Every devoted Brangeloonie took a religious holiday today, because their gods Brad Pitt and St. Angie Jolie were on the Today show this morning to promote Mr. & Mrs. Smith Get The Arty Sads. While dressed up like they were going to a job interview, they talked with Tom Brokaw about the movie and her health. (Well, St. Angie mostly talked while Brad Pitt wondered if he could make a bong out of one of those red balls on the table.)
St. Angie explained to Tom Brokaw that she was inspired to write By The Sea after the death of her mother Marcheline Bertrand. That led them to talking about how she had her ovaries removed, two years after getting a double mastectomy, because she learned she could have the early stages of ovarian cancer. A few of the doctors and nurses who treated St. Angie also treated her mother. Marcheline died of ovarian cancer in 2007 and before her death, she made her doctor promise to take out St. Angie’s ovaries so her daughter wouldn’t die of the same thing she did.
On how some of By The Sea was inspired by the loss of her mother: “We can’t say what the whole film is about, but a lot of the film was when I went to visit my mom in the hospital, when she found out she had cancer the first time, she was gonna have her ovaries removed, (and) she was very upset, feeling like…they’re taking out her parts that were female, and there was a woman down the hall who was wailing. I later found out it was a young woman who had not had children yet, and that put everything into perspective.”
On her mother’s wish to have her ovaries removed: “We had some of the same nurses, some of the same doctors. So, the doctor that did my ovary surgery was my mother’s doctor. And apparently my mother had said to her, ‘Promise me you will take Angie’s ovaries out.’ So when we kind of got together, we both had a big cry, and she said, ‘I promised your mother, and I gotta do this.'”
At the beginning of the interview, Brad and St. Angie once again joked about how she’s as lost in a kitchen as he is in a shower. There’s a reason why St. Angie is always taking the child army to McDonald’s. Angelina Jolie can’t cook:
Angie: “Every three months I say, ‘Honey, maybe I should learn how to cook.'”
Brad: “I just humor it, but really, she has no business being in the kitchen.”
It makes sense that St. Angie can’t cook, because one of her colleagues, God, also can’t cook. There’s a story in the Bible about how God celebrated the birth of Jesus by making a special cake. That cake was so disgusting that everyone either threw their piece away or they re-gifted it to someone they hated. Today, that cake is known as the fruitcake. That’s a true story.
And here’s St. Angie and Brad’s full interview on Today: