Flexibility is important when securing roles in film and TV, so being willing to get physically intimate helps. And as the actor Neal McDonough knows all too well, refusing to take roles which involve kissing and intimacy can hurt your chances of nabbing a part. Indeed, he’s very open about the reasons behind his decision, and sticks firmly to his conviction. But what drove him to take such a stand?
Hollywood is full of famous on-screen romances. Titanic’s Jack and Rose, You’ve Got Mail’s Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox and Grease’s Danny and Sandy are all memorable couples, and their respective films wouldn’t be the same without them. And in many cases, there wouldn’t even be a movie in their absence.
TV shows such as romcom drama Sex and the City also take a similar approach. They focus heavily on their characters’ social lives, and relationships are a big part of that. Consequently, it can be sometimes hard for writers to avoid depicting intimate scenes between actors.