This A-List Actor Wanted His Kissing Scene With Julia Roberts Cut

is what a lot of stars trying to make in Hollywood pursue, a career filled with longevity and relevancy, over the course of an extended period of time.

Success didn't come easy for the 53-year-old, she didn't graduate from university and at first, she had plans to become a veterinarian. She ultimately changed paths and enrolled in acting, by the 1990s, she became a household name in

From then on, she forged a tremendous path, filled with big hits. According to her interview alongside , despite the success, in the last three decades.

“Things have changed a lot."

“When I started out, there was no social media, there was barely internet.

People couldn’t take pictures with their phones. There were logical steps in a career progression: you made a film and if it was successful, you had the opportunity to work again."

"If your second film was successful, you could be paid more and get a new role. Now, someone can just pop out of nowhere and make it, which I guess is very destabilizing. Building a career was a much more methodical endeavor 30 years ago.”

Having an understanding of who you are was the crucial factor in Julia's long-standing career. However, even the star herself wasn't ready for this situation, which took place way back in 1993.

The scene required an intimate moment, after all, was indeed a love story. Though ultimately, the other star of the film asked for it to be removed completely. We'll delve into the reasoning and if it impacted their relationship on or off the set.

'The Pelican Brief' Was A Decent Success

The film was based on a novel and it received great reviews, despite the lack of romance. With a $45 million budget, the film was able the bring in a near $200 million at the box office.

The main stars had everything to do with that, Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington proved to be a dream team.

alongside one another in the film.

"Both Roberts, with her intense fragility, and Washington, with his thoughtful heroism, prove invaluable in pulling us into the heart of the film."

"Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are a compelling team in the overlong

It wasn't the most memorable film of their careers, though it was a decent success. However, looking back, it is mostly remembered for a specific moment that actually didn't take place at all in the film.

Denzel Turns Down Intimacy Part

Following the film's completion, fans wondered why there was a lack of intimacy between Roberts and Denzel.

Alongside , on her part.

"I have taken so much s--t over the years about not kissing Denzel in that film," Roberts says. "Don't I have a pulse? Of course I wanted to kiss Denzel. It was his idea to take the damn scenes out."

Washington ultimately asked for the scenes to be removed from the film, given that they came across as too controversial.

"Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film. They have always been my core audience," he says.

Despite the moment getting ousted from the film, it did not deter Roberts' impression of the star.

"He should be on his third Oscar by now, and that might not be enough.

I mean, did you see 'Malcolm X' and 'Hurricane' and 'Philadelphia'?! I could go on," says Roberts. "I cannot absorb living in a world where I have an Oscar for best actress and Denzel doesn't have one for best actor."

Years and years later, the two are still more than okay. announced a deal for the two, appearing alongside one another for the first time since the project of '93.

'Leave The World Behind'

Both stars are models of consistency in the business. For that reason, it should not come as a surprise that the duo is set to reunite. The project is currently in pre-production, according to

, set to appear in yet another package which is based on an upcoming novel, according to

"Roberts will play the mother of the family that rents the house. Washington will play the homeowner."

It'll be a treat for fans to see the A-listers reunite once again for the first time in a very long time.

Sources: IMDB, Deadline, Newsweek, ET Canada & Rotten Tomatoes

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