Matthew McConaughey wasn't surprised to hear his former co-star Kate Hudson's critical review of their on-screen kisses.
Hudson told pal Gwyneth Paltrow last month on an episode of the Goop podcast that every time she was supposed to smooch McConaughey, something got in the way of it being great. She specifically mentioned a key scene in 2008 rom-com caper Fool's Gold. "Like when we were kissing in the end of Fool's Gold, we're in the ocean, we like had the plane crash — he just had snot all over his face," Hudson recalled.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: (L-R) Actress Kate Hudson, actress Melissa McCarthy and actor Jack Black attend the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: Actors J.K. Simmons (L) and Kate Hudson attend the premiere of DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox's "Kung Fu Panda 3" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on January 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Actress Kate Hudson discusses her upcoming film Kung Fu Panda 3, the third installment of the hit animation action-comedy tale at AOL Build at AOL Studios In New York on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kate Hudson attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Kate Hudson arrives for the european premiere of 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actress Kate Hudson attends the Mamarazzi screening of "Mother's Day" at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on April 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
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CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Founder, The Honest Company, Jessica Alba (L) and actress Kate Hudson attend the Fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala, Presented By John Paul Mitchell Systems at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
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WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson attend the Premiere Of 20th Century Fox's "Snatched" at Regency Village Theatre on May 10, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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In a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment, McConaughey agrees their romantic scene in Fool's Gold was disastrous. He blames the circumstances.
"It's like, 'OK, here's the scene: You've just jumped from the helicopter. You're in the middle of the ocean. You go under the water, so on action, go into the water and then come up out of the water like you're gasping for air," McConaughey says, imitating a crew member. "You're glad to be alive! Then you look at each other and you swim to each other and [go] into an embrace."
All of this is not easy to do when you're trying to act romantic.
"Well, there's a lot of salt water and snot and all kinds of stuff that are in between those, and so you're doing that and you're like, OK, I think that worked, but did that look any good?" McConaughey says. "[They're] like, no, we better do another take. So there were always, like, elements that made it harder... We never got to have our nice romantic kiss, yeah."
McConaughey, who's promoting his new memoir Greenlights, also starred alongside Hudson in the 2003 rom-com How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. In that one, the awkwardness came from the relationship between their characters. She plays a magazine writer trying to drive him away so she can write about it, while he's an advertising exec in a bet that he can make her fall in love with him. Neither knows it, and it doesn't make for many beautiful moments, although there are a few.
"So many of our... Kate and I's kisses have been awkward," McConaughey says. "We're still like, hey, can we ever get a kiss where it's just like the temperatures, right? The ocean's not wiping us away? Nobody's dropping stuff on us, above our head?"
Off-screen, of course, McConaughey shares his romantic moments with wife, Camila Alves. They married in 2012.