Dynamic Duos: Leo’s Top 5 Unlikely Partners

Written by Leo Panasyuk January 23, 2013

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The original movie duo

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The original movie duo.

When the going gets tough, one person is sometimes not enough. Duos in movies have always been a favourite of the audience be it in buddy cop movies or bumbling slapstick comedies. But every so often a movie comes out where the two most unlikely candidates are paired up and forced to fight crime, save the world, etc. And by the end of it all, they overcome their differences, learn something about each other and become the best of friends. Which is really what life is all about, right? Well, here are my top five unlikely-yet-they-happened duos in movies.

5) Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans in “The Last Boy Scout” (1991)

Another unlikely duo

They’re not Tango and Cash but they get the job done.

Not many movies pair up a bad cop and an even worse former athlete but “The Last Boy Scout” makes itself unique by doing so. When the legalization of sports gambling is threatened by corrupt politicians, the dastardly duo of Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) and Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) and the bullets and punches really start flying. Oh, and these two have some of the best back-and-forth dialogue outside of most buddy cop movies.

4) Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in the “Rush Hour” series (1998, 2001 and 2007)

You better understand the words coming out of their mouths.

You better understand the words coming out of their mouths.

East meets west not once, not twice, but three times in the “Rush Hour” series. I’m not sure who had the idea of partnering cool-as-hell Jackie Chan with wild-as-hell Chris Tucker but whoever they are, I thank them. Chan and Tucker’s shenanigans are about as non-stop as the action and witty one-liners. Now what about Rush Hour 4?…

3) Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in “Die Hard with a Vengeance” (1995)

Bruce Willis finds himself in multiple unlikely duos

“What’s that? You want me to come back for two more movies?”

Bruce Willis makes another appearance on this list and this time with another unlikely partner: Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson). No, not the Greek Zeus! Yet, that’d be pretty awesome for Die Hard 6. “Die Hard with a Vengeance” pairs up our favourite bad luck cop with an innocent store owner as they race to save New York from yet another angry German adversary. Oh, John, will you ever retire? We hope not (but we can’t speak for the terrorists).

2) Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in “48 Hrs.” (1982)

These two seriously need their own television show.

These two seriously need their own television show.

Perhaps the rockiest duo on this list, Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy are about as dysfunctional as a family of monkeys. The interactions between the cool, calm and professional Nolte and the loud and wise-cracking Eddie Murphy are what make this movie and this duo so awesomely lovable. Their goal is to chase down and stop a cop-killer and they have 48 hours to do so… only if they can avoid killing each other first. Case and point:

1) Arnold Schwarzenegger and Austin O’Brien in “Last Action Hero” (1993)

"I'm the famous comedian, Arnold Braunschwagger!"

“I’m the famous comedian, Arnold Braunschwagger!”

I think many of us at some point have wanted to be in an action movie. Well, Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) got to do just that in “Last Action Hero” when a magic ticket transported him from the real world to the world of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Things are made even better when Arnie and Danny are assigned partners the biggest criminal in Los Angeles. Movie Los Angeles, not the real Los Angeles. What makes this unlikely duo number one on this list is that despite the ridiculousness of their partnering, they actually get things done! If you haven’t seen “Last Action Hero” I would highly recommend it.

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About Leo Panasyuk

A fan of all things film, Leo never really lets himself get tied down to one specific genre. He's always interested in watching new and old films and especially loves the IMAX format. When he's not choosing which movie to watch next, he's studying Film and English at Western University.

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