Real-life road trip a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

The Prince George Citizen - - SCIENCE -

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.

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