Cuba Gooding, Jr. Says Beyonce Was 'So Nervous' to Kiss on Camera: I Had to Instruct Her
By Jackie Willis
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Cuba Gooding, Jr. did not meet Beyonce's alter ego Sasha Fierce when the two shot a kissing scene for the 2003 gospel movie, The Fighting Temptations.
The 48-year-old actor revealed on Thursday's Watch What Happens Live that the 34-year-old triple-threat star was incredibly uneasy about shooting the intimate moment. "She was so nervous, and had never done a kiss on screen," Gooding told host Andy Cohen. "I had to instruct her to relax her lips. That's how nervous she was, but it wasn't because of me."
The Oscar winner was also more than willing to talk about his Jerry Maguire co-star, Tom Cruise. When asked if he thought the 53-year-old actor had any work done to his appearance, Gooding exclaimed, "Absolutely!"
"I don't know what he's had done, but I remember I surprised him at his house one day and he had all of these dots all over his face," he recalled. "I was like, 'You alright?' and he goes, 'I didn't know you were coming.' And I was like, 'I can see why.'"
When it comes to his famous co-stars, Gooding was pretty taken by Helen Mirren. The two starred in the 2006 film Shadowboxer together, and nearly 10 years later, he still remembers the 70-year-old actress' sexiest body part.
"Well, it's got to be her breasts," he told Cohen. "She's got the most beautiful breasts still to this day."
"It's hard, because as you walk through some of these scenes -- like with the glove -- I mean there's a lot of stuff that could be sensationalized just for entertainment's sake and this is still a crime," he said. "There are still families that are devastated by these deaths and I think if anything I took away from the six months of walking through this journey, it's that I felt grief for those families."