Brad and Angelina: Stealing the Spotlight at Cannes

May 16, 2011 By:
Brad and Angelina: Stealing the Spotlight at Cannes

No one’s presence was more publicized after their arrival at Cannes than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

The two could hardly have a private dinner together without making headlines. It’s safe to say that Brangelina is Hollywood’s biggest power couple.

Say what you will about their pasts, but collectively, these two have used their power for something slightly bigger than getting out of a DUI. As a UN ambassador, Jolie has used her fame as a platform for discussing foreign issues. Most recently, she’s produced a film about the Bosnian War. While it remains controversial, a release described it as a film that “illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.”

Many Bosnian women who were victims of sexual violence during the war have spoken out against the movie, saying Jolie didn’t understand the conflict. But Jolie defends the film by saying:

“The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal. I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war.”

When the controversial film, Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, debuted at Cannes, audience members began trickling out and even booing the movie. Others applauded, leaving it to debut with very mixed reviews. The movie tackles themes of the origins of life and evolution.

Pitt defended the film, saying, “[Terrence Malick] tells this micro story of this family in a small town in Texas and juxtaposes it with the macro of the birth of the cosmos and cells splitting,” he said. “I find that so extraordinary. There are parallel truths in that.”

Whether it’s starring in a controversial film, adopting another kid, or discussing important topics that affect us all, it seems that Brad and Angelina have remained Hollywood’s hottest power couple by using their influence on heavier issues.

That being said, they’re certainly not ruling out less serious roles. Jolie may have said that she respects the theme of adoption in Kung Fu Panda 2, but at the end of the day, it is a movie about a bear that does karate.

Pitt said during a Cannes press conference, "Don't count me out of Mission: Impossible," Pitt said with a mischievous smile. "I'll be there! I'm not that highbrow."

Hey, something has to keep the general public interested in them. And with shows like Jersey Shore reeling in the ratings, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be movies about religion and war.