For many lucky loved up couples, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to settle in with a romantic flick or two, and chances are good that around this time of year many will be watching a few cheesy romantic movies to indulge their fantasies of true and perfect love.
But the truth is that many of the on-screen couples who we hold up as the romantic ideal actually had a relationship that was more fitting for a drama, or maybe even a horror flick. And if rumors are true, there’ll soon be a new addition to add to the list of romantic co-stars who, when the cameras weren’t rolling, really hated each other…
With the upcoming release of 50 Shades of Grey, people are already speculating that the stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were less than friendly when the cameras weren’t on them. Indeed, many are suggesting that their on-screen chemistry leaves a lot to be desired. Of course, with press junkets for the movie’s Valentine’s Day release approaching full-throttle and two sequels in the works, both actors are on their best behaviour – although the awkwardness is certainly evident, like in a particularly painful interview with Glamour magazine.
They wouldn’t be the first actors to fake their chemistry; indeed, while some co-stars fell in love on-set, other romantic pairings weren’t quite so lucky. In fact, the following ten couples reportedly couldn’t stand being in the same room with one another when the cameras stopped rolling.
10. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing
On-screen, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray danced into our hearts while falling in love on our screens. Dirty Dancing is one of the most iconic movies of the 80s, and some might even say that it’s one of the best romantic films of modern cinema.
Whatever your feelings about this chick flick, it’s hard to deny the chemistry between the two main stars, Swayze and Gray. However, things were much different once the cameras were no longer rolling. Swayze opened up about his co-star in his autobiography, “The Time of My Life” saying that Gray was a huge pain in the butt to work with.
He also acknowledged that he was often up late and had little patience for Gray’s antics which included bursting into tears when she was criticized and slipping into silly moods that required them to do scenes over and over again when she ruined a take because she couldn’t control her laughing.
Although he was slightly annoyed with her at the time, he has gone on to say that he forgave Gray and that she did a truly phenomenal job on the film.
9. Shannen Doherty and Jason Lee – Mallrats
Shannen Doherty is notorious for being difficult to work with, and many of her former castmates have had some not-so-nice things to say about her. Jason Priestley, who played her brother on Beverly Hills 90210, shared a few stories about her in his memoir, including her ridiculous demands while working on set. Alyssa Milano, who played her sister on Charmed, compared working with Shannen to cliques in high school.
So honestly, it probably comes as no surprise that Jason Lee, her love interest in Mallrats, wasn’t too fond of Shannen while they worked together either. He clearly isn’t the only one.
8. William Baldwin and Sharon Stone – Sliver
After the success of Basic Instinct, Sliver was rushed right into production to capitalize on the moment. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, the movie never reached that level of success – even though Sharon Stone took her clothes off again – and the film ended up being pretty terrible.
Part of the reason is that there’s absolutely no chemistry between the two main stars, Sharon Stone and William Baldwin. In real life, the two couldn’t even stand each other, and whenever possible, they’d film their scenes alone rather than be in the same room together. It’s rumored that Stone even bit William Baldwin’s tongue so hard during one scene, he couldn’t talk properly for a few days afterward.
7. Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep – Kramer vs. Kramer
Meryl Streep came into her own in the film Kramer vs. Kramer, and the filmmakers had enough confidence in her to listen to her concerns about the script. She was able to make changes to her character and scenes that served to make her character stronger.
Unfortunately, this did nothing but annoy the heck out of co-star Dustin Hoffman, who felt like he was being upstaged. He went on to say in an interview that he hated her guts. Meryl Streep responded to Hoffman’s animosity by saying she had no idea what he was so furious with her about.
Hoffman later admitted that he might have been acting on his own personal demons, letting his feelings for his wife, who he was divorcing at the time, come up while filming.
6. Richard Gere and Debra Winger – An Officer and a Gentleman
Debra Winger was on top of the world in the 1990s, being nominated for Oscars, and starring in movies like An Officer and a Gentleman where she was wined and dined by a hunky man in uniform.
Yet, the actress is also known for having not-so-nice things to say about her co-stars, including Richard Gere who starred opposite her in An Officer and a Gentleman. When asked about her co-star, Winger opened up and said she hated every minute of filming.
Not only was it not her type of film, she compared Gere to a brick wall and even bashed the film’s director while she was at. Winger also went on to say that filming the movie was one of the worst experiences of her life. Ouch!
5. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn – Four Christmases
For one thing, Witherspoon has a production company called Type A Films and she’s known for her strict work ethic. And Vaughn, well – he’s known to be much more laid-back.
It’s said that Witherspoon would always show up to work on time and ready to go, looking like she stepped out of a magazine photo shoot first thing in the morning. And Vaughn rolled out of bed looking rough after a night of drinking. The two argued over the scenes, as Witherspoon wanted to block out the scenes and rehearse while Vaughn tried to explain to her that he much preferred improv. Yikes. Some people said the feuding on set between these two was more entertaining than the film itself.
4. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte – I Love Trouble
I Love Trouble might be aptly named, especially considering the fact that the two main stars – Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts – seemed to have more than their fair share of trouble on the set.
Others unfortunate enough to have been on set have remarked that Nolte and Roberts did not get along while filming – which could be partially to blame for their less than stellar on-screen chemistry. Roberts apparently wasn’t fond of Nolte’s “machismo” and would retort to his many insults. Nolte was obviously annoyed by this and would do things to rile Roberts up even more.
At times, it was so bad that – according to sources – the two stars utilized stand-ins to avoid working with each other.
3. Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis – Some Like It Hot
When asked what it was like to kiss the bombshell Marilyn Monroe for their film, Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis surprised everyone by comparing it to kissing Hitler.
Marilyn Monroe is considered one of the most desirable woman in Hollywood history, so what would make a man say such a thing?
Some believe that Curtis was joking, having grown tired of being asked that same question over and over again, while others believe he truly was annoyed at Monroe. It has been suggested that Curtis was angry with Monroe, who he considered to be irresponsible and self-centered. He’s also mentioned that they had to do a large number of retakes because of her mistakes – which would likely grow old after a while.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes – Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is considered one of the most romantic stories of all time, and Baz Luhrmann’s modern adaptation is critically acclaimed. However, Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio apparently didn’t feel much love for each other while filming this modern classic.
Sources have said that the pair were not very close at all, and typically avoided each other when not filming. Danes apparently didn’t care for DiCaprio’s playful demeanor, and she even went as far as saying he was “very immature” despite the fact that she was a bit younger than him during filming. The animosity between the pair doesn’t show, as they had some great chemistry on-screen; a testament to the strength of the two actors.
1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling – The Notebook
The most romantic chick flick of the last decade, The Notebook has people swooning over the adorable Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. But while the two did eventually date off-set, things weren’t always so sweet between the two of them. In fact, it’s been said that McAdams and Gosling got into a number of arguments while filming. Gosling even approached the director, Nick Cassavetes, and asked for McAdams to be taken away and have another actress brought in to read lines.
The director took the two of them aside, let them have it out, and eventually they were able to work together. Cassavetes later said that it was smoother after they argued it out, but by no means was it smooth sailing with those two. All that angst contributed to the on-screen chemistry, and the two frenemies would go on to become one of Hollywood’s cutest couples for a time.