Brad Pitt lusted after Angelina Jolie and pursued her even while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston, according to a new book about one of the producers of the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
Pitt and Jolie became an item while filming the movie, but there has always been a question of how the became attracted to each other, who made the first move and whether Brad had an affair with Jolie while still married.
The book, “Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon,” about Arnon Milchan, absolves Angelina of making the first move.
Some reports claimed she was a maneater and broke up Pitt’s marriage.
Milchan asserts that he originally cast Pitt with Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Smith in the spy movie.
But Brad turned down the role. He claimed he lacked chemistry with Kidman.
Milchan said he shifted gears and decided to cast Jolie as Mrs. Smith. When Pitt found out, he called and asked to be cast opposite her.
Milchan said Pitt was “infatuated” with Jolie.
When Pitt confessed to Aniston about his feelings for the star, she threw him out of their Beverly Hills home.
Aniston finally filed for divorce in 2005 after seeing photos of Pitt with Jolie on a beach in Kenya with adopted son Maddox.
But there was a stormy period of rumors and denials, before she pulled the trigger on the relationship.
“At first, Jen didn’t believe he was involved with Angelina. She started asking around but no one would tell her anything because they were loyal to Brad, so she asked him point blank. He denied it,” the book states.
Brad and Jen joined best friends Courteney Cox and David Arquette on a pre-planned New Year’s Eve vacation to the Caribbean in 2005, but Brad couldn’t go through with it.
“He eventually admitted he was in love with Angelina. Jen was furious and threw him out,’ authors Meir Doran and Joseph Gelman write.
Brad moved into Milchan’s L.A. home after the split.
“Brad drove each day to the set, and everywhere else, on a motorcycle and he wore a wraparound helmet with a tinted visor so no one would recognize him. He stayed with me for the duration of filming,” Milchan says in the book.
After their trip to Africa, Brad and Angelina officially became an item and are still together.