Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were not pumped about the marriage counselor scenes in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. https://t.co/4S5GraJybB pic.twitter.com/5dzrUdmqQ4— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) June 12, 2018
What's the best day you've ever had on set?
I would say the first day of shooting on Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I had this idea that we were shooting these scenes with Brad and Angie with their marriage counselor and that the film starts with the marriage counselor. It was going to end with the marriage counselor, and even though Brad [Pitt] and Angie [Jolie] hated the marriage counselor idea. We really had to force them to do it. My idea was to shoot the first marriage counselor scene that opens the movie, where they're estranged from each other, on the first day, and then shoot the marriage counselor scene that ends the movie on the last day of the production.
Normally, you would shoot them together because you shoot scenes on the same set at the same time. It's very inefficient to have to go back four months later to the exact same set. But I really was like, "I really think ..." Especially because when I cast Angie, she was in like Thailand. I just cast her over the phone, and so I never saw them together. I had no idea what was going to happen when I put them together, so I thought whatever's going to happen, I want to film it.
Clearly, you had good instincts on that one. Why did they hate the idea of the marriage counselor?
I was interested in making more of a comedy than they were interested in making.
What's been your worst day on set?
It would have to be American Made when there was an airplane crash with the airplane we were filming with. Two pilots were killed.