Will Smith and his son Jaden co-star in the new M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi action movie “After Earth,” playing a father and son who crash land on an abandoned earth and have to survive an onslaught of animals that see them as threats. This isn’t the first time the two have starred in a movie together, as Jaden got his break in the film “The Pursuit of Happiness” and Will Smith produced Jaden’s starring effort in the “Karate Kid” remake. With this new father-son movie about to hit theaters, here is a look at more of Hollywood’s iconic father-son duos.
Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez
Martin Sheen has two acting sons in Hollywood, Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. While he has starred with Charlie in a number of things, one of the more endearing movies that remained a family affair was the 2010 movie “The Way.” What made that movie so special was that his father often spoke of the pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiego de Compostela and he decided he would make a movie involving the pilgrimage and cast his dad so they could take the trip together. Emilio directed the movie, while starring alongside Martin.
Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas
“It Runs in the Family” was an interesting movie. Jesse Wigutow wrote the script and the film eventually attracted the entire Douglas family. Kirk Douglas and his wife Diana, Michael Douglas and his son Cameron Douglas all starred in the movie as a dysfunctional family in New York. Michael and Kirk were both Oscar winners when this movie was released, while Cameron was an aspiring young actor. The movie might not be one that the family looks at fondly now, as a drug bust in the film was mirrored in real life when Cameron ended up in jail.
Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland was a great award winning actor, while his son Kiefer was a member of the Brat Pack who kind of disappeared for awhile from the public spotlight. Kiefer eventually made his own name in the TV series “24,” but years before that, he appeared in the John Grisham adaptation “A Time to Kill” along with his father. Kiefer stars as the brother of a rapist who is killed by the father of the young girl he raped. He then gathers the Ku Klux Klan to gain revenge against the father. Donald plays a character on the other side, a former civil rights lawyer who helps the attorneys representing the father.
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