September 1st, 2010
11:11 AM ET
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie hadn't met prior to making their upcoming romantic thriller "The Tourist," but you'd never know it judging by the sizzling chemistry the couple share on screen.
"I was the first person to ever bring them together," said "Tourist" director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who describes the twosome's teaming as "historic" in an interview with MTV.
"They just got along so well from the first moment they met that I knew it was going to be a lot of fun making this film," he added. "I probably have hours worth of bloopers where they were just laughing because they had so much fun inventing stuff on the fly and letting their incredible creativity run free."
In the movie, which arrives in theaters in December, Depp, 47, plays an American who falls in love with Interpol agent Jolie, 35, during a trip to to Venice.
"[Johnny] shows so much of his own complexity in this part," von Donnersmarck said. "He's so winning, so charming, so funny, like he is in real life. I think in many ways, this part is quite close to who he is in real life." And Jolie? "She," von Donnersmarck noted, "is so much fun!"
The filmmaker added that he's hoping audiences will enjoy the easy chemistry the actors have in the movie.
"Most of all, I just hope they will be transformed by — as I was on the set — by the incredible chemistry and the joy and love between our marvelous actors, between Angie and Johnny, and Paul and Timothy Dalton and Steven Berkhoff, all the incredible actors that we had," he said.
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