Actors may be great at pretending, but it’s just that — pretending. Just because we watch a steamy, hot kiss in a film doesn’t mean it was actually hot in real life. In fact, some of Hollywood’s most kissable stars — the people who’ve been at least one-half of the sexiest kissing scenes in our favorite films — have turned out to be pretty bad at the art of locking lips behind-the-scenes. Wow, camera angles work wonders!
While celebrities like Heath Ledger, Blake Lively, Chris Pratt, and Angelina Jolie have all been praised for their kissing skills (like we’d expect anything less from that lot), their equally attractive peers could probably stand to learn a few things. For example, it’s easy to use an Altoid. They sell them at CVS. Don’t you have assistants who can get you these sorts of things? Do sets have vending machines?
From a dreamy vampire to one starlet’s iconically classic smile, these celebrities are Hollywood’s worst kissers. Better luck next time, y’all.
Anyone for some of Jennifer Lawrence's tuna kisses?
Jennifer Lawrence has kissed a few stars in the course of her Oscar-winning career. She’s even been nominated for best kiss at the MTV Movie Awards three times and won once for her kissing scene in Silver Linings Playbook. Sadly, those kisses were just some really good acting because J-Law purposely doesn’t do herself any favors.
During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show (via Daily Mail), Lawrence admitted that her Hunger Games love interests, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, were wildly unlucky to lock lips with the star. “I was like, ‘Who cares?’ and I’d eat mustard and tuna,” she admitted. Hemsworth, for one, definitely noticed. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he revealed, “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable … If we had a kissing scene, she would make a point of eating garlic or tuna fish … something that was disgusting.”
While Hutcherson hasn’t mentioned J-Law’s stank breath, the actor did note that her kisses were way too messy. In a panel at San Diego Comic-Con (via MTV), the actor told reporters, “In the resuscitation there was a kiss and there was slobber, and the slobber sort of got connected to my face.” J-Law even agreed that it was a little bit gross. She revealed that snot was coming out of her nose and it got in Hutcherson’s mouth when they locked lips — gross!
Kissing Robert Pattinson is contagious
For a time, Robert Pattinson was the sparkly-skinned vampire all of us wanted to kiss — as long as that meant we weren’t bitten and turned into a vampire ourselves. The Twilight star shared some uber-romantic kissing scenes with Kristen Stewart in the franchise that made him a household name, but when it came to his project, Water for Elephants, Reese Witherspoon spilled the ultimate make-out tea. Apparently, kissing the British actor was a little bit gross, if only because he wouldn’t tap out when he was sick.
In an interview with InTouch, Witherspoon admitted locking lips with Pattinson was absolutely disgusting. “Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I’ve ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life,” she said. “He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it –- and it was not appealing. I’m talking green, infectious, disgusting –- I’m not kidding!”
Hey man, vampires might have some level of immortality, but humans don’t. When they kiss a sick person, they get sick. Pattinson does seem self-aware, though. Metro reports the star owned up to being a “really bad kisser” long before Water for Elephants. Nonetheless, it didn’t seem to break his bond with Witherspoon. According to The Telegraph, their friendship was so strong that he allegedly moved in with the actress when all that bad stuff went down in the press with K-Stew.
James Franco is apparently 'meh'
Could you blame Vanessa Hudgens for not exactly wanting to kiss James Franco on the set of Spring Breakers? The dude was basically like a dollar store Riff Raff if Riff Raff wasn’t already the dollar store version of himself (though, according to Vice, his character was based on some unknown dude from Florida named Dangeruss. Let the Florida man stereotypes fly). We’d be remiss not to mention that Hudgens was used to kissing her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron. How can Franco compare to that?
While Spring Breakers may have been fun for everyone watching at home — especially because we finally saw Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez break out of their Disney shells — apparently Franco was not the best kisser. According to The Queensland Times, the actress admitted that she’d rather have kissed her co-star Ashley Benson. She also told Glow (via Just Jared) that after filming the three-way kissing scene with Franco, she declared to her agent: “I never want to do it ever again.”
Hudgens isn’t alone here, either. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Franco’s Why Him? co-star, Zoey Deutch, admitted that she wasn’t impressed with the actor’s kissing skills. She described his kissing style as “meh” and “very” not memorable. She also claimed his breath was not good. Sorry, James!
Shailene Woodley's 'dirt' totally killed the mood
Shailene Woodley is practically Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goopstress in training when it comes to giving head-scratching, questionable health advice. This might just be the very reason that the star, who’s known for foraging her own wild food and making her own toothpaste, isn’t the best kisser — at least according to her Divergent co-star Miles Teller. The actor told Vulture that Woodley’s breath was terrible.
“She would take these herbal supplements, these Chinese herbal supplements, and they tasted like c**p,” he said. “And she would always eat them right before we had a kissing scene! We put stuff in our mouths so we could just offend each other.”
Apparently, Woodley was picky too. Teller claimed the actress complained when he’d drink Gatorade before a scene. You’ve got to stay hydrated, but perhaps the artificial flavors and high fructose corn syrup was offensive to the type of person who eats literal clay. Woodley even admitted to Vulture, “We’d have to kiss in a scene, and he’d be like, ‘Shay, you just ate dirt.’ And I’d be like, ‘Miles, you just ate licorice.’ It was just this ongoing back-and-forth.” Okay, but clay really is dirt if you think about it long enough. Licorice is at least food.
Actresses agree that kissing Harrison Ford is not it
Hey, at least Han Solo didn’t kiss his sister like Luke Skywalker, but we can’t say much more about Harrison Ford’s make-out skills. Allegedly, the actor is not a good kisser, which is surprising considering his dating history. He’s been married to the Ally McBeal, Calista Flockhart, for almost two decades. You’d think it would take some top-notch kisses to land such a hottie, but apparently not. At the very least, he must’ve learned sometime between 1997 (which is also known as the year his The Mosquito Coast co-star Helen Mirren publicly trashed his kissing skills), and when he tied the knot. Let’s at least hope.
In a 1997 BBC radio show interview (via Chicago Tribune), Mirren absolutely lambasted the Star Wars stud’s kissing skills although she thought he was “the nicest, sweetest guy you could want to meet.” It looks like Mirren isn’t even alone in thinking that, either. “He can’t kiss — he finds it impossible to kiss on screen,” she said. “He’s probably not very good off screen either. It’s not just me — other actresses agree. Whenever we get chatting off screen and we get around to talking, we come to the same conclusion: `He couldn’t do it with me either!’ He does try, but it is just not there.”
If that doesn’t cut through him like a lightsaber to Anakin’s arm, what does?
Julia Roberts mouth is apparently too big
Julia Roberts’ smile is almost as famous as the Mona Lisa’s, which is fitting, considering she starred in 2003’s Mona Lisa Smile. When it comes to puckering up, though, her infamous mouth apparently makes for a very awkward kiss — at least if you’re asking Hugh Grant.
The bashful British heartbreaker has spoken at length about how he deeply disliked kissing Roberts on the set of Notting Hill. In a 2014 appearance on the Chatty Man Show (via Daily Mail), he claimed, “It’s a big mouth. I was aware of a faint echo when I was kissing her.” He shared the same sentiment the following year in an episode of Watch What Happens Live and rehashed his old statements about how difficult it was to kiss the star because of her huge trap. Really though, we can’t help but think it all boils down to the fact that she only played a sex worker in Pretty Woman and wasn’t actually a sex worker in real life. Yeah, Grant has a thing for people in that line of work.
Kate Hudson needs to cool it on the onions
As someone who got to lock lips with Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson seems like she’d be an excellent smoocher by proxy. She’s even gotten some practice on hotties like Mark Wahlberg (they co-starred together in Deepwater Horizon) and Liv Tyler (who she kissed in Dr. T and the Women). Alas, Hudson’s kissing skills are apparently lacking. Her My Best Friend’s Girl co-star, Dane Cook, had no problems calling her out for her less than stellar kisses, but like Jennifer Lawrence, it seemed to be entirely her own fault.
In a 2014 episode of Watch What Happens Live, Cook revealed that her breath was absolutely terrible when they locked lips on set. “I think she purposely ate a feast of onions right before our scene. I had to burn her on that one,” he said. This is coming from a guy who claims to have slept with “a few hundred” groupies in his youth. Does that make him an authority or a liar?
Kissing Woody Allen is like kissing the Berlin Wall
Let’s just be real for a second. Most of us don’t look at Woody Allen and think, “You know what? He looks like an excellent kisser!” He’s made some brilliant films, but he’s not exactly known for his sex appeal. In fact, Mia Farrow’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, has leveled some pretty horrific sexual assault allegations against her adoptive father, which he’s adamantly denied. In any event, actresses who’ve worked with the director in the past have spoken about how awful it was to kiss the star.
According to The Telegraph, Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite co-star Helena Bonham Carter revealed that she was repulsed by the director’s control-freak behavior during their kissing scene. “In a kissing scene with Woody, he says up front what he does not want,” she explained. “No exchange of liquid is permitted. Absolutely no tongue encounter. His mouth is a no-go area. And he makes no effort at all. It is like kissing the Berlin Wall.”
Mariel Hemingway wasn’t so thrilled about her 1979 kissing scene with the director either. According to W, the actress was 16 years old when she starred with Allen in Manhattan. In a 2010 interview with The New Cinema Magazine (via Vanity Fair), Hemingway revealed that just the thought of kissing Allen made her anxious for weeks. When it finally happened, she claimed the director “attacked [her] like [she] was a linebacker.” Thankfully, she just had to do it once for the perfect shot.
If you wannabe Posh's lover, you gotta get past the kiss
If there was ever any Spice Girl who was good at kissing, it was always going to be Posh Spice. Crazy Spice would’ve been our guess for a runner up, since the idea of the word “crazy” attached to any kiss is absolutely thrilling. In our unofficial ranking, Baby Spice and Sporty Spice come last only to Ginger, since Ginger bailed on the girls early. That hints at possible intimacy issues, which could obviously thwart a passionate make-out session, or, more realistically, some VH1 Behind The Music-style spats with the band (in real life, the girl admitted she was “being a brat”).
Either way, our guesses are apparently completely wrong. The lips that kiss soccer king David Beckham — one of the arguably hottest men on the planet, proven purely by his H&M underwear collaboration — need some practice (and not on her daughter, who she’s been criticized for kissing directly on the mouth). According to Corey Haim, who claimed to have dated Victoria Beckham in 1995, she’s terrible. He told The Sun (via Irish Examiner), “When she kisses she does this little grrhh thing. What did it feel like? Like a girl gnawing on your lip!” Hey, if Becks likes it, it can’t be that bad.
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