"When Harry Met Sally..." stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan staged a brief reunion of the classic rom-com Monday night in honor of director Rob Reiner, who was awarded the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award.
Crystal and Ryan were just two of a host of stars who came out to celebrate Reiner, including Michael Douglas, Martin Scorsese, and James Caan. But it was Crystal and Ryan's reunion that had most people talking, since "Harry," their most iconic collaboration, is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this summer.
Ryan surprised Crystal on stage as he talked about working with Reiner, and the pair reminisced about the film and their characters, speculating that Harry would still be working as a political consultant, most likely for new New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "During their time on stage, Crystal and Ryan recalled shooting the movie's infamous fake-orgasm scene. After multiple takes, Ryan was still struggling to get it right, so Reiner sat down opposite Crystal and demonstrated what she should be doing, ferociously pounding the table, the two recalled, with Crystal joking that it made him a little excited."
In an interview with THR before the ceremony, Crystal also revealed that several key moments from Harry and Sally's relationship -- like the pair chatting on the phone while watching "Casablanca" on cable together -- were inspired by real stories from Crystal and Reiner's long friendship.
"That was so personal to us, because many of the things that Harry and Sally did in the movie, Rob and I did as friends, which we just talked about and Nora [Ephron] was able to work into the script," Crystal said. "That bonding was very much Rob and I."
We think it's beyond sweet that Reiner and Crystal's real-life bromance inspired an onscreen romance. Here's hoping that we don't have to wait another 25 years for more heartwarming "Harry" stories like that one to emerge.
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