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Actors are famous for creating chemistry with those around them, and their job is to make audiences believe they are something they aren't. While many movie stars genuinely get along with their fellow cast members, that isn't always the case in Tinseltown. Here are 13 romantic on-screen couples who did not get along in real life.
Leonardo DiCaprio & Claire Danes "Romeo + Juliet"
Though the pair may have had a lot of chemistry on-screen playing the famous star-crossed lovers, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes notoriously did not get along on set of 1996's Romeo + Juliet. Danes allegedly had a problem with DiCaprio playing pranks on the cast and crew, and his constant goofing off. In turn, the actor felt that Danes was annoyingly reserved and uptight, creating a major contrast of personalities. There was even an ever-present rumor that the two completely avoided interacting and speaking to each other when the cameras stopped rolling.
Julia Roberts & Nick Nolte "I Love Trouble"
It's no secret that Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte absolutely despised each other during the filming of their romantic comedy, I Love Trouble (1994). Their Hollywood feud lasted long after cameras stopped rolling, with the two taking jabs at each other multiple times. They first clashed during production, and tensions got so high that Roberts and Nolte had to shoot many of their scenes separately. Once the film wrapped up, their lack of chemistry was apparent as it was not received well by critics. Roberts described the actor as "completely disgusting" while he had said "she's not a nice person, everyone knows that." Yikes!
Sharon Stone & Billy Baldwin "Sliver"
The notoriously steamy (and critically panned) 1993's Sliver was known for its hot and heavy scenes between leads Sharon Stone and Billy Baldwin, but the passion did not carry off-screen. The pair could hardly stand each-other and Stone reportedly hated Baldwin so much that she actually bit his tongue in one of their loves scenes! He was rumored to have been unable to speak for a week after the incident. Stone would also use mouthwash after kissing him, proving there was no love lost between these two stars.
Richard Gere & Debra Winger "An Officer and a Gentleman"
1982's An Officer and a Gentleman may be a beloved romantic classic, but it's an experience lead Debra Winger would prefer to forget. Richard Gere and Winger argued constantly on the set, and the actress reportedly did not think very highly of the film's leading man. Winger was known to be notoriously difficult to work with during the peak of her career in the '80s, and she compared Gere to "a brick wall" and even described director Taylor Hackford as "an animal."
Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling "The Notebook"
Beloved tear-jerker romance The Notebook (2004) was famous for its iconic and steamy loves scenes, including the epic make-out in the rain. While their chemistry on-screen was explosive, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling did not get along at all during filming. Just like their characters Allie and Noah, the actors would constantly bicker and argue, resulting in some intense fights. Director Nick Cassavetes revealed that Gosling tried to have McAdams replaced at one point: "And Ryan came to me, and there's 150 people standing in this big scene,and he says, 'Nick come here.' And he's doing a scene with Rachel and says, "Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?'" That passion turned romantic, as the two famously dated for three years.
Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey "Dirty Dancing"
During the production of the cult classic film Dirty Dancing (1987), romantic leads Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had a less-than-stellar experience. In his memoir, the late actor revealed that Grey was often difficult to work with, having expressed, "She'd slip into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over. We did have a few moments of friction...she seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her." Though the pair had their issues during the filming process, they did end up reconciling and became friends once Dirty Dancing wrapped.
Marilyn Monroe & Tony Curtis "Some Like It Hot"
Iconic blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe and the handsome and talented Tony Curtis starred together in the critically-acclaimed comedy Some Like It Hot (1959). However, sparks did not fly between the famous actors, as Curtis had become fed up with Monroe's constant tardiness and inability to remember her lines. Her demands for retakes frustrated the actor, and he once said, "She'd gone funny. Her mind was all over the place." Though he was famous for his describing his romance scenes with the beauty with "It was like kissing Hitler," some sources suggest Curtis had only been kidding and was tired of the countless and pointless press questions.
Harrison Ford & Sean Young "Blade Runner"
Replicant love looked mighty fine in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), but that wasn't exactly the case off-screen. Actors Harrison Ford and Sean Young famously disliked each other, and did not get along on set. Sean Young was known for her reputation as being a difficult co-star during the '80s, which Ford would likely agree on. Their mutual disdain for one another was so out in the open that crew members even called their love scenes "hate scenes."
Marlon Brando & Sophia Loren "A Countess from Hong Kong"
It seemed that from the very beginning, Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren were not going to have a good experience filming 1967's romantic comedy A Countess from Hong Kong. Brando was known for being a temperamental leading man, and was famous for his lateness and indifferent approach to acting. The talented Italian actress Sophia Loren was apparently not amused by his antics. The actor once pointed out that he could see Loren's nose hairs while filming a scene, which did not help the situation. Loren also accused Brando of groping her, having recounted, "And I said, don't do that ever again, because I'm going to slap you right in the face."
Meryl Streep & Dustin Hoffman "Kramer vs. Kramer"
Dustin Hoffman is notorious for his method-acting approach to his characters, which he famously did during the filming of the 1979 legal drama Kramer vs. Kramer. The actor has been widely reported by different media outlets to having harassed co-star Meryl Streep during production of the film. To fully immerse himself in the role, Hoffman would hurl insults and obscenities at Streep, and even taunted her with the name of her deceased lover to draw out a better performance. The award-winning actress told The New York Times in 2018 that Hoffman had slapped her hard without warning: "This was my first movie and it was my first take in my first movie, and he just slapped me. It was overstepping."
Pierce Brosnan & Teri Hatcher "Tomorrow Never Dies"
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan apparently wasn't too excited to work with Tomorrow Never Dies "Bond Girl" Teri Hatcher in the 1998 film. Brosnan apparently became frustrated by Hatcher's string of late arrivals on set, and once revealed in an interview, "I got very upset with her. She was always keeping me waiting for hours. I must admit I let slip a few words which weren't very nice." Apparently there was an underlying reason for Hatcher's lateness: she was pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. The two reportedly patched things up after filming completed.
Kate Beckinsale & Luke Wilson "Vacancy"
Though the 2007 horror film Vacancy had the talented actors Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson as its stars, it was nonetheless an unmemorable film for audiences. However, the leads of the movie were even more eager to put the lackluster flick behind them. There were rumors that the pair did not like one another, with Beckinsale annoyed by Wilson's on set lateness and hungover look. The actor also refused to stand-off camera for the actress when she needed to read her lines, instead sending his stand-in. Beckinsale allegedly got so fed up she refused to help Wilson in return, instead sending a photograph of herself to the set with a note attached, reading, "Read your lines to this--it will be better for both of us."
Reese Witherspoon & Vince Vaughn "Four Christmases"
Seasoned actors Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn apparently clashed over filming styles while shooting 2008's Four Christmases. Witherspoon liked to practice and prepare before every scene, while Vaughn preferred a more laid-back approach and liked to ad-lib performances. Their conflicting acting techniques allegedly created tension on set, a rumor the actress tried to downplay. Though she would go on to call Vaughn "the funniest person I've ever worked with," the duo did not walk the red carpet or do joint press for the film, making you wonder just how much truth there actually was to the rumors.
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Jacqueline G Rozell on September 06, 2019:
Other than Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, Pierce Brosnan and Terri Hatcher, I never felt any of the other couples had much chemistry anyway. That the other four did is a tribute to their acting skills. It's gratifying to know they became friends in the end. Learning Hatcher was pregnant explains her tardy arrivals on set and had she let it be known earlier, Brosnan seems too much of a gentleman not to have cut her some slack from the beginning. As for Jennifer Grey, I would imagine trying to learn and keep up routines with Swayze, who was an accomplished dancer before he became an actor, was indeed trying. Nevertheless, millions of women would have given anything to literally be in her shoes and in his arms, regardless of the hardship. I have three copies of the video yet miss the opportunity to watch it when it shows up on Hulu or Netflix. In fact, I watch all of Patrick Swayze's films and wish one of them would stream Next of Kin which isn't seen much. So many good ones, gone too soon.