Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey have hugged out their differences and will appear at a Wayne’s World panel on April 23 at the Academy’s Wilshire Boulevard headquarters. Excellent! The drama between the SNL buddies started during Meyers’ Austin Powers days. Carvey became cross after he believed Meyers stole an impersonation he’d done of Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Meyers apparently used it to create his Dr. Evil character.
Wayne and Garth will party onward, and the news inspired thoughts of other famous movie couples we’d love to see together again. Sometimes, chemistry between actors just can’t be replicated with anyone else. Here are several film pairings we want more of — some as their original characters, and several as actors reunited in different roles. This is one of those endless wish lists, so we’ve left plenty of room for you to add your picks, below.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear
Sure, there’s an argument to be made against a new Toy Story — even the filmmakers behind the franchise have stated they don’t want to go sequel crazy — but Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has hinted that the cowboy and astronaut pals might get together for a different project. “There may be opportunities for Woody and Buzz in the future, but we don’t have any plans for anything right now,” the filmmaker said in 2010. Despite recent rumors that Toy Story 4 was set for a 2015 release, Disney and Pixar are staying tight-lipped. Woody’s heart of gold and Buzz’s gusto are sorely missed.
Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann
News about Paul McGann possibly joining the Doctor Who reunion is cool, but we’ve been thinking about the actor for a different reason. McGann’s chemistry with Richard E. Grant in Bruce Robinson’s 1986 film, Withnail & I, is brilliant. (Make no mistake, though, this is Grant’s movie.) We’d love a repeat performance showcasing the same superb character acting and witty dialogue.
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell
As far as film couples in crime go, In Bruges‘ Gleeson and Farrell were one of the most pleasant surprises of the last decade. Their characters are ordered to Belgium to lay low after a hit goes south. Farrell’s Ray is the cocky, younger assassin, and Gleeson’s Ken is his world-weary mentor. Their interactions are endlessly entertaining, and Martin McDonagh’s dialogue is comic gold.
Steve Martin and Michael Caine
The dueling comedy of Caine’s composed, cleverly timed laughs and Martin’s physical hysterics in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels were genius. There are more cons and schemes to be had.
Michelle Williams and Lucy
Because we haven’t stopped sobbing over these two since Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy came out in 2008. Sigh.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway
“Put us together [again], how they gon’ stop both us?” Maybe Dunaway can coax Beatty out of retirement for a different, but equally dramatic performance.
Kim Novak and Pyewacket
Forget about Jimmy Stewart (and, well, he’s no longer with us). Reunite Kim Novak with her witchy Siamese kitty, Pyewacket, from Bell Book and Candle (played by 9 different cats). The magic between them was undeniably awesome.
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen
We’ve waited since 1993 — when the duo reunited in Manhattan Murder Mystery for the first time since 1979’s Manhattan — so we guess we can wait a little while longer.
Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina
Can you blame us? The French couple shared one of the most intense director and muse relationships in cinema. Though they remain close, it would be hard to coax the reclusive Godard into a reunion. Apparently his wife is quite jealous, and we can’t blame her. Still, one can hope. It would be fascinating to see how the director’s camera would regard his greatest collaborator after such a potent history.
Jeff Bridges and John Goodman
We’d pay obscene amounts of money to see Bridges and Goodman ranting, raving, and abiding as the Dude and Walter once more, man.
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon
The tenderness and authenticity between Davis and Sarandon’s characters in Thelma & Louise is worth exploring with these actresses again — but we’d prefer to see them as a different duo. There was that whole cliff incident, after all.
Harrison Ford and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew)
After news broke about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford’s return to the Star Wars universe in Disney’s sequel and spinoffs, there was one reunion we knew we had to see. Even if it’s a five-minute cameo, we want to know that Chewbacca and Han Solo have stayed life partners.
Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon
The world needs more badass neo-noir ladies in love like Violet and Corky in the Wachowski’s Bound. The film’s walk-off-into-the-sunset-with-my-boo-after-killing-mafia-thugs ending left room for more stories about the couple.
Danny Glover and Mel Gibson
There has been chatter about a Lethal Weapon reboot since 2011, but it won’t be the same without the real Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and his wacky partner, Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson). The actors have expressed interest in a fifth film, but Gibson refused to slap on the badge again. In 2008, producer Joel Silver stated, “We talked about it, but it was something that Mel didn’t want to do now. It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to do it ever, but as of right now, he doesn’t.” Better hurry Mel. You guys really are too old for this shit.