Nervous: Julia Roberts revealed that she and co-star Sean Penn hugged

Julia Roberts revealed that she hugged Sean Penn for a long time after filming a fight scene for Gaslit

Julia Roberts revealed that she and co-star Sean Penn embraced in complete silence after filming a “challenging” fight scene for their new political movie, Jaslet.

The actress, 54, said she’s been a close friend of the 61-year-old Oscar winner for years and that they’ve always wanted to work together, having met when she was 16 or 17.

And they manage to do just that starring real-life couple Martha Mitchell and John Mitchell, Richard Nixon’s attorney general and friend, in Gaslit. The couple separated in 1973 amid the Watergate scandal.

Nervous: Julia Roberts revealed that she and co-star Sean Penn hugged “for a really long time” after filming a “tough” fight scene for their new movie, Jaslet.

But Julia did speak to Good Morning Britain about the difficulties of filming some of the tense and emotional scenes on the series, admitting that she and Sean embraced for a long time after filming the “tough” argument scene.

A clip of the tense scene shows John slapping his wife in the face, before Martha retaliates and hits John, and Julia says their friendship made it difficult to photograph moments like this.

She explained, “It made it difficult to film more lively scenes for her, because I knew what was coming.

Sure, the day we did the fight scene, when it was over, Shawn and I hugged for a really long time. We didn’t even talk to each other. We were just hugging.

Couple: They star the married couple Martha Mitchell and John Mitchell, Richard Nixon's attorney general and friend, in Gaslit.  The couple separated in 1973

Couple: They star the married couple Martha Mitchell and John Mitchell, Richard Nixon’s attorney general and friend, in Gaslit. The couple separated in 1973

I think we felt how tragic this relationship was and it was really bad. Nixon ruined so many lives, not least the life that the couple’s relationship was, it was ruin for her.

The new series marks the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal and is said to be a “modern version of Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal”.

Julia plays Martha Mitchell, the wife of Richard Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell, who was the first person to “sound the alarm publicly about Nixon’s involvement” in the Watergate scandal.

While previous films and TV series have mostly focused on the men involved in the story — from Nixon himself to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — the new show, which premiered April 24, highlights Martha’s role in the drama.

Martha was kidnapped by men on President Nixon’s orders in an effort to prevent her from blowing the whistle for his organization, the Presidential Reelection Committee or the CRP.

Colleagues: The 54-year-old actress said she was close friends with the Oscar winner, 61, and they've always wanted to work together, having met when she was 16 or 17

Colleagues: The 54-year-old actress said she was close friends with the Oscar winner, 61, and they’ve always wanted to work together, having met when she was 16 or 17

The Constant: Julia spoke about the difficulties of filming some emotional scenes in the political thriller, admitting that she and Sean hugged for a long time after filming a fight scene.

The Constant: Julia spoke about the difficulties of filming some emotional scenes in the political thriller, admitting that she and Sean hugged for a long time after filming a fight scene.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Pretty Woman star also gushed about her best friend Sean as she called him ‘one of the great American actors of all time’ as she talked about starring his wife on screen.

She said, “Shawn is just one of the great American actors of all time and he just happens to be a very good friend, and I think we always hoped we’d find something to do together.

“Having Mitchell in the end is kind of cool because we really thought this relationship was so heartbreaking.”

Martha Mitchell, nicknamed “The Mouth of the South” for her outspokenness with the press, was a controversial but generally well-liked figure until, in June 1972, she suspected Nixon and his reelection committee were responsible for the Watergate-V break.

She complained to the press, and she’s not one to keep quiet, which led to her being portrayed as insane and drunk by White House officials – and on a horrific weekend, she was held as a “political” prisoner in a hotel room, where she was reportedly beaten and drugged. .

A look back: Julia plays Martha Mitchell, the wife of John Mitchell, who was the first person

Who Plays Julia: A picture of Martha Mitchell at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston on March 5, 1975

A look back: Julia plays Martha Mitchell, John Mitchell’s wife, who was the first person to “publicly sound the alarm about Nixon’s involvement” in the Watergate scandal

In March 1972, her husband resigned as attorney general to chair the Presidential Re-election Committee (officially abbreviated CRP, but often referred to as CREEP) for the 1972 campaign.

In March 1973, she told the New York Times that she believed someone was trying to make her husband the “goat” of Watergate, and that she “would not allow that to happen,” saying that the blame lay with Nixon.

‘Mr. The president must resign immediately.

Martha was not pleased that her husband got Nixon’s back.

Helen told Thomas, ‘I love him very much. He loves me because I defended him. But he is defending the president who planned it all. I’m under surveillance day and night. I’m not a fool.

Her husband will be found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with Watergate and serve 19 months in prison.

Unrecognizable: the actor in the character of Jaslet

Pictured: United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell (1913-1988) photographed in 1971

Transformation: Sean Penn spent hours in the makeup chair transforming into a character, and he seems almost unrecognizable as Jon Mitchell

Martha hasn’t really been acquitted in the press. Just one year later, she was diagnosed with advanced stage multiple myeloma, and died at the age of 57 on May 31, 1976.

Julia brings Martha back to life as she embodies her in a new series, while the trailer begins introducing Martha with flashing cameras.

A man says, ‘You are the first person to publicly accuse the President of breaking into Watergate. are you crazy?’

She replies, “I’m a Southern woman. We talk about our minds, we talk. I never stop talking,” when the interviewer says, ‘I bet your husband likes it,’ and she says, without missing a beat, ‘He takes it in stride.’

The trailer, released in February, contains more shots of both Margaret and John, with a graphic that says: “Based on a crazy but shockingly true story.

True story: Martha was kidnapped by men on President Nixon's orders in an attempt to stop her from blowing the whistle for his organization, the Committee for President Reelection or the CRP

True story: Martha was kidnapped by men on President Nixon’s orders in an attempt to stop her from blowing the whistle for his organization, the Committee for President Reelection or the CRP

She replies, “I’m a Southern woman. We talk about our minds, we talk. I never stop talking,” when the interviewer says, ‘I bet your husband likes it,’ and she says, without missing a beat, ‘He takes it in stride.’

The trailer features more shots of both Margaret and John, with a graphic that reads, “Based on a crazy but shockingly true story.”

G.Gordon Liddy (Shea Whigham) says, “That loud wife of his has become too much of a burden,” says John to Martha, “Want to know the truth? There is no conspiracy hiding in the shadows.”

While he’s saying that, we see someone putting a bug in Martha’s phone and a guy literally coming out of the shadows to confront Martha while she’s on the phone.

Another man tells her that “a lot of women your age have paranoid episodes” while she is seen struggling with two other men trying to inject her with something and eventually throwing her through a glass table.

New Trailer: The Watergate scandal gets a whole new perspective in the first trailer for Starz's upcoming series Gaslit, starring Julia Roberts

New Trailer: The Watergate scandal gets a whole new perspective in the first trailer for Starz’s upcoming series Gaslit, starring Julia Roberts

The trailer ends with shots of other cast members such as Stevens as White House counsel John Dean, Gilpin as his wife Moe Dean and Wigham as Lady, the main agent of Nixon’s White House plumber unit.

A number of other dramatic footage was shown before John Mitchell told Margaret, “Nobody gives what you think.”

The last shot of the trailer shows Margaret in front of a board asking a man, “Why would you risk your husband’s position?”

“Because it’s the truth,” she says, as the trailer ends.

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Support: Julia gushed about her best friend Sean as she called him 'one of the great American actors of all time' as she talked about starring his wife on screen

Support: Julia gushed about her best friend Sean as she called him ‘one of the great American actors of all time’ as she talked about starring his wife on screen

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