Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds Have the Most Real Bromance Ever

There’s a lovely bromance between Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.

The two stars apparently hit it off so well during their filming of their sci-fi thriller Life, that a really strong friendship became the end result. The movie’s about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station who find an alien life form on Mars and it’s coming to theaters on Saturday at the Southwest Festival in Austin.

The Brokeback Mountain and Deadpool stars were always joking with each other during their press rounds and interviews prior to the release of the movie, answering all the questions with a kind of back-and-forth comedy shtick. But they were serious about how their connection was formed on the set.

They have real bromance

“You do these films and get to work with really amazing people, really talented people and you think ‘oh I’m going to hang out with these people afterward and see them again,’” said Reynolds. “You don’t most of the time because you go on living your life. But with this guy, we’ve stayed friends. That’s a lucky thing. It doesn’t always happen.”

Some sign of this new friendship was seen earlier this week as well when Reynolds gave a lot of praise in Gyllenhaal‘s direction on Good Morning America, calling him nice things like one of the most interesting actors working in Hollywood. Reynolds said Saturday that his co-star is “one the greatest actors of this generation.”

“I loved working with this guy,” he said. “I loved spending time with this guy. It’s not often you get this experience.”Gyllenhaal was also all compliments about the star as well, saying Reynolds role last year as a very foul-mouthed anti-hero is exactly that kind of thing he strives for – a performance so genuine ad real that it would impossible for another actor to duplicate it. “We sort of grew up in this business together without knowing each other until very recently,” Gyllenhaal said. “It’s hard in a business where … a lot of times we’re pretending to get closer to the truth and to find somebody who you feel is genuine. I feel that way about him, so we’re friends.”

The plot is very similar to Ridley Scott‘s 1979 classic Alien, where the team of scientists is tracking down an alien form that wrecks havoc on their spaceship. Their discovery is the first evidence that life exists on Mars – but as it turns out, it’s not only a threat to the crew, but life on Earth as well.

But even with the backdrop of a sci-fi heart pounder, Gyllenhaal says he and Reynolds found some levity throughout the filming.

“This experience of what’s happening right now was consistent to what it felt like while we were shooting,” Gyllenhaal said in between puns served as answers to questions. “We had really scary situations in the movie and scenes that were really tense, but we were laughing constantly and it was so much fun.”

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