Some Hollywood actor-director duos look like they were made for each other - professionally speaking
American films and clique don't really compliment each other given the nature of widespread collaborations that take place in Hollywood. However, there have been instances where the affinity between an actor and director has translated into a memorable body of work. With Andrew Garfield committing himself to the next sequel of Spider-Man — provided Marc Webb directs it — hitlist takes a dekko at other actors and directors who have worked together in a number of movies worth going back to...
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton
Films together: 8
Notables: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland
Duo-factor: This combination has had its share of critics with some pointing out the repetitiveness of characters played by Johnny. However, it's difficult to overlook the fact that the duo has had a box office collection of USD 2.3 billion on a global scale.
Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino
Films together: 3
Notables: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill
Duo-factor: It all started with Pulp Fiction, a spectacular role in a non-conventional and extremely violent film. The director continued the bloodshed with two more films from a now popular franchise, Kill Bill. The third installation opens in 2015, much to their fans' delight.
Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar
Films together: 5
Notables: Volver, Broken Embraces
Duo-factor: The otherwise mysterious Pedro once stated that Penelope “probably makes me a better director” and the warm friendship they so obviously share has translated into a body of work that mostly deals with a woman's place in the society.
Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen
Films together: 3
Notables: Hunger, 12 Years A Slave, Contagion
Duo-factor: In 2008, an Irish actor and a black British filmmaker shocked the British film industry with the goosebumps-inducing film, Hunger. Fortunately, they didn't stop at that. Two more remarkable films followed. And there's much more to come in the not-so-distant future.
Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh
Films together: 7
Notables: Ocean series, The Informant
Duo-factor: When Soderbergh succinctly declared that Behind the Candelabra would be his final attempt at movies, his decision to cast Matt didn't come as a surprise. After all, the two have been associated with each other for quite a long time now.
Jennifer Lawrence and David O Russell
Films together: 2
Notables: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle
Duo-factor: JenLaw has worked like a charm for David. Or is it vice versa? Whichever way you look at it, their collaboration has not only made some loud noise at the Oscars but also left cinephiles wanting for more of their teamwork in the future.
A particular team involving an actor and a director is not a recent phenomenon. There have been instances in the past as well where a duo stuck with each other...
John Ford (R) and John Wayne worked together in 21 films, including The Quiet Man (1952) and The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Akira Kurosawa (R) and Toshiro Mifune created 16 films, including masterpieces like Rashomon (1950) and Seven Samurai (1954)
Soumitra Chatterjee (R) worked in 15 films that had Satyajit Ray as the director
Ingmar Bergman (extreme right) and Max von Sydow (third from right) made 13 films together
Billy Wilder (R) and Jack Lemmon ended up with a total of seven movies - including Apartment (1960) - together
John Carpenter (L) and Kurt Russell have made five films. Escape from LA (1996) was their last endeavour