Movies That Shattered Celebrity Marriages
You know how you love to watch sparks fly between your favorite characters on screen? Well, in some cases, those sparks are believable because they were flying in real life too. The concept of co-stars experiencing real attraction and developing real feelings is certainly nothing new. It has happened during a number of movies throughout the years. The problem with that is sometimes one or both of the actors are already married!
At other times, the culprit is too much time spent away from home or maybe even too much pressure from increasing fame. When disruptive factors come into play while filming a movie, the results can be disastrous for couples. Let’s take a look at some of the most notorious movies that shattered celebrity marriages.
Mind Over Murder
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott were both married to other people when they met on the set of the Lifetime TV movie Mind Over Murder. McDermott even had a child with his wife. Still, their chemistry was so strong that they spent the night together on the same day they met!
Today, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are a couple's goal for their many Instagram followers, but not all those followers realize they met on the set of Green Lantern. Even though Reynolds was married to beauty Scarlett Johansson at the time, he and Lively were caught looking like more than friends during filming.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Brad Pitt's divorce from America's sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, came from what is probably one of the most well-known celebrity cheating scandals out there. Pitt met co-star Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and the two immediately hit it off.
Marilyn Monroe had been married to playwright Arthur Miller for four years when they worked together on the film The Misfits. It was reported that Monroe became annoyed with her husband when she worked with him, as he kept making rewrites that she perceived as sexist.
House of Wax
After the horror movie's filming, it was revealed that Chad Michael Murray had hooked up with Paris Hilton. At the time, Hilton was dating Nick Carter, and Murray was married to Sophia Bush. In fact, the two had only been married for five months when news of Murray's cheating came out, prompting their divorce.
Rachel Weisz was in a long-term relationship with Darren Aronofsky for nearly 10 years when she started filming Dream House. Daniel Craig was her co-star in the film, and the two were immediately drawn to each other. Despite both Weisz and Craig being engaged to other people, the pair fell in love on set.
Who would have guessed another Lifetime movie would break up a marriage? (It’s supposed to be the feel-good, happy-ending network!) That's exactly what happened on the set of Northern Lights. Eddie Cibrian, who was married to a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville, was in the film and cheated on his wife with married co-star LeAnn Rimes.
This 2003 film may have left viewers bored, but behind the scenes, there was a more interesting story happening. Co-stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were on set together a lot, and they later admitted that's when they fell in love, even though they had met before on Pearl Harbor.
Proof of Life
Meg Ryan was married to Dennis Quaid when she and Russell Crowe met on the set of Proof of Life. Crowe and Ryan were caught cuddling up, and there were rumors that more than just cuddling was going on. This caused Ryan and Quaid's already crumbling marriage to finally fall apart.
Days of Thunder
When Days of Thunder started filming, Tom Cruise was married to Mimi Rogers. There were rumors that the couple was already having marital issues due to Cruise's cheating. Cruise met Nicole Kidman on the Days of Thunder set, and the two began having an affair.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe famously got together on the set of the movie Cruel Intentions, but the film Stop Loss ended up wrecking their marriage. During filming, Phillippe hooked up with his co-star Abbie Cornish, according to countless rumors.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton hated each other when they first started filming Cleopatra, but those negative feelings were clearly short lived. During their first kiss on set, the pair wouldn't stop kissing, even after the director yelled cut!
Snow White and the Huntsman
Fans of Twilight lost their minds when Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson became a real-life couple. It seemed they would be together forever, but that all changed during the filming of Snow White and the Huntsman when Stewart met director Rupert Sanders.
This movie was a total flop — except for what happened behind the cameras. This is the film where Ben Affleck met Jennifer Lopez. There was obviously something between them, because Lopez divorced her choreographer husband Cris Judd and started dating Affleck.
Really, Ben? Okay, so Ben Affleck really has issues when it comes to hooking up with other actors on set. While filming Gone Girl, Affleck struck again, but this time he didn't opt for the leading lady. Rumors circulated that he hooked up with model-turned-actress Emily Ratajkowski, who ironically played Affleck's character's side piece in the film.
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Clint Eastwood is known for playing some of the best Western roles of all time. On the set of this particular Western, he met co-star Sondra Locke. The two reportedly did little to hide their relationship, even though Eastwood was married to Maggie Johnson at the time.
Directors can fall in love on set too! James Cameron, who was married to actress Linda Hamilton, quickly developed an infatuation with another woman while filming the blockbuster Titanic. While he was still married, Cameron actually started dating Suzy Amis during shooting.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Kenneth Branagh was married to Emma Thompson when he started filming Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Helena Bonham Carter was also in the movie, and the two immediately felt an attraction to each other.
To Have and Have Not
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall went on to become one of the most famous couples in Hollywood history, but when they met, Bogart was already married. Even though the two had quite an age gap between them and, you know, the whole married-to-someone-else thing, the two fell in love. They said they started out as friends, and the romance developed throughout filming.
By the Sea
Infidelity isn't the only thing on a movie set that can shatter a celebrity marriage. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie learned this while they were on the set of By the Sea together.
The Rum Diary
Technically, Johnny Depp wasn't married to French singer Vanessa Paradis, but the pair had been together for 14 years and had two kids together! On the set of The Rum Diary, he met actress Amber Heard, who played his love interest in the film.
There has always been controversy surrounding actress Mia Farrow. She married Frank Sinatra when she was just 21, and he was 50. The two seemed very happy together, but in her autobiography, she wrote about difficulties she had with her husband while on the set of Rosemary's Baby.
Shia LaBeouf isn't a name you hear very often anymore unless you watch a lot of indie films. He was married to Mia Goth for two years when he wrote and starred in the film Honey Boy. The movie was about his real-life, quite troubled relationship with his dad.
Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan met on the set of Planet Terror. At the time, Rodriguez was married to producer Elizabeth Avellan. McGowan and Rodriguez got together, which ended his marriage. After that, it became clear that the two were very toxic together.
Billy Crudup wasn't married to Mary-Louise Parker at the time this move was made, but they had been together for seven years. Oh, and Parker was also pregnant when Crudup started filming Stage Beauty. On set, he met the young Claire Danes. He was instantly attracted to her, so he broke up with his long-time, pregnant girlfriend!
Marilyn Manson wasn't married to Dita Von Tesse for long, and part of the reason was that he met Evan Rachel Wood on the set of Phantasmagoria. They were both drawn to each other from the start, and Manson decided to divorce Tesse to be with Wood.
Dangerous Liaisons broke up the six-year marriage between John Malkovich and Glenne Headley. On set, Malkovich met co-star Michelle Pfeiffer, and the two hit it off on and off screen. They began an affair that ended up ruining Malkovich's marriage.
Ali MacGraw was married to producer Robert Evans when she started filming The Getaway alongside co-star Steve McQueen. MacGraw described her attraction to McQueen as "chemical," so needless to say, the two became involved almost immediately when the film began shooting.
You, Me and Dupree
One of the lesser known on-set scandals was between Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson while filming the comedy You, Me and Dupree. At the time, Hudson was married to rock singer Chris Robinson, and the pair had been together for six years. Despite that, Hudson had an affair with Wilson that lasted six months.
Billy Bob Thornton was engaged and living with actress Laura Dern when he started filming Pushing Tin alongside co-star Angelina Jolie. It seems that she had a knack for getting in between couples, even before she met Brad. She and Thornton had a lot of chemistry, and he ultimately left Dern to be with Jolie. Dern was completely blindsided.