There are movies that remind us that love can be seen on the most unlikely situations. The protagonist living their own simple life will come across a dashing dude or a girl of her dreams and pursues his/her love despite all the challenges they may face. Maybe this is also what happened to celebrities who have been together for months or even a year filming. Sparks fly. They become closer, more fond of each other, to the point of having an illicit affair. Thus, burning the current relationships and marriages that they have.
Here are some of the films that started the most controversial affairs in Hollywood:
1. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Brangelina is undeniably one of Hollywood’s most loved couples, along with their 6 adorable kids. But remember, before they became a couple, Brad was with her then partner, Jennifer Aniston. After years of speculation, Brad and Angelina both confirmed that they fell in love with each other while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith in May 2004, which contradicts to their earlier claims that they only had a relationship after Brad-Jennifer split up.
2. House of Wax
For the teens and young adults during year 2000s, One Tree Hill stars turned couple Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush were seemingly in a perfect relationship everyone can ever think of. But it fell apart during the filming of House of Wax when Chad cheated Sophia for her co-star Paris Hilton. Rumors said that it was just a fling but it still lead to annulment of Chad and Sophia’s 5-month marriage.
3. Northern Lights
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian fell in love with each other during the set of Lifetime TV film Northern Lights, even though they are both married persons. LeAnn even said that she doesn’t regret to have an affair with Eddie. Their extramarital affair lead to filing of divorce for both marriages. The couple found love in each other’s arms and tied the knot on April 2011.
4. Mind Over Murder
Mind Over Murder’s co-stars Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling chose to have an affair over their respective marriages. At that time, Dean was married to Mary Jo Eustace and has a son, Jack, while Tori was married to playwright Charlie Shanian. Both of their respective marriages were divorced. Dean and Tori are still married to each other and have 4 children.
The iconic movie Titanic, not just launched an impressive career for its Rose and Jack, but also started a forbidden love between award-winning director James Cameron and actress Suzy Amis. James was married to her 4th wife, actress Linda Hamilton, at that time. Suzy said on interviews that there were sparks between them but only entertained those thoughts after filming the film. James and Suzy are still married and have three children.
6. Stage Beauty
Clare Danes and Billy Cudrup starred in Stage Beauty and eventually fell in love with each other – leading to one of the most publicized affairs in 2003. Billy left her then-pregnant girlfriend Mary Louise Parker just to be with Clare who also had a boyfriend for 6 years at that time.
7. Snow White and the Huntsmen
Looks like Snow White bit the wrong apple when the protagonist of the movie, Snow White and the Huntsmen, Kristen Stewart, had an affair with its movie director Rupert Sanders. Kristen, at that time, was in a relationship with Robert Pattinson. Both were the lead stars of the movie Twilight where they met and fell in love with each other. Rupert, on the other hand, was married to model Liberty Moss. These two relationships ended because of the said publicized affair.
8. Dangerous Liaisons
John Malkovich was married to her wife of six years Glenne Headly but the relationship came to an end when he had an affair with Michelle Pfeiffer during the set of Dangerous Liaisons.
9. Proof of Life
Meg Ryan was then in a marriage with Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid. Everyone thought that their marriage can stand the test of time and controversy. Then came this project. Another love life sprung off the set of Proof of Life when co-stars Meg and Russell Crowe had an affair while filming this movie. Her illicit affair with Russell not only destroyed her marriage but also her sweet girl-next-door image and professional career as well. Even though she cleared that her marriage with Dennis wasn’t working anymore when she got involved with Russell.
10. Stop Loss
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe were married for 8 years before they called it off and filed a divorce. Rumors said that it was because of a third-wheel Abbie Cornish who is Ryan’s co-star in Stop Loss. Ryan and Abbie continued dating from 2007-2010 but eventually split up.
This romcom movie was highly anticipated by the media because of its lead stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. However, it didn’t do well on sales and got negative feedbacks. What people don’t know is that JLo is still married to Cris Judd during the blossoming of Bennifer’s romantic attachments. After JLo’s divorce, Bennifer got engaged but later call it off. Fast forward to this time, rumors said that the original Bennifer are back on talking again. Let’s just wait and see how their love story shall progress.
12. Dream House
Celebrity couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig started out as long-time friends and eventually dated after the filming of the thriller movie, Dreamhouse, where they are the lead stars. Both called off their long-term engagements with their respective partners and pursued their own dream of being together. The couple married on June 2011 and started to build their real life Dream House.
13. To Have or Have Not
Humphrey Bogart was undeniably charmed by his then 19-year old leading lady, Lauren Bacall during the filming of the movie To Have or Have Not. The movie launched Lauren’s career and also the affection of Bogie, thus calling her “Baby”. The two continued their May-December affair despite Bogie being a married man then. They eventually got married on May 1945 and lived together until Bogie’s death on 1957.
This movie Stromboli launched one of the biggest controversies of classical Hollywood. It is the first collaboration of Italian director Roberto Rossellini and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (after Ingrid wrote a letter to Roberto stating that she loves his works). This eventually lead to an illicit affair and filing a divorce with their respective partners. The controversy grew bigger when Ingrid gave birth and named the child after Roberto. The two got married but later on filed for divorce.
There was immediate attraction when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton met on the set of the movie Cleopatra in 1961. On their first kissing scene, Elizabeth and Richard continued kissing even after the director said “Cut”. Their affair caused a huge sensation all over the world because they were both married at that time – Elizabeth to her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher and Richard to long-time wife Sybil. Elizabeth and Richard tied the knot in 1964 but divorce. After a decade, they re-married in 1975 but also fall off to divorce. However, they continued to be fascinated with each other and still made Hollywood projects together.
Some affairs lasted throughout the set only, others, for a lifetime. We really can’t tell whose relationship can really stand the test of time and controversies especially in Hollywood. And as long as there are films to be shot, there will always be intimate moments with its artists. And sadly, this list shall continue.