At the premiere of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in June 2005 Brad Pitt caught everyone's attention with his peroxide blond hair, worn-out jeans, and a stylish brown leather jacket that seemed to divert the focus from his dazzling smile. Angelina Jolie was equally stunning when she stepped out of a limo in a captivating gown made of leather showcasing her assets and slicked-back chestnut brown hair.
The crowd couldn't. Get excited by their presence. Although Pitt and Jolie didn't appear close to each other in pictures taken at the event, others filled the frame alongside them. However, one photographer managed to capture them. While physically they stood apart with Pitt's body facing the direction and awkwardly blocking part of the shot Jolie's eyes revealed a sense of closeness as they beamed towards him. It was evident that these two remarkable individuals were poised to become the couple of our time.
This particular period marked a difference in stardom history. Social media didn't play a role for personalities to showcase their lives as if they were relatable to ordinary people, like us.
At that time IP had not yet risen to power so movie studios were still competing with each other to attract actors and famous personalities instead of focusing on acquiring franchise rights. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were not only actors but also well-known celebrities.
Period Of Happiness
The signs of the beginning of the end for Jolie and Pitt's intertwined public personas became apparent when Jolie gracefully posed on the carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards showcasing her leg through a thigh slit, in her black velvet Versace gown. This was during the time when they attended the Oscars to support Pitt's Best Actor nomination for his performance in Moneyball. At that point, they had already settled into a life of having twins and eventually getting engaged that year despite previously expressing their desire to wait until marriage was accessible to everyone (they tied the knot in 2014).
Jolie's leg pose drew attention. Sparked memes, teasing her for seeming forced or exaggeratedly sexy. These memes portrayed her leg in scenarios. Even replicated it on both sides creating comical images resembling a high-fashion crab. It marked an instance where she became a subject of humor. That year Jolie wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times discussing her choice to undergo a mastectomy due to an increased risk of breast cancer caused by a specific gene.
Since The Divorce
Since the divorce Jolie has faced challenges in finding her audience. Her recent films in 2012 such as the action drama "Those Who Wish Me Dead" and the impressive Marvel epic "Eternals " didn't quite capture the attention of viewers or critics. It seems like she's relying on her fame while showing feelings about acting and a stronger interest in directing. In years she has become more private about her life making it harder for audiences to relate to her. One memorable image that comes to mind is seeing her dance on TikTok as she drops off her daughter Zahara at Spelman for the school year.
Since their separation, Pitt hasn't been seen publicly with his children. However, his influence as both a producer and actor has only grown stronger. He even won his acting Oscar for " Upon a Time in Hollywood" back in 2020.
In the year 2022, he will be featured as the lead actor, in Damien Chazelle's captivating Jazz Age film called Babylon. His character is inspired by figures such as John Gilbert and Clark Gable. Additionally, he takes on the role of a producer for three movies. One of them is Women Talking, a thought-provoking adaptation directed by Sarah Polley, which delves into the lives of women as they confront the aftermath of assaults. Another movie he produces is Blonde, a portrayal by Andrew Dominik that explores the life of iconic mid-century figure Marilyn Monroe from a unique perspective. Lastly, there's She Said, a gripping newsroom drama that uncovers how two reporters from The New York Times exposed and brought down Harvey Weinstein with their groundbreaking story.
It's interesting how the current moment seems reminiscent of images we associate with Brangelina.
The former partners radiated joy as they accepted their deserved awards. The photographers captured a heartwarming moment that Vogue would describe as "tender." Behind the scenes they exchanged smiles while he held his trophy, both of them seen from the side.