BRAD IN BATH­TUB ‘AB­SURD’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

An­gelina Jolie found film­ing her By the Sea sex scene with Brad Pitt more “strange” and “ab­surd” than usual, be­cause she also had to direct and act in the re­veal­ing shot with her hus­band.

The Tomb Raider star is no stranger to love scenes on cam­era, but when it came to strip­ping off with her long­time part­ner for a steamy bath­tub sex scene, Jolie found the ex­pe­ri­ence a bit har­row­ing.

“It’s the strangest thing in the world to be ly­ing naked in a bath­tub with an iPad that’s show­ing you the shot out­side, while your hus­band is at the door and you’re di­rect­ing him to come in and make love to you,” she says.

“And in front of a bunch of other men with cam­eras.”

To add more pres­sure to the sex scene, Jolie ad­mit­ted she felt in­se­cure about bar­ing nearly all af­ter un­der­go­ing a pre­ven­tive dou­ble mas­tec­tomy in 2013, but she hopes the scene will be in­spi­ra­tional to women who have gone through a sim­i­lar med­i­cal drama.

“The surg­eries still al­low you to be a woman,” she ex­plained. “I hope other women – any­one who is wor­ried about those is­sues and how your body can feel or look – can see that through the scene I’m happy that will be in there if that an­swers some­thing for them.”

Act­ing to­gether for the first time since they met on the set of spy flick Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005, Brad and An­gelina de­pict a couple on the verge of mar­i­tal break­down in the tense, but beau­ti­fully ren­dered By the Sea.

Age­ing is an is­sue for An­gelina’s char­ac­ter in the film, which is set in the 1970s in the south of France, where Vanessa and Roland have trav­elled from New York to help him find in­spi­ra­tion for his next book.

In­stead, we watch as the couple un­rav­els on-screen – a mis­car­riage hav­ing left Vanessa bar­ren, heav­ily and un­suc­cess­fully med­i­cated with anti-de­pres­sants.

By The Sea opens to­day

Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie Pitt in By the Sea.

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