Random Question: Who’s your dream on-screen duo?

Charismatic... and looks great in a fedora, what else do you need?

This post’s been laying dormant in my draft folder for quite a while. At the time I was inspired by this Popwatch‘s fantastic idea of two extremely charismatic & bankable actors Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp starring together in a film. The writer had a fascinating idea of having them star in “… Outrageous Fortune meets Tango & Cash and Roxanne, possibly in period garb.” Ha! Now that’s definitely something worth seeing.

But my good friend Marc at Goseetalk‘s nostalgic review of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves gives kudos to one of my favorite mature actor Alan Rickman, just as I finished reading something about Timothy Dalton (you know how I feel about the man). Dalton is so rarely seen in the movies lately (doing VO work in Toy Story 3 doesn’t count), for the life of me I can’t figure out why. Oh man, what I would give to see these two irresistibly-husky-voiced British thespians act in a movie together! I could see them play crime lord partners/rivals, or as adversaries in a period swashbuckling piece a la Brian Cox’s Agamemnon vs. Brendan Gleeson’s Menelaus in Troy (they, as well as Eric Bana, were the highlights of the movie for me, NOT Brad Pitt).

James Bond vs. Hans Gruber?

Hollywood never seems to run out of buddy movies, some of the best ones are featured in this awesome AtomicPopcorn list. They left out a few of my personal faves though: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the buddy action comedy Hot Fuzz, Sly & Kurt Russell in Tango & Cash (even my mom liked it!), and the best father/son duo ever, Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade (though Connery is only 12 years older than Ford).

Cage & Travolta face off

But buddy movies aren’t the only ones with fun on-screen duos. Watching two terrific nemesis play off each other well can be equally thrilling, i.e. Russell Crowe & Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma, Nic Cage & John Travolta in Face/Off (one of my many guilty pleasures), Bruce Willis & Alan Rickman in Die Hard (think I’m going to leave these two out?), and who can forget Pacino & DeNiro squaring off in Heat? (just forget Righteous Kill ever happened) I realize I’m listing all action flicks, I guess a lot of the best duos are usually found in that genre. But I did wrote this two-part posts last year on romantic movie couples: Part 1 and Part 2.

Here are just a couple of duos I’m looking forward to sometime next year: Clive Owen and Jason Statham in The Killer Elite and Gerard Butler squaring off against Ralph Fiennes in modern day Shakespeare political tale Coriolanus. The former is about a group of former British special forces members being hunted by a team of assassins led by Statham’s character, a former Navy Seal (per Firstshowing).

Ok now (putting my casting director hat on), here are ten random pairings that I’d love to see on-screen together: (I’m sticking to male duos right now, I might work on the female ones in a later post)

  1. Michael Caine & Rufus Sewell
  2. Gerard Butler & Michael Fassbender
  3. Russell Crowe & Daniel Day-Lewis
  4. Morgan Freeman & Christoph Waltz
  5. Viggo Mortensen & John Malkovich
  6. Guy Pearce & Denzel Washington
  7. Christian Bale & Harrison Ford
  8. Edward Norton & Michael Sheen
  9. Mark Strong & Gary Oldman
  10. Clive Owen & Colin Firth

Ok, your turn. I’m sure you have your own picks, so let’s hear ’em!

36 thoughts on “Random Question: Who’s your dream on-screen duo?

  1. Samantha

    So, there have been many comments about how the Iron Man franchise needs a really good, memorable villain. And I don’t know anything about the comics, so I don’t know if there’s a role out there that could be made to fit. HOWEVER, I DO happen to know of a tremendous actor who could easily hold his own against RDJ, and who plays villains EXTREMELY well, although in smaller films not a lot of people have seen, and who is therefore most well-known and somewhat stereotyped as the noble hero. Also, I think he could benefit from working on a “popular blockbuster” alongside someone as bankable as RDJ.

    See where I’m going with this? Yeah, figured you would. 😀

    1. Oh heck yeah, that would beat Depp/RDJ combo for sure! That’d would blow a lot of these duos out of the water.

      Btw, speaking of your other love. Have you seen Tristan & Isolde, I just realized Mark Strong is in that one, but he’s not as memorable as his other roles though. But my eyes keep looking at Rufus in this one, so that’s probably why 🙂

      1. Samantha

        I know, right? SO dynamic, and Crowe really does play the most tremendous villain. And say what you will about him otherwise, but he’s an amazing, commanding, and charismatic presence onscreen … glad you mentioned 3:10 to Yuma, which I thought definitely delivered in terms of two very dynamic actors facing off.

        Haven’t seen T&I. Might have to look into it. Got a few other Strong things on my Netflix queue to get through first. 🙂

  2. Samantha

    I would also whole-heartedly support your #3 pick. And there’s my dream production of Macbeth starring Clive Owen, Cate Blanchett, and Daniel Craig.

    1. That’s a VERY cool ensemble indeed!

      Both Crowe and Day-Lewis are the kind of actors who can elevate even mediocre material, so put the two together would be electrifying!

  3. Whoa Viggo and John will be wicked!! It’ll be something I’m going to watch for sure.

    Hmm…dream on screen duo? I want to see Tom Hank and Johny Depp together, great actors with different style

    1. Viggo is just an all around great actor who’s known to take risks, it’d be cool to see him alongside the eccentric John M.

  4. Gerard and Fassbender already played together in 300 and they were amazing, but it wouldn’t hurt to see them together again :))

    I’d like to see Cate Blanchett and Hugh Jackman together, and Karl Urban and Wentworth Miller together :)) Do I want too much? 🙂

    1. Yeah I know, but 300 is an ensemble film and we didn’t get to see Fassbender and Butler together much. I think seeing both of ’em in a fun caper flick would be awesome.

      Ooh, Blanchett and Jackman, another great Aussie duo! Not much of a Miller fan since I’ve never seen Prison Break, but Karl Urban, YES!

  5. Mike B.

    Great post! All amazing combo’s indeed. Me personally, Mark Walberg and Mel Gibson in some super-bad-ass tough-guy flick. Where both guys are being pushed to the edge. Nobody looks meaner than Gibson lately and Marky Mark hasn’t lost his tough cred. I’ll admit, that combo won’t be up for any Oscar nods tho …

    1. This is why I made this post, ’cause it’s fun to see who others would pick! Wahlberg/Gibson is one I’d watch for sure, both are quite bankable and charismatic on screen. Hey, Gibson’s won Oscar before so you never know…

  6. PrairieGirl

    Well, here I go again. I will never waver from wanting to see Rufus Sewell and Gerard Butler together in a film. How about a thriller where they are both the good guys with a bunch of love and steamy sex thrown in besides… ?!

    1. I had been waiting for someone to suggest that, Prairiegirl… thanks for that! 🙂 I didn’t want to be too obvious (read: indulgent) in putting that on my list. Two of my fave actors in one movie would probably make me spontaneously combust!

  7. Call me weird but what I’d like to see is some really odd combination like Will Ferrell and Christian Bale or Denzel Washington and RDJ. In essence, Hollywood keeps pumping out the same type of combinations even if the actors sort of change.

    1. Not a huge fan of Ferrell (except for his role in Stranger than Fiction), but yeah, Hollywood is lacking of unconventional duos. I’d love to see Bale do a comedy, he’s been picking a lot of ‘heavy’ movies lately.

    1. Hi Dan! DDL and Depp would be cool! Now, Owen & Craig would be interesting as Clive is my first choice for Bond, but I ended up liking Craig’s interpretation of it, making Casino Royale one of my fave Bond flicks!

  8. mcarteratthemovies

    Morgan Freeman and Christoph Waltz? Ruth, that combo makes me heart go pitter patter!

    –Steve Carell + Steve Martin
    –Terrence Howard + Don Cheadle (so they can make up about that whole “Iron Man” debacle)
    –Patrick Wilson + Mark Ruffalo
    –Clint Eastwood + Mel Brooks (what? Clint can be funny)
    –Javier Bardem + Jeffrey Dean Morgan (they look EXACTLY ALIKE, people)

    1. Freeman + Waltz duo was for you, miss Carter, just for you 🙂

      Ohhh, I love ALL your picks. The two Steves will have me in stitches. Cheadle + Howard should do a Face/Off kinda matchup, super cool! And yes, Eastwood CAN be funny… he can sing too, just see ‘Paint Your Wagon.’ Ha! I think Dean Morgan is the better looking one of the Javier/Jeffrey duo, but Javier can say, ‘but I’ve got an Oscar, what have you got?’ 🙂

  9. Clint Eastwood and Michael Caine are the first that come to mind. Maybe it’s that whole Gran Torino/Harry Brown thing, but that would be the bomb.

  10. I wonder if we could get the great C/Kates together in something (Blanchett and Winslet). Not that its a fantastic duo, I just wonder who wins the Oscar.

    I think Blanchett as a struggling single mother and Streep as a critical, alcoholic mother to her, throw in something for them to fight over (custody of children, a man) and we’d have a fun little film on our hands.

    Also, I read somewhere above on a teaming of Carrel and Martin… this better happen!

    1. Hey Luke, they’re definitely on my female duo wish list. Though I’m more of a Blanchett fan and she should win more Oscar! Since Blanchett’s worked with Judi Dench, I guess with Streep is just a matter of time. Yeah, the two Steves would be awesome, please Hollywood!

    1. I don’t know about the similar look, but they are both massively talented so yes! Perhaps they should do rom-com to elevate the sorry state of that genre!

  11. On male female I’d love to see Cate Blanchett and Jude Law do more than a few minutes in The Aviator together.

    Male/male I’d like to see something like James McAvoy and Ben Whishaw (brothers), Jude Law and Ian McKellen (father and son) or Ralph Fiennes and Ethan Hawke (brothers or enemies).

    1. LOVE the Wishaw/McAvoy idea, I can buy ’em as brothers. Perhaps something like ‘We Own The Night’ but better, and set in Europe.

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