Owen Wil­son’s trea­sured let­ter from Ben Stiller

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Ben Stiller wrote a let­ter to Owen Wil­son say­ing he loved ‘Bot­tle Rocket’ be­fore the pair ever met. The two Hol­ly­wood com­edy ac­tors have ap­peared to­gether in 13 films, in­clud­ing ‘Zoolan­der’ and ‘Night at the Mu­seum’, but be­fore they met Stiller felt com­pelled to con­tact Wil­son to tell him how much he loved his de­but movie - which he co-wrote with Wes An­der­son. Speak­ing to the Metro news­pa­per, Wil­son, 48, said: “I first met Ben when I au­di­tioned for him for ‘Cable Guy’. But be­fore that he’d writ­ten me this re­ally nice let­ter to say how much he had loved ‘Bot­tle Rocket’, which I co-star with Wes An­der­son. And that meant a great deal be­cause no one had gone to see ‘Bot­tle Rocket’.” Ex­plain­ing how the crime-com­edy - which also starred Owen’s brother Luke Wil­son was brought to the big screen by pro­ducer James L Brooks, he added: “James L Brooks was a big men­tor for me. He was the one who pro­duced our first movie ‘Bot­tle Rocket’. He brought me and Wes An­der­son and my broth­ers Luke and An­drew out to Los An­ge­les and got the stu­dio to greenlight the movie and let us act in it be­cause we were all be­gin­ners, and let Wes di­rect, be­cause he had never di­rected be­fore. “I am aware just how much I ben­e­fited from peo­ple help­ing me, so when friends call and say they have a kid look­ing for a sum­mer job I will al­ways try to help.” Al­though they en­joy a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship, Wil­son, 48, in­sists he and Stiller, 51, have very dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to mak­ing movies. The ‘Cars 3’ star ex­plained: “I am al­ways ner­vous on the first cou­ple days of shoot­ing a film and Ben is al­ways open, al­ways en­cour­ag­ing new ideas. We tend to laugh at the same things: our own short­com­ings and fail­ures and those of other peo­ple.”

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