There have been plenty of same-sex kisses over the past several decades. The first known kiss between two males occurred in the 1927 movie Wings. Needless to say, that particular kiss was nothing compared to what audiences are being bombarded with these days. Some of Hollywood’s biggest and most masculine actors have had to kiss other men as part of their roles. We’re not talking about Michael Corleone giving his brother the kiss of death. We’re talking about full-on passionate wet kisses that sometimes include an over-the-top amount of tongue.
Actors are professionals and many of them have to take on roles they don’t particularly want to. It’s like a lawyer who defends a despicable client that is guilty eight ways to Sunday. It’s part of the job. One part of being an actor, especially in today’s Hollywood, is that they are sometimes confronted with having to do things that would never normally cross their minds.
We can look at some same-sex kisses for example. Some actors have a bit of harmless fun with it like Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott who went tongue deep in Dude. Where’s My Car? There are actually several examples of straight male actors who pulled it off with no problems. However, there are also several actors who, for one reason or another, simply didn’t enjoy the experience. Here are 15 straight actors who couldn’t stand their ‘gay kiss
15 Will Smith - Six Degrees Of Separation
Will Smith already established himself as a rapper and was beginning to branch out into movies in 1993. He has appeared in Where the Day Takes You and Made in America when he took on the role of Paul, a con artist, in the 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation. Oh, his character was also gay. Despite knowing that the role would call for Will to kiss another man, Will refused to go through with it which caused a bit of an uproar. He claimed to have been advised by Denzel Washington to not go through with it out of a fear that he’d ruin his masculine image.
The director was forced to use mirrors and a bit of camera magic to make it look like Will engaged in the kiss.
14 James Franco - Milk
James Franco isn’t afraid to push the boundaries when he is acting. He certainly doesn’t appear to mind kissing other men as he has done in a few of his roles. One of his most sensationalized kisses was in the 2008 film Milk in which he played Harvey Milk’s (Sean Penn) gay lover. Now, just because he goes through these same-sex kisses doesn’t necessarily mean that he truly likes it. Maybe it’s similar to picking up after your dog? You just do it. Franco described his epic kiss with Penn as “uncomfortable” and “not that fun”. He said that Penn had grown a beard and the hair kept getting into his mouth. Yuck!! He explained that his mind went blank for the first 30 seconds of the kiss and then all he could think about was that he was kissing Jeff Spicoli.
13 Chris Engen - The Young And The Restless
Chris Engen played the part of Adam Wilson on the soap opera The Young and The Restless but his tenure was relatively brief and he left the show under a storm of controversy. It seems that Chris wasn’t happy with the direction his character was taking in 2009. He was even more put off by the fact that a part of the upcoming storyline included a gay kiss. He made the tough decision to leave the show rather than go through with it and was quickly replaced by Michael Muhney. His departure was met with outrage from the press and other groups that labeled him as a homophobe and intolerant. He addressed these accusations in an open letter in which he apologized to those who felt offended but he stood by his decision. He has still landed the odd part in films but has definitely not been in demand.
12 Luke Grimes - True Blood
Luke Grimes has seen his share of successes in film since he got into the business. Taken 2, American Sniper, and The Magnificent Seven are just a few of the movies in which he has appeared. He has also played the role of Elliott Grey in the Fifty Shades series. He caused a bit of bad blood on the television show True Blood in 2013 when it was to be revealed that his character, James, was gay and that there were going to be some steamy scenes. Grimes claimed that he left the show due to his busy movie-making schedule but those around the True Blood set have been pretty adamant that it was Grimes’ unwillingness to play the part that was written for him. Grimes has continued to stay busy on the big screen despite that distraction.
11 Robert Pattinson - Little Ashes
This 31-year-old actor is most well-known for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight series but he has been in plenty of other feature films and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all. One role that proved rather challenging was his part in the 2009’s Little Ashes in which he portrayed Salvador Dali. The script called for a pretty graphic same-sex scene with co-star Javier Beltran who played poet, Federico Garcia Lorca. This particular scene was extremely hard for Pattinson to go through with. In fact, he seriously considered giving up acting. It must have been unnerving to have to perform such an intimate scene on an open set. There was also the embarrassment of having Spanish electricians giggling off to the side of the set.
10 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - Get Smart
Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest movies stars. After a great career as a professional wrestler, Johnson has starred in several hit movies such as The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, and Hercules. He just finished appearing in Baywatch and he has been a part of the Fast and Furious franchise. He appeared in the 2008 comedy Get Smart alongside funnyman Steve Carell. Dwayne’s role in this flick may not have been his most popular but it did get tongues wagging over his lip lock with Carell. While the two pulled it off, Johnson doesn’t appear to have gotten too much pleasure from the scene. He compared Steve Carell’s lips to the bottom of a cat’s paws and his tongue to cat litter. He never specified if Carell’s lips were like the bottom of a cat’s paws before or after being in the kitty litter.
9 Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
The late Heath Ledger was quite a talented individual and had appeared in several movies prior to taking on the role of Ennis Del Mar in 2005’s Brokeback Mountain. Most people know that the movie features some very intimate scenes between Heath and his co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal. While Ledger would later tell people in interviews that it was really no big deal, Heath was nervous about filming the scene. How did he build his courage? According to Matt Damon, the Bourne franchise actor asked Ledger how he went about preparing for the scene. Ledger replied, “Well, mate, I drank half a case of beer in my trailer.” The plan seemingly worked as Heath and Jake nailed the scene in convincing fashion. The movie won Ledger a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
8 Nicholas Brown - Has Stated He Won't Kiss Another Male
You may not have heard of Nicholas Brown but he is one of 15 straight actors who couldn’t stand the ‘gay kiss’. He has been seen around Bollywood as well as Australia and North America in feature films, television, and on stage. He was also the lead singer in a band called Knuckle Funk which was based in California. He wrote a letter a few years ago describing how he is simply not comfortable with having to kiss another man for a role. He explained that he has plenty of gay friends and that he supports the LGBT cause but he does not want people thinking that he is gay. The thought of others thinking so, or for him to even consider that others may think it is uncomfortable. This sense of insecurity has cost him a few roles.
7 Kevin Hart - Chose Not To Appear In Tropic Thunder
Comedian, actor, and musician Kevin Hart has been on television and the big screen for over 15 years and he seems to get busier and busier by the day. He has played a variety of character types but one role that he will not take is the part of a gay character. He turned down the part of Alpha Chino in the comedy Tropic Thunder because the character was gay. Naturally, this has raised some eyebrows in the gay community and he has been accused of being homophobic. Hart tells a different story. He claims that he simply can’t play such a part due to his own insecurities. He states that he has no ill will or disrespect towards the LGBT community. He has tried to douse the flames by saying that he may change his mind after getting a bit more acting experience under his belt.
6 Chris Potter - Queer As Folk
The television show Queer as Folk was popular in the UK before being adopted in the States. As could be inferred from the title, the drama follows the lives of various gay men and women. It would also be safe to assume that any actor or actress that took a role in the show would have known that there would be some same-sex spit swapping involved. Chris Potter, who played Dr. David Cameron, was involved in such scenes but he was far from pleased about it. Some could give him the thumbs up for performing those scenes but he was heavily criticized when he told MSNBC that “Soon as they say ‘cut’, you spit.” He added that “You want to go to a strip bar of touch the makeup girls. You feel dirty. It’s a tough job.”
5 Harry Hamlin - Making Love
Things were looking up for Harry Hamlin going into the early 80s. He had just finished playing Perseus in the movie Clash of the Titans and was on the cusp of movie stardom. He then took the part of Bart in the 1982 movie Making Love which focused on the lives of two gay men. The film, which was considered to be “ahead of its time”, divided audiences and is largely blamed for putting a quick end to the budding star’s rise. While Hamlin was fully aware of what he was in for, being filmed in those raunchy scenes was quite discomforting. He admitted that he was nervous before doing the scenes. Just before shooting the scene, Hamlin and his co-star went for lunch and got a little loaded up on wine to help them through the traumatic moments.
4 Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
Jake Gyllenhaal’s role of Jack Twist in the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain was probably the toughest he ever had to do. Like a few other actors on this list, Jake knew exactly what would be required when he took the role. Even though he had his reservations, he acted like a true professional and went through with it. Jake likens doing the scenes as being like a kid that is terrified of water being thrown into deep water. The kid just wants to get back to the boat as soon as possible. Sounds like Jake didn’t really enjoy filming the scenes. He also remembers how roughly the two handled each other. He said that they went at it so hard that they almost broke each other’s noses.
3 John Cho - Star Trek Beyond
John Cho played the role of Hikaru Sulu in the 2016 movie Star Trek Beyond which is the latest in the latest in the Star Trek franchise. The 14th installation is due out soon. In Star Trek Beyond, it is discovered that Sulu has a husband back home with whom he shares a daughter. The script called for a “welcome home kiss” between Cho and his husband but Cho had some reservations about the whole thing. It wasn’t the act of affectionately kissing another male. Cho had a number of reasons to not want to do the scene. He was worried that George Takei, who played the original Sulu in the Star Trek series, wouldn’t be happy about it. He was also concerned that Asian men would feel that the scene would contribute to the perception of the feminization of Asian males. He also had a theory about such a scene implying that homosexuality was a choice. Well, he did the scene and it would up on the cutting room floor.
2 Colin Farrell - A Home At The End Of The World
This 41-year-old award-winning Irish actor has been a staple in the film industry for 20 years. He has had been in Hart’s War, Minority Report, Pride and Glory, and In Bruges. He also had parts in Alexander and A Home at the End of the World in which he shared kisses with male co-stars. While Colin comes across like these same-sex kisses are no big deal, he definitely did not enjoy shooting those scenes. He admits that he was “terrified” when he had to kiss Dallas Roberts during the making of A Home at the End of the World but he also knows that it’s part of the job. He also stated that his same-sex kiss in Alexander was “horrible” and was “not a pleasant experience.” It seems that Colin isn’t a fan of pressing his lips up against stubble.
1 Ray Liotta - Shades Of Blue
Most of us have known Ray Liotta to play in masculine roles. He is best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the movie Goodfellas as well as his roles in Field of Dreams, Something Wild, and Cop Land. It would be hard to imagine the 62-year-old actor kissing another guy until you follow his character in the television show Shades of Blue. In this police drama, Liotta plays the part of Lt. Matt Wozniak, a corrupt cop who appears to be a macho-type family man. In a departure from any of his other roles, Liotta’s Wozniak is revealed to be gay in a scene where he shares a steamy kiss with Michael Esper who plays Donnie Pomp. Liotta had no idea that his character was gay until he read the script just before the scene was to be filmed. He was in a bit of shock but he has done his job without complaining.