mr. and mrs. smith movie trivia
July 17, 2008 8:06am CST
Got a whiff of inspiration and decided to look up some trivia about the movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Needless to say, I really like the movie so for other movie buffs out there here are a couple of interesting things about this Pitt-Jolie starrer: * Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Mrs. Smith. * Johnny Depp was originally cast as John Smith, but turned it down after being overworked with other movies he was shooting. * Catherine Zeta-Jones was also considered for Mrs. Smith, while Johnny Depp and Will Smith were considered for Mr. Smith when it was not sure if Brad Pitt would sign on. * Cate Blanchett was also considered for the role of Mrs. Smith * Brad Pitt reportedly left the project after Nicole Kidman dropped out and her replacement had not yet been found. Once Angelina Jolie signed on, he returned to the project. * In order to get a wider PG-13 audience, a very steamy $3x scene between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was cut. * The script reportedly went through over fifty drafts. Although original writer Simon Kinberg was the final writer during production, various uncredited writers worked on drafts throughout the film's development, including Jez Butterworth, 'John Butterworth' , Carrie Fisher, Akiva Goldsman, Ted Griffin, Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney, and Terence Winter. * Brad Pitt left in the middle of shooting for three months to shoot Ocean's Twelve (2004). * Near the end of the story, when Benjamin is being interrogated by the Smiths, he is wearing a Fight Club shirt. Brad Pitt starred in Fight Club (1999). * Was shipped to theaters under the code name "Jones". * The original ending featured villains played by Jacqueline Bisset and Terence Stamp. After this was dropped, a second ending was filmed with Angela Bassett and Keith David as the villains. This too was dropped when it was decided that the film did not need a final confrontation with the villains at all. * Many of the scenes from the trailer were not in the movie, including Brad Pitt riding a bike while shooting and Keith David ordering someone to "bring in everyone," after finding out "it's the Smiths". * Angela Bassett was cast as Mr. Smith's boss but her scenes were subsequently cut from the film. Her voice is still heard in the film, giving him instructions of his next assignment. * Gwen Stefani was considered for the role of Jane Smith after Nicole Kidman dropped out. * The 35mm prints of this film come from a digitally grain reduced digital intermediate. They are full of digital grain reduction artifacts. * I-Temp is located in Suite 5003 at 570 Lexington Avenue. The building is real and it has 50 floors. * When Jane and John are discussing past assassinations, John refers to Jean-Luc Gespar, which was the real name for the character LaMarc in Ocean's Twelve (2004). * Aishwarya Rai was the first choice for "Jane" but she turned it down due to filming dates. * Body count: 43 * In the scene where John Smith is in his office a black suit with a white shirt and red tie can be seen hanging in the background. This is the same outfit worn by "Agent 47" in the popular Hitman game series. * Script-writer Simon Kinberg names The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Prizzi's Honor (1985), The War of the Roses (1989), True Lies (1994) and the The Thin Man (1934)-series as inspirations for his script for this movie. * The film's original script was actually writer Simon Kinberg's thesis for his Masters in Fine Arts. * Jolie's Jane and Pitt's John ranked #3 on Moviefone's 'The Top 25 $3xiest Movie Couples'. [May 2008] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Can't really imagine the movie with another lead actor and actress and I really wish the steamy scene between Angelina and Brad is included in some special DVD releases of the film. Hope you guys and girls enjoyed these trivia bits. Cheers!
1 person likes this
15 Dec 08
Wow its been rocking movie to watch more then movie the two couples chemist was rocking...both shared there wavelength in grand style sply brad pitt..superb...he is body structure was good in this movie rather in previous movies...i loved it...the pair...not the movie..ahaha ha
15 Nov 09
hi rajeshank!!! the movie is indeed good and i do agree that it was amde much better with the selection of brad pitt and angelina jolie as the main characters. i wouldn't think it would have been as great had other actors and actresses portrayed mr and mrs. smith. thanks for participating!!! cheers!!!
3 Dec 08
that was cool! I really liked that film and that's why I enjoyed the trivia you posted. And you're right, I couldn't imagine any other stars in the movie for Jane and John, Jolie and Brad were perfect for the role - and it was a nice bonus that they ended up together because of that film thanks for the comment on my discussion!
18 Jul 08
I really love this film and this genre the other film of this type is Undercover Blues with Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid, while not dealing with assassins but spies follows similar lines in a whole different type is The War of the Roses with Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. The best part of the movie is the dialog, how in the most extreme situations they have surreal discussions with brilliant lines. I'm just imagining the film with Johnny Depp using his Captain Jack swagger from Pirates of the Carribean and Cate Blanchett using the persona of Queen Elizabeth 1 that would be an interesting marriage. Just kidding they would have adapted their performance, but still. Thank you for all the trivia, I often read up the trivia on IMDB but had not seen some of the information you gave and hadn't noticed the Agent47 - Hitman reference, I love reading trivia and try to see if I can catch mistakes usually missing or appearing clothes like jackets etc but then there are the eagle eyed fans that catch further goofs, when a movie is really good the more you find out the more you want to watch it again and again to find all the little bits.
21 Aug 08
hi leeloo. i love your thoughts about depp and blanchett being mr and mrs smith and doing both characters with the characters of their other roles. nice one there leeloo!!!the agent 47 - hitman reference i only got to know because angelina asked me about it after i had watched the movie... "so did you see the agent 47 reference in one of brad's scene?" jolie asked. "no, i missed that. i must have been busy with my date?", i answered back. "date? so is she anyone i know?", jolie asked annoyed. "no, she's not from our cirle of friends. not your business anyway since we broke up angel.", i replied cooly and then jolie hung up the phone on me. i swear i won't be calling that girl until she apologizes to me. lol! talk about wishful thinking.
• United States
17 Jul 08
Those are some very interesting facts and I had never heard any of those so thanks for sharing them,and the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a wonderful movie filled with a lot of good action scenes,and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end of the movie,and I agree they could not have picked some better lead people for the movie than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt,because no one else could have pulled it off the way the two of them did.
21 Aug 08
yes the movie is filled with great action scenes. i paricularly like the fight jolie and pitt had at their home. you could sense the tension between the two of them. the fight scene was done nicely and the lines each one gave really fit the scene. i also liek the scene at the mall when both jolie and pitt went up against the agents from both their organizations. real great action scenes here in this movie. sometimes, i find myself just watching both these action scenes when i have the time. lol!