Doug Liman, director of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the movie that brought Angie & Brad Pitt together slammed Angie for being difficult to work with. Here’s what he said:
“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. 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.’ ”
“That conversation would never happen with Tom. Tom would be just like, ‘You want it upside down? Right side up? I’ll give it to you every possible way for the editing room. I want you to have as many choices as possible so you can make the best movie possible that you can make.'”
Basically what happened is that Angelina was supposed to blast Brad with a shotgun through a wall (so she couldn’t see if she had hit him or not). Doug wanted Brad to make a wounded, “I’m dying” sound and then for Angie to ask “You still alive baby” but Angelina RIGHTLY and LOGICALLY pointed out that if he was making dying sounds, she would know he was still alive so it would be pointless to ask “You still alive baby?”
My friend who worked as a production assistant on set said that Doug & Angelina never got along. He probably didn’t like a strong, independent woman who had her own ideas about how a movie should be shot and Angelina sometimes acted unnecessarily annoyed with Doug over small things, but overall remained very professional, but again, her being annoyed with him was a response to his behavior.
Angelina also had problems with Robert Stromberg, with the Hollywood Reporter reporting
“There was reportedly tension between Jolie and first-time feature director Robert Stromberg”
A picture can say a lot…….
Why was Robert Stromberg the right director for this?
JOLIE: Well, it was Disney’s choice. I think they felt strongly about hiring somebody who was very into the creation of world, even though he hadn’t directed before. The script was so strong that we felt that all of the pieces would come together. Even though he hadn’t directed before, we felt the script would help direct itself because it was so strong. And he did really have this focus on the creatures and what the world would look like and the feeling. I haven’t seen the 3D, but I’m sure his history was instrumental in making that work.
Interesting how the interviewer asks her if he was the right choice as director and she side steps that question, implying not her choice at all but Disney had final say. She also kind of subtly insults his directing skills by claiming the script helped direct itself. She praises his non-directing experience. A really weird way to answer the interviewer’s question.
Stromberg is also given an opportunity to praise Jolie and really awkwardly goes “Her, huh? What, yeah….she’s okay” before realizing how bad his answer sounds and making up some obviously insincere praise.