favourite comedian friendships: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie
“Hugh is my best friend. We make each other laugh.”
Our second 2011 Men of the Year features the funniest, goofiest, sing-songiest entertainment duo since Martin and Lewis, and raise your hand if you saw that coming three years ago. GQ’s Lauren Bans interviewed the two pals together for our December 2011 issue, and we especially enjoyed this exchange about JT’s old boyhood showbiz buddy Ryan Gosling. Click here to read the full conversation. And click here to see more of Peggy Sirota’s classic photo shoot with the pair.
Timberlake: The first job I ever had when I was ten was on a television show, and that show was the same format as SNL, it’s just that the writers were writing for kids.
GQ: The Mickey Mouse Club, right?
Timberlake: Yes. That’s what it was called.
Fallon: Dude, I was just talking to [Ryan] Gosling about that. Did Gosling really live on your couch when he was a kid?
Timberlake: So he tried to make it seem like he was bohemian even back then?
Fallon: Definitely, man. He said he was struggling and you helped him out.
Timberlake: Ryan’s mom had to stay back in Canada and my mom was his guardian for a year so he could come down and be on the show. But Gosling got his own bed. He didn’t sleep on the couch. He said that?
Fallon: It’s a better story!
Timberlake: I’m picturing a ten-year-old Gosling bumming Marlboro Reds off some bum, growing hipster facial hair…
Fallon: “All I got is this one pair of Underoos, man! I got nothing, man!”
Paul, Adam—you’ve been friends for 20 years. What was it like back in the day?
AS: We had dinner together with our families last night—our wives are friends, our kids play with each other—but after dinner I was driving back past Paul’s old apartment and laughing about how many times we’d go back there at, like, four in the morning and play music. It was such a shit-hole. But we were happy listening to music so loud and staying up late just so drunk.
AS: Air guitaring.
PR: We’d go out to bars until they closed and then we’d go back to the apartment and just sit around and play music with, like, three or four dudes.
Our Idiot Brother is the first movie you’ve been in together as costars.
Adam: It’s weird that this is the first time we’ve really worked together.
Paul: Especially since we’ve literally been friends for 20 years and have the same taste in movies and comedy.
Adam: I have to credit Paul for my career going in the direction it’s gone these past few years. I was just kind of around the summer they were making Knocked Up, hanging out and going to barbeques. And then this really tiny part popped up—the role of a male nurse—and Paul and Shauna Robertson, who was producing it, were like, “Let’s just have Adam do it.”
Paul: And now you’re taking over the world.
Carell said he didn’t doubt that Gosling could handle comedy but was surprised at his ability to improvise. Then he cited their three-hour initial meeting in which they discussed topics ranging from family to cartoons. “He was just such a beautiful and deep person,” Carell said, without a trace of irony.
Seeing a quizzical look from this reporter, Gosling, who had laid a napkin across his co-star’s lap before the two started eating, said, “Yes, we’re having a bromance.”
Carell chimed in: “There’s nothing wrong with that,” prompting a quick reply from Gosling. “He’s just so handsome.”
- I’m doing this because I love you.
- I know.