10 Movies Where Members of the Same Family Worked Together
The record of famous actors who share the profession with their parents or their children is endless. This is why it’s not rare that some of the relationships portrayed on-screen actually exist and are faithfully represented in the stories. We may think it’s tough for us to bring a character to life with our brother or father right there. However, the artists on this list have shown that they’re capable of removing their personal lives from the fiction they are portraying, so that the public hardly notices that they belong to the same family.
Bright Side will show you the actors and actresses who worked on a movie with their own family members.
1. Brad Pitt and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
In the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, from 2008, we briefly saw little Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, who portrayed Benjamin Button’s (Brad Pitt) daughter, who was around 2 years old at the time. This was her first time in the acting world, and in 2016, Shiloh worked as a voice actress in the movie Kung Fu Panda 3, giving her voice to the character Shuai Shuai.
2. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko
The film Donnie Darko, released in 2008, stars Jake Gyllenhaal in the leading role and his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal. Writer and director Richard Kelly took an interest in Maggie and cast her as his sister so that both siblings could more easily represent the healthy rivalry that often exists between members of a family.
3. Kirk, Cameron, and Michael Douglas in It Runs in the Family
The movie It Runs in the Family features 3 generations of actors who belong to the same family. Kirk Douglas plays Mitchell Gromberg, the father of Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas), his son in real life. Like Kirk, Michael brings to life the character of the father of his own son Cameron Douglas who plays the character of Asher Gromberg.
4. Leslie Mann and her daughter in Knocked Up
In the movie Knocked Up, we got to see actress Leslie Mann play Debbie, a married woman with 2 daughters. However, when thinking about who would play these 2 little girls, Leslie’s director and husband in real life, Judd Apatow, preferred to include his own 2 daughters, the ones he had with the actress.
5. John and Joan Cusack in Grosse Pointe Black
Actor John Cusack is the main character in the film Grosse Pointe Black, in which various members of his family act. Among those roles, Marcella stands out: his sister, the also popular actress, Joan Cusack, plays this role.
6. Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen in Cadence
Martin and Charlie Sheen have appeared together in various films, like No Code of Conduct or Power and Greed, among others. One of their most remembered performances was in Cadence, where Charlie had the leading role. In one scene in the film, McKinney (Martin Sheen) comments to Bean (Charlie Sheen), “I have a son about your age.” This was written this way because these 2 actors are father and son in real life.
7. Ben and Casey Affleck in Good Will Hunting
The film Good Will Hunting was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, both close friends outside of this fiction. To be part of the group of friends, the casting managers picked actor, and Ben’s brother, Casey Affleck, who played the role of Morgan. Casey improvised most of the script, and according to various comments, his were much funnier than the lines he was supposed to say.
8. Luke and Owen Wilson in The Royal Tenenbaums
This crazy and fun movie stars brothers Luke and Owen Wilson as Richie and Eli. Both were so enthusiastic about the idea of working on The Royal Tenenbaums that they rejected the proposal to appear in the film Ocean’s Eleven.
9. Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
In the mythical film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie and her father, Jon Voight, recreated their father-daughter relationship in fiction. Angelina also made up her mind about working on this film due to the exotic places they would visit. This is how she fell in love with Cambodia and adopted her first child, Maddox, there.
10. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place
In the silent but magnificent film A Quiet Place, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt were cast to play Evelyn and Lee Abbott, as wife and husband. The artists, who were already an official couple before working on this production, married in 2010 and have 2 daughters, Hazel and Violet Krasinski. This was the first film they worked on together since they didn’t share any scenes in The Muppets.
Do you know any pair of actors who call themselves family?