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Celebrity Marriages That Fell Apart During Filming

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The Outlaw Josey Wales

Destroyed Marriage: Clint Eastwood and Maggie Johnson (1953-1984, separated in 1975)

Clint Eastwood had his share of flings, but his most notorious was likely on the set of The Outlaw Josey Wales. Though he was married to Maggie Johnson at the time, Eastwood began a not-so-secret affair with costar Sondra Locke that eventually led to the two cohabitating. The relationship, like his past extramarital dalliances, ended in failure and resentment, but it did lead to his divorce from Johnson.

Locke later described their tempestuous relationship in her memoir, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly.


Days of Thunder

Destroyed Marriage: Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers (1987-1990)

When Days of Thunder began filming in early 1990, Tom Cruise was already in hot water with then-wife Mimi Rogers due to his past philandering. His on-set whirlwind love affair with costar Nicole Kidman turned out to be the nail in the coffin, as Cruise and Rogers divorced just one month into the production process.

A former Scientology executive has said that Scientology leader David Miscavige also played a part in the divorce. He had an ongoing feud with Rogers’s father. Regardless of the details, Cruise and Kidman married less than one year after meeting.


By the Sea

Destroyed Marriage: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (2014-2016)

What goes up must come down, and Brangelina came down hard after 2015’s By the Sea. At the time of the film’s release, Jolie told press that the movie – which chronicles the disintegration of a marriage – was a “test” of her marriage to Brad, but in hindsight it seems more like a documentary. Rumors flew during production about Jolie’s “dark side” poisoning her relationship during filming, while Jolie herself confirmed that she butted heads with her husband on set.

One year after the movie’s release, Jolie filed for divorce.

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