Now That The Heat Is A Hit, Here Are 7 More Buddy Cop Pairs We Want To See
Charlie Day and Bradley Cooper
This one is a no-brainer. Charlie Day, the high-energy breakout star from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, has proved the bright spot in any comedy he's come in contact with, from the raunchy dark venture Horrible Bosses to the family friendly Monsters University. With The Hangover movies and his Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, Cooper has shown he can play a jerk and still be hilarious…not to mention wildly attractive. The fact that these two have not yet been paired up for a buddy cop comedy seems completely unjust. Just imagine: Cooper is a hard-nosed hero cop who is beloved by all until an unfortunate slip-up of some embarrassing sort equals front page scandal. Needing to redeem himself he pushes for a high-profile case that gets him paired up to a wacky witness (Day, obviously) and together the two must bring down some sneering drug dealer while not killing each other. I'll be honest, team these two up and I won't care about the plot as long as there is at least one shouting match and perhaps a slap fight.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Donald Glover
My favorite “buddy” duos are polar opposites. Family-man Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and suicidal loner Riggs (Mel Gibson). White-collar Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and redneck Cash (Kurt Russell). Usually they are an interracial pairing, and while that’s not essential, it’s an element I’m adding to my dream casting for a buddy-action comedy adventure. I want to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Donald Glover on screen together, and I want to see it now. A Cumberbatch-Glover pairing ticks off several boxes on the buddy-comedy cliché chart. The characters come from opposing sides of the “pond” – always good for obvious punchlines. Cumberbatch brings marquee heat, having starred in a summer blockbuster and multiple hit cable programs. Glover fits the bill of a proven television star ready for his breakout. (Think Tom Hanks or Eddie Murphy before they became A-list movie stars.) Finally, I think both men are versatile actors with distinct senses of humor that would play off of each other beautifully. Want to really reverse roles? Write Glover as the uptight, by-the-book investigator. Cast Cumberbatch as the wise-cracking rule breaker. Sit back and watch the money come pouring in.
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