Whenever we see star-crossed lovers finally sharing a long awaited kiss on screen, we hardly thinking that they might be thinking up ways to murder each other even as they’re sharing intimate gestures and bodily fluids. After all, they’re so in love right?

But sometimes, on-screen couples hate each other just as much as they love each other on set. Here are some of the most famous (infamous?) couples that were secretly plotting each other’s death as they stared longingly into each other’s eyes.

 

1. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet

Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet. Credit: Il Divanato Facebook Page

Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet. Credit: Il Divanato Facebook Page

Almost every secondary school student in the 90’s did Romeo and Juliet as a Literature text, so when the film came out, teenagers flocked to the theatres in throngs. If you were lucky enough not to study Romeo and Juliet as a text, you’d be wondering what this cool new movie everyone was watching was all about, and you’d head to the cinemas too.

But despite their timeless love, the pair couldn’t stand each other. DiCaprio was too childish for the mature Danes, despite being six years her senior. He did, however, win a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival, which seemed like an amusingly prophetic hint at his future Oscar for The Revenant, which also involved a bear.

 

2. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. Credit: The Notebook Facebook Page

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. Credit: The Notebook Facebook Page

I know, I know, the pair actually went on to become a couple in the late 2000s. However, when they first met on The Notebook, things got so heated between the pair that Gosling actually asked for someone else to deliver McAdams’ lines so that he could perform. It was a weird time for the pair, since they were in love on screen and wanted to strangle each other off set.

In a twist that really sounds like some cliched Chinese melodrama, the pair fell in love and became a bona fide couple after the film. Perhaps there was something there that wasn’t there before.

 

3. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X-Files

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in The X-Files. Credit: The X-Files Facebook Page

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in The X-Files. Credit: The X-Files Facebook Page

In the heyday of The X-Files, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny had so much UST that we were all watching the series more to see if they’d finally get together, rather than to see if they’d solve the case of the week. By then, it was impossible for Scully (Gillian Anderson) to legitimately be skeptical anymore (she was the skeptic and Mulder was the believer) since she’d been through several seasons of paranormal cases. But she continued being skeptical anyway.

Their disdain for each other came from too much familiarity – basically, they saw each other so much and knew each other so well that they kind of took each other for granted. Fortunately, their relationship improved after the series, so much so that they’re really putting in a lot of work in the new seasons of The X-Files (they didn’t reboot it, they continued it as Season 10 over a decade later, and they’re planning for Season 11!).

 

4. Teri Hatcher and Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies

Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies. Credit: Bond Girl Facebook Page

Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies. Credit: Bond Girl Facebook Page

Pierce Brosnan infamously complained about how late Teri Hatcher was, and that he even let slip a few choice words that you would not believe could come from that refined, dignified mug of his. It would later transpire that Hatcher was pregnant, had morning sickness, and that Brosnan was really just getting all worked up about a pregnant woman.

Not that it really mattered, though. Michelle Yeoh stole the show in Tomorrow Never Dies, and ended up being in so much of it that if you thought about it, she didn’t really need Brosnan there as Bond. She could have saved the day herself.

 

5. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker. Credit: Fifty Shades Facebook Page

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker. Credit: Fifty Shades Facebook Page

When the film first came out, everyone attributed their wooden, awkward acting to the sort of tension to be found between lovers in a new relationship. I did, anyway. Until it came to light that the pair simply didn’t get along. And as Johnson’s acting evolved (yes, she has improved over the past few years), Dornan’s acting remained as stiff as ever in Fifty Shades Darker.

We guess it’s a good idea that his acting remained stiff, since it would be hard for Johnson to perform with a limp actor.

 

6. Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot

Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot. Credit: Marilyn's movies Facebook Page

Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot. Credit: Marilyn’s movies Facebook Page

Finally, if you’re old enough to have seen Marilyn Monroe films, you’ll know that she starred with her lover, Tony Curtis, in Some Like It Hot – after their relationship ended. It was no surprise then that he described kissing her as “kissing Hitler”, although honestly, nobody knows what that means since Monroe didn’t have a moustache. He also claimed that Monroe gave him so much tongue that he almost choked, which is a first world problem in an era before first world problems.

This Is Not What I Expected. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

This Is Not What I Expected. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Time for a twist – how about a movie couple that share mutual hatred on screen instead of off screen? That’s what This Is Not What I Expected is all about. Lu Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Gu Shengnan (Zhou Dongyu) find themselves having to co-operate, all while having to hide their true selves from each other. But when their identities are revealed by accident, will it all have been for nothing?

Will it end in typical rom com style, or will you find yourself mumbling “This Is Not What I Expected” after watching the film?

 

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