Celeb bromances: the most beautiful friendshipsThe bond between two men can be a thing of beauty, and it doesn’t get much better than these examples of famous friendship.
Bromances are about more than sharing a beer with a mate and watching the football. These are the friends who are there for you through thick and thin, like the close relationship of brothers, with whom you can share the best and worst of times.
No clearer is the beauty of this connection apparent than in the superstar ‘couples’ of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Seth Rogen and James Franco, and Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon.
We take a look at why they have the best bromances in the celebrity world.
MATT DAMON AND BEN AFFLECK
This bond runs so deep that you can’t see one of them without wondering where his best mate got to. They are lifelong friends from Massachusetts where they played little league and took drama classes together. Their breakthrough came thanks to Good Will Hunting, the script penned by the duo earning them the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and they’ve been sharing the Hollywood spotlight ever since.
In good times and bad, these two are there to watch each other’s backs: Affleck talked up his friend’s movie The Martian, and Matt Damon talked years ago about the bad press his buddy received during his relationship with Jennifer Lopez and how he was misunderstood – like a protective brother.
What distinguishes their friendship: The time it has lasted. A bromance is not easy to preserve; people get older, lives change and relationships can be lost but Matt and Ben have a bond that can’t be broken.
SETH ROGEN AND JAMES FRANCO
Seth Rogen and James Franco met on the set of the series Freaks and Geeks at the ages of 17 and 21. It must have been love at first sight, because seventeen years after hanging out in co-star Jason Segel’s basement and talking about the projects they wanted to make, they’re still the closest of friends.
The bromance is exposed on the Big Screen in films like Pineapple Express, This is the End and The Interview. That’s not the only highlight of this epic alliance: their Bound 2 shot-for-shot parody of Kanye West’s cheesy music video is a particular high point. It even got them an invitation to perform at Kanye and Kim’s wedding.
What distinguishes their friendship: The goofing around and humour they both excel at, in front of and behind the camera. The lasting strength of this bromance means they are there for each other through the difficult times too, like when they received criticism and threats from North Korea for the film The Interview.
JIMMY FALLON AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
The buddies met behind the scenes of the MTV Awards in 2002 when Justin still had his N’Sync hair. It was the first time Justin performed by himself, while the Saturday Night Live cast member Jimmy was nervous about hosting the show. Cue the beginnings of a bromance that saw them through the night and made it a memorable one at that.
They were next seen together on the Saturday Night Live satire The Barry Gibb Talk Show, taking on the roles of brothers Barry and Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees. Dressed in hideous three-piece ‘70s suits, their song and dance act was a hit and cemented their friendship.
What followed was an example of perfect chemistry between two men, as they appeared together on several sketches on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and later The Tonight Show. It was obvious they were having a great time, and amongst their most legendary projects together was the “History of Rap”.
What distinguishes their friendship: The similar sense of humour the men share with each other. Whether they’re in front of the camera or in the stands at the US Open performing an impromptu dance to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, these guys are going to have a good time together and don’t care who’s looking.