Julia Roberts reveals she kissed Sean Penn for ‘a long time’ after filming fight scene for Gaslit

Julia Roberts has revealed she and her co-star Sean Penn hugged in complete silence after filming a “difficult” fight scene for their new political thriller Gaslit.

The actress, 54, said she has been close friends with the Oscar winner, 61, for years and they have always wanted to work together, having met when she was 16 or 17 years.

And they managed to do just that with married couple Martha Mitchell and John Michell, attorney general and friend of Richard Nixon, in Gaslit. The couple separated in 1973 amid the Watergate scandal.

Tense: Julia Roberts has revealed she and co-star Sean Penn hugged for a ‘very long time’ after filming a ‘difficult’ fight scene for their new thriller Gaslit

But Julia spoke to Good Morning Britain about the difficulties of filming some of the show’s tense and emotional scenes, admitting she and Sean kissed for a long time after filming a “difficult” argument scene.

A clip from the tense scene shows John slapping his wife in the face, before Martha retaliates and punches John, with Julia claiming their friendship made filming such moments difficult.

She explained, “It was hard to portray the most vibrant scenes of her, because I knew what was coming.”

“Certainly the day we did that fight scene, when it ended, Sean and I just hugged for a really long time. We didn’t even talk. We were just hugging.

Couple: They play the married couple Martha Mitchell and John Michell, attorney general and friend of Richard Nixon, in Gaslit.  The couple separated in 1973

Couple: They play the married couple Martha Mitchell and John Michell, attorney general and friend of Richard Nixon, in Gaslit. The couple separated in 1973

“I think we both felt how tragic this relationship was and it was such a shame. Nixon destroyed so many lives, especially the life that was this couple’s relationship, he ruined it.

The new series marks the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal and is said to be “a modern take on 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 “publicly raise the alarm 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 premieres on April 24, sheds light on the role of Martha in the drama.

Martha was kidnapped by men on the orders of President Nixon in an effort to prevent her from speaking out against his organization, the President’s Reelection Committee or PRC.

Pals: The actress, 54, said she had been close friends with the Oscar winner, 61, for years and had always wanted to work together, having met when she was 16 or 17 years old

Pals: The actress, 54, said she had been close friends with the Oscar winner, 61, for years and had always wanted to work together, having met when she was 16 or 17 years old

Difficult: Julia spoke about the difficulties of filming some of the emotional scenes of the political thriller, admitting that she and Sean kissed for a long time after filming a fight scene

Difficult: Julia spoke about the difficulties of filming some of the emotional scenes of the political thriller, admitting that she and Sean kissed for a long time after filming a fight scene

Elsewhere in the interview, the Pretty Woman star also gushed about her close friend Sean describing him as “one of the great American actors of all time” as she spoke about playing his wife on the ‘screen.

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

“For it to end up being the Mitchells, it’s pretty amazing because we both really thought that relationship was so heartbreaking.”

Martha Mitchell, dubbed 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 of being responsible for the Watergate break. in.

Not one to keep quiet, she complained to the press, which led to her being portrayed as mad and drunk by White House officials – and, over one horrific weekend, being held as a “political” prisoner in a hotel room, where she was allegedly beaten and drugged.

A look back: Julia plays Martha Mitchell, wife of John Mitchell, who was the first person to 'publicly raise the alarm about Nixon's involvement' in the Watergate scandal

Who plays Julia: Martha Mitchell pictured at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston on March 5, 1975

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

In March 1972, her husband had resigned as Attorney General to lead the President’s Reelection 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 thought someone was trying to make her husband “the goat” of Watergate, and that she “wouldn’t let that happen”, saying Nixon was at blame.

‘M. The president should resign immediately,’ she told UPI in May 1973.

Martha was not happy that her husband had Nixon’s back.

She told Helen Thomas: “I love him very much. He loves me because I defended him. But he defends the president, who planned everything. I am under surveillance day and night. I’m not stupid.

Her husband would be convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with Watergate and would serve 19 months in prison.

Unrecognizable: The actor in the character of Gaslit

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

Transformation: Sean Penn spent hours in the makeup chair to transform into character, looking almost unrecognizable as John Mitchell

Martha was never really vindicated in the press. Just a year later, she was diagnosed with an advanced stage of multiple myeloma and died at age 57 on May 31, 1976.

Julia brings Martha back to life as she portrays her for a new series, while the trailer begins with Martha’s introduction as the cameras flash.

A man says, “You are the first person to publicly accuse the president of the Watergate robbery. Are you crazy?’

She replies: “I am a woman from the South. We express ourselves, we talk. I never stop talking,” when the interviewer says, “I bet your husband loves it,” and she says, without missing a beat, “He takes it without hesitation.

The trailer, released in February, features more shots of Margaret and John, with a graphic that reads: “Based on the insane but shocking story.”

True story: Martha was kidnapped by men on the orders of President Nixon in an effort to prevent him from speaking out against his organization, the President's Reelection Committee or PRC

True story: Martha was kidnapped by men on the orders of President Nixon in an effort to prevent him from speaking out against his organization, the President’s Reelection Committee or PRC

She replies: “I am a woman from the South. We express ourselves, we talk. I never stop talking,” when the interviewer says, “I bet your husband loves it,” and she says, without missing a beat, “He takes it without hesitation.

The trailer features more shots of Margaret and John, with a graphic that reads, “based on the crazy but shocking story.”

G. Gordon Liddy (Shea Whigham) says, “His big-mouthed wife is getting too heavy,” as John tells Martha, “Do you want to know the truth? There is no conspiracy hidden in the shadows.

As he says this, we see someone put a bug in Martha’s phone and a man literally comes out of the shadows to confront Martha while she’s on the phone.

Another man tells her that “a lot of women your age suffer from paranoid episodes” as she struggles with two other men who try to inject her with something and ultimately throw her through a glass table.

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

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

The trailer ends with shots of the other cast members such as Stevens as White House attorney John Dean, Gilpin as his wife Mo Dean, and Whigham as Liddy, the head of the Nixon’s White House plumbers spy unit.

A number of other dramatic shots are shown before John Mitchell tells Margaret, “no one cares what you think”.

The last shot of the trailer shows Margaret in front of some sort of sign where a man asks her, “Why risk your husband’s position?”

“Because it’s the truth,” she says at the end of the trailer.

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Support: Julia gushed about her close friend Sean as she described him as

Support: Julia gushed about her close friend Sean as she described him as ‘one of the great American actors of all time’ as she spoke about playing the role of his on-screen wife

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