06/18/2008 at 01:00 PM EDT
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
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."
Wilson, 39, who recently split
from actress Kate Hudson
, also impressed Arkin with his ability to recite poems from memory.
"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