Total Recall: Love, Hollywood Style
In honor of Valentine's Day, we look at stars who shared romance on and off the silver screen.
We're just a few days away from Valentine's Day, and love -- or at least the sound of the nation's florists counting this year's profits -- is in the air. In the Valentine's spirit, we decided this week's Total Recall would be the perfect place to celebrate love, Hollywood style.
The movie business has a long, rich tradition of on-set romances -- some of which have gone on to produce impressive bodies of work (Bogie and Bacall), some that sparked professional partnerships that lasted longer than the relationships themselves (Keaton and Allen), and some that, well, sold a lot of tabloids (Bennifer). This is only a very partial list, of course, but we take a look at 10 of our favorite on- and off-screen partnerships here, celebrating both the films that endure (Brokeback Mountain) and those that perhaps didn't turn out as planned (Days of Thunder). Sit down with a box of your favorite chocolate and enjoy!
Ah, Bennifer. What good times we all had together, devouring column inch after column inch of breathless speculation on the extremely tabloid-friendly exploits of the Armageddon actor and his singing, dancing, film-starring paramour! Affleck and Lopez's relationship was paparazzi catnip from the start, making its public debut as the seeming cause of the dissolution of Lopez's marriage to her second husband, and the tabloids' love affair with the couple continued right on up through their last-minute wedding postponement and subsequent breakup. Their brief two-year union managed to produce two films -- Gigli (2003, 6 percent) and Jersey Girl (2004, 40 percent) -- but their most critically respected collaboration was probably their joint appearance in Lopez's video for "Jenny from the Block."
When tongues wagged over Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starring together in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, it was at least in part because of the long Hollywood tradition of falling for one's co-star -- a tradition established by infamous on-set romances such as the one that flared up between Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw during the filming of The Getaway (1972, 82 percent). When the cameras started rolling, McQueen was one half of a 15-year marriage and McGraw was the wife of Paramount chief Robert Evans, but even that wasn't enough to contain the spark between the stars; they went on to become one of the most hotly scrutinized couples in the industry. Of course, their union was always just as notable for its off-screen aspects as anything that went on in front of the cameras, and their troubled five-year marriage never made room for another co-starring vehicle -- but their work in The Getaway left enough of an impression that it served as the inspiration for a remake more than 20 years later -- starring another couple that met on a movie set, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.