Hollywood Flashback: Before Brangelina Split, Pitt and Jolie Played Killer Spouses in 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'

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The couple's blossoming romance on the set of the 2005 film led to Pitt's separation from then-wife Jennifer Aniston.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture.

As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.)

When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

[readmore:]

This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If casting had gone slightly differently, it might have been Nicole Kidman filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. In 2003, two years after splitting up with Tom Cruise, Kidman was set to star with Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out of the romantic action picture. As fate would have it, she was replaced by Angelina Jolie. That twist led to Jolie, then 28, meeting Pitt, then 39; their becoming romantically involved during filming; and his leaving wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie in 2005 amid a firestorm of publicity. THR broke the news of Jolie's casting by noting that "Mr. & Mrs. Smith looks as if it's headed back to the altar," and that the Doug Liman-directed film's plot "centers on a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other." (The husband/wife/killer concept was good enough to generate a 1996 TV adaptation starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello; CBS ran 13 episodes before assassinating it.) When the movie was released, THR wondered whether the tabloid tsunami over the Pitt-Jolie hookup would be good for box office. It was: The $110 million film went on to a worldwide gross of $478.2 million ($589.2 million today). Pitt next stars with Marion Cotillard in Allied; they play a pair of spies in love during World War II.

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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