, then you’ll just use your way, in the editing room.’ And I was like, well, I am the director. I might. But I’m going to use the way that’s actually best for the movie. I have no ego in this.”

4. Over 40 endings were written for the movie.

Linman commissioned screenwriter Simon Kinberg to write 40 to 50 endings because he was unhappy with the conclusion. The conclusion that had made it onto the film was the initial ending written in the original script.

5. The paparazzi problem was so bad that some had to be removed in post-production.

“There were armies of paparazzi lining the highway,” producer Akiva Goldsman said. “It was impossible to stop them.” Photographers who got in their shots when they were shooting on-location were digitally removed for the final film.

6. Pitt took three months off from shooting to film Ocean’s Twelve.

Production was halted from May to July 2004. It resumed in August of that year.

7. You can actually drive by the “Mr. and Mrs Smith’s” fictional home.

The house that Pitt and Jolie’s characters live in still exists today. It’s located in Pasadena, Calif.

8. Yes, a blooper reels exists too.

9. Pitt and Jolie were paid $20 million each.

Production for the film actually went over budget, costing filmmakers more than $100 million.

10. A pilot for a TV spin-off was shot in 2007.

It starred Martin Hendersonand Jordana Brewster. ABC declined to commission the series.