Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Push ‘By the Sea’ Film: Actress Says They Have “Issues”

October 18, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have their issues, but the wild married couple they play in By the Sea is not based on their real lives. Jolie, who is promoting the new project, which she wrote, directed and starred in, opened up for the very first time about her ups and downs with Pitt and how they raise their multicultural children.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie claimed that it is fine to be madly in love with a person yet have the desire of killing them every once in a while. The Oscar winner and author is currently making the rounds promoting a very special movie called By the Sea, which she cooked up in her “crazy mind all by herself.”

Mrs. Jolie has not only written the script for By the Sea, but she also stars in it with husband, Brad Pitt, and serves as director. The film follows a 40/50-something-year-old couple – Roland and Vanessa – living in the mid-1970s, who is going through marital woes and decide to go on vacation in France hoping to save their relationship. The story is loosely based on Marcheline Bertrand‘s life, Jolie’s late mother, who was an actress and producer who put her career on hold to have a family.

By the Sea also features the talented Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. In lengthy interviews with Vogue and Vanity Fair, Jolie explained that while the flick is not autobiographical, she does have her ups and downs with Pitt. The Girl, Interrupted actress stated:

“Everybody knows there is never just the tragedy of life, or the humor of life or pure joy of life. Relationships have those extremes. You can absolutely madly love the same person you want to kill.”

The A Place in Time star went on to reveal that viewers should not confuse Vanessa/Roland with Angelina/Brad. She confessed:

“It’s not autobiographical, Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters’ were even remotely close to our problems we couldn’t have made the film.”

Brad Pitt explained why the characters are struggling to love each other by saying:

“It’s the puzzle of figuring out those things that get in the way of really loving someone. A lot of it is the past; a lot of it is your own insecurities. A lot of it is wanting someone so much, you focus too much on losing it.”

The mom of six said that she is surprised to see her project come to fruition because she always assumed it was a bad idea. Jolie jokingly said:

“Brad called the script the crazy one. We even called it ‘the worst idea. [But] As artists we wanted something that took us out of our comfort zones. Just being raw actors. It’s not the safest idea. But life is short.”

By the Sea will premiere at the AFI Fest on November 5 in Hollywood and arrive in theaters worldwide on November 13.

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