Since the beginning of time, sons have wanted to be just like their fathers. That’s why it’s not a surprise that many sons follow in their dad’s footsteps when it comes to career choices, whether that career be in law, banking, the healthcare field, and yes, even acting.
There have been quite a few famous father-son duos to grace the big and small screens over the years. Many of these duos have been incredibly talented and popular, which begs the question, is it simply sons following their fathers paths, or do fathers and sons just like to spend time together, even working? Another thing to think about is why the duos have been so popular, and what it takes to make it work.
One of the more popular father-son acting duos are Ben Stiller and his father Jerry Stiller. Both of these talented gentlemen have been in many movies and television shows, some together and some not. The two have both been in films such as ‘The Heartbreak Kid‘, ‘Zoolander‘, ‘Hot Pursuit‘, and ‘Heavyweights‘. There’s really no question in this case about whether talent runs in the family. It looks as though the two genuinely like working together. Both men are very funny and entertaining, and have a great onscreen chemistry. Audiences love watching this pair onscreen for those reasons. The Stillers often appear onscreen as father and son and it seems that in this case the dynamic works well for them because their relationship provides them with great chemistry to begin with.
Clint Eastwood and Scott Eastwood are another very popular father-son duo recently. Everyone knows Clint Eastwood from his long film career, and his son Scott is certainly taking after him with rising popularity. The two have worked together in ‘Gran Torino‘, ‘Invictus‘, and ‘Trouble With The Curve‘. The Eastwoods often portray a different type of relationship onscreen, and typically don’t play father and son or even appear onscreen together at all, but they still have an amazing amount of chemistry when they do appear together. The father son relationship seems to give them an advantage when working together though, and provides them with good chemistry when they do appear together onscreen. Scott’s obviously trying to follow in Clint’s footsteps and wants to learn all he can from him and it shows.
Finally, we get to Will Smith and Jaden Smith are another extremely popular and well-known father-son duo. This pair has been seen together in ‘The Pursuit Of Happiness‘ and ‘After Earth‘. They tend to stick to playing the traditional father and son, which works very well for them. The Smiths seem to have a very close relationship and this translates well to the big screen. Their real relationship also seems to give them an advantage when it comes to onscreen chemistry and their ability to work together. The two look to genuinely like working together and Jaden also seems to be trying to follow in his father’s footsteps and learn from good ol’ dad.
In general, it looks like having a real off-screen relationship, especially a father-son relationship, has its advantages in Hollywood. The popular father-son duos all seem to have a close relationship off-screen, which again is giving them an onscreen advantage when it comes to chemistry and the ability to work together. In order to be able to work together everyday on films for such a long period of time, the pair must genuinely enjoy working together and get along real well. What makes them popular isn’t just their acting skills but their onscreen chemistry together and the entertainment the relationship provides to the audience.