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Pitt, Roberts Shine in 'The Mexican'

Aired February 27, 2001 - 2:42 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LAURIN SYDNEY, CNN ANCHOR: On a much lighter note, a new comedy coming to theaters this week; appears two of Hollywood's most bankable names on screen for the very first time. Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts; you might of heard of them, rendezvous in "The Mexican." As CNN's Sherri Sylvester reports, for the actors, going south of the border was a long-planned trip.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SHERRI SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt had wanted to work together for years. That's understandable. But they've got some explaining to do as to why they chose "The Mexican." It was only budgeted at $8 million. The planned location was remote, reachable only via a 1.5-mile tunnel. The director, Gore Verbinski, was known for his Budweiser bullfrog commercials and his one film, "Mouse Hunt." Pitt's vote went for Gore and his vision.

BRAD PITT, ACTOR: A loose, low-budget, down and dirty, hand-held film without any control, and he was totally into the spirit of that and he kind of led the way.

QUESTION: And you guys had to do a loose, low-budget, down and dirty non-Hollywood thing?

PITT: Yeah, that's what was interesting.

QUESTION: Did you like that?

JULIA ROBERTS, ACTRESS: Loved, loved it! You know, when you're out there in the elements and it's all about -- there's no shade for 57 miles and it's 110 degrees and you haven't really slept in -- I didn't even sleep on this movie. I would say, I'm going for my nap now. I mean, it wasn't even about sleeping. It was about trying to do about 75 days work in about 55 days.

PITT: We were in this place called Real de Catorce, at the top of this mountain range, in an old defunct mining town, out of time, and really a romantic place, just gorgeous.

QUESTION: So, when the two of you sat down to work on these characters, did you create a history for this couple?

ROBERTS: Actually, I have to credit you, my friend here. PITT: Really?

ROBERTS: Yeah, because Brad sort of dragged me into it. I'm not a big back story gal, and he kept asking me, what do you think about this, what do you think is the answer to this question?

PITT: Did I really?

ROBERTS: Yeah.

PITT: Really? No recollection.

ROBERTS: Almost to the point of harassment, where I really had to think about it. We really conversed about it. It evolved into something quite interesting.

SYLVESTER: And at the end of the day, work turned to play.

ROBERTS: One night I brought out my guitar, and one of the guys from the art department started playing it. He was just a master. It was unbelievable.

QUESTION: Did you guys come up with a song?

PITT: We came up with many songs, so many; in fact, we started a band, we're hitting the road. There will be a VH-1 "Behind the Music" very soon.

ROBERTS: Dogstar, watch out!

PITT: We're on your heels, Keanu!

SYLVESTER: The two continue making beautiful music together. They co-star in the upcoming "Oceans 11."

Sherri Sylvester, CNN entertainment news, Hollywood.

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