There’s nothing quite like going to the movies and being captivated by a grand romance on the big screen. When the chemistry between the actors is spot-on, you can feel it. And if you’re a romantic, it won’t take much for their onscreen sparks to delight you—even if it’s just for 90 minutes or so.
A love story in the movies is epic and sweeping. It makes you dream of finding a great love of your own—or, if you already have one, it reminds you just how special that bond can be.
However, these (usually) aren’t real lovebirds: they’re just actors. Sure, sometimes things are just what they appear, and you’ll learn that their attraction is just as real off-set as it is on. Other times, however, these stars couldn’t stand each other—and their mutual hatred created a special chemistry all of its own.
1. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook: The entire premise of this tear-jerking romance is that the chemistry between its two stars is intense beyond words. While the two actors went on to date after the filming, during the shoot they reportedly hated each other. Gosling even asked for McAdams to be fired!
2. Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot: Monroe’s constant lateness to set and inability to remember her lines drove Curtis up the wall. When asked about shooting love scenes with the blond bombshell, he said, “Kissing Marilyn Monroe is like kissing Hitler.”
3. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte in I Love Trouble: The trouble between Roberts and Nolte was so intense that not one person on set loved it. The actors hated each other so much that they eventually shot all of their scenes separately.
4. Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in Kramer Versus Kramer: The struggle between these two powerhouse actors ultimately led to Oscar glory for this classic film. However, during the shoot, Hoffman was irritated by Streep’s changes to the script.
5. Pierce Brosnan and Terri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies: Brosnan soured on his co-star almost immediately when she kept him waiting on set for hours. Even when he learned it was morning sickness that had been making her ill, he remained resolute in his hatred.
6. Billy Baldwin and Sharon Stone in Sliver: From the start of shooting, Stone hated Baldwin. She referred to her co-star as being “asexual,” which was not something that made Baldwin too happy. Their famous racy love scene was actually called the “hate scene” by the crew shooting the movie.
7. Marlon Brando and Sofia Loren in A Countess From Hong Kong: During the shooting of this movie, Loren confronted Brando about being a little bit too handsy with her on the set. Brando took offense and the duo become enemies.
8. Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale in Vacancy: The secret feud between these two actors was kept so tightly under wraps that no one really knows why they hated each other. Some speculate that Wilson was “very rude” to Beckinsale early on.
9. Harrison Ford and Sean Young in Blade Runner: All throughout the 1980s, Young was a starlet on the rise. Unfortunately, she was notoriously difficult to work with on set. Ford, a tough nut to crack himself, could not stand Young.
10. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road: The unbearable heat and long hours on this set had Hardy and Theron at each other’s throats. However, they eventually reconciled with Hardy giving Theron a self-portrait as a parting gift with an inscription that read: “You are an absolute nightmare, BUT you are also freaking awesome. I’ll kind of miss you. Love, Tommy.”
Yikes! Who knew that, beneath their onscreen chemistry, these actors loathed each other so much? It’s actually a real testimony to their skills as performers.