Billy Crystal has spoken of his fondness for Bette Midler, his co-star in the upcoming Christmas Day film Parental Guidance, and offered his own guidance to Oscars host Seth MacFarlane.
The 64-year-old stars as Artie Decker in Andy Fickmanâ€™s film about a baseball commentator thrown in at the deep end with three grandchildren to look after when their parents leave town for work.
The film, which was based on Crystalâ€™s own experience of looking after his two granddaughters for six days, sees the nine-time Oscars host star alongside Midler for the very first time.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about his co-star, Crystal said: â€˜It was great to work with her. Sheâ€™s been a giant for a long time.â€™
He went on to describe the 67-year-old as â€˜uniqueâ€™ and â€˜always willing to do something dangerousâ€™, but admitted her patience did wear a little thin when dealing with the filmâ€™s young cast.
â€˜She doesnâ€™t [have grandchildren], so her patience with them was a little worse than mine. So we used that to balance it out â€“ thatâ€™s when we started to sing to them, old rock and roll songs â€“ thatâ€™s how the song ended up in the movie,â€™ Crystal revealed, referring to a scene in the film where his and Midlerâ€™s characters sing to the children in the kitchen.
The City Slickers star was also as surprised as anyone that the two veterans had never starred in a movie together before now.
â€˜Weâ€™d never worked together before, we did one benefit together in 30-something years Iâ€™ve known her and it always seemed natural that we would have done something. People assume â€œwell, you must haveâ€ because thereâ€™s a really nice similarity of us that would seem that we would be a blend to people,â€™ he added.
â€˜Have a good time, really,â€™ he said. â€˜Prepare, for different moments in the show, really watch the breakdown and look like you want to be there.â€™
Crystal added he himself would not be presenting at next yearâ€™s awards, stating: â€˜No I wonâ€™t be, when I donâ€™t do it â€“ I stay away.â€™
Parental Guidance is released in the UK on Christmas Day.