Jennifer Aniston's director in She's Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich, wishes her and Justin Theroux well in marriage

By Michael Miller
Updated August 13, 2015 01:00 PM
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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have another famous name to add to their list of post-wedding advocates – her friend and collaborator, Peter Bogdanovich.

“I wish them both well. I’m very fond of her, and Justin is a terrific guy,” the director-actor tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I wish them a happy life.”

Bogdanovich, who directed Aniston in the upcoming romantic-comedy romp She’s Funny That Way, adds, “Justin is very talented and she’s talented and let’s hope they can have a good life together – she certainly deserves it.”

In a bit of a role reversal, Theroux actually directed Bogdanovich in his 2007 film Dedication. “I played a small part and he was a very good director and a nice guy,” the 76-year-old remembers.

While he’s never known the famous couple together, Bogdanovich says he can “see that they would get along very well.”

In She’s Funny That Way, Aniston plays “the therapist from hell” in the screwball romantic farce Bogdanovich co-wrote with his wife, Louise Stratten.

“She’s great to work with and had great suggestions,” he says of Aniston, who turned down the part of Owen Wilson‘s onscreen wife (played by Kathryn Hahn) to take on the part of the offbeat psychologist.

“She thought the therapist was a funnier part and everybody who read it agrees,” Bogdanovich says. “She’s outrageous in the part and she played against type – she’s not like that. And that’s part of the fun of it – she plays the bitchy character.”

Aniston is scheduled to hit the red carpet on Aug. 19 for the movie’s premiere in L.A., and She’s Funny That Way opens in theaters and on-demand on Aug. 21.

For much more about Jen and Justin’s dream wedding – and their friend-filled honeymoon in Bora Bora! – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands this week

Reporting by LIZ McNEIL