Two of a kind: Parent-child duos who have set the big screen on fire
Meryl Streep recently shared screen space with her daughter Mamie Gummer to create cinematic gold. But have other actor parent-child duos been so lucky? Let’s find out
Ricki and the Flash, a recently released comedy-drama, stars stalwart Meryl Streep as a rebellious, rule-defying rockstar with her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, 32, as her heartbroken, estranged child. What seems to have clicked with the audience is the breezy but touching chemistry between the mother-daughter duo.
Streep and Gummer, in their individual roles, display heart and an almost rare grit and grace that go amiss underneath the glitter of stardom. We put the spotlight on other talented mother-daughter and father-son pairs in show business who have made an impression not merely through their acting prowess but also their uncannily similar mannerisms. Here’s a lowdown...
Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks
It must be intimidating to be the son of two-time Oscar winner and exemplary actor Tom Hanks. While Colin is yet to be seen as the indomitable entity that his father is, he has tasted considerable acclaim with the TV series Fargo. The duo acted together in That Thing You Do (1996), Magnificent Desolation: Walking On The Moon 3D (2005) and The Great Buck Howard (2008).
Will Smith and Jaden Smith
Hardly anyone went with a dry eye after watching Pursuit of Happyness (2006). The younger Smith, with his tearjerker of a performance, put himself on the map and has the perfect backing in the form of his dad. The two have also starred together in After Earth (2013). While Jaden is on the path to prove himself as a rapper and actor, Will continues to be an actor to reckon with.
Diane Ladd and Laura Dern
Among the many talented parent-child pairs on this list, these two are the only ones who have to their name the esteemed merit of receiving the Academy Award nominations for the same movie — Rambling Rose (1991). Apart from that, the two have starred in a total of six movies together that include gems like Wild At Heart (1990), The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996), Citizen Ruth (1996), Daddy and Them (2001), Damaged Care (2002) and Inland Empire (2006).
Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen
This team has acted on screen more times than most featured on this list. Starting with Wall Street (1987), they followed up their collaboration with Cadence (1990) and later Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). In their last rendezvous, the two were seen in the sitcom Anger Management, where Martin played Charlie’s on-screen father.
Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri
While evidently talented, it can’t be easy for Amurri to follow in the footsteps of an Oscar- winning mom like Susan Sarandon. This could be the reason why she is yet to establish herself among the A-list crop. The two starred together in The Banger Sisters (2002).
Blythe Danner and Gywneth Paltrow
The veteran actor and Paltrow, both accomplished stars in their own right, are peas in a pod in more ways than one. Paltrow recently shared a snapshot of her Academy Award winning mom on her Instagram account with the caption: Is that me or my mom? In the picture, Danner looks like a splitting image of Paltrow. When Paltrow announced her “conscious uncoupling” to then-husband Chris Martin, Danner rushed to her daughter’s support saying, “I think she’s
so accomplished that people get kind of intimidated by it. Great cook, great mom, great actress.” The formidable duo have shared screen space in two films — Cruel Doubt (1992) and Sylvia (2003).
Demi Moore and Rumer Willis
Willis uploaded a picture of herself and her mom Moore wearing the same navy blue jumpsuit that soon went viral on the Internet. But it’s not just their looks that the two are famous for. Rumer’s an esta-blished actress too. The two starred together in Now and Then (1995) and Striptease (1996). Rumer has also shared the big screen with father Bruce Willis in Hostage (2005) and previously in The Whole Nine Yards (2000).