06/18/2008 AT 1:00 PM ET
Who knew? Owen Wilson has a touch of the poet.
“He’s a big poetry fan, and I am too. So we email poems to each other,” says Academy Award-wining actor Alan Arkin, 74, who recently wrapped the film Marley & Me alongside Wilson.
At the Los Angeles premiere Monday night of Arkin’s latest film Get Smart, also starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, Arkin told PEOPLE: “We sent little poems to each other since the movie.”
“He’s very literate … enormously literate,” adds Arkin. “He can quote a lot of great writers verbatim – long passages.”
Marley & Me, also starring Jennifer Aniston, is due out in December.
Reporting by JED DREBEN