You Wouldn’t Want to Share a Set With These Feuding Co-Stars
Getting along with your coworkers can be hard, especially when you have to work with them directly virtually all day every day. When you watch a favorite film, some characters just seem to click: their chemistry sparks, and watching them work together is so rewarding. But how well do those actors get along once the cameras stop rolling? If you believe all actors become best friends immediately and complete every scene like a harmonious team, then you are in for a surprise. Read on to learn about co-stars who just couldn’t see eye to eye.
Leighton Meester vs. Blake Lively
Both actresses reveled in the heyday of Gossip Girl. But when it came to enjoying each other’s company, that was another matter entirely.
While they maintained a convincing friendliness on screen, the two couldn’t be more distant in real life. They rarely reached out to each other for anything non-work related and never really “clicked.” Even today they are hardly even decent acquaintances, let alone close friends.
Claire Danes vs. Leonardo DiCaprio
The internet seems to have a collective obsession with Leo–and it’s well-deserved. While filming the reboot of Romeo and Juliet, actress Claire Danes didn’t quite feel the same enthusiasm.
She regarded him as childish. As a result, they never really developed a friendship, let alone a fiery romance like the one they portrayed on screen. Good thing they’re such great actors.
Jennie Garth vs. Shannen Doherty
These two beautiful 91210 actresses had a rocky relationship, to say the least. They considered themselves friends but sometimes struggled in their own insecurities to get along with one another without resentment getting in the way.
Sometimes they talked endlessly like friends who’d known each other since elementary school. Other times, one couldn’t stand to be in the same room as the other. Fortunately, both woman say that their friendship is much healthier today. A few years to mature can go a long way.
Bill Murray vs. Lucy Liu
Bill Murray was supposed to star in the film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle; however, he couldn’t quite behave himself on set and so found himself replaced.
Between takes, he spent more time criticizing Lucy Liu’s acting than trying to perfect his own. Of course, Liu didn’t take too well to his baseless nitpicking. The fighting got quite intense, and it was within everyone’s best interest that another actor was brought in.
Marcia Cross vs. Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher’s tendency to keep to herself didn’t help her in this rocky relationship. The two Desperate Housewives actresses were never exactly on the road to becoming best friends, but the rivalry that festered between them was enough to make the whole atmosphere reek of uneasiness.
When the two went for a shoot with Vanity Fair, Marcia Cross even fussed that Hatcher was getting too much of the spotlight.
Reese Witherspoon vs. Vince Vaughn
Witherspoon’s spats with Vaughn resulted mostly from creative differences while filming Four Christmases.
Supposedly, they managed to compromise, and Witherspoon even claims to have enjoyed working with Vaughn. Still, the two seem to go out of their way to stay distant, which has raised a few eyebrows.
Sophia Bush vs. Chad Michael Murray
Unlike most co-stars on this list, One Tree Hill stars Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray actually had some real-life chemistry. Alas, it was not meant to be.
The two married and swooned with romance for a while, but things took a turn for the worse when Murray was caught having an affair. They eventually divorced. Unfortunately, they would have to hold it together on screen. That illusion wasn’t about to die any time soon. Talk about tension!
Angelina Jolie vs. Johnny Depp
These two are Hollywood legends. Putting them together ought to be cinematic gold–one would think.
As it turned out, the two just couldn’t create a real-life dynamic that would have the world cheering them on. During the filming The Tourist, the two heavy hitters clashed often. They considered each other arrogant. It was just all around not the experience movie buffs would have hoped for.
Patrick Swayze vs. Jennifer Grey
If you were hoping for swoon-worthy chemistry behind the scenes of Dirty Dancing, then you are in for some disappointment.
Swayze has expressed that passion just never blossomed between the stars in real life. He just didn’t “get” Grey’s personality, which was sometimes spontaneous and fun and other times overly emotional.
Alyssa Milano vs. Shannen Doherty
Yet again, Doherty shows us that looks can be deceiving. The actress is notorious for her troublemaking tendencies and Alyssa Milano could probably testify to that.
She and Alyssa Milano appeared to be having the time of their life together on the show Charmed. Behind the scenes, however, the two had trouble maintaining their own strong friendship. They have been trying to patch things up, for what it’s worth.
Billy Baldwin vs. Sharon Stone
If you’ve seen Sliver, you might have felt a bit uneasy during the kiss scenes for reasons you couldn’t quite put a finger on.
Well, your instincts were right about one thing. The whole thing was uneasy for both actor and actress. Stone didn’t care for the guy and allegedly gave his tongue quite the bites during those romantic moments.
William Shatner vs. George Takei
These two Star Trek stars did not work in harmony during filming and gave everybody around them a hard time for it.
In one interview, Sulu star George Takei criticized the one and only Captain Kirk for being “self-centered.” Moreover, Takei believed that Shatner consistently wished to sabotage his role by manipulating the script. Shatner, meanwhile, accused Takei of having “some psychosis issues.” He also claims he is uncertain where the hostility came from. Overall, he believes that Takei is just an unhappy person who wants to take his bitterness on him.
Rachel McAdams vs. Ryan Gosling
Romances are all about happily ever afters, right? Well, maybe for the characters. Some actors and actresses aren’t fostering such a affection off screen, however.
The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are a fine example of such loveless tension. The two fought regularly while at work. At one point, Gosling didn’t even want to work with MdAdams at all.
Josh Hartnett vs. Harrison Ford
The 2003 film Hollywood Homicide might captivate you if you love guns and scenes rife with action. If you prefer dramas, however, you might have preferred what went on behind the scenes.
Both Ford and Hartnett approached each other with icy reluctance. Perhaps it was the age difference that alienated them. Hartnett considered Ford too old to connect with while Ford regarded Hartnett as little more than a little “punk.” Tensions only heightened when it came time to actively promote the film.
David Duchovny vs. Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny might have seemed like a decent enough duo in the hit series The X-Files. Of course, working on the same project as the same characters with the same people can grate on anyone’s nerves after a while.
Particularly during the filming of later seasons, the two television stars were regularly quarreling. One considered the other crazy. Still, they’ve managed to resolve most fights and still put out quality entertainment. They just might not have been the best of friends while doing it.
Bill Murray vs. Harold Ramis
Bill Murray and Harold Ramis were pretty close buddies. Sadly, differing creative visions created a rift in the friendship during the making the film Groundhog Day.
They were able to make amends in 2014, though. Sadly, Ramis passed away shortly after.
Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Kim Cattrall
These two were friendship goals on the popular show Sex & the City. Behind the facade, though, lurked envy and resentment.
The two regularly competed with eachother. Cattrall lusted after Parker’s paycheck as the series’ main star. At the same time, Parker longed for the extensive screen time and fan base Cattrall enjoyed.
Wesley Snipes vs. Everyone
Wesley Snipes boasts his own category simply because he did not feud with just one or two costars. Many have complained about his behavior and general air of self-importance.
The Blade: Trinity star let his role get to his head. He referred to himself as Blade and spoke with the director via notes–not email or phone, but notes he took the time to write out himself. Some of his costars went as far to say he made the whole filming experience incredibly toxic.
Cybill Shepherd vs. Bruce Willis
These two performed so convincingly in the mid to late 80’s television series Moonlighting that no one would suspect any friction behind the curtains.
Alas, Shepherd and Willis bickered frequently. Some of it was minor, but it was enough to sour the experience for both actors.
Shia LaBeouf vs. Alec Baldwin
The Broadway production Orphans was intended to be an ambitious project for LaBeouf starring the 30 Rock star. Sadly, things didn’t quite go as planned.
Baldwin and LaBeouf got into a heated Twitter debate about what theater was really about. LaBeouf was pointed about his opinions, none of which Baldwin believed LaBeouf “had the place” to voice. Ultimately, Shia LaBeouf was swapped out for Ben Foster.
Bea Arthur vs. Betty White
Who could hate the woman who has eventually become America’s cool grandma? Apparently, Bea Arthur was not too fond of her Golden Girls costar.
The reason for Arthur’s disdain for White were never clear. Of course, they manage to get along well enough to become some of the most beloved characters on television. Beyond that, though, there was no spark to anything resembling a friendship.
Tom Hardy vs. Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf is at it again. He got into a bit of a tussle with Tom Hardy while filming the much acclaimed crime drama Lawless.
While Shia LaBeouf claimed it was all it good fun, Tom Hardy thought different. He told media that LaBeouf “totally knocked him out.”
Robert Shaw vs. Richard Dreyfuss
These Jaws actors had more to worry about than that mechanical shark lurking in the waters below them. Their biggest problem was each other.
The two fought regularly and often teased one another. In sum, whoever could make the other’s life miserable first “won.” Suddenly, that toothy beast doesn’t seem so terrible.
Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Clint Eastwood
Technically breaking the rules here, but the director and actor butted heads violently during the filming of J. Edgar.
DiCaprio was not pleased when Eastwood did not want to redo a lackluster take. Instead of trying to compromise, DiCaprio grew furious and even left to cool down. While the film was completed, the two never exactly became picture-perfect partners.
Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford
These two definitely never failed to show their disdain for each other while shooting Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Not only would they throw vulgar insults at one another on set. They would also make a nightly habit of contacting their director to let them know how much they hated each other.
Bjork vs. Lars Von Trier
Here’s another precarious director/actor (or in this case, singer) relationship whose iciness can be felt second-hand.
The Icelandic singer Bjork did not quite appreciate Lars Von Trier or his work on Dancer in the Dark. She never even wanted to look him in the eye, allegedly. Luckily, it didn’t stop them from making the heartbreaking classic.
Jamie Dornan vs. Dakota Johnson
Many Fifty Shades of Grey fans anticipated the film anticipation solely because they wanted to see how the relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele would be portrayed. Would it be steamy but somehow also icy? Intimate but gritty?
As it turned out, their chemistry sort of just fizzled, both on and off screen. They just could never tolerate each other. Imagine filming so many love scenes with someone you can’t stand.
Charlie Sheen vs. Selma Blair
What’s a better way to create tension with someone than to fire them outright? Well, that’s exactly what Charlie Sheen did to Selma Blair during the production of Anger Management.
To add insult to injury, Sheen wasn’t exactly gentle or encouraging about firing Blair. He did it half-hearted breakup style: via text. Ouch.
Janet Hubert vs. Will Smith
Here’s another tale of hostility following a firing, but this time, it took place on one of the most successful TV shows of the 90’s.
The Aunt Viv actress was let go, and she believed that Will Smith had a lot to do with that decision. She still resents him for it and refuses to team up with him for any future projects unless he apologizes.
Julia Roberts vs. Nick Nolte
You might have fallen in love with their love in I Love Trouble. Sadly, the performance they pulled off was nothing like their relationship in reality.
The two hated each other. Roberts felt Nolte tried way too hard to be all bold and manly. This behavior just put her off entirely.
Sean Young vs. Harrison Ford
The love that endured between these two in the film Blade Runner is yet another example of forced romance.
While the scenes looked real enough to audiences, they couldn’t have been colder on set. Some fellow cast even referred to these love scenes as “hate scenes.”
Lea Michele vs. Naya Rivera
Overall, what lurked behind the melodious Glee set was endless sabotage and deeply harbored rivalries. Lea Michele and Naya Rivera were a perfect example of such tension.
While the two were a perfect match at the beginning, their relationship went rotten quickly. From then on, they tried desperately to try to make the whole experience miserable for one another. The two ultimately never returned after the fifth season of the show.
Anthony Daniels vs. Kenny Baker
Perhaps no shot is more iconic than that of c-3PO and R2-D2 standing side by side. Well, we are about to take a bat to that sweet illusion.
The actors sweating beneath those costumes did not really care for each other. In fact, Baker found Daniels rather insufferable.
Reese Witherspoon vs. Robert Pattinson
Many of us know Robert Pattinson as that sparkly vampire guy. Sadly, that sparkle didn’t quite thrive between him and Reese Witherspoon during the filming of Water for Elephants.
On the plus side, they never erupted in screaming matches. Nor did they ever want to pummel each other out back. The whole ordeal was just strange for the two of them. Poor Witherspoon even had to endure sex scenes with a red-eyed and stuffy-noses Pattinson. Hard to find passion in that.
Ariana Grande vs. Victoria Justice
Everything Nickelodeon is supposed to be all smiles and sunshine and happy memories both on and off screen, right? Well, not quite.
These young starlets might have been inseparable on their show Victorious, but backstage was another story entirely. The show eventually felt through when Justice chose to pursue other career opportunities. Fans, of course, were disappointed. Grande used this disappointment as an opportunity to throw her co-star under the bus, accusing Justice for the show’s demise.
Jim Carrey vs. Tommy Lee Jones
What duo is more iconic than Batman and Robin? Well, it certainly isn’t Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones.
Jones just didn’t care for Carrey, at all. Not only did he go out of the way to make work torturous, he also refused to be around Carrey offset. Harsh.
Ashley Judd vs. Jason Patric
These two starred in the 2003 production of the Tennessee Williams’s play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and didn’t exactly get along.
Patric just couldn’t jive with Judd. He viewed her as pretentious and was vocal about this opinion in interviews. Charming.
T.R. Knight vs. Patrick Dempsey vs. Isaiah Washington
Finally, a troublesome trio. And yes, it was quite troublesome. The atmosphere on the set of Grey’s Anatomy was sense enough after Washington was let go for his brutal, uncalled insult directed toward Knight.
But there was more going on behind the scenes, besides some very unkind words. Patrick Dempsey got quite in a physical altercation with Washington–not isolated from the limelight but rather right on set.
Woody Allen vs. Mia Farrow
These two stars were already weathering quite the romantic storm before the release of their 1992 film Husbands and Wives.
The press swelled with rumor and speculation regarding what was going on behind closed doors. All in all, the whole experience took more than a lot of excruciating time out of both of them.
Balthazar Getty vs. Everyone else
Yup, another one of these. The actor made a relatively laid back atmosphere like the set of Brothers and Sisters feel like a never ending plod toward nothing.
His performance was below par. On top of that, he struggled to keep any of his lines straight. He never showed up to set on time. He also created a lot of tension among cast members–tension that never existed before his arrival. Needless to say, Getty was booted from the show pretty quickly.
Archie Panjabi vs. Julianna Margulies
Usually when co-stars have beef with each other, they fake their smiles and long hugs for the camera. These two Good Wife stars couldn’t stand to do that.
They succeeded too well at keeping a distance from one another, to the point they refused to be stuck in a single shot together. At least not in person. Eventually, Panjabi quit the show because of this. Talk about silent treatment.
Tisha Campbell vs. Martin Lawrence
Apparently, actors refusing to be on set with their archenemies happens more often than one may suspect.
Tisha Campbell agreed to return to set for the show Martin, even after a troubling past with Martin Lawrence. There was a catch, however. She refused to shoot any scenes with him.
Marilyn Monroe vs. Tony Curtis
A lot of people–men and women alike–would have given anything to touch hands or lips with the untouchable Marilyn Monroe. Strangely enough, Tony Curtis learned quickly that he was not one of those people.
He did not feel any passion or even a pang of shallow lust while filming with her. According to him, their interactions was not only empty but brutal. Keep in mind this is Marilyn Monroe we’re talking about here.
Luke Wilson vs. Kate Beckinsale
The making of the 2007 film Vacancy was anything but thrilling for Kate Beckinsale, not when she had to deal with Luke Wilson.
According to her, Wilson was not exactly the nicest guy. He was also dreadful to work with because of his regular tardiness.
Sean Young vs. Everyone else
Not only does Sean Young get the honor of appearing twice on this list. She also gets to go up against herself and everyone on the set of Wall Street for being so insufferable.
Young made putting the film together a slog, according to crew members. Even the eccentric Charlie Sheen couldn’t stand her, so much so that he scribbled a brusque four-letter word on a sheet of paper and sneaked it on her back when she wasn’t paying attention. How mature, Charlie.
Stana Katic vs. Nathan Fillion
At one point, one of the many highlights of Castle was how perfectly Katic and Fillion played off one another.
Sadly, that glorious harmony did not last. The two became so infuriated with each other that they did all they could to remain apart off set when possible.
Debra Ringer and Richard Gere
When neither of the main actors enjoy any part of filming, you know a film will be a struggle to bring together.
Such was the case for An Officer and her Gentleman stars Debra Ringer and Richard Gere. They fought bitterly on and off set. Ringer has stated, in so many words, that she was relieved when it was all over because the experience was so miserable.
Lauren Graham vs. Scott Patterson
These Gilmore Girls co-stars were not as close as their performances might have had you believe.
While they worked well together, they had little desire to be stuck with each other for anything not professional. Even so, Graham believes that their fictional chemistry holds its own weight.
Marilyn Monroe vs. Laurence Olivier
It turns out clashing with the beautiful Marilyn Monroe wasn’t so uncommon after all.
Laurence Olivier could hardly tolerate Monroe. In fact, Olivier had quite a few colorful words to describe her once it was all said and done–and none of them were particularly flattering.
Debra Winger vs. Shirley MacLaine
Mother-daughter conflict was the center of the early-80’s film Terms of Endearment. Co-star conflict–not so much, or at least not intentionally so.
But Winger and MacLaine never quite reconciled the way a rebellious daughter might come to accept the antics of her well-meaning but neurotic mother. They fought quite regularly. Winger sometimes felt MacLaine took herself too seriously.
Teri Hatcher and Pierce Brosnan
Bond girl Teri Hatcher was not afraid to be hard on the smolderingly handsome Brosnan–even if he was playing the unstoppable James Bond.
Of course, Brosnan did not take too kindly to Hatcher’s demands and needs for accommodations, even as she tried to navigate the set while pregnant. But Hatcher let her frustration out when she got the opportunity in one scene to slap some sense into Brosnan–and she was a bit too rough.
Sophia Loren vs. Marlon Brando
Moral of the story here: don’t point out hair on woman in places they’d rather it not be. That’s how the tension between Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando developed during the filming of A Countess from Hong Kong.
Marlon mentioned some nose hairs, and Loren was not amused at all. Of course, they didn’t exactly magically start liking each other after that incident. Thus, the tension endured.
James Franco vs. Anne Hathaway
James Franco experienced some scrutiny when he disclosed to DJ Howard Stern that Hathaway was a “goody two-shoes.” Obviously, he didn’t mean it in a positive way.
Rumor has it that the two have since made up. Hopefully that shows that there is hope for feuding celebrities after all.
Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey
When these two crossed paths for the 12th season of American Idol, they didn’t exactly fall in love with each other.
They regularly hurled digs at one another. Needs to say, that short time together was anything but joyous. It was a constant competition just between the two of them.
Lily Tomlin and David O. Russell
Yes, you read that right. Harmony does exist after all under the gilded spotlight.
The duo aren’t exactly nice to each other on screen, but that’s all for entertainment. Once the camera stops rolling, the two can’t get enough of each other.
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