Few things are as cathartic as watching a film, caught up in the moment, and finally seeing the hero and their love interest finally have that amazing kiss. It’s been building throughout the film, the chemistry between the characters so palpable.
However, it might seem perfect when we watch the movie. However, once the cameras are no longer rolling, things can be very different indeed. In fact, there are many actors who played couples in famous movies or TV shows who refused to kiss and sometimes outright disliked each other. Read on and see how many of these might surprise you.
I Love Trouble, the 1994 rom-com starring Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte is by no means one of the best movies ever made. One of the biggest problems was the lack of chemistry between the main stars. This is most likely due to the fact that the two stars absolutely hated each other.
Now you might be thinking “there are always rumors like that,” but in this case, it wasn’t just rumored. Both actors have publically admitted this. According to Roberts, Nolte is “completely disgusting” while Nolte stated that Roberts “is not a nice person”.
Neal McDonough actually got fired from the TV show Scoundrel, because he refuses to be intimate with anyone but his wife, partly due to his own religious beliefs. Sadly, as respectable as his views are, this doesn’t help his career.
McDonough doesn’t regret his decision though, stating: “When you’re in bed with another woman on screen — guess what? That’s real. I don’t like that kind of stuff. Especially now with kids, I don’t want to have my kids say, ‘Hey, Dad, what are you doing with that lady on screen?“, he said.
Another entry on the list featuring Roberts, but the reasons aren’t what you might think. This time it is Denzel Washington who refused to kiss her during the crime-drama The Pelican Brief which came out in 1993. Denzel stated that there was no issue with Roberts. However, he didn’t want to continue perpetuating the more than slightly hegemonic Hollywood beauty ideals.
Denzel also said that he didn’t want to upset his African-American audience when they got to see him kissing a white woman. As for Roberts, her comment was simply: “Of course, I wanted to kiss Denzel. It was his idea to take the damn scenes out.”
During the cult classic Interview With The Vampire, Kirsten Dunst famously kisses Brad Pitt. However, she wasn’t too keen on the idea, which makes sense considering that she was a mere 11 years old at the time.
“Everyone at the time was like, ‘You’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but I thought it was disgusting. I didn’t kiss anyone else until I was 16, I think. I was a late bloomer“, Dunst would later reveal during an interview.
So sometimes it doesn’t even need to be a movie or TV show for celebs to refuse kissing each other. Chase Crawford, heartthrob of Gossip Girl fame, was supposed to kiss Leona Lewis while starring in one of her videos.
However, Leona decided against the kiss to ensure that her boyfriend, Lou-Al-Chamaa, wouldn’t get jealous. “I think [Lou Al-Chamaa] would [get jealous]if I was kissing them, but I’d never do that. They wanted me and Chace to kiss in the ‘I Will Be video.’ But I said no way“, Lewis said.
This is one of the more speculative entries on this list. In 2016 many rumors circulated about Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star, was attached to an upcoming comedy show called Uber Girl. However, later news circulated that Bieber had turned the role down. Why? Because he didn’t want to shoot gay sex scenes.
“He won’t take the part unless the sex scene with him and one of the male backup dancers is taken out of the final script”, a spokesman stated. Bieber himself denied these claims, however, the rumor claimed that even just kissing the dancer was a no-go for the star.
In the 2019 indie film, Camille, James Franco and Sienna Miller play a newlywed couple. However, Miller did not want to kiss Franco at all. The reason for this had nothing to do with issues between the stars, however.
Shortly before filming for the film was to start, Miller needed to have some unspecified emergency dental care. Since she was still recovering from the dental care, she asked to avoid kissing Franco during filming.
One of the more surprising entries on this list is Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan. You might think it is strange to find them here considering how often they did in fact kiss during the show. So why was Hannigan reluctant?
Hannigan does not like the smell of cigarettes. As a result, she wouldn’t kiss Segel who was a smoker at the time. Initially, he offered her $10 for every cigarette he smoked, however, he quickly realized that he was paying her a mint so he just quit smoking. After that, there were no more issues with the kissing.
Kirk Cameron has starred in several rom-coms, which means he’s done countless kissing scenes throughout his career. But a few years ago he became a devout evangelical Christian and married Chelsea Noble. Ever since then, he has been reluctant to film any kissing scenes.
Therefore, when the producers told him he had to kiss his co-star Erin Bethea for the drama film Fireproof, he utterly refused, so the crew had to come up with a plan B. “Because I have a commitment not to kiss any other woman, my wife Chelsea came in to the set and wore the dress my character’s wife wore. We shot the scene in silhouette, so when I kiss my wife, I’m actually kissing my wife and honoring our marriage“, Kirk confessed.
Before he became a worldwide legend after major blockbusters like Men in Black, American actor Will Smith took on roles on several independent films that you probably never even heard of. In 1993, he played one of the lead roles in the comedy-drama film Six Degrees of Separation.
In this film, he played a gay and seductive con-artist, but while he was initially supposed to kiss other men onscreen, he ended up putting his foot down and refused to do so. The director was not happy at all, as he had to shoot a fake kiss scene from behind. Many years later, Smith admitted it was very immature of him to refuse to do those scenes.
Co-stars Sadie Sink and Caleb McLaughlin shared an on-screen kiss in the sci-fi mystery TV show Stranger Things, but it came with much controversy. Apparently, director Ross Duffer told Sink as a joke that she would have to kiss McLaughlin in one of the episodes, and the 14-year-old actress got nervous and stressed, feeling that she wasn’t ready for such a scene.
The actress was so worried at the thought of having to kiss someone on-screen that the director told the writers to add a kissing scene to the script. If you ask me, that’s sexual harassment. They were barely teenagers! “I get [to set], the first day of Snow Ball… One of you, I think it was you Ross, you say, ‘Oh, Sadie, you ready for the kiss?’ I’m like, ‘What! No! That’s not in the script. That’s not happening”, she said in an interview.
Sunny Leone is one of the most famous Bollywood actresses in the world, but while she has already played many kissing scenes in the past, she has recently added a no-kissing clause to her contracts.
The weird part is that she’s open to filming intimate scenes, it’s just the kisses that bother her. So next time you watch some of her classics, such as One Night Stand or Mastizaade, you’ll realize that the steamy romantic scenes lack any kisses!
Modern Family has included several LGBTQ+ characters ever since the first season, and Cam and Mitchell (played by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson), are one of the fans’ favorite couples.
However, did you ever notice that these two actors didn’t share any kissing scenes on the show’s first season? Apparently, the reason behind this was that Stonestreet, who is heterosexual in real life, felt too uncomfortable with the idea of kissing another man on-screen. It seems like the show wasn’t as progressive as it seemed after all.
Gerard Butler is one of the most attractive actors you’ll ever find, but little did Thandie Newton care because when they shared the screen in RocknRolla, she refused to kiss him. Even though they were supposed to shoot a love scene, Newton insisted on a no-kiss policy. You won’t believe why!
It turns out that Butler had a terrible cold, so the actress didn’t want to risk picking up a cold herself. “Gerry was very unwell indeed. So I wouldn’t kiss him. Guy had to improvise. I don’t know how he coped with those problems but it ended up being one of the most brilliant scenes“, the actress revealed.
Rob Lowe is one of those men that anyone would be lucky to kiss, but it appears to be that Jewel didn’t think so. They co-starred in the TV show The Lyon’s Den, and even though she played Lowe’s love interest, she refused to film any kissing scenes.
In fact, she brought her boyfriend to set on the day they were supposed to film romantic scenes (jealous, much?). The actress finally caved in and agreed to film a kissing scene, but the kiss stank. “[The show was] a parade of indignities, and the culminating blow, for me, was having the actress who didn’t want to kiss me in the love scene“, Lowe told Ellen DeGeneres.
In 2016, Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson starred in the action-drama film Cell, which received terrible reviews by fans and critics alike. But here’s a fun fact about the film you probably didn’t now…
When Jackson accepted the role, he didn’t know his character was gay. Directors were unhappy when they found out the actor was unwilling to play any gay kissing scene, no matter who the actor was.
Remember the time when Lindsay Lohan kissed Charlie Sheen on Scary Movie 5? Well, that wasn’t actually Linsday, but her stunt double. Apparently, Lohan told producers she wasn’t willing to shoot any kissing scenes with his co-star, given his history of wild partying and sex scandals.
However, it seems to be that the producers were hoping they would change Lohan’s mind, since they didn’t change the script until the filming had begun. They hired a body double to shoot the kissing scenes, while some others were deleted from the script.
Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev are legit breakup goals. They kept being friends after breaking up, and Nina is even friends with Ian’s wife. But here’s something you probably never noticed! After their real-life breakup, the fictional couple that they portray in The Vampire Diaries almost never kissed on-screen again.
Therefore, Damon and Elena’s relationship lost its steam during the last season, as they only kissed on the show’s last episode. According to the producers, on one episode the two actors refused to shoot a kissing scene in the rain, under the pretext that the temperature was way too cold.
In 2016, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt co-starred in the sci-fi-drama film Passengers, and they played boyfriend and girlfriend. However, Lawrence felt really uncomfortable shooting any kissing scenes, considering that Pratt was married to Anna Faris, and she and Faris were great friends.
Allegedly, Lawrence had to get drunk before shooting the film, because she couldn’t help her guilt! She also confessed that she gave her mother a call, cause she wanted to seek someone else’s approval before going on with the scene.
In 2011, Reese Witherspoon and Rob Pattinson co-starred in the romantic drama film Water for Elephants, and as you can imagine, the script included a few steamy scenes that involved kissing. Witherspoon was reluctant to kiss him at first because Pattinson had a serious cold that lasted for weeks.
“Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I’ve ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life. He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it – and it was not appealing. I’m talking green, infectious, disgusting“, the actress revealed.
What is it with some people that they are so reluctant on filming same-sex kissing scenes, even when it means losing thousands of dollars? Well, this was the case of Luke Grimes, who left the TV show True Blood when he found out he was meant to kiss his male co-star Nelsan Ellis.
Grimes said he quit the job because of conflicting schedules, but this argument is far from believable. Ellis also commented on the issue in an interview by Vulture: “We’re all sitting there going, ‘You quit your job because … really?’ I’m just… I’m over him. You quit your job because you don’t want to play a gay part? As if it’s … You know what? I’m going to stop talking“, he said.
Hollywood icon Jennifer Lawrence rose to fame thanks to her work in the Hunger Games franchise, which she starred together with heartthrob Liam Hemsworth. In the first installment of the film series, they were meant to shoot a few kissing scenes, but it appears to be that Lawrence did all she could to make everything awkward.
“She’s one of my best friends, I love her, but if we had a kissing scene, she would make a point of eating garlic or tuna fish or something that was disgusting. Right before the scene, she’d be like, ‘Yeah, I ate tuna’ or ‘I had garlic, and I didn’t brush my teeth.’ And I’d be like, ‘Fantastic, I can’t wait to get in there and taste it!’”, the actor said.
Remember the time when Janet Jackson and Tupac played a couple in the 1993 romantic drama film Poetic Justice? We must admit that they were one of the most adorable fictional couples ever, but rumor has it that there was a bit of drama behind the scenes too.
Apparently, Jackson was unwilling to shoot any kissing scenes with the rapper, given his reputation as a womanizer. But the tension escalated when she asked him to take an HIV test (which means she didn’t know that the infection couldn’t be transmitted through saliva) and Tupac refused.
We’ve already seen that Kirsten Dunst didn’t want to kiss Brad Pitt in Interview With The Vampire, but in Benjamin Button, it was the other way around: Pitt was the one who was reluctant to shoot any kissing scenes with co-star Cate Blanchett.
Apparently, he didn’t want to shoot any steamy romantic scenes with Blanchett out of respect to his wife Angelina Jolie. However, director David Fincher eventually convinced Pitt to do those scenes anyway.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio played the iconic and beloved couple of Jack and Rose in the 1997 romantic-drama film Titanic, but when they co-starred in Revolutionary Road 10 years later, neither of them wanted to kiss each other on-screen. But why, one may wonder?
The thing is that by that time, Winslet was still married to the film’s director, Sam Mendes. Therefore, ever since Titanic, Winslet and DiCaprio tried to steer clear of any kissing scenes each time they worked together.
The Notebook may well be one of the most iconic, heart-wrenching drama films of the 21st century. Bearing this in mind, it may come to a shock that lead actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were reluctant to film any kissing scenes at first.
Apparently, the two didn’t get along with each other when the movie was shot, and they didn’t even want to be in the same room nor kiss each other onscreen. Now I get why the couple’s love-hate relationship in the film was so believable!