Surprisingly Interesting Stories About Actors Who Always Work Together

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On-screen chemistry is so hard to find. That’s why these 12 famous movie duos made multiple projects together. 

Some of these co-stars who are best friends, like the unlikely bromance between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, create pure comedy gold. They also aren’t afraid to discuss their affection for each other (in between publicly humiliating their best pal with a burning practical joke).

Find out which famous comedy duo didn’t spend time together off-screen. Which '90s leading lady called Adam Sandler her “cinematic soulmate”? Discover which comic movie duo inspired the relationship between Shrek and Donkey in Shrek.

Make your voice heard. Vote up the stories that make these Hollywood pairs even more entertaining.

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    Simon Pegg Left Nick Frost Unconscious In An Abandoned Train Station Because He Thought It Was A Joke

    Simon Pegg Left Nick Frost Unconscious In An Abandoned Train Station Because He Thought It Was A Joke
    Photo: Shaun of the Dead / Rogue Pictures

    Longtime friends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost first started working together on the British comedy Spaced. The cult show proved to be fortuitous for their careers because they also got the opportunity to meet Edgar Wright. The three filmmakers went on to create the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy - Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). The films celebrate their special knack for blending horror and comedy.

    In 2020, Pegg and Frost participated in the San Diego Comic-Con to talk about their new comedy-horror series Truth Seekers. The friends also veered off-topic to discuss the time they took a trip to check out an abandoned train station in London. 

    "We found the original Highgate tube station in the woods in Highgate," Pegg said. "It was like we'd stepped into this completely kind of unknown world, and it was creepy. It was like Brigadoon or something, it just appeared. Then Nick knocked himself out and I thought he was just messing around, so I just left him in the wood."

    "We got to a point where Simon said, 'Let’s go and get Chinese,' and on that journey back, I slipped and hit my head on a log and lay unconscious. But Simon thought I was f***ing about, so he just went off," said Frost.

    "He's never forgiven me for that! I went back home and I ordered some Chinese," added Pegg to a roar of laughter. "I just thought he was pulling the longest game. I was like, 'Nick is just really committed to this. This is amazing.' And I opened the door, and he was just there all, like, soaking wet and was like, 'You left me!'"

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    Robert Redford And Paul Newman Waged A Prank War Involving A Totaled Porsche

    Robert Redford And Paul Newman Waged A Prank War Involving A Totaled Porsche
    Photo: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid / 20th Century Fox

    Robert Redford and Paul Newman only appeared in two movies together, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973). However, their bond was so memorable that it's hard to imagine a more storied on-screen pairing. 

    Longtime Newman buddy A.E. Hotchner wrote a book about his friendship with the blue-eyed matinee idol called Paul and Me: Fifty-three Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman. The 2011 tribute details Newman's mischievous side, especially in regards to practical joking. 

    "Paul so enjoyed life, and never acted like a superstar," said Hotchner. "Whether he was pulling pranks on a movie set, or mixing the first batch of Newman’s Own salad dressing with a canoe paddle, he was a maverick who did what he wanted. He never would have turned in those performances if he wasn’t a person who took risks and had fun."

    One of the more memorable pranks from the writer's book shows off both Redford and Newman's devilish personalities. The story goes that Redford dumped a wrecked Porshe with no tires in Newman's driveway for his birthday. King Cool responded by having the Porsche crushed and then transported to Redford's living room. 

    Redford admitted in 2009 that he sent over the totaled Porsche because of Newman's fixation on all things car racing. "Paul drove me crazy talking about racing all of the time," said Redford. "It just bored me to tears... So I went to a junkyard and said, 'Do you have a destroyed sports car and can you wrap it up, put a ribbon around it, and leave it at Newman's house?'"

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    Drew Barrymore Knew That Adam Sandler Was Her 'Cinematic Soulmate'

    Drew Barrymore Knew That Adam Sandler Was Her 'Cinematic Soulmate'
    Photo: The Wedding Singer / New Line Cinema

    Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler have starred in three romantic comedies together: The Wedding Singer (1998), 50 First Dates (2004), and Blended (2014). The longtime friends found the perfect on-screen chemistry that has resulted in box-office gold. 

    Prior to the 1998 hit The Wedding Singer, Barrymore was 21 years old and still hadn't really broken out of the world's perception of her as a troubled child actor. Meanwhile, Sandler had dominated the teen boy market with silly comedies like Billy Madison (1995).

    Somehow, Barrymore knew that Sandler was her "cinematic soulmate," despite not knowing him. It was up to Barrymore to prove it to Sandler.

    “I stalked Adam Sandler because I was convinced we were supposed to work together,” she said. “We didn’t look like we should. I had purple hair and a leopard coat. He was dressed like a jock.”

    The stalking worked, and The Wedding Singer helped to change the trajectory of their careers. Barrymore successfully made the transition to adult actress, and Sandler opened up his career to a whole new audience. 

    “All I can say to him is I was right,” Barrymore added. “We have made three films now over the course of 20 years, and I love him today as much as ever.”

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    The 2021 Super Bowl Reunited Mike Myers And Dana Carvey After Decades Of Resentment

    The 2021 Super Bowl Reunited Mike Myers And Dana Carvey After Decades Of Resentment
    Photo: Wayne's World / Paramount Pictures

    "Party on, Wayne." "Party on, Garth."

    Wayne's World first aired on Saturday Night Live on February 18, 1989. The legendary sketch featuring Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) went on to become one of the most popular sketches on the long-running live show.

    Myers and Carvey parlayed their small-screen successes in the movie Wayne's World (1992) and its sequel Wayne's World 2 (1993). However, underneath all the fun lingo, bad wigs, and "we're not worthy" metal moments were long-running resentments.

    Carvey reportedly wasn't happy to be relegated as a mere sidekick in the movies. The impression master also reportedly felt that Myers stole his impression of Lorne Michaels and turned it into Dr. Evil for his Austin Powers film series.

    In 2022, Carvey revealed during an interview with Howard Stern that he and Myers had made amends after decades of bitterness. "We’ve come full circle since I talked to you last [2019]. We’ve become very, very close friends," Carvey said. "The only good thing about getting old is you just, sort of get a little more wisdom, you get a little more perspective, and you practice forgiveness for others and for yourself."

    Carvey said that the pair reunited while filming a Wayne's World-based ad for the 2021 Super Bowl: 

    We got closer during that whole process and started talking more. It’s very nice to have such a long friendship with someone, and everyone knows what we’re talking about... I just feel like I came to know him in a much better way as we’ve been really, really talking these last couple years, and kind of put him in context - understand him. Everyone has a 10-year-old boy inside them, or girl. That little person gets very jealous of the shiny new toy, very envious. As friends in these last few years, you put down all your weapons and you’re just very vulnerable and very honest. It’s a great way to be with someone.

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    Robert De Niro Broke Joe Pesci's Rib In 'Raging Bull'

    Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci have appeared in seven movies together over a four-decade span: Raging Bull (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Goodfellas (1990), A Bronx Tale (1993), Casino (1995), The Good Shepherd (2006), and The Irishman (2019). 

    While filming a sparring scene between Jake LaMotta (De Niro) and his manager/brother Joey (Pesci) in Raging Bull, De Niro unleashed too realistic of a beatdown and ended up accidentally breaking one of Pesci's ribs. The intense pain on Pesci's face may not have been scripted, but it added so much realism to the scene between the contentious and vicious brothers that director Martin Scorsese opted to keep the take in his Academy Award-winning movie.

    Fifteen years later on the set of Casino, De Niro and Pesci once again were playing ruthless characters in a contentious relationship. Pesci ended up rebreaking the same rib. This time, the injury was not De Niro's fault. During Nicky's (Pesci) final scene in the Scorsese movie, he gets a severe rib-breaking beating with a baseball bat.  

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    Paul Rudd Tried To Prank Seth Rogen On The Set Of 'Knocked Up' And Ended Up Giving Him A Massage For Almost An Hour

    Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen (along with Jonah Hill and Jason Segal) are prime members of the Judd Apatow comedy movie world. Apatow has become one of the most successful writer/director/producers of the 21st century, and he often casts the same actors.

    Rudd and Rogen have appeared in multiple movies together, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), This Is the End (2013), and Sausage Party (2016). The close friends were also featured in a 2022 Super Bowl commercial for Lays. 

    In 2021, Rogen took to Twitter to let the world know about the time Rudd pulled a fast one on him. He wrote, "Once I was in the spa in a hotel in Vegas getting a massage. When I finished, I turned over and to my shock, Paul Rudd was massaging me. He saw me go in and convinced the masseuse to let him take over, thinking I'd notice immediately. I didn't, and Paul did the entire rest of it."

    Rudd confirmed Rogen's tale during an interview with Stephen Colbert. "That totally happened. That's true," said Rudd. "I think we were filming a scene from Knocked Up and we had to shoot it in Las Vegas... It was hours before shooting, and I knew he was getting a massage. I just went in during, he had just started."

    Rudd added that he ended up massaging his often-stoned pal for over 40 minutes, and Rogen never figured it out. "Let's get real: Probably less of a comment on my own massaging ability. He was stoned out of his mind," added Rudd. 

    120 votes