Greatest On Screen Partnerships

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s crime detective partnership in True Detective is utterly brilliant and to celebrate the DVD & Blu-ray release on June 9, we take a look at other onscreen chemistries that have created magic screen moments:


Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams in Suits


There is little question of how people recognize Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, the cunning lawyer who hires genius college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) in TV drama Suits. The pair are assigned difficult cases and are successful while trying to keep Ross’ secret from getting out to the rest of the firm. Their well-dressed bromance onscreen is spot-on and Patrick says that the relationship is translated off-set as they are good friends in real life.



Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in Training Day


Denzel Washington was able to sink his teeth into his role of corrupt narcotics veteran Sergeant Alonzo Harris in Training Day – which allowed him to show a mix of deep charisma and dangerous viciousness that won him the Oscar for Best Actor. Starring alongside his partner Ethan Hawke as Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced Los Angeles Police Department rookie keen to join the elite narcotics squad also gives the performance of his career. The good-cop / bad-cop duo is mesmerizing and shows that sometimes cops have to partner up with their polar opposites to get the job done.



Christian Bale and Amy Adams in American Hustle


In American Hustle Christian Bale is the ever onscreen chameleon playing Irving Rosenfeld, a con-man who is bulked, balding, bloated and depressed compared to his usually ripped and neatly dressed  appearance, as in Batman. He plays an excellent part in this Oscar nominating film and was well paired with the ever so sizzling Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), his mistress and partner in crimes. With their emotional and sometimes volatile relationship, the pair just ‘click’ on-screen.




Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street


Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) pair-up as underachieving cops who are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring in the 2012 remake of 21 Jump Street. They become best friends as they initially help each other during the police training and the pair forms a great partnership on screen with neither overshadowing the other. They make up for each other’s weaknesses to form a bumbling, sometimes-catastrophic but effective partnership.



Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in X Files


Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and his FBI partner Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are one of the most iconic on screen partners in television hit the X Files and for good reason. The chemistry between them is electric, with Mulder who portrays a non believing skeptic, constantly clashing with his alien believer partner Scully. The duo was so iconic in the 90s that they merited with their own Catatonia song at the end of the decade.



Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña in End of Watch


Shot documentary-style, End of Watch follows the daily grind of two young police officers Bryan Taylor (Jake Gyllenhall) and Mike Zavla (Michael Pena) patrolling the sunny streets of LA. The pair whiningly wastes away hours by shooting their guns from their patrol car, in between shooting criminals. The best moments are when the two pass time with beat-cop banter.



Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock


Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) are the definitive TV incarnation of Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle’s class sleuth Sherlock; a high-functioning nerd and a sarcastic army veteran who crack impossible cases with a love-hate bromance. Benedict Cumberbatch’s charisma and charm in the modern adaptation managed to win him the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor.



Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, True Detective


In True Detective Matthew McConnaughey and Woody Harrelson deliver stunning performances as mismatched homicide detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart as they try to solve a case of brutal, bizarre and ritualistic murders run by a long-time cult in Southern Louisiana. The two cops work side-by-side, not quite getting along and often have a frosty relationship, but the on-screen chemistry between these two made gripping viewing and got the nation hooked on the show.




TRUE DETECTIVE is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 9 June 2014 courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment.

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