To make an audience believe what they’re seeing on-screen, actors have to fully buy into their characters and their roles. This requires them to physically alter their look, like changing their hair and their bodies, perform stunts, and sometimes, make-out with their co-stars. The very first on-screen kisses were super weird. Thomas Edison filmed actress Mary Irwin kissing another gentleman in 1896 in The Kiss. The strange 23-second film has Irwin and her co-star sort of kissing and talking at the same time—kiss-talking; it’s all very odd. Then, in 1900, Edison filmed another couple kissing, then hugging, and then kind of gyrating in Kissing: rinse and repeat. Once again, this one is really weird. I believe the point was just to capture the moment on film. I just don’t know why they did it over and over again. While those kisses were shocking to audiences—in fact, Kissing was banned in most places—today, kisses are in almost every movie.
To show that a couple is a couple in a movie, they can kiss, a simple device. It’s all really easy. But we’ve heard of co-stars who hate each other. We’ve read about the stars who fought on set, bickered and said nasty things about their co-stars, so it makes sense that kissing scenes might get a bit awkward from time to time. Not every on-screen couple can have brilliant chemistry. There’s bound to be issues. Well, I’m here to tell you that there have been some major issues in the past with movie stars kissing each other. It’s interesting looking back at a film in which two stars hated each other and had to act like they enjoyed kissing. It’s also funny to think that during these most passionate of scenes, the actors were in a state of complete disgust. Some would get over their problems, either during the shoot or after, while others have held grudges against each other ever since. Let’s start the countdown of 15 stars that hated kissing their co-stars.
15 Reese Witherspoon & Robert Pattinson - Water for Elephants
14 Helena Bonham Carter & Woody Allen – Aphrodite
13 Vanessa Hudgens & James Franco - Spring Breakers
12 Nick Nolte & Julia Roberts - I Love Trouble
11 Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
10 Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller - The Spectacular Now
9 Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan - 50 Shades of Grey
8 Tony Curtis & Marilyn Monroe - Some Like It Hot
7 Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst - Spider-Man
6 Amanda Seyfried & Megan Fox - Jennifer’s Body
5 Steve Carell & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - Get Smart
4 Tom Cruise & Thandie Newton - Mission Impossible 2
3 Emma Watson & Rupert Grint - Harry Potter
2 2 Jennifer Lawrence & Hutcherson/Hemsworth - Hunger Games
1 Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams - The Notebook
Fellow Canadians Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are often thought of as having the best on-screen chemistry ever (like, ever). In The Notebook, the two seem to go together like hamburgers and aioli sauce, but, word is, that wasn’t the case at all. Early on in the shoot, the two would bicker and argue constantly, finally coming to a head when Gosling wanted McAdams kicked off the set because she wouldn’t read lines with him. I guess the love-hate relationship they have in the film, all that angry kissing, was legit. Once they got over their hatred of each other, things went a bit smoother. Eventually, the two actually dated for about four years. True love's kiss.
Sources: Wikipedia; Rotten Tomatoes; IMDB; Buzzify
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