Brad and Angelina team up on the big screen for By The Sea - they’re not the first married couple to star in a movie together, writes Susan Griffin
They might be one of the world’s most photographed married couples, but unfortunately for Angelina Jolie Pitt and husband Brad, this doesn’t automatically equate to box office success.
The pair, who met on 2005’s action-packed Mr & Mrs Smith and now share six children, have reunited on the big screen for new movie By The Sea, also written and directed by Angie.
Set in France the mid-1970s, in homage to her later mother’s love of movies from this era, and depicting the breakdown of a marriage, its art house cinematography might serve as a visual treat - but, so far, the narrative has left critics cold.
Here, we take a look at other couples who’ve decided to take the plunge and work together - for better or for worse....
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Former model Lauren Bacall was cast alongside screen legend Humphrey Bogart in 1944’s To Have And Have Not. Despite the sizeable age gap between them, the chemistry was instant and they married the following year when she was 20 and he was 45. They would go on to star in a further three movies together and enjoyed a happy marriage until Bogart’s death in 1957.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
This tempestuous pair met on the set of 1963’s Cleopatra and made no secret of the fact they were consumed with one another from the offset, despite both being married to other people at the time (Taylor to fourth husband Eddie Fisher and Burton to Sybil Williams). They married and divorced - twice - and appeared in countless films together.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman was 22 when she filmed Days Of Thunder with Tom Cruise. They started dating and married on Christmas Eve, 1990. In 1992, they both starred in Ron Howard’s romantic drama Far And Away, and seven years later in Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s erotic thriller; the acclaimed director’s final film. Their separation was announced in 2001, and at a Women In The World summit interview this October, Kidman, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2002 and won one in 2003, said: “Out of my divorce came work that was applauded, so that was an interesting thing for me.”
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Although Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell first worked together back in the 1960s - on the musical The One And Only, Genuine, Original Family Band - they didn’t start dating until starring in the 1984 World War Two-set Swing Shift.
The duo, who also starred in the enduringly heart-warming comedy Overboard in 1987, have now been together for more than three decades and have a son together, Wyatt (Russell is also stepfather to Oliver and Kate Hudson from Hawn’s previous marriage). Although not technically married, according to reports, they might finally be getting hitched in the New Year to mark Hawn’s recent 70th birthday.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Back in the 1990s, Will Smith was reigning supreme on the small screen in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, and it was on the hit comedy series that he first met Pinkett Smith, who auditioned to play his girlfriend.
She was apparently considered too short for the role but she and Smith got together off set and married in 1997.
In 2001, they teamed up for the big screen, playing a husband and wife in the boxing biopic Ali, which earned Smith an Oscar nomination. He’s also starred opposite his kids - with daughter Willow in I Am Legend, and son Jaden in The Pursuit Of Happyness and After Earth.
By The Sea is released in cinemas on Friday, December 11.