Everyone plays favorites. Why should Hollywood be any different? Directors have their favorite Directors of Photography, their favorite composers, and their favorite editors. Why wouldn’t they have their favorite stars. In fact, it seems much more commonplace for a bromance to develop between an actor and his director. At least a dozen examples of current epic director and actor team-ups come to mind. But since I’m lazy, here are nine.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been at work best friends for quite awhile. The bromance began back in 1990 when Depp starred in Edward Scissorhands. Lead roles in Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and the upcoming Dark Shadows followed. Burton has also been known to cast his lady loves. First, Lisa Marie appeared in many of his films until he threw her over for now-wife Helena Bonham-Carter. It just goes to show that relationships come and go, but the bond of bromance is forever.
Buddies since film school, it’s rare that David Gordon Green takes on a project without Danny McBride in tow. McBride appeared in a weirdly-unfunny role in Green’s All the Real Girls before he honed his chops and became a comedy sensation. A role that helped launch him was that of Red in Green’s first studio film, Pineapple Express. They’ve been good ol’ boying around ever since with Your Highness, Good Vibes, and Eastbound & Down.
De Niro who? Martin Scorsese has found a new muse in Leonardo DiCaprio. The director and actor first began working together on Gangs of New York, and continued that relationship through ambitious films like The Aviator, The Departed, and Shutter Island. There are also rumors that the duo may re-team for a remake of The Gambler.