Real-life road trip a bonding experience
TORONTO (AP) — Ben Stiller thought the best way to prepare for his role as a dad taking his son on a college tour in the film Brad’s Status was to take the actor playing his son on an actual road trip.
So Stiller and Austin Abrams got in a car and took a drive from Montreal to New York.
The bittersweet comedy has Stiller’s character, Brad, driving his son around the Northeast looking at schools, but all he can think about are his own failures in life. Along the way, he starts to question if he has really failed.
The road trip not only helped the two actors’ relationship on screen. Stiller said they also had a great time doing it. On the way, Stiller stopped at a historical attraction and dressed up in a Revolutionary War outfit, much to embarrassment of Abrams.
That moment made it feel real. “I was like hey, we’re father and son. This is happening,” Stiller said.