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Casting Directors Had Other Actors in Mind for Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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By Sharon Oliver

Its hard to tell whether or not Brad Pitt would not have hooked up with Angelina Jolie had they not met on the set of ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith.’ Afterall, Hollywood royalty travel in the same circles. They bump into one another while dining at exclusive restaurants like Capo, attend the same black-tie award shows and take the expensive vacations to destinations that common folk can only dream about.

Still, what if the whole “Brangelina” thing never happened due to a fateful recasting for ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith?’ Well, lo and behold, casting directors did have others in mind for the roles.

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Mr. Smith as Mr. Smith

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At one point, director Doug Liman, also considered ‘Men in Black’ star Will Smith to play Brad Pitt’s role. During the time, Will Smith was a very busy and sought after actor, working on films which would have been out around the same time. ‘I, Robot’ was released in 2004, ‘Shark Tale’(voiceover) also 2004 and ‘Hitch’ in 2005.

Another possible couple could’ve been Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett. As for Johnny Depp, he was about to get pretty tied with the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise.

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani
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The Voice’s Gwen Stefani seems to think she had a decent shot at playing Jane Smith. In a 2016 interview, the singer told Howard Stern that she was close to playing the part. She also told UsWeekly, “I feel like I almost got it. I went to a bunch of auditions. It was between me and Angelina Jolie, and I’m like, ‘Oh, great. I got a shot here.”

She continued: “The whole acting thing really feels like something I could do. Whenever I’ve done it, whenever I had moments where it works, it’s just like performing. You hit a moment. And that’s what movies are: a series of moments.”

Two Possible Veteran Contenders

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According to IMDb, Catherine Zeta-Jones is another actress casting directors were considering for the role of ” Jane Smith.” Zeta-Jones would have been one of the final few Stefani would’ve had to outshine in order to go directly against Jolie. Either outcome would have been interesting to see.

Screen Rant has revealed that the casting team originally wanted to cast Bombshell star, Nicole Kidman in Jolie’s role. Unfortunately, Kidman had a scheduling conflict. Filming for The Stepford Wives prevented her from taking the part.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
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In the end, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie took on the roles and developed a personal relationship. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston divorced. Pitt married Jolie in 2012. They had children together and eventually divorced as well. Their last film made together was 2015’s ‘By the Sea.’

Jolie is rarely seen in public these days and much has been made of the recent Pitt and Aniston sightings at various events, namely award shows. While the two appear friendly towards each other, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for a reunion. Then again, stranger things have occurred.

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