21 APRIL 2009

Their new flick is called The Soloist, but Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx were very much a double act at the film's LA premiere this week. The co-stars hammed it up for the cameras on the red carpet with an impromptu tango.

In the film – which is based on a true story - the pair play unlikely pals who develop a close friendship. Double Oscar-nominee Robert portrays Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who finds himself drawn into the life of mentally ill homeless musician Nathaniel Ayers - Jamie's character - when he begins to write about him.

Robert says making the film was a moving experience. "What I took away from it more than anything else was... sometimes you make a movie and sometimes the movie makes you. And this was one of those type of things."

Stars turning up for a first look at the drama – which was directed by Atonement filmmaker Joe Wright – included Hollywood beauty Halle Berry, looking fun and funky in a striped jersey dress, and Dublin-born hunk Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

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The actors, who delivered an impromptu tango on the red carpet, portray two men who develop a close bond in the movie. Robert's character, a newspaper columnist, finds himself increasingly involved in the life of a Jamie's homeless musician when he begins to write about him
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The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was among the first to see the movie this week