Bromance blooms on the set of "Life"
The Hollywood stars say they hit it off so well during the filming of their new sci-fi thriller called "Life" that a genuine friendship has blossomed. The movie is about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station who find an alien life form from Mars that wreaks havoc and turns out to be a threat not only to the crew but to all life on Earth.
The "Brokeback Mountain" and "Deadpool" stars were mostly all jokes during rounds of press interviews prior to the film's premiere at South By Southwest, answering most questions with a back-and-forth comedy shtick. But they turned serious when asked about the connection formed on set.
"You do these films and get to work with really amazing people, really talented people and you think 'oh I'm going to hang out with these people afterward and see them again,'" said Reynolds. "You don't most of the time because you go on living your life. But with this guy, we've stayed friends. That's a lucky thing. It doesn't always happen."
Reynolds said Saturday that his co-star is "one the greatest actors of this generation."
Gyllenhaal was equally complimentary, saying Reynolds's role last year as a foul-mouthed superhero is exactly what he strives for — a performance so authentic that it would be nearly impossible for another actor to duplicate.
"We sort of grew up in this business together without knowing each other until very recently," Gyllenhaal said. "It's hard in a business where ... a lot of times we're pretending to get closer to the truth and to find somebody who you feel is genuine. I feel that way about him, so we're friends."
Gyllenhaal says he and Reynolds found some levity throughout the filming.
"We had really scary situations in the movie and scenes that were really tense," Gyllenhaal said in between puns served as answers to questions. "but we were laughing constantly and it was so much fun."
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