11 Totally Unscripted Lip Locking Moments We Can’t Get Over
You gotta hand it to an actor who can really lose themselves in a role. It’s those moments that give us iconic scenes like “I’m walkin’ here” from Midnight Cowboy, the jewelry box scene in Pretty Woman, and “Heeeeeeere’s Johnny” from The Shining. Ring any bells? Well, we hope so. I-con-ic would be an understatement.
Along with producing otherwise action-packed and hilarious moments, improvisation can lead to romantic moments. That’s right, we’re talking pre-first base: the kiss. Most lip locks that happen on screen are scripted, a product of two characters told to do so as part of an advancing storyline. But sometimes, it just so happens that those on-screen kisses happen without much notice to the people involved.
Here are 11 of the steamiest, funniest, and most controversial on-screen kisses that you would swear were planned.
Steve Carell and Oscar Nunez – The Office
In one of the funniest scenes of the series — and that’s saying a lot — Michael hugs Oscar after accidentally calling him a VERY mean gay slur that would get you canceled in 2021. “I want you to burn this into your brain,” says Michael as leans in for a very, very unwarranted kiss. Despite the excellent physical comedy and timing, the kiss was 100% unplanned and improvised by Carell. If you look hard, you can see the entire cast struggling to keep it together.
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson – Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation is a sweet, somber film that manages to turn a story about an emotional (and kinda physical) affair between a young woman and a much older man into a fun romp set in Japan. Its emotional ending is famous for a mysterious line Murray whispers to Johannson as well as the smooch the two actors share together. Turns out the kiss wasn’t planned. Apparently, Coppola had only written "He tries to make her laugh,” a note that inspired Murray to kiss the lips that every man has thought about at least one in their lives.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
Jurassic World may not have been perfect, but it gave fans exactly what they needed after the lackluster 2001 dinosaur movie, Jurassic Park III. The story goes it was the last day of filming when the spontaneous urge to kiss came over the actors, prompting a well-deserved and totally surprise kiss. “It was funny because that day we were shooting there were 800 background artists,” Bryce Dallas Howard told Out in a 2015 interview. “We had shot the scene in the way that it was written — there was no kiss. And then on the last day, that happened — what you see in the movie.” Howard goes on to say the kiss was met with applause and cheers from the extras on set.
Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson – New Girl
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Boys: we just wanna have fun. Sometimes that source of fun is a surprise kiss with your sexy male co-star. A running gag throughout New Girl involved Schmidt (Greenfield) unexpectedly smooching his buddy, Nick (Greenfield), a joke that was inspired by their real surprise smooches as longtime pals. "I have been kissed the most by Max in two seasons than any girl I’ve ever dated," admitted Jake Johnson to On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Eventually, out-of-the-blue kisses made it into the characters’ lives, adding a very fun (though what would be considered COVID-unfriendly) element to their friendship.
Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
American Hustle features Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams as Christian Bale’s sexy wife and mistress. When the two finally meet halfway through the film, Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld gives a powerful-yet-tender kiss to Amy Adams’ character. The scene plays out scripted, but it was actually Adams’ idea for the two characters to connect on a more personal level. “I don’t take credit for a lot of things,” Adams told Vulture, “but that was my idea. Maybe I just wanted to kiss Jennifer. She’s so cute!” Good things happen when great actresses follow their gut.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
In what would end up being her final on-screen kiss, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill shared a tender moment as Luke kisses his sister’s forehead. According to Hamill, the kiss just felt right at the time, lending itself to a touching scene that’s taken on a completely different meaning since his co-star’s untimely death.
Sadie Sink and Caleb McLaughlin – Stranger Things
Interestingly enough, then underage Sadie Sink was actually informed about the “surprise kiss” that’d be taking place between her and her co-star on set. Despite the actress’s protests, the Duffer brothers pressure Sink into the kiss, causing some embarrassment for the young actress. Ross Duffer later told Sink in an interview that he was only joking, but was inspired to make her go through with the scene: “You reacted so strongly to this — I was just joking — and you were so freaked out that I was like, ‘Well, I gotta make her do it now.’” The kiss was met with controversy and criticism… because why wouldn’t it be? Welcome to 2021, where older men should feel shame for making underage girls kiss people against their will.
Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow has it all: aliens, time loops, Tom Cruise running… and a passionate kiss? Not only was this lip lock unplanned, but one of the screenwriters, Christopher McQuarrie, had made the decision early on to specifically avoid any unnecessary romance. It was actually actress Emily Blunt who decided to kiss her co-star, a moment the cast and crew instantly rallied behind. “It just felt right,” Blunt told Insider. “It felt right and I did it.” Careful there, Emily; the last person who touched those lips found themselves in a lifetime contract with Xenu.
Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Haymitch Abernathy and Effie Trinket are a match made in post-apocalyptic dystopian heaven. As Haymitch (Harrelson) prepares to leave the Capitol to take Katniss (Lawrence) back to District 12, a bleach blonde Woody Harrelson lays a fat kiss on Elizabeth Banks. The kiss wasn’t scripted, but rather a joint effort by Banks and Harrelson. “We planned that moment,” Banks told HuffPost, “Woody [Harrelson] and I went into that moment, that wasn’t written, we improv’d that.” Harrelson admitted that he had “always wanted to kiss her,” referring to Banks, and knew that scene was the place to make his dream come true.
Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis – Top Gun
Despite a shirtless volleyball scene that still eludes time, space, and logic, Top Gun remains one of Tom Cruise’s most iconic roles. It’s tough not to root for Maverick (Cruise) along the way; he’s the classic bad boy who lives by one set of rules: his own. Also the Air Force’s, too. So, why would we think twice about a kiss between Maverick and his love interest, Charlie (McGillis)? Well, stick this in your plane and fly it because that kiss was unplanned. Apparently Cruise forgot his next lines in a scene featuring Charlie telling Maverick she wants to keep her feelings for him a secret, and kissed her. If you look closely, you see Cruise doing some mental gymnastic trying to remember that damn line. Skip to 1:41 and relish his excellent Thetan levels.
Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands – A Room with a View
Imagine being Helena Bonham Carter opposite Julian Sands in the 1985 romantic drama, A Room with a View. Cast at the age of 18, Carter reveals how nervous she felt during one particularly romantic scene where a surprise kiss was sprung up on her and Sands. Carter opened up about the surprise kiss in a 2015 interview with Criterion: “It’s really hard to kiss someone when you’re only eighteen and you haven’t done it that many times, too. So it was hard, that was hard.” Carter goes on to say she had to lock lips with Daniel Day-Lewis with her mother and John Malkovich watching on set. If you can think of a worse audience for a kiss, we’d like to hear it.
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