When you watch a movie couple kiss on screen and it looks like they have fantastic chemistry, that could be due to the fact that they really do get along with one another when the director calls "cut." But it could just as easily be two professionals putting their differences aside to focus on their work. Sadly, while fans would love to find out that Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey's real-world counterparts were truly smitten, the truth is that those two actors didn't actually get along.
The fact that this may come as a shock to fans is a tribute to Jamie Dornan And Dakota Johnson's skills as actors. As it turns out, they aren't the only onscreen movie couple who reportedly hated one another in real life. There are tons of stories of actors and actresses who despised one another, and while this sometimes resulted in one or two people being recast, more often than not, it meant the chemistry seen on screen was some incredibly good acting, and nothing more.
If there's one thing fans know about The Notebook, it's that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have some serious onscreen chemistry. That's one of the reasons the film is consistently lauded as a great romantic movie. However, if their onscreen chemistry proves anything, it's that these two are fantastic actors. Despite what fans might prefer for the people who brought Nick and Allie to life, the two professionals absolutely detested one another.
Things were so bad between them that Gosling refused to run lines with his co-star, and insisted on having another woman read with him. Somehow, after the two were forced to discuss things in a room, they managed to find a way to work together, but it wasn't easy for them - or for the people who worked with them to make the movie happen.
Their hatred towards one another was the stuff of legend, gossip, and rumor until it was clarified by the film's director, Nick Cassavetes:
Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. 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 he says, “Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?” I said, “What?” He says, “I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this. We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out. At that point I was smoking cigarettes. I smoked a cigarette and everybody came out like, “All right let’s do this.” And it got better after that, you know? They had it out... I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. The rest of the film wasn’t smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing.
Actors: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, James Marsden, Joan Allen, + more
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Patrick Swayze was a professional who focused on his roles as well as any talented actor, which is what any director should expect from their actors and actresses. Jennifer Grey was still rather young when she came onto the set of Dirty Dancing, and despite having several acting credits to her name at the time, she wasn't what Swayze would call a truly "professional actress."
This led to a number of problems on set, and in Swayze's tell-all autobiography, The Time of My Life, he went into detail about how much of a problem Grey's behavior ended up being for the actor:
We did have a few moments of friction when we were tired or after a long day of shooting. [Grey] seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her. Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she'd start laughing. I was on overdrive for the whole [filming process] - staying up all night to do rewrites, squeezing in dance rehearsals, [filming] various scenes - and was exhausted a lot of the time. I didn't have a whole lot of patience for doing multiple retakes.
Despite the problems the two had working with one another, their performance speaks for itself, and Swayze described Grey's portrayal of Baby as a "truly phenomenal job." He went one step further to say, "In many ways, she made the movie."
Actors: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Wayne Knight, Kelly Bishop, + more
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Some Like it Hot is one of the greatest romantic comedy classics of all time, and the onscreen chemistry between Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe is the stuff of legend. When the cameras stopped rolling, however, Curtis apparently hated working with Monroe.
In Karina Longworth's book, Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997, Curtis is quoted as saying kissing his co-star was "like kissing Hitler." Apparently, he was joking when he said that, but years later, he elaborated by saying that filming the kissing scene with Monroe was "awful." He explained, "She nearly choked me... by deliberately sticking her tongue down my throat into my windpipe."
Curtis may not have enjoyed working with Monroe, but they must have patched things up. The actor claimed to have had two separate affairs with her: They allegedly became intimate in the early '50s before rekindling their romance during the filming of Some Like it Hot.
Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Grace Lee Whitney, George Raft, + more
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Even before Fifty Shades of Grey hit theaters, fans of the book were commenting online that the two main characters lacked visible chemistry. There was something about the way they looked at one another in photos and clips from the movies that suggested Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan might not be getting along as well as their onscreen counterparts.
In interviews and press tours, the two actors seemed uncomfortable even sitting beside one another. Consider this interview:
Natalie Morales: What is it like [working] together. I mean, is there that instant chemistry?
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson: [Shake heads no].
Natalie Morales: No. You hate each other.
Jamie Dornan [Nods head yes].
Dakota Johnson: [Studies ceiling].
Natalie Morales: He's hard to work with?
Dakota Johnson: [Loud exhale].
Despite their lack of affection toward one another, both actors were steadfast in their insistence that their characters were played with the chemistry and intensity demanded of the book.
Actors: Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden, Jamie Dornan, Rachel Skarsten, + more
Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson