Richard Dreyfuss's exchanges with his son make Twitter worth it

Taryn Ryder
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle
Ben Dreyfuss and actor Richard Dreyfuss in 2013. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

Twitter can be a dark place at times, but every now and then it’s really wonderful. Case in point: the online exchanges between Richard Dreyfuss and his son Ben.

The legendary actor, 69, and Ben, 31, had quite an amusing back-and-forth conversation via social media over the weekend. It all began when film magazine Little White Lies posed an innocent question to its followers.

Ben, who is a senior editor at Mother Jones, chimed in with a thoughtful response.

Dreyfuss senior took notice.

Richard starred in the 2006 film Poseidon, which wasn’t exactly a box office success. Ben took the high road in perhaps not pointing that out.

Tim Herrera of the New York Times jumped in on the back-and-forth, inadvertently escalating the awesomeness.

This isn’t the first time Richard and Ben have had an epic back-and-forth on Twitter. There was that time when the actor asked his son for help in reaching 100,000 followers.

Ben replied, writing, “tweet photos of vintage Hollywood and s–t and you’ll have 100,000 in no time.”

Or there was the time when Ben called out his dad for playing favorites.

Basically we have to ask: Where’s the Keeping Up With the Dreyfusses show we all deserve?

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