After posting about the Father of the Bride house, several readers asked if it was the same house used in the Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie. It is in Pasadena near the FOTB house and does look a lot like it, but it’s not the same, as you can see by comparing it to this photo from Father of the Bride:
Hollywood loves these kinds of houses. It seems to be the Classic American House. In Mr. & Mrs. Smith, it worked really well to have John and Jane Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) living in such a traditional home. It was an effective cover for who they really are: paid assassins.
When you step inside the traditional home, the interiors are a complete surprise–just like the characters who live in them.
The Living Room:
The Dining Room:
Angelina’s character, Jane Smith, reminds me of Bree on Desperate Housewives. She’s in complete control of her home, preparing gourmet meals that hit the table precisely at 7:00 each night, but her personal life is kind of a mess. For one thing, her husband doesn’t know she’s in the same business he is.
Mrs. Smith has a double oven in the kitchen. The lower one opens to reveal her stash of weaponry. How cool is that? Also cool: the tile on the wall around it.
2/11 UPDATE: I just received an e-mail from artist Shelley Brown who tells me she painted the “Eggs” painting in the kitchen.
The sets were designed by Victor Zolfo, who also worked on films like The Case of Benjamin Button, another Brad Pitt vehicle. He says he gets fan mail from all over the world from people who love the rooms he created for this movie.
The Master Bedroom:
It’s hard to imagine this movie with any other combination of actors, but Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp were originally cast as Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
The Master Bath:
Destroying the House (look away now if you’re squeamish!):
I found the destruction scenes hard to watch. At the end of the movie, Angelina’s character tells their marriage counselor, “We redid the house together.”
I couldn’t find the original source info for the set photos, so if anyone has it, let me know. The exterior shot at the top of the post was taken by the grandson of a neighbor who tracked it down in Pasadena and posted it here. The rest of the photos are screenshots from the movie.
P.S. Check out Brad & Angelina’s French Chateau, where they married in 2014.
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