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).
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).
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)
- Michael Caine & Rufus Sewell
- Gerard Butler & Michael Fassbender
- Russell Crowe & Daniel Day-Lewis
- Morgan Freeman & Christoph Waltz
- Viggo Mortensen & John Malkovich
- Guy Pearce & Denzel Washington
- Christian Bale & Harrison Ford
- Edward Norton & Michael Sheen
- Mark Strong & Gary Oldman
- Clive Owen & Colin Firth
Ok, your turn. I’m sure you have your own picks, so let’s hear ’em!