Movie scenes actors refused to film

Red carpets, private jets, second homes in exotic locales — the life of an actor may seem pretty plush. But don't forget that being an actor requires work, and it isn't your typical 9 to 5. Showing up for a day means long hours on set, demanding directors, uncooperative co-stars, and — of course — egos coming at you from every angle. And sometimes the script (a.k.a. an actor's job description) has something in it that A-listers just aren't willing to do for fear of harming their reputation or crossing personal boundaries.

When things go too far and a star declines to do a scene, rumors swirl and often leak, leading fans to speculate as to what kind of drama went down on set. But sometimes actors are candid about how their own beliefs and values conflict with their profession of choice. From nudes to feuds, here's a look at movie scenes that actors refused to film.

Taron Egerton's hands-off attitude

As Eggsy in the Kingsman series, Taron Egerton has skyrocketed from a relative unknown to totally in-demand leading man. But a steamy scene with Poppy Delevingne in the second installment of the spy franchise, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was too hot for him to handle. 

Egerton's Eggsy, already conflicted about engaging in a honeypot mission with Delevingne's Clara as his target, is under pressure to place a tracking device inside her body during an intimate moment. In an interview with Screen Rant, Egerton described his apprehension, recalling, "It was a day that I was anxious about… The way it was described in the script it was like 'I'm going to do what?'"

Luckily, on the day of shooting, Egerton saw his way out after realizing director Matthew Vaughn wanted to shoot the up-close-and-personal scene from a POV angle. Egerton confessed, "I said to Matthew 'I'm not comfortable doing this'. So it's not my hand — it's Poppy [Delevingne]'s husband's hand. He saved the world."

The director defended his choice in an interview with Uproxx, saying "I wanted to see a spy with an emotional and moral dilemma of having to do something he really doesn't want to do…Some people laugh and cheer. Other people are like, "Oh my God." Some people are disgusted about it. But nobody doesn't notice it — and, afterwards, they'll talk about it."

Isla Fisher's double vision

Isla Fisher's breakthrough role as "stage-5 clinger" Gloria Cleary in 2005's Wedding Crashers catapulted her to fame — and earned her a reputation as a comedic force. The film was a huge hit at the box office, thanks in part to raunchy R-rated gags, including 54-year-old Jane Seymour casting off her robe for her first-ever nude scene. But as far as Fisher was concerned, nude scenes were an absolute dealbreaker. In an interview with Hello Magazine shortly after the movie premiered, she said, "I totally hate the puritanical approach to the whole nudity thing, but then when it comes to me I have double standards."

In a later interview with Entertainment Weekly, she elaborated on just how many scenes she skipped…and how many stand-ins her shooting contract stipulated. "I had a hand double for the under-the-table scene. I had a breast double for the boob-in-the-face and I had a butt double," she said. "My argument was, if you see a character's breast, she's no longer funny. You see her as someone sexual rather than as someone funny. I lost that argument with the producers."

Fisher further explained how that conflict influenced her performance as sweet and lovable, yet ultimately conniving Gloria. "I amped up the reality of my character even more," she told EW. "I thought, to combat the fact that you're going to see her boobs, I have to make her even more extreme for us to still get a laugh."

Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, 2 Furious

The Fast and the Furious franchise is a juggernaut, but production on the eighth installment, The Fate of The Furious, was less than full-speed ahead thanks to the competing egos of two of the franchise's biggest stars — Dwayne Johnson (who joined the franchise in Fast Five as bounty hunter Luke Hobbs) and Vin Diesel (car thief Dom Toretto). In fact, it was ultimately revealed that the beef was so bad, the two totally refused to film together.

It all started in 2016, when Johnson went on a social media rant during filming. In a since deleted Instagram post, he wrote "Some [men] conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken s— to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses."

TMZ reported that the day after, Johnson and Diesel had a hush-hush meeting — which pretty much confirmed that Diesel was the subject of Johnson's social media vent session. The tension allegedly stemmed from decisions Diesel made as a producer that didn't sit well with the former People's Champ. Sources reported that things were so uncomfortable on set that it was "impossible to shoot scenes."

In a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Johnson himself confirmed that his scenes with Diesel in The Fate of The Furious were the product of clever post-production work. "We were not in any scenes together," he said, adding, "What I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating. It took me some time, but I'm grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not."

Robert Pattinson's not-so-Good Time

In his post-Twilight quest to prove he's more than just sparkly tween box office bait, Robert Pattinson has teamed up with a slew directors known for edgy, experimental work, including David Cronenberg and Werner Herzog. But it was indie auteurs Josh and Benny Safdie who pushed Pattinson's proper British manners to their limits in their gritty New York crime drama Good Time.

Pattinson told Jimmy Kimmel that the Safdie brothers had scripted several outlandish scenes that he joked pushed "the line of legality." The one he straight up refused to do involved his canine co-star, Mustafa.

"My character, Connie, has this affinity with dogs; he thinks he is a dog in a previous life and he thinks he has control over animals," he explained to Kimmel, going on to describe a scene in which his character is caught in an act of sexual intimacy with a canine friend.

When it came time to shoot, Pattinson said he even got approval from the dog's owner, who explained that as a stud dog, Mustafa had been, shall we say… "handled" before in a professional setting. Ultimately Pattinson said no, but the explicit scene stayed in the film's final cut, thanks to a carefully crafted anatomical model from the prop department.

This was the end for Emma Watson

Emma Watson has demonstrated serious range in a variety of roles since breaking through as a child actor in Harry Potter…but none of it prepared her for her uncomfortable cameo in This Is the End.

The dark comedy was pretty much exactly what you'd expect from Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg, whose over-the-top sensibilities were established with Superbad. Like the rest of the all-star cast (including Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and James Franco), Watson played an exaggerated version of herself — but she didn't exactly feel welcome in the boys' club atmosphere during filming.

According to an extra, Watson walked off the set over a scene featuring Channing Tatum in a surprise cameo, doing the full-on Magic Mike. PopFocal picked up the since-deleted blog post, which alleged, "Channing decided to do some of his breakdancing in front of her but alas he was in nothing but a thong… Emma storms off set… So we wrapped the night 5 minutes later."

James Franco seemed to confirm the story in conversation with Interview magazine. "So a funny thing happened on this movie I'm doing," he said. "The movie is a comedy, but it's kind of an outrageous one, and this actress — I won't say who, but she had a smaller role in the film — walked off the movie in the middle of a scene."

He continued, "What was going on around her was, I guess, too extreme for her. So Seth was like, 'Well, what can we do to fix it?' And she said, 'There's nothing you can do to fix it. It's just everything.'… And he said, 'Do you want to leave?' And she said, 'Yeah, I've got to leave.'"

Watson has never commented on the alleged kerfuffle. "This is my first ever comedy," she gushed in a press interview when the film came out. "When I got the script I was like this is not my normal type of thing and not really always my type of humor, but how could I miss out on the chance to work with the best comedians there are, basically in the world right now?"

Wesley Snipes, absentee Blade

The Blade trilogy was Marvel's first three-quel, spawned from the 1998 original starring Wesley Snipes. But the final installment, Blade: Trinity, didn't exactly wow audiences when it premiered in 2004. Panned by critics as being shallow and scattered, it left fans disappointed and confused — especially after Snipes filed a lawsuit against the production company after the film's release.

Eight years after the film came out, cast member Patton Oswalt shed some light on what went down — namely that Snipes was barely around. Calling him "crazy in a hilarious way," Oswalt told the A.V. Club, "He wouldn't come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day…he only [came to the set] for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him."

Oswalt also revealed that Snipes had big beef with writer-director David Goyer, stemming from an argument during a night out in Vancouver while filming. "Wesley sat down with David and was like, 'I think you need to quit. You're detrimental to this movie,'" he recalled. "And David was like, 'Why don't you quit? We've got all your close-ups, and we could shoot the rest with your stand-in.' And that freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note 'From Blade.'"

Later on the Pete Holmes Show, Oswalt rehashed the difficulties adding, "The fact that that movie exists puts it above Citizen Kane."

Anna Kendrick's 'Pitch' fit

Anna Kendrick found international superstardom in Pitch Perfect as Beca, The Bellas' rebellious soprano with a steel will and a heart of gold — and it sounds like her real-life personality isn't far from the tough-talking undergrad she played on the big screen.

Kendrick spoke out about putting her foot down on a potential storyline that had Beca getting romantically involved with a record executive who was trying to get the Bellas' master of the mash-up to sign with his label.

"Originally the music executive was supposed to be my romantic interest but I said no to that, because I thought that would be kind of f—ing problematic," she told Harper's Bazaar UK. "I was like, 'Can no one else [see it]?' Once I said it, everybody was like, 'I guess so.' And they still wanted to have a version at the end when we kissed, and I still said no."

In the same interview, Kendrick revealed that she pushed back on producers who asked the Bellas to step into sexier wardrobes. "It's funny," she said. "Whenever we do the wardrobe fittings I feel like we get notes from the top saying they should be tighter and sexier and show more skin. And I'm like, that's not why people are coming to see the movie. They definitely aren't showing up because of our sex appeal…. It's nice that audiences are interested in seeing a movie of misfits and girls of different shapes and sizes."

Kirk Cameron: from Growing Pains to kissing pains

Kirk Cameron's strict Christian faith means that he considers even the smallest onscreen romantic gesture to be risqué — which is why he told producers of the 2008 faith-based family drama Fireproof that he wouldn't be kissing his co-star.

As Cameron claimed during an appearance on the Today Show, it wasn't just the kiss — he clashed with producers over several storylines he felt were immoral, mainly that his firefighter character spends much of the film contemplating divorce. "The reason this movie was important to me personally is because I love my wife dearly," he said. "In a day and age where marriage is falling apart, we want to make movies and projects that really uphold and have a high view of that which is beautiful and wonderful in our culture."

That commitment to marriage meant that kissing his co-star was out of question. Luckily, the film crew was able to make it work with some low lighting, tight angles, and a very special co-star. Chelsea Noble, Cameron's wife, was dressed up in the female lead's costume and shot in silhouette.

"When I'm kissing my wife, we're actually husband and wife honoring marriage behind the scenes," said Cameron of the finished product.

Awww. And they say romance is dead.

Samuel L. Jackson isn't big on nude scenes

Samuel L. Jackson has never been one to to shy away from violence or vulgarity onscreen — after all, he's made six movies with Hollywood's king of expletives, Quentin Tarantino. In his prolific career, Jackson's cleaned brains out of the back seat of a Chevy Nova, been eaten by dinosaurs, and tangled with a plane full of snakes. But there's one thing that scares this fearless actor — dropping trou on camera.

In a raunchy interview with — who else? — Howard Stern, Jackson revealed that it isn't modesty but self-confidence that's kept him from stripping for the camera. "I don't know if it's formidable enough," he admitted in reference to his genitalia. "My aura's so big, I don't know if [it's] big enough to fill my aura."

He also expressed his discomfort regarding the "extremely awkward" process of filming sex scenes in general, and explained why he's only agreed to strip down a handful of times in his 40-year career, including with Juliette Binoche for In My Country and Naomi Watts in Mother And Child.

"You ask before you start, 'Where can I touch you? Where shouldn't I touch you?'" he explained to Stern. "Then you apologize for both reasons. 'I'm sorry if I get excited' and 'I'm sorry if I don't.' Because sometimes it just ain't happening!"

We get what you're saying, Sam.