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Angelina Jolie's Optional Fidelity

December 28, 2009
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Angelina Jolie has cohabited with Brad Pitt for the past four years.

The Hollywood power couple lives together as a family along with six children.

Angelina has let the cat out of the bag about what she thinks of the idea of commitment.

“I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship,” the actress told Germany's Das Neue magazine. “It's worse to leave your partner and talk badly about him afterwards.”

We probably could have guessed that was her philosophy since her relationship with Pitt began while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston.

Thankfully, she's not sporting a vial of Pitt's blood around her neck like she did when she was with Billy Bob Thornton, although it would probably be considered trendy with today’s obsessive vampire theme.

“Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together,” Jolie noted. “We make sure that we never restrict each other.”

Bet if she tried, Angelina could come up with six good reasons to be faithful.

In contrast, being faithful to oneself can have its benefits.

Kevin Renick’s story sounds like it’s from a screenwriter’s imagination.

But the singer-songwriter’s story is for real, and as it would turn out, for reel.

Like so many folks around the country, the St. Louis artist found himself without a job when the marketing firm he worked for was downsized.

But music won’t be denied and Kevin channeled his job stress into a song.

There was a catharsis in the sad cadence of his tune.

Who could have known that a whole new world of opportunity was about to open up for him?

The title of Kevin’s song? “Up in the Air.”

Kevin got word that director Jason Reitman was shooting a movie in St. Louis. Coincidentally, the film bore the same title as Kevin’s composition.

He recorded the tune on a 30-year-old cassette deck and placed the audiotape in an envelope. When it was publicized that Reitman would appear at a local college, the songwriter was ready on the spot, cassette tape in hand. At the opportune time, he passed it to the director.

“I felt the envelope and I said, 'is this a cassette tape?” the director told CBS News. “And he [Kevin] said ‘yeah’ and I said, ‘I don't even know where to listen to this.’ I had to find a car with a cassette deck."

What are the chances that an established Hollywood filmmaker would take the time to listen to a tune recorded on a dated inaccessible analog device?

Six months went by before Kevin received the amazing e-mail, which informed him that not only did Reitman love the song, the actual cassette recording the songwriter had first handed the director was part of the soundtrack for the film's credits.

“This isn't some kid with a guitar,” Reitman said. “This is a man.”

The anguish Kevin expressed in music is now part of one of the most acclaimed films of the year. “Up in the Air” has six Golden Globe nominations to its credit, including best picture and best director. And it’s a safe bet that Oscar nominations are on their way.

If there was an Oscar for best luck, Kevin would be a shoe-in.

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