While many of us would love the opportunity to make out with the most popular Hollywood actors (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom or Leonardo DiCaprio are all worthy examples, in our opinion), there are stars who have felt the exact opposite.
Whether it’s bad breath, fear of catching something incurable, steadfast dedication to their religion, or anything else in between, many actors have straight-up refused to lock lips with their co-stars — even if it meant that their jobs were on the line, as was probably the case for many.
Though we’ll never actually know the extent of the fervently intimate scenes we may have missed out on as a result of their decisions, at the end of the day it was their choice, and we really can’t be too mad at that. So which actors refused to make out with their co-stars? Here they are, and let me just warn you: Some might even be your faves.
Irish-American actor Neal McDonough isn’t down with smooching anyone other than his wife, which has often caused tension in his career. He reportedly isn’t “okay” with blurring the lines between reality and fiction, according to the Christian Examiner, and, therefore, he tries to separate the two as much as possible.
“Life is about honoring God and being the best human being you can be and giving praise to God in everything you do,” McDonough explained to the publication. “Killing people on screen — that’s fake. That’s not real. When you’re in bed with another woman on screen — guess what? That’s real. I don’t like that kind of stuff. Especially now with kids, I don’t want to have my kids say, ‘Hey, Dad, what are you doing with that lady on screen?'”
Though McDonough has every right to stick to his beliefs, that doesn’t mean they don’t come at a cost. According to the Daily Mail, the actor was fired for refusing to film love scenes in the show Scoundrels and was later replaced by David James Elliott — who had no problem being affectionate on camera.