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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, mak­ing stops along the way. “I feel like it re­ally it helped be­cause we’re sup­posed to be like fa­ther and son”, Abrams said.

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.

Stiller saw the sub­ject mat­ter as re­lat­able, along with hav­ing a chance to work with Mike White, who wrote and di­rected the film, which hits the­aters on Fri­day. (AP)

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