Who doesn’t love a good romantic scene in a movie? But if you’re anything like me, you wonder how it must be to film scenes like that. I’m just so aware that they’re acting and always thinking what it would be like to film an intimate scene with a whole camera crew surrounding you. And not to mention the fact that most actors and actresses have real-life spouses that are going to absolutely watch these scenes! So yeah, you can say that it’s a little bit awkward.
But what if you knew that some romantic scenes have an extra layer of awkward because one of the actors refuses to kiss his or her costar? Ouch. Can you imagine? Anyways, here are some true stories of real-life awkward behind the scenes moments.
It may be hard to believe, but Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt initially refused to kiss Cate Blanchett in the filming of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’ Apparently, it was out of respect for his then-wife, Angelina Jolie. This resulted in rumors that there was trouble in paradise. The movie’s director, David Fincher, was thrown off guard. But he eventually managed to convince Brad to do the kissing scene anyway.
Lindsey was so adamant not to kiss Charlie Sheen in the making of ‘Scary Movie 5’ that they eventually got a body double to do the kissing scene. From the beginning, the ‘Mean Girls’ star made it clear that she was against having to kiss the actor because she was concerned about his wild partying history. But the producers didn’t even change the script until after they already started filming, probably because they figured she would just change her mind. While a body double was hired to fill in for some of the kissing scenes, other scenes were completely taken out of the movie. How did Charlie take it? He reportedly had no issues with her requests.
Janet and Tupac were cute together in the romantic drama ‘Poetic Justice,’ but it looks like there was even more drama behind the scenes. Janet was reluctant to do any romantic scenes with the rapper because he had a reputation of being a ladies’ man. She went so far as to insist that he get an AIDS test beforehand (which is probably because at the time it wasn’t widely understood that the disease couldn’t be spread through saliva). Tupac refused to do the test, feeling insulted. But despite her pushback, Janet still had to do the kissing scene.
Before Will Smith became a big movie star known for his roles in ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Bad Boys,’ he was doing lesser-known independent films like ‘Six Degrees of Separation.’ In the film, he played a gay con-artist who liked to fool people into thinking Sidney Poitier was his father. The script called for a scene in which he was supposed to passionately kiss another man, but Will refused to do it, and the director was not happy. Will reportedly went to Denzel Washington for some words of wisdom, and he encouraged him not to do it. So the director had to settle with shooting a fake kissing scene from behind.
Will later revealed that he’s not proud of the decision he made, referring to is as “very immature” and that he “wasn’t emotionally stable enough to artistically commit to that aspect of the film.”
In the movie ‘Water for Elephants,’ the two pulled off a tender on-screen kiss, but in real life, a smooch with Robert Pattinson was the last thing that Reese wanted to do. Why? Because Pattinson had a serious cold at the time. Reese later stated: “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.”