Don’t refer to “Parenthood” actor Dax Shepard and “House of Lies” co-star Kristen Bell as a Hollywood power couple unless you want to hear his quip about it.
“Yeah,” Shepard deadpans, “we’re a ‘power couple’ — without the power.”
The two, who have been in a relationship for more than four years, was in Knoxville Thursday for a screening of their first joint cinematic venture, the action movie “Hit and Run” at Regal Riviera Stadium 8 downtown. The movie opens nationally Aug. 24.
Shepard co-directed, wrote, co-produced and starred in the film, shot in 2011. Bell is a producer, also, and has a lead role.
They considered what the strain of working so closely together on “Hit and Run” might do to their relationship.
“We weren’t going to let that stand in the way of what we wanted to do to get (the movie) done,” Shepard says.
Working so closely together “ did occur to us,” Bell says. “I think we even joked about it a little. ‘Well, we might be fighting by the end of this.’
“We were really lucky that spending every moment together for eight weeks is an environment we really thrived in.”
“Hit and Run” is about a man in the Witness Protection Program who breaks free to help his girlfriend get to California.
Bradley Cooper also co-stars in the movie.
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