10 Hollywood Actors Who Absolutely Hated Kissing Their Co-Star

For decades, cinemagoers have enjoyed watching romance between two beautiful movie characters, in scenes that are shot, lit and acted in a way that makes them look utterly perfect. But peek through the curtain of many of Hollywood’s most popular films, and it very quickly becomes clear that things aren’t always as rosy behind the scenes. In fact, there are many examples of A-list actors being utterly honest about how much they hated kissing their gorgeous co-stars, and below are 10 of the most interesting examples.


10. Tom Cruise and Thandiwe Newton

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“Slightly icky and a little bit wet” is how English actress Thandiwe Newton described her kiss with Tom Cruise on the set of the 2000 action spy sequel Mission: Impossible 2.

It seems that the pair had to shoot their intimate exchange multiple times, because Newton also revealed that she would “go home at the end of the day moaning about how many times we had to do it.”

9. William Baldwin and Sharon Stone

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One of the most infamous examples of an on-screen kiss going very wrong came during the filming of the critically derided 1993 erotic thriller Sliver.

The film’s leading couple, William Baldwin and Sharon Stone, were apparently at loggerheads from the moment they met, and things came to a very painful head when Stone deliberately bit Baldwin’s tongue whilst they were shooting a kissing scene.

8. Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst

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Many would jump at the chance to receive a kiss from Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt, especially during his 90s heyday, but ten-year-old Kirsten Dunst was less than impressed with the peck she received from her hunky co-star during the filming of 1994’s Interview With The Vampire.

“He had this long hair, he was just a hippie-ish cool dude.” Dunst recalls “Everyone at the time was like, ‘you’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but I thought it was disgusting.”

7. James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie

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Just as we would predict a high level of enthusiasm at the prospect of kissing Brad Pitt, we would also expect many to be first in line to give a peck to his ex-wife. Unfortunately, X-Men star James McAvoy was less than positive about his experience kissing the beautiful Angelina Jolie.

“I can tell you what it was like to kiss her on a film set. It was awkward, sweaty and not very nice,” McAvoy has said about his snog with the actress during the filming of 2008’s Wanted.

6. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

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Things were made extra awkward for Kate Winslet when she reunited with her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2008 romantic drama Revolutionary Road.

Winslet’s intimate embrace with DiCaprio had to be done in front of her then-husband, the film’s director Sam Mendes, with the actress recalling that “it was more that neither Sam nor Leo seemed the slightest bit bothered. I was like, ‘Is it just me who feels a bit weird about this?’”

5. Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale

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Another example of a leading couple being forced to smooch in front of a spouse came on the set of the 2012 Total Recall remake, when Kate Beckinsale had to get romantic with Colin Farrell in front of her husband Len Wiseman, the film’s director.

“Kissing her was a little bit dodgy because the director, her husband, wasn’t kind enough to leave the room,” Farrell later confessed. “Being a director he had to watch the scene, it’s a little bit creepy.”

4. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon

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He may be a beautiful example of a human being, but Reese Witherspoon’s experience of locking lips with her Water for Elephants co-star Robert Pattinson was less than pleasant for the actress.

The apparent lack chemistry cited later by critics wasn’t helped by the fact that Pattinson had a cold when a kissing scene was due to be filmed. “He did have a very runny nose,” Witherspoon has been quoted as saying. “It wasn’t appealing, it wasn’t pleasant.”

3. Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence

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It was love rather than hate that made for an uncomfortable kissing experience between Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth on the set of The Hunger Games, because being good friends off screen made for some awkward intimate moments on it.

“Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth later told talk show host Jimmy Fallon. “She’s one of my best friends, I love her, but if we had a kissing scene she would make a point of eating garlic or tuna fish or something that was disgusting.”

2. Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe

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One of the most damning kissing insults ever made by a Hollywood male against his female co-star came when Tony Curtis described sharing a smooch with Marilyn Monroe as being “like kissing Hitler.”

Curtis later retracted his comment, however, telling the Daily Mail that he had “said it as a joke. I mean, it was such a darn stupid question, so I gave a stupid answer.”

1. Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Aniston

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We’re going to travel into the world of television for our final example of smooches gone wrong, because Alec Baldwin was not at all complimentary about the kissing ability of his 30 Rock co-star Jennifer Aniston.

“It was painful,” Baldwin later admitted. “I mean, every man who’s had to make out with her in TV and movies, I don’t know how they do it.”