Body language expert gives lowdown on Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt table read

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have had fans in stitches as they endured the most awkward reunion Zoom call of all time.

The exes, who were married for five years in the early noughties, were great sports as they took on a table read of 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which saw them having to read through a raunchy scene for all to hear.

All the while, poor Morgan Freeman narrated the cringe-worthy directions, which many fans compared to ‘porn’, while Julia Roberts was all of us as she grinned away at the ridiculous situation.

As for Shia LaBeouf? We’re not entirely sure what he was doing, but he looked to be enjoying himself.

As fans revel in the awkwardness of it all, body language expert Judi James told Metro.co.uk what she thinks was going on beneath the surface in the video that has turned out to be the gift that keeps on giving.

‘This table read, with its obvious emphasis on raunchy directions for the actors, throws up some hilarious and toe-curling body language from Brad and Jen here,’ she pointed out.

‘While the other A-listers rock with what looks like laughter tinged with embarrassment, Jen’s prim facial expressions versus Brad’s “naughty kid” show their contrasting responses to the full horror of doing some industrial-strength flirting with their ex on screen.’

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Judi added: ‘Initially there is some form of a flirt ritual from her as they are introduced. Putting in her earphone Jen then takes a lock of her own hair and starts twirling it like a schoolgirl with a crush while rocking gently in her chair.

‘She then self-preens by stroking her own hair but that gesture also produces a pit-bare, where her arm is raised to show her armpit. This can be another flirt gesture but it also associated with power and confidence. Similarly her nail-biting gesture can also be either flirty or a signal of suppressed aggression in the form of a self-attack. So some heavily mixed messages from Jen here.

‘With the sex scene looming Brad appears with a comic pirate hat on his head, presumably to break any tension. It makes him look like a young kid and that in itself could send out a message of childlike irresponsibility to Jen.

‘The hat disappears as the scene gets going though and instead Brad lowers his chin and raises his eyes in a sheepish expression, with his steepled brows and furrowed forehead looking like a cry for help.

‘Jen has clearly decided to face it out with a look of schoolmarm-ish disapproval. While Brad looks naughty and squirms Jen’s lips get thinner and her eyes narrow while her brows go up in mild surprise.

‘She shakes her head and her formal approach seems to add to Brad’s signals of embarrassment. His left cheek rounds and the left side of his mouth puckers up and then down to suggest he’s trying to hide his smile. When the screen kiss is mentioned he licks his lips as though about to perform it for real.’

‘Jen, meanwhile, sucks her lips in further to look even more prim while the script gets raunchier,’ Judi continued. ‘She places a finger over her lips in a sign of disapproval then places her whole hand over her mouth in a cut-off ritual to hide her expression.

‘All these responses from the pair clearly make the whole read-through a classic, must-see moment. But probably the best body language is from Julia Roberts, who openly finds the whole thing hilarious, turning back time with a perfect reproduction of her iconic Pretty Woman smile as she laughs out loud.’

Despite the table read causing some slightly awkward moments, Jen and Brad are clearly on great terms, with the Fight Club star greeting his ex-wife with a ‘Hi Aniston!’ and receiving a ‘Hi Pitt!’ in return.

The already iconic video saw some of the teen classic’s original stars including Sean Penn and Matthew McConaughey teaming up with legends including Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Shia LeBeouf, John Legend, Jimmy Kimmel, Ray Liotta, Henry Golding and Dane Cook to read scenes from the 1982 high school movie, to raise money for CORE Response. 

And it definitely did more than warm fans’ hearts, as the stars managed to raise $50,000 (£38,000) for CORE to help with their coronavirus relief efforts.

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