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The famous American film director and producer Doug Liman admits that the environment on set during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith became pretty stressful because he and his leading actress had different points of view regarding one particular scene. Namely, the differences in opinions lead to a disagreement between Liman and famous actress Angelina Jolie who co-starred in the film with her current partner and fiancé Brad Pitt.
Liman told Britain’s The Times newspaper, “When I was shooting a scene on Mr. & Mrs. Smith and I had one idea of how the scene should play out… Angelina Jolie had a different idea. I said, ‘OK, we could sit here and argue, but we’re wasting time, let’s just shoot it both ways. And she was like, ‘But, then you’ll just use your way in the editing room,’ and I was like, ‘Well, I am the director. I might, but I am actually going to use the way that’s actually best for the movie. I have no ego in this.'”
Liman, also known for directing The Bourne Identity, compared Jolie to actor Tom Cruise who is the protagonist of his new sci-fi film Edge Of Tomorrow. Namely, he stated that the renowned movie star would have never acted as Angelina did, “That conversation would never happen with Tom. Tom would be like, ‘You want it upside down? Right side up? I’ll give it to you every possible way for the editing room. I want you to have as many choices as possible so you can make the best movie possible that you can make.'”
Liman stressed his fear that major movie stars could eventually ruin a film by constantly questioning the director: “I am more afraid of making a bad movie. My fear of the film not being great exceeds my fear of the power of an actor. I’m just trying to make the moment as great as it can be.”