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Now, finally, Wilson and Vaughn are reuniting onscreen, playing middle-aged Google interns in The Internship. Seems like a good occasion to celebrate Owen and Vince, Matt and Ben, and eight more of Hollywood's greatest bromances.
Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
The platonic ideal of the "bromance" is definitely Matt and Ben, who grew up together in Boston, became famous simultaneously, won their first Oscar together, and now live down the street from one another with their families. "We see each other almost too often," Affleck told the Hollywood Reporter in 2012. "I wonder if his wife is thinking, 'Is he really going to come over every night?'" When Ben had his triumphant Hollywood comeback with Argo, no one was prouder than Matt. "He's the smartest, funnest, nicest, kindest, incredibly talented guy," Damon raved. "He deserves everything that he's going to get.
Brad Pitt & George Clooney
In our imagination, hanging out with Brad Pitt and George Clooney is like living inside a Vanity Fair spread: exotic locations, fashionable suits, drinks on the veranda. "Brad is one of the great guys," Clooney told the Hollywood Reporter in 2012. "We're good friends, but it's different from what people think -- meaning we don't spend a lot of time together. He has been to my (Italian) home in Como; we motorcycle together." Close as they are, Pitt says that Clooney won't be the best man at his wedding. "George doesn't like institutions," he told the Independent. "Perhaps he could show people to their seats."
Zach Braff & Donald Faison
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That "guy love" you saw on Scrubs was the real deal. " I think pretty much everything that you see us do together, on that show, is how we are in real life," Zach has said of himself and Donald, who played doctors J.D. and Turk on the long-running comedy. "Maybe times that by 10. In real life, we're that on steroids." Faison, who once was Braff's real-life roommate, agrees. "He is my best friend still, to this day," Donald told HuffPo Live in April. "He's my homie. I love him, he loves me... I think we created the term 'bromance' and everybody ran with it."
Kanye West & Jay-Z
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These hip-hop stars have big egos, but it has never overshadowed their admiration for one another. West worked as a producer for Jay before becoming an artist in his own right. In 2007, he released a song about their friendship, "Big Brother." (Sample lyric: "At the Grammy's I said 'I inspired me'/ But my big brother is who I always tried to be." Jay-Z returned the compliment while he and West were promoting their 2011 collaboration, Watch the Throne. "Kanye...he's really like a brother to me," Jay said. "I've seen him from the beginning to where he is now and to see him as a producer and how he's grown as a producer and an artist... I'm watching the guy I pretty much mentored become his own guy with his own opinion, it's fantastic."
Tom Cruise & Will Smith
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If you're the two biggest movie stars in Hollywood, you probably have a lot to talk about. Cruise and Smith became good friends around 2005, when both were at the height of their fame. "When I get around him I feel inspired…Wherever Will Smith is, that's where the party is!" Tom raved to Entertainment Tonight in 2007. Smith, meanwhile, became Tom's greatest defender when his popularity took a hit. "When I sit and I talk with Tom Cruise he is one of the greatest spirits that I’ve ever met -- someone who is committed to making the world better," Will gushed to Access Hollywood.
Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum
They're the classic odd couple: the tall, handsome straight man and the short, bumbling comedian. But that formula means nothing without chemistry -- which Hill and Tatum had, onscreen and off, while making 21 Jump Street. "I'm in awe of the guy. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but Chan's the best," Hill told Details in 2012. Tatum was equally smitten. "I've never met anyone like Jonah that can go in and literally win an entire room and get away with just about anything," Channing told People. "It's like he could punch somebody in the face and somehow he would keep him laughing about it – he's like, 'It's fine. It's fine. I just punched you in the face. It's cool. Don't even worry.' And they would just laugh about it."
Adam Levine & Blake Shelton
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"All I have to say is, it's true: I have a man crush on Adam," Blake told MTV in 2012. "It blows me away people can pick up on that just by watching that on television. I want to kiss him. I want to kiss him so bad. I don't care if it's mutual or not." He was half-kidding, but from the start of The Voice, the affectionate banter between the rock star and the country star has been a main attraction. What did they initially bond over? Being male divas! "We started [complaining] about something early on, and I was like, 'I love this guy. He's as much of a pain as I am!'' Levine told People, while requesting that they not use the term 'bromance.' "Can we please kill that stupid term? We're just friends. It's called friendship!"
Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn
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When these two were crashing weddings together in 2005, it was clear that they had something special. In fact, they made up a lot of Wedding Crashers' improvised jokes during offscreen Ping-Pong and backgammon games. "I think Vince...probably [brings] out the best energy in me, because he has such a [high energy level]," Owen said of his co-star. "You gotta keep up because he talks a mile a minute." Vaughn has remained true to Wilson during tough times, telling People in 2007 that "Owen's the best." Now that Owen is back on top, though, Vince is getting cheeky. "The truth is that when this is over, I don't give a damn if I ever see him again," Vaughn joked while promoting The Internship.
Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake
When Fallon and Timberlake began working together on SNL, Justin was still living in the shadow of N' Sync, and Jimmy was far from a household name. But ever since they realized they were hilarious together, the laughs have never stopped. Timberlake even allowed Fallon to heckle the groom's speech at his wedding reception, calling it "a moment that everyone there will remember forever." "We're super friends!" Fallon raved to GQ in 2011. "We're good luck to each other—like each other's rabbit foots." In return, Timberlake praised Fallon, saying, "It's not often that you meet people that are as genuinely nice as Jimmy, but he also has this unabashed joy."
Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart
Only one thing rivals fans' loyalty to Stewart and Colbert: their loyalty to each other. The comedians became good friends while working together on The Daily Show, and boss Stewart supported Colbert when he branched off to do The Colbert Report. “I’m an ardent admirer of his. I would say the thing that has kept me from being as good a friend to Jon as I would like is just that I am such a fan," Colbert admitted in Playboy. "That being said, we go out to dinner, and we sometimes pick up the phone just to say, ‘How are you?’" The fake-news titans referred to themselves as "nerd friends" during a recent visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Stewart joked about their closeness. "Did you know that Stephen and I met on J-Date?" Jon asked Jimmy. "He was trolling for Jews."