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A Bromance For the Ages

As far as bromances go, actors Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio are perfect for each other. For one thing, their friendship fueled their great chemistry on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time In Hollywood last year.

When Pitt won Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for his role as real-life stunt double Cliff Booth, he made sure to thank Leo in his speech, telling him: “Leo, I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view’s fantastic.”

Both A-Listers

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In Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Pitt plays the stunt double to DiCaprio's Rick Dalton, who realizes he's at a low point in his acting career. It was the first time the two appeared in the same movie together.

But they were friends long before they played best buds in a glossy Tarantino film. They once appeared on TV, in the same sitcom.

Last year, Pitt said, “We did start on the same television show,” referring to their roles on ABC's "Growing Pains."

“We’re talkin’ decades ago,” DiCaprio told Time.

They never appeared in the same scene together, so it would be easy to not make that long-ago connection.

From the Same Roots

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And it barely took any effort for them to get to this point in their friendship, as "The New York Times" explained in an interview with Pitt and DiCaprio:

“You come to Hollywood and you’re basically isolated and left to your own devices. [Rick and Cliff] rely on this friendship for everything. We immediately fell into those shoes. We understood that relationship so quickly that on the first day, we were those guys," DiCaprio said.

Pitt told "The Times" how they experienced Hollywood from similar angles.

"We both came on the scene around the same time, we have crossed paths many times, we have the same reference points. I’ve always felt that you don’t understand the deal you’re making when suddenly you’re that lone gazelle on the plain and the herd’s gone, so to speak.

And, you know, my friend here [referring to DiCaprio] has been the same. So there’s automatic comfort in having experienced the same thing in that way. That’s not a complaint in any way, I say that merely as fact. We have mutual respect and I know when an actor elevates a scene, so we carry that respect."

Bring On the Sequel

DiCaprio has said some glowing things about Pitt as well. During a press conference for Once Upon a Time, the Romeo + Juliet actor couldn't say enough about Pitt, saying he made the set a much more fun place to work.

DiCaprio explained to Time how their relationship as friends developed through the movie.

“I have to say it was incredibly easy — incredibly easy working with Brad. And I think we together forged, hopefully, a great cinematic bond in a film about our industry together.”

We could use a couple more Daltons and Booths in Hollywood these days.

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