Everybody knows that the best part of most movies is when the hero and their love interest finally kiss. If the actors are doing their job, viewers can feel their connection and even some sparks right through the screen. But sometimes, the great chemistry we can so clearly see, fizzles out as soon as the cameras stop rolling. Some famous kissing scenes were actually filmed despite the actors’ protests, at the director or producer’s insistence.
The reasons offered for their refusal to lock lips range from sickness and bad breath to religious attitudes and tensions behind the scenes. And although many held their breath and we suppose imagined kissing someone else to get through it, some actors stood by their refusal, even at the risk of their jobs. We believe these actors had a right to make their own decision on the matter and respect them for sticking to their beliefs. Here are the stars who just said no to kissing their costars.
Tisha Campbell Refused to Kiss Martin Lawrence in “Martin”
This classic 90’s sitcom was centered on Martin and his relationship with his girlfriend Gina, but although they seemed to be a good match on the show, things were pretty tense off-screen. By the time season five rolled around, Tisha Campbell who played Gina would not only not agree to kiss Martin, but she flatly refused to shoot episodes with him and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.
The lawsuit stated that Martin had been pursuing Tisha romantically and continued to do so despite repeated rejections. This escalated over time and she said he “became increasingly manic and volatile” and would have “uncontrollable fits of rage” for no apparent reason. The worst part is that the lawsuit claimed that whenever the cast wasn’t rehearsing or filming, Martin would use the opportunity to kiss and grope the actress. Making the reasons for her refusal to work with him abundantly clear and eventually leading to end of the show. There may be a silver lining for fans, it seems like the two have found a way to work together because recently there have been talks of a reboot of the show featuring the original cast.