Famous Father-Son Movie Duos

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.



Movie Stars Can Be Effective As Directors Too!

Although sometimes seen as a self-indulgent, the move from actor to director can have all sorts of benefits. Their experience allows them to wring great performances from other actors who’re naturally more likely to trust someone who has been where they are. It also lets them push their own performances when directing themselves.

Charlie Chaplin is an early example of an actor who saw the potential of films to connect with audiences as a performer more intimately than the stage could. Faced with the limited imagination of his directors and producers, he trusted his instincts and crafted a beloved lasting character with the ‘Little Tramp’ persona, knowing from experience what would resonate with audiences.

Since then, many famous faces have succeeded in garnering critical and popular acclaim as directors. Gene Kelly crafted exceptional musicals by knowing exactly what he could do and pushing himself and the choreography to the limits. Ida Lupino used her unique perspective as the only female director in Hollywood to get acclaimed performances from her actresses.

At the height of his career, Clint Eastwood turned his frustrations as an actor dealing with perfectionist directors into a passion for efficient, spare directing, avoiding rehearsals and shooting as few takes as possible. His style not only resonated with audiences but also earned him a reputation for coming in under budget and made him one of the most successful directors to this day.

One of the most distinctive voices in the field, Quentin Tarantino has kept one foot in each side of the line. Although he started out as a director, he delivered trademark quirky performances for other directors as well as memorable turns in his own films. His willingness to put himself out there has made him a popular director with a loyal stable of returning actors who trust him to know how to handle him. George Clooney likewise used his charm and rapport with fellow actors to pursue passion projects like ‘Good Night and Good Luck‘.

For some actors, directing is a chance for a good but not perhaps great performer to show his full potential. During a career downturn, Ben Affleck saw a chance to reinvent himself with his acclaimed dramas ‘Gone Baby Gone‘ and ‘Argo‘, both of which cleverly made use of his low key screen persona to its best effect and leveraged his experience as a writer. Ben Stiller used his comedic success and history in improvisation and ensemble comedy into a directing career that includes such hits as ‘Tropic Thunder‘.

Heck, even in the world of television, Jonathan Frakes evolved from a solid but limited career as an actor into one of the most popular genre directors on the scene by tapping into his experience working in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The trend is unlikely to slow down, the industry is more open than ever and the particular sensibility that an actor can bring to handling a project has taught audiences that they can trust a star they know from the screen to handle the job behind the camera as well.



A Younger Role on The Big Screen

There are many actors and actresses that play roles that require them to look younger. In fact, you’d be shocked to see how some people pull this off.

Most film makers use beauty artists to help tweak it. They can really trace parts of your skin, move it around, do changes to the face or body with software. Even though the software has gotten so useful, sometimes you still have to do it one frame at a time. When you need to zoom a shot up close, you need to actively see that person has not been touched or altered in any way. Because if folks see what you’ve been up to, that’s not going to work.” As we all age our look and body go through momentous form changes as we get older, factors that need to be taken into account for outstanding results. Over time, the eyes get somewhat further apart; earlobes lengthen; foreheads look to extend as the hairline recedes.

Many actors and actresses sit directly with the artist for as many days as it takes to sculpt them into what the director wants and shed many years off of their features and figure. They’re skillful enough to make the hips narrowed, calves slender, turkey necks tucked. Pores are tightened, the sack under the eyes diminish. Hair is thickened, teeth whitened. There is no longer fatty jiggle under the arm. Belly plump totally wiped out, abdominal raised. The list of enhancements can be prolonged as any given actor’s complaints or studio’s expectations concerning his or her appearance, and believe it or not, the men are profiting as much work done as the women. Probably more. If you’ve walked out of theater recently and observe, “She appear great in that strip tease scene!” or “Wow, did you see his abdominal in that scene?”, there’s a high probability they had more going on than just the awesome personal trainer and a strict diet you heard throughout on the late shows.

In any given role in a film, these stars must look the part as well as fit the part. There are many hours that they must put in to establish the right demeanor required for their role. Additionally, it may take them up to several months to get it just right. Furthermore, they must know their role and have the right body expressions, voice, and be able to personalize it to fit the role they are playing. Actors and actresses need to reach deep within themselves to bring up feelings to show the true factor and influence they are portraying. Through using their own life experiences can also put them closer to mastering their characters’ role. It’s good for them also to focus entirely on the other actor or actress as though he or she is genuine and they only be present in that moment. This gives them more insight of the character they’re playing.

As you can see, there’s a lot of work in being a successful actor or actress.



How Acting Has Changed Over Decades

Acting in the movies has changed over the decades since they were invented. Acting was much simpler since the days of Lumiere, where the actors and actresses just had to make sure that they got the point across; that has evolved to much more nuanced performances. This isn’t only because acting has evolved, but because film technology has changed, and film techniques have evolved as well. All of this translates into creating a vastly different style of acting than what was present in film at the beginning.

Originally, film acting was the same as that seen on stage. The cast had gotten used to bigger-than-life actions on the theatrical stage, where such actions were necessary so that the entire audience could see the action; each audience deserved to see what was going on, from those just a few feet away to those hundreds of feet away. The way that films were produced, helped with the static camera in perpetual long shot. This no doubt ensured that both those in front of and behind the camera came from theatrical traditions where they gotten used to that school of acting.

This was to change as cameras were made more mobile and the lenses were able to focus on different kinds of shots. This meant that the director could film as closely as he wanted to without interfering with the actors; that closeness meant that the grandiose gestures that worked so well on the stage were no longer needed to make film work. Anther form of freedom that occurred was that the make-up and costumes didn’t to need be in broad strokes either; those personnel could concentrate on making the costumes and make-up as detailed as they wanted to. This meant that the cast could concentrate on acting itself rather than being as loud as necessary, which lead to more nuanced acting.

As the directors learned to appreciate the different kind of shots available to them, they also learned that they could edit the footage. This helped on two different levels. Not only did it allow the formation of a new visual language, but that they weren’t limited to one shot. The new language of close-up and medium shots allowed for a more realistic style of acting, as the cast could do small gestures on the screen that were more effective than the large stage gestures, making performances highly effective. Editing allowed the stars to concentrate fully on the scene or even shot, allowing them to put all of their energy into that rather than having to worry about the entire film; that made the shots much more intense.

When sound was added to features, it meant that some of the theatrical techniques were brought back. Actors and actresses could no longer afford to be mute, and had to actually speak. Some actors thus fell out of prominence as their voices didn’t fit their appearance; most famous of these was Rudolph Valentino, whose high-pitched voice did not match his handsome appearance, and so he was forced out of Hollywood. They needed to learn how to enunciate, as well as how to breath so that the microphones didn’t pick it up. Although they didn’t need the projection skills of a theatrical actor or actress, they did need some degree of mimicry to allow for accents and a wider range of characters. The old voice training combined with the new acting techniques made for some formidable performances.

Overall, the advances in technology have led to a number of advances in skill as well. The stars in Hollywood have had to familiarize themselves with the technology involved with filming as well as learning a slightly different set of skills; after all, they still need to be able to act, and a lot of the skills are highly relevant to film acting. However, they do need to learn some other skills as well, as acting in front of a camera is a far different endeavor than the theater. It should be interesting what other skills actors and actresses picks up as technology continues to advance and more options become available to the craft.



Actors Bringing Themselves to the Screen

Actors are no strangers to playing a multitude of different characters, but some have done some outside the box work by simply playing the role of themselves. Whether it’s a biographical work or just simply a guest appearance, it’s no stretch for them to play their own personal character, and it often reminds us that they really are just regular people.

Howard Stern had the honor of playing himself in the 1997 hit Private Parts which chronicles his life story. The movie covers his life from boyhood until he made his big break into the industry. While he was too old to play himself as a boy, the majority of the movie focuses on his adult life and he was the star of the show. There was no stretch to find accuracy in the character portrayal, he nailed himself as only Howard Stern can. While he may not be the next academy award winner, he knew the character inside and out and was able to really let the audience know who he was and how he struggled. It also brought a more personable side to his larger than life persona that he has made his fortune on.

Bill Murray has been a well-loved comedic actor for decades. With big name movies like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and Lost in Translation under his belt, it’s no wonder he has been the winner of prestigious awards such as the Emmys, Independent Spirit Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes. From his stints with SNL, running from 1977 until 1993, he has played numerous characters as well as himself. His unique comedic styles and quirky nature have allowed him to not only bring life to fictional characters but simply being Bill Murray has offered him numerous opportunities in film and television. He played himself in major motion pictures like Space Jam, Coffee and Cigarettes, Zombieland, and most recently the Netflix original A Very Murray Christmas. His one liners and riffs not only on himself but life in general have brought him huge amounts of fame, and his latest Christmas special included some of Hollywood’s A-List actors like George Clooney. His calm nature and laid back style allows him to bring his own take to everything, and playing himself gives us a peek at what a fun and unique man he truly is.

Matt LeBlanc made himself a household name when he played the character Joey on the hit television series Friends. Since the show ended he has played numerous roles, including a Friends spinoff titled Joey, but he has recently found true success once again by simply being Matt LeBlanc in Episodes. While the character is based loosely on Matt LeBlanc, it’s more of a funhouse mirror version. It’s still a fictional character that has been created around the real man. The character in episodes has no realization that his actions have consequences, he’s a bit of a lost soul, unlike the real Matt LeBlanc who has things a bit more together. The role appealed to him in a unique way. He had become somewhat reclusive for five years after his daughter had a brush with a serious illness. He turned down many acting opportunities, and only decided to listen to the Episodes job because the call came from former Friends co-worker David Crane. While some say he has backed himself into a corner by taking the role on the hit Showtime series, LeBlanc feels like if he is simply known for being Joey from Friends and being himself post Joey, so be it. Considering he’s had an irrefutably successful career, this interesting take on himself might be the next role of a lifetime.

With an acting career that started when he was a child, Neil Patrick Harris has surprised audiences over the last decade with a complete reinvention of himself. He created a comedic niche for himself when he began playing the role of Barney on How I Met Your Mother, and with it came a slew of fun and quirky roles including a larger than life version of himself in the Harold & Kumar stoner comedies. What you see in the films isn’t exactly who Harris is in reality, but the over the top version that gives him a chance to showcase not just his gifted acting chops, but to poke fun at himself and give the gift of laughter. While he isn’t so out of control in real life, making people smile is something he truly loves, making this portrayal more accurate than it seems.

Actors are often given praise for their ability to bring life to imaginary characters, but these men have been gifted with even more talent. Bringing your true self to life and keeping it entertaining, and often with the ability to poke fun at your own expense is a talent that not all actors can claim. These men have proved their talents stretch far beyond just memorizing lines.



The Ever Growing Popularity of 3-D Movies

The popularity of 3D movies has gone up and down since their inception. Most early 3D movies were of the action packed variety with objects appearing to be flying out into the audience. Moviegoers would scream and duck and laugh while wearing funny looking glasses. But audiences got tired of seeing the same type of genre in 3D and the movies were grainy with loud sounds when there was action but so quiet when the actors spoke that it was hard to hear them. And then there was the eye strain, eye fatigue, headaches and even motion sickness associated with 3D films.

Making early 3D movies was complicated and expensive. Using 2 cameras, manipulating the film, manipulating the lighting and those first 3D glasses. With the advances in computer science, digital surround-sound technology, movie screen sizes, and the use of HD cameras eliminating the need for film, 3D movies have become more cost effective and easier to produce. They now have a higher resolution, greater brightness, and high dynamic range. These advances, along with more movie genres being made in 3D, accounts for the resurgence.

With the advancement of 3D technology and producers making more 3D movies in more genres, moviegoers are flocking to movie theaters. As stated early 3D movies were mostly horror or action packed. Now we’ve documentaries, love stories, and children’s animated movies being made in 3D. This change helps to open the 3D market to more moveigoers.

It’s kind of like playing video games. All ages play them. It makes us feel like we’re part of the action because we’re in control of the controllers. We bob and weave with the action of video games. We holler and yell at the TV screen. We can get that same experience when watching 3D movies.

The experience a 3D movie gives audiences includes instant gratification along with immersing the moviegoer in the  experience. It gives them a heighten sense of realism and an increased sensory experience. The depth of the movie brings them emotionally closer to the movie itself. Instead of sitting back in the dark and watching a movie, the moviegoer feels that they’re part of the movie.

Let’s face it, we all want to be in the movies and we don’t mind paying a little extra for the extra entertainment 3D movies give us.



The Evolving Movie Scene

The age of acting and performing in star roles has seen a drastic change. Starting in the early days of acting motion pictures have evolved to another level.

In the early days (1930), movies were generally silent, or “Vaudeville” type in nature. The early actors like Charlie Chaplin seen leading roles as an opportunity to engage the public with comedy and skits. The leading roles were almost stereo typed with the same events and plots. Generally speaking most actors of this age relied upon their selves being portrayed as funny and stupid. The crowd embraced this style because the war and realities of everyday life where often filled with difficulty’s. Wars and different engagements caused a lot of performers to branch into a new acting role. Military roles were very popular and gangster and action roles began ruling the screen.

In 1943, the movie industry began going through a technical innovation mode. The art of filming and role casting was taken to a new level. Technology had invented new cameras and new lighting that allowed better filming. Roles that were designed to make the star show their glitz and glamour where well defined. Stars like Rock Hudson, Carry Grant, and even Marilyn Monroe began taking the star screen with a dedicated fan following. Movies were now in an age where people followed their favorite actors. Movies also began a trend toward Horror, Romance, and Crime. The Hollywood industry came to age when big league producers began buying the rights to studio production. MGM was one of the pioneers of this new revolution. MGM built a studio in Hollywood California and made what we now know as “movie star USA”.

The 70’s seen a turn towards sitcoms and soap opera episodes. The age of movies was beginning to move into a digital time period. What this meant for the art of cast production and filming was a new technique to film in a better, more authentic way. Color Television was coming onto the movie playing field. The ability to film in color made movie scripts and roles better. The roles and leading stars were believable in their roles. The ability to now film on remote location opened a new time period of movie production. Locations that where far from the movie studios could be filmed and different roles could be developed. Producers where no longer locked in the studio away from real sets. The sets where more real looking because Hollywood didn’t have to make them in the studio.

The 80’s produced some of the best movies of the century. The filming now was done with cutting edge digital cameras. Most producers incorporated features like Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound into their filming plot. The movie experience was now engaging and the viewer felt they were part of the action. The acting trend was moving towards more roles that used, sex, violence, horror, and crime to engage their audiences. Gone where the good ol’ days when movies that showed honor, American pride, religious influence, and many other more family friendly roles. The industry of film making found itself on a path towards making big money. The public embraced these concepts and wanted more of the movies.

The 90’s ushered another new age of drama, horror, sex, and action into the movie age. The technology was now perfected to make a movie look very real. The special effects and stuntmen now had a new age to perfect their craft. Stars that peeked the interest of people from their sexy appeal and captivating lives began making very high paychecks. The roles and stars that received rolls in movies where often taking home six figure incomes. Movies where making very large amounts of revenue. The art of movie making was now a very profitable business. Sex and horror ruled the scene during that decade.

The 2000’s seen the art of film casting take a very sharp turn. People wanted more believable plots. The movie industry upgraded their star roles with women and men who were the dream, of all who wished they could have a real life, like the actor in the movie. People began watching movies that let them live through the actor, the roles they wished they could really be in real life. Action packed movies that engage the audience seems to have been the majority pick. Starring roles are more expensive to produce and the cost for a leading actor has climbed every year.

The movie industry as of today is on a whole different level. It’s on a trail that leads to bigger and better movies for today’s generation of movie goers. Actors and actresses have different tones and scripts, and have really seen a major change from the early days of film making and movie production.



The Art of Playing Multiple Characters in the Movies and on TV

Acting is an art form that many movie and television viewers take for granted. The amazing TV shows and movies that we’re able to watch are held heavily upon the skill of the actors. It’s very hard to act as a character in a movie or TV, but it’s even harder to act as multiple characters. There are very few who can really nail this. The ones who’re able to pull it off have gone down in history as some of the funniest and most well-rounded actors audiences around the world have ever seen.

Robin Williams played an amazing role in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire when he dressed up as an older woman in order to see his children after a nasty divorce. This showed the amazing contrast of characters that Robin Williams could bring out in his acting. In this movie you know that Williams’ character is dressing up as a woman but you almost forget that they’re the same character. This is remembered as one of Robin’s best movies due to the amazing dual acting that is performed in this movie.

John Cleese is known to be one of the funniest comedians to ever grace TV and Film. He’s best known for his work with Monty Python. The full-length Monty Python and the Holy Grail happens to be one of the most critically acclaimed comedic films of all-time. Cleese played the roles of The Black Night, Sir Lancelot The Brave, The Taunting French Guard, and Tim The Enchanter. The amazing thing about this acting performance is that many viewers would never know that all of these roles are being played by one person unless you were to point it out to them.

Martin Lawrence is known for his comedic styles both on television and on the big screen. And since we’re talking about multiple roles, the show Martin comes to mind. He played eight characters on the show that ran from 1992-1997. His two most notable characters he played, besides himself of course, were Sheneneh Jenkins, the stereo-typically flashy Detroit “ghetto girl” who was the owner of a hair salon, and Mama Pain, who was Martin’s loud-mouth mother. These characters and others had personalities of their own that Martin was able to play to a tee. On the big screen, who can forget him playing the role of a cop and Big Momma in Big Momma’s House.

Eddie Murphy has been very good at playing different characters in a movie for a long time now. He was first most notably recognized for this skill when he was playing the role of the Nutty Professor. He played perfectly into the dichotomy of a self-conscious overweight professor who overnight turns into a charismatic sexy ladies man. It was so good, that Hollywood made a sequel for it. He also plays the role well in Bowfinger of an A-lister famous action star Kit Ramsey and his nobody brother Kip. Eddie also played multiple characters in the movie Coming To America as well as Norbit. This shows his mastery of the art of acting and comedy.

Mike Myers is quite possibly the best multiple role actor in the entertainment industry. The success of the Austin Powers trilogy was greatly dependent on the characters that he created. Austin Powers and Doctor Evil were the two characters that Mike Myers played in the first Austin Powers. In the second Austin Powers movie, Myers raised the stakes and played Doctor Evil, Austin Powers, and Fat Bastard. In the third movie, he took it one more level and played Austin Powers, Fat Bastard, Doctor Evil, and Goldmember. Myers will be remembered as one of best comedic actors due to his amazing success in the Austin Powers movies.

So as you can see, these actors have made a career of playing multiple parts in the movies they starred in. And not only have they made it a career, they have set the bar higher for Hollywood and the next generation of actors to really start thinking outside the box for how to make movies and TV shows  more enjoyable for audience around the world.



What Makes A Holiday Movie Special to Watch?

Holiday times are a special time for a family. While parents appreciate these moments as they occur, children often don’t realize how special holidays are until they’re older and think back to those holiday memories spending time together as a family. One thing that helps to develop memories of these holiday moments are a family tradition together that all family members look back on and remember. One of the best traditions is watching a holiday movie together as a family, but it’s essential to find the right movie for the holiday. This article will focus on factors that make a holiday movie the right film for the occasion.

Movies that’re designed for the holiday in question are always a great place to start, particularly for young families with small children. There are a great number of Christmas movies that show families overcoming events to come together and trust in one another. Some are classics like the film “It’s a Wonderful Life“, while others are more modern and humorous like “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation“. Still, the common theme of families realizing what they have with one another and relying and trusting one another makes films centered on the holiday season within itself, some of the great choices to watch during the holidays.

As children get older their tolerance for these holiday themed movies sometimes diminishes and new holiday movie choices are warranted. Some parents feel as much of a relief at this as when their children are finally potty trained. Holiday movies that’re special to watch don’t need to be specifically holiday themed but should be cross-generational and enjoyable for all family members as a result. Every family is different and finding a film that appeals to your family this holiday season takes a bit of care. Humor and adventure and building a family unit together. Examples of movies like this are “The Princess Bride” and any Disney film, both of which are timeless family movies that can make your family holiday special.

Holidays are a special time and a holiday film is a great way to spend time together as a family and build up special memories together. Find out what makes a film special for the holidays for your family and choose the appropriate themed film to make your holiday complete. Build special moments together with a family film this holiday season.



Top 5 Movie Duos of All-Time

A good duo is one of the most difficult things to sustain in any movie. You’ve to manage to find two characters that play well off of each other while at the same time standing out on their own. Both characters have to be memorable enough that they aren’t simply absorbed into the mix, yet still able to work with the other in a way that makes them more memorable when together. With that being said, here are my Top 5.

Movie Duo #5: Woody and Buzz – Toy Story
The backbone behind one of Pixar’s most beloved movies, Woody and Buzz were a new take on a classic paradigm country vs. city. Woody the old cowboy who’s a staple of his world and the traditions there in makes the perfect foil to Buzz Lightyear the astronaut/cop that’s the new hot toy this year. Woody’s knowing snark plays perfectly off of Buzz’s ignorance of the fact that he’s just a toy. At the end however, they finally become friends and hence a new chapter to their duo begins.

Moive Duo #4: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker – Rush Hour
Both of these actors have large film lists behind them and both in different fields. Chris Tucker a known comedic actor of the Chris Rock school of acting and Jackie Chan is one of the biggest names in martial arts movies. This is an example of two different styles of acting coming together to mest perfectly. Chris Tucker’s loud and in your face style of comedy provide the perfect counter point to Jackie Chan’s stoic faced physical humor. While at the same time Jackie Chan’s fast paced and professional Kung Fu are underscored by Chris Tucker’s Indiana Jones type fighting style of just making it up as you go. Also, who can forget the famous line, ‘Do you understand the words that’re coming out of my mouth”.

Movie Duo #3: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence – Bad Boys
One of most audiences’ go-to-action movies and one that has been referenced in countless other films, Bad Boys stands out as a film that not only manages to deliver a massive amount of action but also interesting characters. Will Smith, who’s variation of roles and talent speak for themselves, play perfectly with Martin Lawrence and his talents as an actor of several syndicated shows. Both play the young impulsive detective roles well while their contrasting lifestyles create a beautiful counter point for them to play against each other leading to an amazing mix of comedy and action fueled by both situations and the actors themselves. The bond they have as partners and as friends is something really awesome to see.

Movie Duo #2: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd – Back to the Future
Famed as one of the most successful time travel series of all time next to Doctor Who the stars of the Movie Fox and Lloyd play Marty McFly and Doc Brown the young underachiever and the crazy old scientist roles perfectly. The give and take between Marty struggling to come to grips with their situation while Brown mentally races ahead to see the different possibilities creates some truly memorable moments. These two played well enough to merit several sequels as well as earning a place as cultural references for years to come.

Movie Duo #1: Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn – Wedding Crashers and The Internship
These two are comedy gold together. In both movies these two work and play well with each other. Vince Vaughn as the straight faced line man who’s charm and wit make it impossible not to find him funny. And Owen Wilson, who’s physical comedy and sardonic wit always seem to provide the perfect counter point to their situations. The two play very dynamic roles. In Wedding Crashers, successful businessmen who scam their way into bed with women using the emotional vulnerability of someone else’s wedding. And as down on their luck salesmen who manage an internship at one of the biggest technology firms in the world in The Internship. Both of these actors bring a lot of heart to the roles they play and it shows. They manage to bring the moral of the stories without making it seem heavy handed. While still managing to keep the films light, even when what’s happening on screen is emotionally charged.

The art of the movie duo is a difficult thing to pull off, but when done well both parties bring something to the mix that highlights what the other is good at while being highlighted in turn. They create interactions that hadn’t been thought of before. This leads to works that stick in the mind and become cherished memories not just for the person watching but for the actors and actresses themselves. It makes audiences want to see not just more of them but also lets them see things through multiple points of view. Which only enhances the story as a whole.