The Strange, Beautiful Intimacy Of Kissing, As Captured By 18 Great Actors

"Kiss me, you fool."

As the ramp up to award season begins, The New York Times usually prints a series of individual photographs of the year's most accomplished (and soon to be most decorated) film actors.  This year, though, the publication decided to do things a little differently. 

Director Elaine Constantine paired 18 of Hollywood's best and brightest off in kiss-themed video vignettes sure to make your heartbeat quicken. Some of the vignettes, like that of Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon, depict a clandestine rendezvous and the heat of covert passion, while others are a little more quirky. Regardless, they're all testaments to just how incredible lip locks - whether you're in like or in love - can be. 

"I hope that people share them because they're funny or they're emotional, and they make you feel young again," director Elaine Constantine said in a making of video.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon

Chadwick Boseman and Kristen Stewart

Rosario Dawson and Jenny Slate

Stevel Carell and Laura Dern

Jack O’Connell and Shailene Woodley

Patricia Arquette and Jason Schwartzman

David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall

John Lithgow and Julianne Moore

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Miles Teller

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