39 Times Actors Refused To Kiss Their Costar On Camera

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Denzel Washington refused to kiss Julia Roberts in The Pelican Brief

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She was one of the most stunning actresses in Hollywood, and if given the opportunity, most actors might’ve jumped at the chance to kiss her. But in The Pelican Brief, Denzel Washington had no interest in smooching his costar. Understandably, Julia wasn’t too thrilled about his decision. She once said in an interview: “Don’t I have a pulse? Of course, I wanted to kiss Denzel. It was his idea to take the damn scenes out.”

But according to the Oscar-winning actor, it was nothing personal. He opted out because he didn’t want to help perpetuate Hollywood’s twisted ideals of beauty. Plus, he was concerned about how African-American female fans would react to seeing him a white woman. He explained: “Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film. And they have always been my core audience.”

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