SOME of the greatest love stories of modern cinema have actually been more like the greatest loathe stories.
At least we know all these famous on-screen couples are good actors — they were all able to turn it on for the cameras …
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio – Romeo and Juliet
The actors behind the most iconic lovers of all time were way more cross than star-crossed.
Apparently the 16-year-old Danes thought her 22-year-old co-star was immature and didn’t like his pranks. Leo, not surprisingly, apparently thought Danes was uptight and too reserved.
But maybe Danes’ expectations for DiCaprio were so high because, as she revealed in 2018, she totally had a secret crush on her Romeo.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams – The Notebook
Things were not hot between Gosling and McAdams while making this rain-soaked romance.
In fact, they were so tense that, as director Nick Cassavetes revealed in 2014, Gosling actually wanted to boot McAdams from the set.
“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.’”
McAdams and Gosling left the set and hashed it out (really they screamed it out) with a producer’s supervision, and emerged willing to work together.
“The rest of the film wasn’t smooth sailing,” Cassavates said. “But it was smoother sailing.”
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing
The on-set friction between the stars of one of the greatest romances of the 80s didn’t come to light until the posthumous release of Swayze’s autobiography.
Swayze wrote in Time Of My Life: “We did have a few moments of friction when we were tired or after a long day of shooting.
“She seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticised her. Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she’d start laughing.”
Those laughing fits would lead to multiple takes, which just annoyed Swayze even more. You can actually see one of those laughing fits in the film, as well as Swayze’s less-than-enthused reaction.
Still, Swayze complimented Grey’s performance in his autobiography, and it’s hard to find anything negative that Grey has said about her late co-star.
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan – Fifty Shades of Grey
As the stars behind the steamiest trilogy ever, it might come as a surprise to learn that Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey didn’t get on IRL. Or maybe they did?
You can go full conspiracy theory about this one, with most of the evidence coming from the notoriously chilly and downright awkward Fifty Shades press tour.
The film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson had to chime in to USA Today about her stars’ relationship: “It’s a movie. It was work. They get along fine.”
Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp – The Tourist
This one should have been a hit considering it starred two A-list stars, but those stars apparently did not have chemistry — and it showed onscreen.
While The Tourist was filming, it was reported that Jolie was fed up with Depp’s refusal to cut his hair for the role as well as his late night partying and reclusive behaviour, and Depp apparently considered Jolie stuck up.
Sharon Stone and William Baldwin - Sliver
Tales of Sliver’s tortured production popped up when the film was released, with Entertainment Weekly saying Baldwin joked to a crew member that Stone had “thin lips, okay breath” after a lovemaking scene.
That’s nowhere near the worst part: apparently during another kissing scene, Stone bit Baldwin’s tongue so hard he was left unable to speak afterwards.
Richard Gere and Debra Winger - An Officer and a Gentleman
Oscar-nominated on-screen chemistry be damned, Winger was not shy about her distaste for Gere.
She called Gere a “brick wall,” labelled director Taylor Hackford an animal, and she even refused to do press for the movie when it was finished.
She told The New York Times in 1986: “I’m not sorry I did the film, because it brought a lot of joy to a lot of people. But the making of it was treacherous.
"I don’t need much when I’m making a movie, but I do need respect, and I didn’t get it.”
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte - I Love Trouble
In an interview with The New York Times ahead of the film’s release, Roberts said of Nolte: “From the moment I met him we sort of gave each other a hard time, and naturally we get on each other’s nerves.”
She said he can be “completely charming and very nice,” but that “he’s also completely disgusting”.
“He’s going to hate me for saying this, but he seems to go out of his way to repel people. He’s a kick,” she added.
Months later, a report in the LA Times backed up Roberts’ claims, detailing the two’s on-set fighting and saying they acted opposite stand-ins more than each other.
Harrison Ford and Sean Young - Blade Runner
These two were at opposite ends of their careers, with Ford the star of two successful franchises and Young making only her third movie.
Of her on-set relationship with Ford, Young has said: “I was young and needy… When you’re in your twenties you hope that your leading man will be like, ‘That’s OK, you’ll be fine…’ and Harrison wasn’t particularly generous that way.”
The two were apparently so cold towards each other that crew members dubbed their love scene a “hate scene”.
Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger - 9½ Weeks
Basinger told The New York Times she became estranged from Rourke while filming the erotic drama.
“We shot in sequence, and in the beginning, when the character was sweet, he was very sweet, too. Later, when the movie started getting strange, he stayed in character.
“I am not usually an actress who stays in character. But in this, as it started getting stranger, I found my character staying with me. I couldn’t wait to leave her.”
Rourke and director Adrian Lyne also teamed up to essentially torment Basinger on set, shutting her out of discussions and physically harming her in order to make her emotionally distraught like her character. Then they’d roll cameras.
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep - Kramer vs Kramer
The scene where Hoffman’s character slaps Streep? That was all real, even too real.
Streep told The New York Times in 2018: “This is tricky because when you’re an actor, you’re in a scene, you have to feel free.
“I’m sure that I have inadvertently hurt people in physical scenes. But there’s a certain amount of forgiveness in that.
“But this was my first movie, and it was my first take in my first movie, and he just slapped me. And you see it in the movie. It was overstepping.”
Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe - Some Like It Hot
Back when this classic comedy was released in 1959, Curtis made headlines for claiming that kissing Monroe was “like kissing Hitler”.
Over the following decades, this wild quote was referenced by everyone from Charlton Heston to Monroe herself, and questions about it popped up in plenty of interviews with Curtis up until his death in 2010.
What is known is that the two actually dated a decade before filming Some Like It Hot, although both were married to other people at the time.
It’s also known that Monroe was frequently late and flubbed lines while shooting the film. Curtis later said he compared his ex to Hitler sarcastically, but that’s just one of many explanations.
This article originally appeared on New York Post via Decider.