ByBrian Boone/Updated: July 17, 2019 9:50 am EDT
The most awkward moment for any actor has got to be filming a love scene. Making like they're making love just can't be comfortable—and neither can laying there nearly naked in front of a huge crew while pretending to be either in the mood for love for in the throes of erotic passion. Filmmakers can almost be guaranteed that they won't get good material during the first few takes of a sex scene: there's going to be physical awkwardness, a nervously flubbed line or two, and all other kinds of weirdness. These are some of the funniest bloopers that happened while Hollywood stars were filming love scenes—and in case you were wondering, yes, they're probably NSFW.
Generally, suggestive euphemisms are used to talk about sex when one shouldn't talk about sex, or to tease about events to come. Which is to say that this scene inGet Hardis strange because two people actually engaged in the act are still using those sex-hinting metaphorical phrases. But the people here are skilled comic actors Alison Brie and Will Ferrell, so their riffs on "sexy phrases" are completely ridiculous. They make themselves laugh with their talk about planting "flags" where they shouldn't and securing all the proper "permits"...if you know what they mean.
All About Steve
All About Steve earned some of the worst reviews stars Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper have ever seen. For good reason—it's a bit problematic, as it's a comedy about stalking, with the socially awkward Mary (Bullock) in relentless pursuit of the not-interested Steve (Cooper). Their single date goes wrong when Mary throws herself at Steve. It went wrong for the actors, too: Bullock went after Cooper a little too hard, and smacked him in the face.
Of all the pairings over the course of theAmerican Piesaga, the most memorable is Jim (Jason Biggs) and the apple pie to whom he memorably makes sweet love. He had his reasons—he was a horny teenager, and a friend told him that the texture of a warm apple pie was like that of a lover's special parts. But while Jim could somewhat justify his actions, Jason Biggs had to be the guy to bring that scene to life, and he understandably broke into laugher just before he had to film what would wind up being the most famous (and infamous) scene of his entire career.
It's standard romantic comedy playbook stuff that before the protagonist can get together with their One True Love, they have to ditch the Total Jerk That Isn't Right for Them. In Bridesmaids, that plays out with Kristen Wiig's Annie leaving behind a self-serving jerk named Ted, portrayed by Jon Hamm. There are a few scenes of not-so-loving lovemaking between Annie and Ted, although the bloopers captured during those scenes tell a different story: in real life, Wiig and Hamm had a grand old partially-clothed time with each other.
And here is the cold, hard reality of what it's really like to film a love scene for a Hollywood film. It's not glamorous, it's not romantic, and it's certainly not sexy. It's really more like this outtake from Sex Tape: two people laying at least partially naked on a cold, hard floor while a huge film crew sets up for another take. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel just have to hang out, giggle, and be acutely and aware of how ridiculous making movies can be.
The 1998 rom-comThere's Something About Maryfeatures one of the most famous (and cringe-inducing scenes) in movie history: Teenage Ted (Ben Stiller) pulls up his zipper...and gets his scrotum caught up in it. It was staged, of course, because no actor should have to suffer quite that much for this art. But on the set of the sci-fi/romanceAbout Time,Rachel McAdams nearlyMary-ed co-star Domhnall Gleason. While filming an intimate scene, she was a little too quick with Gleason's zipper and just about ensnared his privates.
Ron Burgundy is so aggressively sexual that it's funny—with his macho attitude and huge mustache, he's the very archetype of 1970s masculinity. He's also a guy who's not afraid to be a little wild in the bedroom, which makes sense, because actor Will Ferrell is a ridiculously over-the-top comic actor. In this scene, however, Ferrell seems to surprise both himself and co-star Christina Applegate with his character work—which for Ron Burgundy in a love scene means lip-biting, licking, and making weird groaning noises.
The build-up to the physical act of love is just as important as the act itself. That make-it-or-break-it time was hilariously explored inWanderlust.Paul Rudd played George, who, along with his wife (Jennifer Aniston), joins a free-love hippie commune. That means it's "okay" that he wants to hook up with Eva (Malin Akerman), but it's still a difficult situation for him to navigate. George is nervous and unsure as he prepares to lay with Eva, detailing all the supposedly sexy things he wants to do, some of which make sense ("I'm gonna get up on your bones") but most of which don't ("I'm gonna slap you in the eye"). Neither Rudd nor Akerman could go for more than a line or two without laughing.
The Merc with a Mouth is the role that Ryan Reynolds was born to play. The actor is somehow even funnier, self-aware, and more self-deprecating than Wade Wilson and his alter ego, which must have made working alongside him every day on the set ofDeadpool a constant struggle to not descend into hysterics. Judging fromthe movie'sboisterous blooper reel, not even a consummate professional like Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Firefly) could keep it together. Reynolds kept her laughing all the time, even while filming their love scenes. Heck,especiallywhile filming their love scenes.
Friends with Benefits
In this unconventional romantic comedy, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake play young, attractive people who try to engage in a purely physical relationship with no emotional or romantic entanglements. It works for a while, but the characters inevitably fall in love with each other...because they're young, attractive people. In real life, only true love could help anyone forgive what Timberlake does in the midst of make-believe love-making with Kunis: he promises to provide "pleasure" while doing an impression of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Will Ferrell does whatever it takes to get a laugh, an acting skill he proved with his breakthrough movie role as Frank the Tank in Old School. A guy in his thirties who immediately falls back into the anything-goes world of college fraternity life, Frank is up for absolutely anything if it seems fun or to rev up his bros. Combine Frank's gonzo attitude with Ferrell's, and what results is this blooper of Ferrell seriously romancing an inanimate female love doll.
A Lot Like Love
In the mid-2000s, Ashton Kutcher starred in a number of romantic comedies. One of the better entries: 2005'sA Lot Like Love,in which Kutcher and Amanda Peet played good-looking people who slowly fall for each other. While that's an innocuous premise, some of the outtakes are a bit more ribald. While filming an outdoor, moonlit scene, Peet and Kutcher mime some physical acts of the non-baby-making variety, leading Kutcher to quip that he doesn't need a "fluffer"—a person on the set of an adult film that keeps male performers, uh, prepared. During this scene, Kutcher was apparently quite ready for his close-up.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jason Segel wrote the screenplay for this movie about overcoming a devastating breakup. That means it's mostly a movie about a guy who isn't seeing much action in the bedroom—which makes the love scenes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall pretty rare, but still hilarious. In this outtake, Segel and the titular Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) communicate their wants and needs as lovers do, but Segel can't get through his suggestions without giggling. On the other hand, anybody would laugh when their scene partner tells them they can "milk" their man-nipples.
Ali G Indahouse
While movies based on his characters Borat and Bruno were released in the U.S.—BoratandBruno,respectively—Sacha Baron Cohen made a film for European audiences based on his other majorDa Ali G Showcharacter, wannabe gangsta Ali G. Unlike the improvised/mockumentary format of the other two,Ali G Indahouseused a traditional movie format, allowing for scene set-ups, multiple takes...and bloopers. It's a little difficult to tell exactly what's going on here, other than that Ali G is about to engage in some of his usual libertine-bordering-on-degenerate behavior. As two actresses get things started under a blanket behind him, Cohen sticks a ball in his crotch, and he calls a dog up onto the bed. The dog, as dogs are wont to do, immediately goes for the ball. Or, rather, theballs.
In Neighbors,Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a couple struggling trying to find time for intimacy following the birth of their baby. In this scene, Rogen and Byrne's characters are supposed to be stealing a moment for themselves...only to realize that the baby is watching them. But being stared at by a grinning infant completely unnerves the movie stars for real. They can't keep their composure, and Rogen also wonders if their mock-lovemaking will leave lasting psychological damage on their tiny co-star.
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Giovanni Ribisi admirably tried to lighten the mood during a tender scene for the comic westernA Million Ways to Die in the West.Along with Sarah Silverman, he playedone half of a couple abstaining until marriage, but there they are, in the same bed at the same time, both in their not-at-all-revealing 1800s underwear. Ribisi made the blooper reel with a bit of well-executed improvised physical comedy. In one continuous action, he flips over onto his side, strikes a "sexy" pose, and lightly touches his bedside reading material.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Steve Carell has an extensive improv background, which means he can be funny or spontaneous on the spot while also staying in character. His scene partners may not quite know how to react to that in the moment, however. In this blooper from The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Catherine Kenner just starts laughing when Carell, whose character she's just deflowered, suggests that they give it one more try "for good luck." Keener's laughter quickly makes Carell bust up too.
Starz's romantic drama set primarily in 18th century Scotland offers something for everyone: political intrigue, beautiful cinematography, and tons of love scenes between 20th century transplant Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and debonair warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Balfe and Heughan have clearly developed a casual ease with one another, to where filming those bedroom moments are more silly than awkward. All Balfe can do is erupt into infectious laughter when during one bit of TV sexy time, Heughan accidentally spits on her.
Standup comedian Amy Schumer is obviously a very funny person—and so is John Cena, once known only as a very serious professional wrestler. In Trainwreck, he plays a very attentive lover to Schumer's character, but neither performer can get serious, even for a second. Cena tries to stay in character, talking about his workout and suggesting a couple activities. Schumer jokingly curses him out and gives him line suggestions. They even try to learn a little Mandarin. Of course, all that business is quite silly, and the two only laugh harder...all while pretending to have sex.