time apart. Douglas has an older son, Cameron, 34, from
his previous marriage, who is serving a 10-year sentence
on charges related to a 2010 drug conviction.
What more is there to say about De Niro? The man who
made “You talkin’ to me?” from Taxi Driver the go-to line
for every would-be (probably-shouldn’t-be) thespian—he
largely improvised that scene, by the way—deserves lasting acclaim for any one of his memorable roles: young
Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, Jake LaMotta in
Raging Bull, the ex-CIA crank who
makes Ben Stiller’s life hell in Meet
the Parents. He is also an entrepreneur, having cofounded Tribeca Productions film studio, the Tribeca Film
Festival, and hotels and restaurants
including New York’s Greenwich
Fortunately, everything’s looking up at the moment,
and it’s best if it stays so.
“Hey, AARP, keep the martinis coming!” De Niro says
as the photo shoot hits full tilt on the cocktail lounge set.
Right away, Mr. D, right away.
ast Vegas is being called The Hangover for
older dudes. When Billy, a wealthy lifelong
bachelor played by Douglas, finally proposes, he corrals his childhood BFFs from
Brooklyn to join him on a Vegas bender.
All manner of ;kvetching ensues, beginning
with the fact that Billy’s betrothed is nearly
half his age at “almost 32.” “I have a hemorrhoid that’s ‘
almost 32,’ ” Freeman’s character cracks. And yet, the Flatbush
Four, as the guys are known, hit the Strip for a Red Bull-and-Viagra-infused romp about the staying power of friendship, especially between men, particularly those over 50.
“I was worried about these legends gelling, but one
boisterous dinner together was all it took,” says the direc-
tor, Jon Turteltaub. “Michael was instantly team quar-
terback, Kevin was class clown, Morgan was the lovable
troublemaker and Bobby was the cool, aloof one. It was a
lot like other friendships between men. The more they got
to know each other, the more they insulted each other.”
Male relationships have a flavor all their own. In his
book Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships,
Geo!rey Greif, Ph.D., professor at the University of Mary-
land School of Social Work, makes the case that men choose
friends almost like tools on a utility belt. A “must” friend is
the first to get the call after a hole in one or a tough diagno-
sis. A “trust” friend is well regarded and loyal but not quite
the inner circle. “Just” friends are passing acquaintances,
while “rust” friends stand the test of time—even if they
sometimes can’t stand one another. The last group is the
strongest, Greif says. “Even if rust friends don’t see each
other for decades,
they’ll pick up again
Kings of cool
for the first time,
the four actors
play best buddies
in the upcoming
film Last Vegas.
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