These Actors Refused to Kiss Their Co-Stars on Screen
The chemistry you feel between two actors when they star in a romantic movie together can seem so genuine and real. Well, that’s why they call it acting! Sometimes the actors don’t get along at all and even hate working with each other. These actors and actresses were so adamant about not wanting to kiss their co-stars on screen that they ended up writing the kiss out of the scripts. Read more to see which actors and actresses refused to kiss their co-stars.
Leona Lewis and Chace Crawford
How could you say no to kissing the heartthrob Chace Crawford? Well, Leona Lewis did it when he appeared in her music video for “I Will Be.” “I think [Lou Al-Chamaa] would [get jealous] if I was kissing them, but I’d never do that,” Lewis said. So, to keep everyone’s feelings safe, she decided to skip the lip locking.
Fawad Khan and Alia Bhatt
Pakistani actor Fawad Khan refused to kiss his co-star Alia Bhatt because he wanted to stay chaste. So, when they absolutely had to kiss, they did a fake kiss. Fawad still flinched as Alia came close to his face though.
Tisha Campbell and Martin Lawrence
There was a lot of drama between Tisha Campbell and Martin Lawrence by the time the fifth season of Martin came around. Tisha refused to kiss Martin, or even film any scenes with him at all after she filed sexual harassment charges.
Neal McDonough and Virginia Madsen
Neal McDonough refused to film any love scenes with actress Virginia Madsen while filming Scoundrels. He was so adamant that he ended up losing the role and was replaced by David James Eliott.
Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea
Kirk Cameron is known for being an evangelical Christian. So, after he married his former co-star Chelsea Noble from Growing Pains, he vowed not to kiss actresses on screen to respect his wife. So, when it came to filming a kissing scene in Fireproof, Kirk’s wife came to set as a body double for the actress and they shot the scene in silhouette.
Janet Jackson and Tupac
There was definite chemistry between Janet Jackson and Tupac while filming Poetic Justice. However, Janet was pretty hesitant about filming kissing scenes with Tupac because of his reputation for being a Casanova. At the time, AIDS has just come to light and it wasn’t yet known how exactly it was spread.
Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen
Lindsay Lohan has had her fair share of on-screen kisses. However, when it came to kissing Charie Sheen while filming Scary Movie 5, she refused completely. So, they used a body double so Lohan wouldn’t have to kiss the actor.
Will Smith and Another Man
While filming Six Degrees of Separation, Will Smith was asked to kiss another man on camera since his character was gay. Smith asked friend Denzel Washington for advice on the matter where he advised him not to do the scene. So, the director settled with a fake kiss.
Kevin Hart and Another Man
Kevin Hart actually turned down roles, such as in Tropic Thunder, because he didn’t want to have to kiss a man. “I can’t [play a gay character] because I don’t think I’m really going to dive into that role 100 percent, because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part. What I think people are going to think while I’m trying to do this is going to stop me from playing that part the way I’m supposed to,” Hart said.
Sunny Leone and Anybody
Actress Sunny Leone refused to kiss anybody that she may work with on set. She even has a no kissing clause in her contract. We still don’t know why she is such a stickler about this, especially when she still films love scenes.
Reese Witherspoon and Rob Pattinson
While Reese Witherspoon did share a passionate kiss with Rob Pattinson for their movie Water for Elephants, she definitely wasn’t happy about it. Apparently, while filming their love scene, Rob had a nasty cold.
Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
Brad Pitt is no stranger to kissing beautiful actresses on screen. However, when it came to kissing co-star Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Pitt refused. Some speculate that it was out of respect for his now ex-wife Angelina Jolie because they were going through some rough times. Later on, the director convinced Pitt to do one kiss scene.
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte
Julia Roberts wasn’t enthusiastic about kissing Nick Nolte in I Love Trouble. This probably has to do with the fact that they really did not get along when the cameras weren’t rolling. The two did share one kissing scene together.
Candace Cameron and Anyone
Candace Cameron is no stranger to kissing actors on screen. However, recently she has grown not to like it and only wants to kiss her husband. “Sometimes I’m doing my Hallmark movies and we’ve got a new guy in each movie. I’m getting more uncomfortable with it the older I’m getting. I’m like, ‘I don’t want to keep doing this!’” she said.
Kirsten Dunst and Brad Pitt
Kirsten Dunst was just 11 years old when she filmed Interview with a Vampire and was forced to kiss Brad Pitt. Understandably, she wasn’t thrilled about kissing a grown man. In fact, Dunst waited another four years before she kissed anyone again.
Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts was pretty hurt when she found out her costar Denzel Washington didn’t want to kiss her while filming The Pelican Brief. Washington claims it wasn’t personal, but the fact that he wasn’t sure how African American women would feel about him kissing a white woman.
Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco
Vanessa Hudgens really hated kissing James Franco while filming Spring Breakers. She even said, “It was very nerve-racking for me. I told my agent that I never want to do it ever again.” We can only imagine how Franco feels about that.
Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has always had a fun soul that likes to play pranks on people. So, when it came to filming kiss scenes with Liam Hemsworth in Mockingjay, she would eat garlic or tuna and make the whole situation very awkward. It’s understandable why the two friends wouldn’t want to kiss each other.
Jewel and Rob Lowe
How could anyone say no to kissing Rob Lowe? Well, Jewel had her reasons. She claimed later that she “didn’t know where his mouth had been.” Eventually, the director convinced her to do the scene, though.
Herizen F. Guardiola and Justice Smith
Herizen F. Guardiola had a problem when it came to kissing her costar Justice Smith in their movie The Get Down. “I didn’t want to kiss him. I didn’t know him. I don’t just kiss people I don’t know. I don’t care what the situation is,” she explained. Justice felt completely different about the situation, though.
Priyanka Chopra and Annu Kapoor
There are rumors that Priyanka Chopra refused to do any love scenes with Annu Kapoor while filming Saat Khoon Maaf because he was 26 years older than she. Chopra denies these claims, though.
Thandie Newton and Gerard Butler
There is only one reason why anybody wouldn’t want to kiss Gerard Butler and according to Thandie Newton, it was because he had a cold. Even though he is extremely handsome, Thandie wasn’t going to risk her health for a kissing scene.
Samuel L. Jackson and Anyone
Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Cell was a gay man. However, Jackson didn’t know that when he signed on to the movie. He was adamant about not kissing any men for the movie and got his way.
Justin Bieber and a Backup Dancer
Justin Bieber had the chance to star in Uber Girl, but he lost the role due to one small conflict. In the script, there was a love scene with Bieber and a male backup dancer. Bieber couldn’t get passed it and the director wouldn’t take it out of the script.
Luke Grimes and Nelsan Ellis
There are some things actors absolutely refuse to do. For Luke Grimes, it’s kissing a man. He quit his job on True Blood after the writers had him fall in love with Nelsan Ellis’s character.
Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
It’s always awkward working with an ex. So, when real life ex-couple Ranbir Kappor and Katrina Kaif starred in Jagga Jasoos, they refused to kiss each other on screen. They also had some personal conflicts while on set, understandably.
Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel
Lily and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother are ultimate couple goals. However, Alyson Hannigan refused to kiss Jason Segel because he smoked cigarettes. He offered to pay her $10 for each cigarette he smoked, but it just added up. So, you don’t see this couple kissing too often on the show.
Pat Boone and Shirley Jones
While filming April Love, Pat Boone refused to kiss costar Shirley Jones. He had never done a romantic scene like that and didn’t want to disrespect his wife. So, he made sure to talk to his wife before any decision was made about the kiss.
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder mutually refused to kiss each other on set after they broke up in real life. While the two remain friends, it was still very awkward, especially now that Somerhalder is married to actress Nikki Reed.
Sadie Sink and Caleb McLaughlin
Sadie Sink was hesitant and completely shocked when she found out she had to kiss costar Caleb McLaughlin on Stranger Things. The director added the kiss in last minute and Sink was surprised to learn that she would have to do her first on screen kiss when she got to set that morning.
Tiger Shroff and Anyone
Tiger Shroff has a no kissing clause in his contract. His reasoning is that kissing in movies goes against his Indian culture. So, the only woman he is kissing is his girlfriend, Disha Patani.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt
While filming Passengers, Jennifer Lawrence had to get very drunk before her love scene with Chris Pratt. At the time, Pratt was still married to his wife, Anna Farris. Lawrence just couldn’t get over the guilt of kissing a married man, so she had to have a few drinks before doing it.
Sean Young and Harrison Ford
Sean Young had a huge problem with any intimate scenes with her costar Harrison Ford while filming Blade Runner. First, she didn’t like his mustache. Then the two just never got along or agreed on anything. They really had to show their acting talents while filming a scene together.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
It’s a wild love story for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. When they first started working together on The Notebook, Gosling couldn’t stand McAdams. In fact, he tried to get her fired. However, they eventually grew on each other and ended up dating for two years after filming ended.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
The chemistry between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, both on and off screen, is undeniable. When they worked on their second movie, Revolutionary Road, the actors wanted to stay away from similar scenes and themes from Titanic. So, you won’t see them kissing too much in this movie.
Sienna Miller and James Franco
It’s strange for a romantic movie to lack kissing, especially when the main characters are newlyweds. Well, Sienna Miller refused to kiss James Franco in Camille for a few reasons. At first, she considered Franco a little creepy, especially because he had tried to hook up with a teenage girl. Secondly, she ended up having a dental emergency and actually couldn’t kiss Franco that day.
Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
During the first season of Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet (who is straight in real life) refused to kiss his on-screen husband Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Over the years the two can be seen kissing on the show, but conversation about their life in the bedroom is almost nonexistent.
Kimberly McCullough and an Older Costar
While filming General Hospital Kimberly McCullough, who was just 14 years old at the time, was expected to kiss a costar that was eight years her senior. She was obviously uncomfortable about it, especially because she didn’t find out whom she was kissing and his age until she arrived on set that day.