It seems like everyone and anyone who is under 30 and remotely attractive has been "rumored" to be considered for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. The latest contenders are real life married pair Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
Says Latinos Post: "The pair has chemistry off screen, so naturally the romance would translate seamlessly. They already share an intimate relationship, so why not show it off to the world?"
Oh, YIKES! This statement couldn't be more wrong.
The fact is that real-life couples, especially married ones, have produced some of the most chemistry-lacking duds in all of movie history. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman sizzled in Eyes Wide Shut like warm milk in a tea cup. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in Gigli. Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Demi Moore and Bruce Willis.
I could go on. But all of those pairings sucked on the big screen -- and a few of them didn't last much past "Cut!" either.
Chemistry is a difficult thing to transfer from real life to fake life. I think a married pair gets too comfortable with each other -- for there to be chemistry on screen, there has to be a certain amount of frisson. Of not being so comfortable with each other. Of maybe not even liking each other. (Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable supposedly couldn't stand each other.)
Of course, there are real-life couples who did have chemistry on screen -- like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt; like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. But they played couples who were at odds with each other. Also, they fell in love on screen -- and when they weren't supposed to -- so that added some tension to things. There's something about knowing an onscreen pair are married that just sucks the mystery out of things. We want to sit there and wonder whether they're schtupping in real life -- not KNOW they are!
Tension. That's what you need. Sharing a bathroom in real life does not make for tension on screen. You might say, well, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy! They didn't share a bathroom. Spencer was married to someone else. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward might have had awesome real life chemistry that glued them together for 50 years, but their onscreen chemistry was meh, except in their first movie together, in which, yep, he was married to someone else!
Come to think of it, the best onscreen chemistry seems to be people who have affairs in the middle of filming. No wonder so many Hollywood marriages break up.
Do you think a real life couple should be cast in the movie?
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