Famous Actors Talk About Memorable Onscreen Kisses That Weren't Supposed To Happen

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Vote up the improvised kiss stories that made a big impact.

In real life, it’s usually best not to kiss and tell. Thankfully, these famous filmmakers and actors are game to talk about the unscripted onscreen kisses that weren’t supposed to happen. 

Sometimes, a director asks their actors to do multiple takes of a scene. Actors will often use these takes to do a little improvisation. It is during these unscripted moments that an actor can perform on spontaneous passion - or, in the case of one TV funnyman, take an already awkward moment and turn it into cringey comedy gold. 

Make your voice heard. Vote up the improvised onscreen kiss stories you will never forget. 

  • The brother and sister share a tender - not passionate - kiss. Luke (Mark Hamill) gives Leia (Carrie Fisher) an unscripted kiss on the forehead in The Last Jedi in what would be their last moment together on screenThe 2017 epic serves as the eighth episode in the nine-part saga.

    Hamill said the scene was important because “Luke was saying goodbye to his sister forever.”

    The Skywalker actor took to Twitter to discuss the unscripted farewell kiss: "An emotionally charged day on set filming this because, knowing he was about to sacrifice his life for the greater good, Luke was saying goodbye... forever. The kiss was unscripted & spontaneous in the moment, summarizing his/my feelings in a way words could never have conveyed."

    Hamill also admits he can’t even watch the scene because of Fisher’s sudden passing in 2016.

    694 votes
  • Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were a real-life couple during the production of the 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Their characters Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, however, were not together during the high school graduation scene because of a promise that Peter made to Gwen's dad. 

    Promise or no promise, Garfield saw the opportunity to passionately kiss Stone. During the scene, Gwen has just delivered her valedictorian speech. Peter is late arriving to graduation because of his Spider-Man business and misses Gwen's speech.

    However, Parker makes it just in time to grab his diploma and plant an exuberant smooch on Gwen in front of the whole graduation crowd. 

    "Oh, the kiss wasn’t scripted. I didn’t know I was going to do it. I just thought, 'I just missed my girlfriend’s valedictorian speech,'" revealed Garfield. "'How am I going to make it up to her?' Then I was thinking, 'I’m graduating. I don’t really give a f**k about this place, and f**k all of the people.' So I’m going to go in and have fun. And embarrass her!"

    562 votes
  • Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's characters in Jurassic World spend plenty of time building up romantic tension while trying to figure out how to save tourists from genetically engineered dinosaurs. However, in the blockbuster movie's original script, the perfectly mismatched pair never locks lips

    "The kiss was spontaneous. That wasn’t written in there... By the time we shot, Colin [director Colin Trevorrow] said, ‘I think the characters are going to earn this. I think that it’s good to have a moment like this.’ It was funny because that day we were shooting, there were 800 background artists," said Howard. "We had shot the scene in the way that it was written - there was no kiss. And then on the last day, that happened - what you see in the movie. After Colin yells cut, there was mountainous applause. Everyone was cheering. It was great!"

    Howard also revealed she enjoyed kissing her hunky co-star, even saying that his breath "was like Starburst." The actress added, "He's perfect in every way."

    425 votes
  • "Let's keep going."

    Thelma & Louise features one of the most memorable endings in cinema history. After a female-empowering crime spree, the two best gal pals drive off a cliff before the law can catch up with them.

    In 2021, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon reunited to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary. Sarandon revealed that the farewell kiss the title characters share before they ride off into the sunset forever was not in the original script. 

    Sarandon explained the importance of adding the unscripted goodbye kiss:

    It happened at the very end of the day. It was the last day, and it was the helicopter coming in, the police cars arriving, Harvey [Keitel] running and everything else, and then we got to the scene. So, it was basically like a stunt. We had one take as the sun was going down. There had been a lot of other dialogue in the scene, and we just took that out and put that over a chase scene, because by this time, it seemed like we should be finishing each other's sentences rather than going on a long discourse. And I just said to Ridley and Geena, I said, "I'd really like to kiss you," so that's what we did. One take. One juicy romantic take, and then off we go into Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid area.

    "It was really magical the way it happened, because for me, when I turned to look at Susan, the characters are saying goodbye to each other but [it was] the end of this incredible experience. It was not acting. It was just reality for me," added Davis.

    290 votes
  • Oscar Nunez Had No Idea Just How Far Steve Carell Would Go When He Wouldn't Stop Hugging Him 
    Photo: The Office / NBC

    Leave it to Michael Scott (Steve Carell) to make things as awkward as humanly possible. In the Season 3 episode of The Office, “Gay Witch Hunt,” Scott accidentally outs Dunder Mifflin employee Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez).

    Carell improvised the now-famous kiss between the cringey boss and the accountant.

    Nunez explains how Carell grabbed the opportunity to make comedy gold: "And then he wasn't supposed to kiss me, we were just supposed to hug, and he kept hugging me. And that particular take, he came in really close, and I'm like, 'Where is he going with this? Oh, dear, yes, here we go.' And then I'm just thinking, 'Oh God, nobody laugh so we can use it.' And they didn't, and it worked perfectly. It was a lot of fun."

    410 votes
  • Woody Harrelson And Elizabeth Banks Have Conflicting Versions Of Their Unscripted Smooch In 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' 
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    The will-they-or-won’t-they romantic tension between polar opposites Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 finally ships after the two lock lips in a rejoiceful yet totally unscripted moment. Turns out that Harrelson has a real-life infatuation with his co-star.

    “I have a crush on Elizabeth Banks, I’m not going to lie,” admits Harrelson. “I think she’s a beautiful woman, I think she’s a marvelous actress, and I just love her as a person. She’s as fun as can be.”

    Harrelson acted on his passion by going off-script. “She didn’t know I was even going to do it, and I just kissed her,” he said. “She’s such a pro.”

    Banks tells a slightly different version of the characters' goodbye kiss. However, the actress corroborates that their much-anticipated smooch came from the actors. "We planned that moment. Woody [Harrelson] and I went into that moment, that wasn’t written, we improv'd that," said Banks. "We decided to do it, and the director was like, 'I love it. Let’s try it again.' We also did it without a kiss, and we let him decide in the editing room, and we love that he kept it."

    262 votes