It was back to work: Angie filmed the action drama "Salt," helmed by Phillip Noyce, who had worked with Angie on "The Bone Collector," in Washington, New York State, and Manhattan; while just down the road, Brad reprised his starring role as Mr. Mom at the couple's rented estate at Oyster Bay on Long Island. An early riser, he liked to make breakfast for the children before taking them to school. Just a normal stay-at-home dad, except locals noticed that moms bussing their kids to and from Maddox's school seemed to be wearing higher heels and more makeup than usual. He took the attention in stride, Brad and the kids regulars at Dunkin' Donuts, the local pizza parlor, and Borders bookstore, while he took the boys to Niagara Falls, bike riding, and to the local mall. Even so, this was Mr. Mom with a difference: Brad met with President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in March to discuss how to do more to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and later that month talked with Newark mayor Cory Booker about a potential partnership to build housing projects in New Jersey.
As worthy as these causes were, the story that got the most attention concerned the night Angie arrived home unexpectedly at their Long Island mansion. When she walked through the door, she found a scene of devastation, the kids causing mayhem, the TV blaring away, and Brad upstairs, beer in hand, lumped on the bed. She gave him hell. "Will you please respect the fact that I am working right now?" she was reported as shouting. "All you have to do today is watch the kids. Will you please do it?"
Sadly, the story, as much as it consoled working mothers worldwide to hear that even the sexiest woman on the planet had trouble keeping her lazy, good-for-nothing partner in line, was dismissed as nonsense by Team Jolie-Pitt. Nevertheless, it seemed to have the ring of truth, and Brad's behavior was probably one of the few things Angie and Brad's ex-wife would ever agree on. His laid-back approach informed Jennifer [Aniston]'s thinking about having children. "She didn't want to be stuck at home with a baby while he behaved like a 42-year-old adolescent, partying, smoking, and working out," recalled a friend. Angie confessed that if Brad defied her, she was likely to fly off the handle. "Then I can get so angry that I tear his shirt," she told Das Neue magazine.
Excerpted from "Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography" by Andrew Morton. Copyright © 2010 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin's Press LLC. All rights reserved/i>.