AceShowbiz - New York Times Magazine pairs up 18 Hollywood stars for kissing scenes, which are not part of any movies. In one video, Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon run into each other on the street before sharing a passionate kiss.
In another short clip, Kristen Stewart plays a die-hard fan of "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, who acts as a musician performing on stage. The "On the Road" star suddenly runs onto the stage to tackle and kiss him.
Shailene Woodley practices boxing with "Unbroken" actor Jack O'Connell and gives him a sweet kiss on the cheek after she accidentally punched him. Her "Divergent" co-star Miles Teller and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, meanwhile, kiss with the backdrop of a wedding party.
Steve Carell and Laura Dern, Julianne Moore and John Lithgow as well as Patricia Arquette and Jason Schwartzman are also featured in the other "9 Kisses" short videos directed by Elaine Constantine. The videos are to support A.O. Scott's essay for NY Times about the history and importance of the movie kiss.
"Cinema may not have invented kissing, but I suspect that over the course of the 20th century, movies helped make it more essential," he writes. "What is undeniable is that movies - Hollywood movies especially, but far from exclusively - made kissing more visible. They established a glamorous iconography and an elegant choreography for an experience that, in real life, is frequently sloppy, clumsy and less than perfectly graceful."