10 photos with your best famous friends

ben stiller and cameron diaz, at the party for the 56th edition of the golden globes awards

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If in Hollywood there is a little head that does not stop thinking and acting, and on top of it always does so with success (at least at the box office), that is Ben Stiller’s (New York, November 30, 1956). His clueless goofy face that breaks everything makes us cry with laughter and also soften us. There are memorable titles like Something happens with Mary (1998), the wild-romantic comedy by the Farrelly brothers; the hilarious installments of Her parents (2000) and His parents (2004), or The Tenenbaums (2001), Wes Anderson’s dramatic comedy that proves that there is no perfect family. But when Ben gets behind the camera, directing and producing, he also knows how to get serious and make us think: Leak at Dannemora (2018), a drama miniseries with Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette that won a few awards; The secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), who starred in and directed on the adaptation of the James Thurber classic, or Reality Bites (1994), a great portrait of Generation X with Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke that many of us keep fondly, is a good example. For these movies and 80 others, Stiller is like family. He is loved in every house and has friends even under the stones. That’s why we review some of his great friendships for his 56th birthday.

But how did the actor enter this world? Son of comic parents – Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara -, it seems that it carries it in the blood. At the age of 10 he was filming shorts in Super 8 with his sister, also actress Amy Stiller, about the adventures of his favorite comics. At that age he debuted in his mother’s series, Kate mcshane, and for the moment there was no more. At the age of 18, he went to Los Angeles to study cinema, but soon returned to New York. He preferred to try casting luck at casting and continue to unleash his imagination. This is how he attracted attention with a short that parodied The color of money (1986), the Scorsese movie for which Paul Newman won the Oscar (it took a long time).

Ben, in addition to directing –it is his great passion–, he supplanted Tom Cruise and John Mahoney, Paul Newman. One of the funniest jokes was that instead of playing pool they played bowling games. Anyway, his crazy head. But that helped him to participate in an episode of the mythical series Miami Vice (1984) and years later get a small role in The Sun’s empire (1987), by Steven Spielberg, one of the great films about World War II. From there he began to put his head into the world of cinema, although without great results except for the titles mentioned at the beginning.

What he can boast of is having great friends, like Tom Cruise and Owen Wilson. With the former, he forged a bomb-proof friendship in the wake of the action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), a star-studded satire on the Hollywood industry that is a sheer hooligan. Since then they have been looking for the opportunity to work together again. A year ago there was talk of an action movie titled The Hardy men with which the faces could be seen on the screen again, but no more has been known about that. With Owen Wilson, more than a friendship, we could say that his was love at first sight that has grown over the years. They met in 1996 while shooting A madman at home, a black comedy as bad as it is absurd, one of those that Ben directed and co-starred with a good handful of stars. Having the same sense of humor and professionalism has made them repeat several times, with titles for all tastes: Her parents and subsequent deliveries, Zoolander and Zoolander No. 2, Starsky & hutch, the saga Night in the museum… They are such friends that when Owen went through a bad spell with depression included, he said when he came out of the tunnel that Ben had been his biggest support to do it.

She also maintains a relationship with Adam Sandler beyond the cinema. Their last job together, after Happy gilmore (1996), was The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), directed by Noah Baumbach and available on Netflix. The film, in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, received good reviews and praise. The two gave their ears to each other with good in all the encounters with the press, although the high praise was taken by Sandler. And along with Jack Black, Will Ferrel, Steve Carell, the aforementioned Owen Wilson and Vince Vaugh, he is part of the Frat Pack. That’s how the American press baptized them for starring in some of the highest-grossing comedies of the 90s. Critics have never been nice to him. It is true that he has an Emmy for the show The Ben Stiller Show, with whom she was talked about in the beginning, but she is one of the celebrities who has received the most nominations for the Razzies, the awards that reward the worst work of the year. To us plin, because it has made us spend great evenings of popcorn cinema. And, in addition, they say that now he is in full swing with a project that smells great: The Champions, an adaptation that he will direct on a series from the 60s with Cate Blanchett as the protagonist. Both have other issues involved, but confirmed by the North American film website IndieWire. We are hoping that they find a hole.


A selfie with Penelope Cruz

Ben Stiller signed the Spanish for the second installment of Zoolander, the parody about the world of fashion that received bad reviews but got fans excited. Penelope and Ben have been great friends ever since. In the image, with presenter Andy Cohen promoting the film.


With his most best friend

The relationship between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson dates back to 1996. Since then they have filmed several times together, while their friendship has grown. When Owen hit a losing streak, he said he did it because of him.


His admired Tom Cruise

Since I led you in Tropic Thunder there is no lack of wonders about him. Ben says he’s a special guy to follow.


Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman, others of their own

With Dustin Hoffman he rolled His parents and subsequent deliveries and with Adam he has coincided on several occasions, the last one with very good results. With them he agreed again The Meyerowitz Stories, a family drama that thrilled at Cannes.


Admired director

Ben Stiller has directed successfully on several occasions. It’s what he likes the most, he says. His series Leak at Dannemora allowed Patricia Arquette, pictured, to win the Golden Globe in 2019. Pictured, Ben getting what he deserves alongside award-winning actress and her daughter Ella Olivia.


With his favorite ‘father-in-law’

Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro hit it off, especially after filming Her parents, where de Niro made him have a hard time.


Cameron Diaz, the nightmare ‘girlfriend’

Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz hit it off the first time when they shot the wild and frenzied Something happens with Mary. They were both equally geese. They formed one of the most applauded movie couples of the 90s.


Laughter goes, laughter comes

Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore starred Duplex, a comedy directed by actor Danny DeVito in 2003. It is clear that they had a blast, even though Drew received a nomination for his work on the Razzies.


Friend of all

Among his favorite Hollywood girls is actress Laura Dern, with whom he enjoyed a glamorous party during the Toronto Film Festival in 2014. They had coincided four years earlier shooting Now the parents are them.


A friend to remember

Ben Stiller and Philip Seymour Hoffman got along more than well. This is how they posed in March 2005 when the second premiered in New York the play he directed, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. When Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in 2014, Ben was severely affected.

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