Sometimes actors are just pretending to be friends with their costars onscreen. Other times, though, making a big Hollywood movie forges celebrity friendships that last a lifetime. Here are films that were giant successes at the box office and also led to some of the most memorable bromances in Hollywood history, even leading to team-ups in other movies. Never leave a buddy behind!
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“Ocean’s Eleven”: Brad Pitt & George Clooney
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but when Brad Pitt and George Clooney came together to remake this Rat Pack classic, their ensuing friendship stretched far beyond the strip. They clicked on set so much they began improvising most of the movie’s most famous lines. The studio made two more sequels that brought in even more cash than robbing a casino.
“Silver Streak”: Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder
What happens when you pair America’s edgiest comedian with the original Willy Wonka? Sweet success. Both of these legends were so great together on screen that audiences clamored for more, which led to such hits as “See No Evil,” “Hear No Evil” and “Stir Crazy.” They also stayed very close friends until Pryor’s death in 2005.
“X-Men”: Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart
When one of Marvel’s biggest franchises hit the big screen in 2000, fans had no idea that the two actors who played mortal enemies would end up being best friends. They branched off to star in “Waiting For Godot” on Broadway last year, taking countless viral selfies along the way.
“Starsky & Hutch”: Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn
This movie put together two guys who later worked on a dude movie staple, “Wedding Crashers.” Maybe “The Internship” wasn’t quite as perfect, but bros stay together through thick and thin, no matter what the box office receipts say.
“Talladega Nights”: Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly
When these two comedy superpowers combined to make this racing comedy, audiences had no idea what lengths they’d go for a laugh. They punched, they tackled, they even kissed. They later made “Step Brothers” and will soon appear together again in “Border Guards.” Shake ‘N Bake!
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