January 2004: Filming Starts on 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie begin filming the action comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, about a married couple that discovers they're assassins who have been hired by rival agencies to kill each other. Nicole Kidman had been originally attached to co-star alongside Pitt, but she dropped out due to a conflict filming The Stepford Wives. At the time, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston, while Jolie was coming off a divorce from Billy Bob Thornton.
As Peter Travers wrote in his review of the film: "Pitt and Jolie make sexy sparring partners, but they can't lift this leaden material."
Despite a tepid critical response, it was enough of a vehicle to launch the Brangelina industry.