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Angelina Jolie and her husband, Brad Pitt, co-star in "By the Sea," Jolie's next foray into writing and directing. And working together didn't come without its challenges.

"We did a drama about a bad marriage," Jolie said during an appearance on the "Today" show this week, according to the Daily Mail.

"A lot of friends of ours thought is was a really ... they didn't say a bad idea ... but they asked us a few times if we were sure we wanted to do it."

The film centers around a former dancer, Vanessa, and her writer husband, Roland, whose marriage is beginning to unravel as they travel the country together. When they find a small seaside town, they meet what IMDB calls its "vibrant inhabitants," and decide to stay.

"It [was] uncomfortable but we've already shot it, we've survived it and we're stronger for it," Jolie told Channel 4 News earlier this week of the project, which they started shooting after their wedding.

"It was very tough material, so for any actors it was heavy dramatic emotional work."

Despite the difficulties, Jolie noted that her friendship with Pitt ultimately saw them through the struggle -- which appeared to be lingering when the couple appeared to have a public argument on the balcony of a hotel in Sydney hotel room this week.

"We are dear friends who love each other and support each other," Jolie said.

Jolie and Pitt, who share six children, have not worked together since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." "By the Sea" is due out next year.


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