This summer, on the 18th August, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson will finally be hitting the big screen together in action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The film follows Ryan Reynolds as the best protection agent around, and Samuel L. Jackson as a notorious hitman. Reynolds and Jackson may start as old enemies, but when forced to work together, 24 hours becomes an intense and wild adventure. Ultimately the two must put their differences aside and grow to respect one another, so to celebrate, we’ve come up with another six great onscreen bromances which didn’t always start out well
21 Jump Street (2012)
As you may already know, summer blockbuster 21 Jump Street follows Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) from their high school days as nerd and jock respectively, to cops in trouble who get sent back to high school on an undercover mission to bring down a teen drug ring. Opposites at the start of their assignment, Schmidt and Jenko realize that where one struggles, the other excels, and that they can help each other out for the sake of the case. The film concludes with Schmidt and Jenko solving the case, and becoming friends. From bully and victim to hilarious buddy cop duo, Schmidt and Jenko are one of our all-time favourite bromances.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
We could easily have listed any film with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost here, as they are the kings of bromance; from zombies to robots, these two have been through it all together. In Hot Fuzz, Nicholas (Pegg) and Danny (Frost) get off on the wrong foot when it turns out that drunk and disorderly Danny is actually a PC on Nicholas’s squad, and the Inspector’s son. Fascinated by his life in the police force, Danny won’t leave Nicholas alone, and before long the two are unearthing a major conspiracy and shooting up the whole town. Nicholas even buys Danny a peace lily for his birthday, and wins him a toy monkey from the village fete. Bromances don’t get much better than that.
The Other Guys (2010)
While we’re on the topic of police pals, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make for the most mismatched detective team ever as Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz in The Other Guys. When the chance arises to take on real police work outside of the office, Hoitz forces Gamble to take the opportunity and get stuck in. It turns out they both have skills to offer to the job, and ultimately their new team. Perhaps one of the most unlikely pairs on the list, Hoitz and Gamble are great for a comedic night in, and are the surprise underdogs of the list.
Men in Black (1997)
Whether it’s in 1997, 2002, or 2015, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are the coolest pair in the universe as Agents Kay and Jay of MiB. Everyone knows the famous black suits and shades, and even the Will Smith tracks from the credits of 1 and 2, but Kay and Jay are one of the strangest pairings we’ve found. Complete opposites, Kay and Jay stick together through all three films, and have the most emotional story of the list. These guys are a true bromance, which is probably something Kay would disapprove of, which is why they’re so good together. Sometimes more like a father and son act, Kay and Jay are the most stylish, and possibly the most badass guys we’ve picked.
The Nice Guys (2016)
The most recent bromance on our list comes from the popular Shane Black film The Nice Guys, in which two private detectives Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are both attempting to investigate the death of a porn star, and recover a missing girl. It’s a fascinating setting to say the least. Full of slapstick momenta and witty back-and-forth dialogue, The Nice Guys follows Jack and Holland trying to solve the crime of the century as an insane thrill-ride of mystery, drugs and drink ensues. What begins as a terrible partnership, ends up as a hilarious adventure to ride along with.
Rush Hour (1998)
Last but not least, is everyone’s favourite crime-fighting duo, Carter (Chris Tucker) and Lee (Jackie Chan) of the Rush Hour franchise. Carter doesn’t want a partner, and Lee only wants to solve the case; the two have absolutely nothing in common, which makes for some hilarious beginnings. With as many amazing fight scenes as there are ridiculous jokes, the four Rush Hour films are home to the funniest pair we know, and have even changed how we all listen to Edwin Starr’s song War! If you haven’t yet seen the Rush Hour films, then it’s time to put them at the top of your list, and spend your evening crying with laughter.
You can catch Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Bodyguard in UK cinemas 17th August!