Though they’ve identified one another for many years, Penn and Teller’s relationship has at all times been strictly skilled. Their act entails a lopsided dynamic. Penn Jillette does nearly the entire speaking throughout their reveals, whereas Teller stays largely silent. Teller (whose authorized identify is simply Teller) does talk with Penn, however he does so largely by facial expressions and gestures.
That onstage dynamic is a gimmick, and it has been enormously profitable for them each over the course of their careers. Though they work effectively collectively onstage, evidently the 2 will not be shut of their actual lives.
“Teller and I by no means received alongside,” Penn mentioned in an interview with CBS. “We by no means had a cuddly friendship. It was a really chilly, calculated relationship the place we thought we do higher stuff collectively than we do individually. It seems that respect lasts longer than affection.”