If you traveled back in time to Harvard in 1965, you’d find the strangest thing – former Vice President Al Gore and actor Tommy Lee Jones were roommates. The two were roommates during their freshman year in Dunster House. Before Al Gore decided to study politics, he studied for his Bachelor of Arts in English.
While it might sound like we’re speaking about another Al Gore – not that there are many people with this full name – we’ve definitely got the right person as Al Gore was campaigning to be on the student council on his very second day on campus. Some things never change – including the friendship between the two. In 2000, at the Democratic National Convention, Jones nominated his former roommate to be the Democrat candidate.
Eddie Redmayne & Tom Hiddleston
In an episode on “The Graham Norton Show,” Tom Hiddleston admitted to playing the elephant leg of actor, Eddie Redmayne. As confusing as it sounds, it is the literal truth. Hiddleston and Redmayne attended Eton College. Though Redmayne is the younger of the two, it was Redmayne who took the role of the lead character in the school play.
Hiddleston had to make do with the role of the front right leg of Redmayne’s elephant. While the two probably got up to plenty of antics in their schooling days, the pair have had quite a laugh about their rendition of E.M. Forster’s “A Passage to India.” While we don’t have any doubts that Hiddleston would have made a fine elephant leg, we’re glad he’s moved on to other projects.
Matt Dillion & Brooke Shields
There are plenty of photos in the archives of these two hanging out, so they know each other and have known each other for a long time. However, there have been many speculations that their relationship has not always been platonic. Like the time when Matt Dillion took Brooke Shields out for a date to the Roxy roller disco in the Big Apple.
As they both hail from the state of New York and were both in the entertainment industry from a young age, sooner or later the two would cross paths. While Shields was filming “The Blue Lagoon” and Dillion “My Bodyguard” in 1980 it was believed that the two were dating. Things did not work out but the two continue to be friends.
Penn Badgley & Milo Ventimiglia
And no! We don’t mean it that way! Technically, only Penn Badgley was 18 years old so he was not quite a kid, but still a teen. In 2006, Badgley and Milo Ventimiglia were cast in the series “The Bedford Diaries.” It is not quite “The Vampire Diaries” but it does involve a love triangle. Badgley and Ventimiglia constituted the two sides of that love triangle but things offscreen couldn’t have been different. The two were roommates.
And there were loads of benefits to having Ventimiglia as a roommate. As the two look alike, Ventimiglia would lend Badgley his ID, allowing 18-year-old Badgely to enjoy a few nights on the town. Sadly, these days ended abruptly as the “The Bedford Diaries” fared badly and only lasted for one season.
Larry David & Richard Lewis
Or rather, in this case, reality becomes fiction – or inspires fiction. If anyone is a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fan, you’d be surprised to learn that two of the main characters, Larry David and Richard Lewis, are actually pals in real life. And the two have been pals for quite a long time. The two met at summer camp. But they were not friends then.
Then, they kept running into each other while building up their stand-up comedy careers. Still, they were not friends. At summer camp, they didn’t get on. Then, they became rivals in the stand-up comedy circuit, but gradually the two became friends. A testament to their friendship is that Richard Lewis became a regular cast member of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”