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Angelina Jolie on the reality of relationships: “You can absolutely madly love the same person you want to kill”

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt rarely talk about their much-scrutinised relationship - until now. 

Sitting on a bed in a behind-the-scenes clip shot on set of their new film By the Sea, the A-list couple discuss the ups and downs of love and suggest that they experience “extremes” in their marriage.

“Everybody knows that there is never just the tragedy of life or the humour of life or pure joy of life,” says Angelina, 40. “Relationships have those extremes. You can absolutely madly love the same person you want to kill.”

Brad, 51 (who may now be feeling a little worried), adds: “It's the puzzle of figuring out those things that get in the way of really loving someone. A lot of it's the past, a lot of it's insecurities, a lot of it's wanting something so much that you focus too much on losing it.”

A still from the behind-the-scenes footage

A still from the behind-the-scenes footage

As well as opening up about their life, the couple, who have six children, are seen interacting between shoots and show their daughter Shiloh, nine, using a slingshot on her famous dad as he snoozes between takes.

Angelina wrote By the Sea in the wake of her mother's death eight years ago and says she did not think that it would ever make it to the big screen.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

"You can absolutely madly love the same person you want to kill," says Angelina Jolie

“I never assumed we'd actually do it, so I wrote with a certain kind of freedom," she explains. “When I was writing [the script], I never assumed we'd actually do it, so I wrote with a certain kind of freedom.”

Shooting on the Mediterranean isle of Gozo straight after their August wedding last year may not seem like the ideal honeymoon, but Brad says shooting a film written, starring and directed by his wife is a liberating experience.

“We can experiment and play and it's oddly a safer environment than any set I've been on before, so we let loose,” he says in the featurette.

Watch the video here:

The Oscar-winning pair play a husband and wife who are growing apart, but as Ange told US Vogue, the work is “not autobiographical”.

Set in France during the mid-1970s, the film centres on ex-dancer Vanessa and her writer husband Roland as they make a last-ditch attempt to save their marriage in a small seaside town with eccentric inhabitants.

By The Sea is out next month in the US and is due to hit UK cinemas on 11 December.

Images: Rex Features, Universal/YouTube

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