Hollywood co-stars falling in love—a story we’ve all heard so many times it’s almost become boring. For the couples involved, of course, their relationships are as special and unique as a snowflake. But with the advantage of objectivity, the rest of us see the blizzard of other Hollywood romances and the specialness is lost. There is another kind of relationship these co-stars sometimes get into, though. One that’s equally close yet far more explosive. The dynamic of these fascinating connections is also far more interesting as it reveals just how talented these performers are. What we’re talking about are those actors who create brilliant on-screen chemistry while, in the real world, they share nothing but a seething swamp of hate. These are the stories we rarely hear about, because who wants to admit to that kind of thing?
So, if you’re a bit over all the soppy love stories (that rarely seem to work out in the long-term anyway), then join us for a trip to the dark side. From ridiculous pranks and antics to all-out screaming matches, the stars you’re about to encounter went to some crazy lengths to push each other’s buttons. These rarely-shared stories will add a whole new dimension to your favorite movies and TV shows.
Ryan Gosling vs. Rachel McAdams
This clash was a big surprise to us too. Not only did Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams create some incredible on-screen chemistry in The Notebook, they translated it to a real-world romance. While the results of their work together were brilliant in the end, as it turns out, the film nearly didn’t get off the ground. At least not with Gosling and McAdams working together. Director of The Notebook, Nick Cassavetes, revealed that, in the early stages of filming, Gosling was less than impressed with his co-star.
According to Cassavetes, Gosling asked to have another actress do the lines off camera for him as he was apparently feeling nothing from McAdams. Instead of caving to the actor’s frustrated request, Cassavetes made a bold move; one that could have seriously backfired. He stuck the pair in a room together and instructed them not to come out until they’d come to a resolution. Only Gosling and McAdams know what went on in that room but, whatever they did, it clearly worked.
Teri Hatcher vs. Marcia Cross
While it’s easy to get sucked in to the storylines of our favourite shows, on a basic level we all understand that the characters on-screen don’t reflect the real personalities of the actors who play them. Yet it’s still surprising to learn that two people who play BFFs so convincingly while the cameras are rolling could switch instantly back to catty hatred the second the director yells “cut!” Yet this is exactly the situation Desperate Housewives co-stars Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross found themselves in.
While things were reportedly tense on set, with a few explosive moments between the two, one of their biggest blow-ups erupted during a Vanity Fair photoshoot. Hatcher was apparently being quite demanding, insisting on being placed in the middle of the shot as though she were the star around which the rest revolved. Marcia Cross was seething and, with every passing moment, grew more and more furious until finally threatening to walk off if Hatcher didn’t stop interfering and just let the photographer manage the shoot. While it was Cross who blew up on that particular occasion, it seems she wasn’t the only one who struggled with Hatcher’s behavior.
Terri Hatcher vs. Literally Everyone Involved With Desperate Housewives
While Desperate Housewives was all about drama, the action was all underscored by genuine friendship among the characters. When it came to the actresses who portrayed these characters, however, this chemistry was all wrong. From interviews with various cast members, it seems the person all the drama emanated from was Terri Hatcher. Co-star, Eva Longoria, explained Hatcher was something of a “loner.” She didn’t mingle during filming breaks and this aloofness came off as a superiority complex. While Longoria was guarded in her appraisal of Hatcher, fellow co-star, Nicollette Sheridan, pulled no punches. She called Hatcher the “meanest woman in the world.”
When Desperate Housewives wrapped in 2012, Hatcher’s co-stars bought gifts for every cast and crew member involved. Each gift came with a handwritten card and personalised message. Only one person left the set that day empty handed. No prizes for guessing who. And, from what we hear, no-one felt bad about it. In response to the waves of criticism, Hatcher was enigmatic, saying she would never gossip about what went on but she wished everyone well.
Lauren Conrad vs. Audrina Partridge
No matter how close you are, moving in with your BFF is a huge test of the friendship. Now imagine doing it with cameras filming you the whole time! That was exactly the situation former friends, Lauren Conrad and Audrina Patridge found got themselves into. The former friends became roommates and co-stars of MTV’s reality TV hit, The HIlls. Notice we said “former friends.” In an interview with Celebuzz, Patridge said: “I don’t really talk to Lauren or see her at all. I think there was a little bit of a falling out.”
She thinks? How do you have a falling out and not know about it? Patridge certainly wasn’t concerned about any of it. In fact, she went on to explain that she was no longer in contact with Heidi Montag or anyone, really, from The Hills.
Shannen Doherty vs. Alyssa Milano
Anyone who has a sister will tell you, it’s not always smooth sailing. No matter how much love there is between you, you’re so close that you’re bound to get on each other’s nerves at some point. When it comes to The WB’s hit TV show, Charmed, it seems that sisterly tension rubbed off on actresses, Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano. Unfortunately, not even a smidgen on the sisterly love came with it, Tension between the witchy sisters continued to escalate until, finally, Doherty’s character was written out of the show for good with a sudden death that caught fans by surprise. She was immediately replaced by the arrival of a long-lost half-sister. While moves like that can be risky for long-running TV shows, Rose McGowan quickly won over fans.
As to whether Doherty was killed off due to the ongoing issues with Milano, both ladies have kept their mouths shut on the matter. Milano simply said she felt it was too much like being back in high school on set. Doherty was equally coy, insisting there was “too much drama on set and not enough passion for the work.”
Shannen Doherty Strikes Again
While it was Shannen Doherty who complained about the excess of drama on the set of Charmed, it’s interesting to note that said drama somehow seemed to pop up again when she was cast in Beverly Hills 90210. What an unfortunate coincidence. Doherty reportedly fueded with at least two of her co-stars: Jenni Garth and Tori Spelling. In her autobiography, Garth described the feud between her and Doherty in the most delightfully upfront terms, saying the pair sometimes wanted nothing more than “to claw each other’s eyes out.”
Garth went on to discuss why she thought this intense cattiness had arisen, explaining they were just kids really and still finding their voices and personalities as women. Apparently Garth’s adult identity is very much wrapped up in her star sign as her conclusion was this: “Shannen and I are both Aries women, we’re both very strong, independent women, so we butt heads a lot.” Another mystery solved by astrology.
Patrick Swayze vs. Jennifer Grey
Who could forget the sizzling energy between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the classic 80s film Dirty Dancing? If you asked us whether it was more likely that the pair fell in love after the film or hated each other’s guts, we definitely would’ve gone with the former. And, sadly, we would’ve been wrong. Swayze’s autobiography, released after his death, was filled with shocking revelations about his time filming with Grey. Apparently it wasn’t as innocent and sweet behind the scenes as it was on-screen.
Swayze felt Grey was emotional and was frustrated at the fact that she would burst into tears if anyone criticized her. A bit of an issue for actors who are critiqued in every scene. Grey would also regularly mess scenes up by laughing or acting silly which meant Swayze had to do far more takes than he would’ve liked. Grey’s wild mood swings apparently wore thin on the ever-professional Swayze pretty quickly. However, there are always two sides to every story....
Grey’s Take On Her “Feud” With Swayze
Patrick Swayze actually dedicated a fair chunk of space in his book to venting about the filming of Dirty Dancing. Here’s yet another painful Grey experience he recounted, this one regarding the incredible moment when the pair are practicing that iconic lift in the lake. “It was horrifyingly, hypothermically cold in that lake, and we filmed that scene over and over. And despite the fact that Jennifer was very light, when you’re lifting someone in water, even the skinniest little girl can feel like 500 pounds.”
Though Swayze was critical of her, Jennifer Grey didn’t see things the same way he did and, it seems, didn’t let his words of complaint get to her. The actress was performing in the series, Dancing with the Stars, when her Dirty Dancing co-star passed away at just 57 years of age. Grey broke down, telling her dance partner, Derek Hough, “it took me back in a time capsule, and I was with Patrick. I just missed him.”
Bryan Singer vs. Rami Malek
Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that has caused a huge amount of controversy and has swept audiences worldwide for one reason or another. The beauty of the film, and the way it captures such a timeless man, is simply mesmerizing. It’s impossible not to talk about it. But of course, with artistic greatness always come issues. As it turns out, Malek and Singer, the film’s director, who is known for his brilliant film, The Usual Suspects, had quite a lot of disagreements and even aggressive verbal arguments, due to the fact that Singer was absent for a lot of the movie’s filming.
Things never broke out into a physical altercation, but Singer was eventually let go by Fox. A new director came in his place, and Singer later said that the production giant hadn’t let him tend to one of his parents, who was very ill. To add to the fire, Singer was later accused of sexual assault.
Bea Arthur vs. Betty White
As one of America’s most loved and longest running sitcoms, it’s actually slightly heartbreaking to see The Golden Girls on this list. However, we can’t rewrite history and, according to Rue McClanahan who starred in the show, things got pretty heated between Bea Arthur and Betty White. Unsavory words were exchanged, ones we can’t repeat here. Apparently, it all came down to Bea being annoyed that Betty was the first of the cast to be nominated for a Best Actress award at the Emmys.
While this little fit caused a stir for a while, thankfully it didn’t have a lasting impact. No characters were killed off or written out and the show went on with most people never knowing that there had been trouble stirring behind the scenes. Three of the four gorgeous Golden Girls have now passed on and, at 95 years of age, it is the inimitable Betty White who is still representing the crew.
Julianna Margulies vs. Archie Panjabi
Here’s an interesting case of life imitating art. Stars of The Good Wife, Archie Panjabi and Julianna Margulies, play the best of friends in the show. Until the end of season two that is. Spoiler alert: season two ends with the revelation that Kalinda Sharma (played by Panjabi) slept with the husband of her best friend, Alicia Florrick (played by Margulies). This betrayal, understandably, rocks the friendship to its core. Now here’s the interesting part: as this storyline developed, Panjabi and Margulies began to avoid each other. It got to the point where their scenes were being shot separately with a phone connecting them or a third party reading the lines. How bizarre is that?
Even when the pair supposedly reunited for the show’s finale, it turns out the scene the appeared in “together” was actually shot separately. Each woman appeared in front of a green screen and their portions of the scene were later edited together. The crazy thing is, while they can’t deny this intense level of separation, both Punjabi and Margulies claim there was never any bad blood between them. So was this a case of extreme method acting? Or is there something they’re not willing to own up to?
George Clooney vs. Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio
George Clooney doesn’t always have dramas with his co-stars but when he does, it’s with not just one but two of the biggest names in Hollywood at the time. You’ve gotta admire that devil may care style, right? Clooney’s flare up with Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio actually didn’t arise on the set of any film. In fact, his shots were all fired during an interview he gave to Esquire in December of 2013. Clooney was already bristling at Crowe who had accused him of being a sellout. When asked how he felt about Crowe’s comments, Clooney replied: “the truth is that [Russel] did send me a book of poems to apologize for insulting the s**t out of me, which he did.” You can feel some tension in there but it’s not so bad, right? Well, Clooney wasn’t done. He went on to call Crowe a “Frank Sinatra wannabe.”
When we say “Clooney wasn’t done,” we really mean it. When he’d settled down on Crowe, he shifted targets, this time aiming his withering gaze at Leonardo DiCaprio and his basketball skills (of all things). Apparently, Clooney was not impressed with Leo or his friends: “the discrepancy between their game and how they talked about their game made me think of how important it is to have someone in your life to tell you what’s what. I’m not sure if Leo has someone like that.” Well, he does now George, he does now.
Isaiah Washington vs. T.R. Knight
This next story is going to sound more like it was scripted by the writers of a straight-to-TV, high school drama. But trust us, as cringeworthy as it is, this all happened in real life, among adults. Three seasons into the hit TV show, Grey’s Anatomy, and Isaiah Washington (who played Preston Burke) was loving life. Then a behind the scenes argument that he wasn’t even involved in started a series of events that would lead to his eventual dismissal from the show. Okay, so T.R. Knight (who played George O’Malley) got into a pretty heated bickering match with Patrick Dempsey (who played Derek Shepherd). The fight was leaked and reported in the tabloids and, in its wake, Knight got proactive, went to the press and, amidst all the furor, came out as gay.
This is where Isaiah Washington comes into it. He really shouldn’t come into it, but apparently he does. In an epic example of what not to do when a colleague comes out as gay, Washington allegedly repeated a homophobic joke he’d directed at Knight when the fight was in full flight. That’s right, he didn’t just say it that one time on set, he repeated it—while he was backstage at the Golden Globe Awards. Well, it seems he certainly made himself heard because his character was immediately written out of Grey’s Anatomy.
Julia Roberts vs. Nick Nolte
Here’s another case of stars filming their shared scenes separately. While you can kind of see it working with characters who are friends, it’s stunning to imagine two actors in a romantic comedy not ever actually filming a scene together. Yet that is apparently exactly what happened in the 1994 film, I Love Trouble. It was reported that co-stars, Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts hated each other with such intensity that they couldn’t even film many of their scenes together. Body doubles were used to create the on-screen chemistry you see in the film.
After filming was finished, you’d think the pair would be able to just forget about each other and move on. However, it seems the two were unable to let it go. In an interview with The New York Times, Roberts sunk a double-edged word-sword into Nolte’s personality, saying that while he could be “charming and nice, he’s also completely disgusting.” Nolte wasted no time taking an equally nasty dig back at Roberts, saying no nice person would call someone “disgusting” and then following that up with: “but she’s not a nice person. Everyone knows that.” Ouch!
Debra Winger vs. Shirley MacLaine
While Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger played a loving mother and daughter in the 1983 film, Terms of Endearment, their real-life relationship couldn’t have been further removed from what we saw on-screen. MacLaine apparently grew rapidly tired of Winger’s antics. The young actress just wasn’t up to MacLaine’s standards of professionalism. In fact, it was rumoured Winger even lifted her dress directed an epic fart in MacLaine’s direction. Which is disrespectful, sure… but seriously, would you not laugh?
Failed fart jokes aside, their relationship had already turned almost completely to ice when the pair were both nominated for the Best Actress award at the Oscars. Placing them in competition like that sealed the deal on their shared loathing for each other. In the end, it was MacLaine who won. Her reaction was a shouted “I deserve this!” Pretty sure we know who that was directed at.
Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj
If you like ridiculously exaggerated showdowns, then you’re going to love this feud. After just a handful of weeks working together as American Idol judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj entered full diva meltdown mode. On Minaj’s side, the vocal violence reportedly escalated to threats of gun violence and her rage spilled out into an expletive-ridden rant that was, of course, shared with TMZ.
The whole thing apparently kicked off because Mariah thought Nicki had no singing talent and so wasn’t fit to be a judge on the show. Mariah eventually left American Idol and, in a radio interview with New York’s Hot 97, she said that period of time was like working “with Satan.” While she was careful not to mention Minaj by name (smooth move), it’s not hard to put the pieces together.
Debra Winger vs. Um… Everyone?
Debra Winger had everything going for her in the 80s and even into the 90s. Audiences loved her and she was getting solid roles in films that went on to enjoy sterling reviews from critics. However, as her notoriety as an actress was blooming, so too was another, darker reputation. There’s only so long you can keep feuds with co-stars on the down low; especially if you’re also making rude (and often wildly inaccurate) public critiques of your fellow actors.
Remember the feud with Shirley MacLaine we mentioned earlier? It turns out MacLaine nearly threw in the towel completely on Terms of Endearment. She was apparently so close to leaving that they had to drag her back from the airport. Winger also compared Richard Gere’s acting style to “a brick wall,” and weirdly described John Malkovich as “nothing more than a catwalk model.” To her credit, she wasn’t discriminating with her attacks. She was known to give journalists a hard time, apparently even making one reporter interview her outside so she could bail if she didn’t like a question.
Will Smith vs. Janet Hubert
You’re probably surprised to see Will Smith on this list. He comes off as a pretty lovable guy. You may be even more surprised to learn that this feud erupted during his young and (supposedly) innocent years starring in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was Smith’s co-star, Janet Hubert, who took the lead in the alleged dispute. Fresh Prince fans will know Hubert better as Aunt Vivian. The actress stood up for herself and her fellow cast members in accusing Smith of failing to help them with the negotiation of their salaries. His response was apparently a casual shrug and insistence that they should sort their own deals out the way he did with his.
While it seems like the whole thing meant little to Smith, his co-stars felt differently about it; Hubert in particular. Three seasons in, she left the show and was vocal about her dissatisfaction. In response, Smith remained calm, simply explaining to the press that he was aware of her feelings and the fact that she wouldn’t be shy in expressing them. He recounted a time when he heard her say “I’ve been in the business for ten years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.”
Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford
This has got to be one of the most epic feuds in Hollywood. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis were both wildly popular, mega talented actresses. While fans were able to love each woman with equal passion, the pair were never able to get along with each other. Their falling out started, as so many do, over a love triangle. Bette Davis had starred alongside actor, Franchot Tone, in the film Dangerous. She’d also fallen in love with him. Crawford, meanwhile, persuaded Tone to go over to her house for dinner. An innocent enough invitation, apart from the fact that she greeted him at the door buck naked. Tone was understandably smitten and the pair fell in love, much to poor Bette’s dismay.
From that point on, Bette Davis couldn’t disguise her anger, calling Crawford a shallow “mannequin” and comparing her eyes to those of “African caterpillars.” Not one to take insults lying down, Crawford spat back, suggesting Davis “looks like she’s never had a happy day, or night, in her life.” As two of the most popular actresses of their day, the pair competed fiercely for roles until the most perfect casting decision in Hollywood history was made. The women were cast in the dual leading roles of the creepy psychological thriller, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The story could not have been more perfect for the two, centering around rival film stars who end up stuck in a mansion together, endlessly tormenting each other.
Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford… Round Two!
The feud between actresses, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, was so epic, it’s about to be retold in a soon-to-be-released series on FX. Given the dark twists and turns of their lifelong battle, it seems fitting that the series has Ryan Murphy, of American Horror Story fame, at its helm. While we don’t want to give too much away, we will tell you the first season of Feud covers all the strange goings on backstage during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Murphy has stuck with one of his American Horror Story favorites, casting Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. Susan Sarandon will be taking on the role of Bette Davis. If you’ve never seen Baby Jane, the black and white film is truly worth a watch. If the storyline isn’t enough to creep you out, keep in mind these words from Bette Davis: “The best time I ever had with Joan was when I pushed her down some stairs in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
Tom Hardy vs. Shia LaBeof
Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf graced the big screen together in the 2012 film, Lawless. While critics were impressed with both of their performances, the pair were certainly not impressed with each other. Lawless director, John Hillcoat, later admitted to having a frustrating amount of drama flying around on set thanks to tension between Hardy and LaBeouf.
In Hillcoat’s own words: “there was definitely a fight between them. It escalated to the point where they had to both be restrained.” When he says “fight,” he may well mean it quite literally. Hardy later claimed he was “knocked out.” However the playful way he said it makes it difficult to know how serious he is and how bad the scuffle really got.
Julia Roberts And George Clooney Had A Falling Out?
Clooney and Roberts were thought to be friends, so it’s hard to know how much credence to give to this rumor. However, sources claimed that Roberts was hesitant to sign on as Clooney’s co-star in Ocean’s 13. With Clooney already on board, and having already appeared in the first two films, it was apparently seen as a sign of disrespect that she was holding out on him.
Countering this rumor, the director of Ocean’s 13, Steven Soderbergh, claimed he was simply taking the storyline in a different direction; one that didn’t involve Roberts’ character. Considering Roberts and Clooney seem to be as tight as they ever were, it seems Soderbergh’s version of events is more likely.
David Duchovny vs. Gillian Anderson
Our favorite alien-chasing FBI agents, Scully and Mulder, had such intense on-screen chemistry that the biggest question in the minds of many an X-Files fan was “when are they going to kiss already?” Yet the actors responsible for this simmering sexual tension, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, weren’t actually that fond of each other during the show’s long years of filming. While Duchovny insists the pair quickly got over their distaste for each other, he felt the pressures of the show made them “monsters,” at least in the early days.
Over the years though, both Anderson and Duchovny agreed that their relationship mellowed. Eventually, without them even noticing at first, they became actual friends. Duchovny said it crept up on him slowly and then suddenly dawned on him in a moment of clarity. The feud was long gone, the animosity had faded and, in its place, was real friendship. How sweet.
Julia Roberts vs. Susan Sarandon
It’s round three on the list for Julia Roberts! This time, the feisty actress appeared to be taking aim at Susan Sarandon. However, there’s a twist to the story. The feud supposedly took place on the set of the film, Stepmom, in which the pair starred. Rumors started flying that Roberts and Sarandon were getting hateful and catty on-set.
However, Sarandon took to Twitter the moment she discovered what the gossip mags were reporting. She explained that she’d looked into the rumor and discovered her own PR representative had started it! We’re guessing someone lost a job over that bit of fake controversy.
Naya Rivera vs. Lea Michele
Glee co-stars Lea Michele and Naya Rivera had an on-set relationship that went from icy to all-out war. With tensions rising and a resolution seeming more and more impossible, it was reported that Lea Michele asked for Naya Rivera to be written out of the show. Whether Lea was really the cause of it or not, Naya certainly did get booted out.
In fact, she wasn’t even allowed to finish out the fifth season, with her character written out just two episodes shy of the finale. If you believe the rumor mill, Naya’s axing resulted in an escalation of the battle between the two actresses during the filming of her last few episodes.
Lea Michelle vs. Naya Rivera
That’s right, we’re not done with these two ladies yet. After her sudden dismissal from Glee, Naya Rivera claimed the battle between her and Lea Michele was being exaggerated by the media. However, if you read her memoir, a whole different story emerges.
Naya claims every time she asked a question or had an issue with something on-set, Lea would assume it was all about her. This led to Lea ignoring Naya and that quickly evolved into an icy and hostile silence that lasted, unbroken for the entirety of the show’s sixth season. When Lea commits to something, she really commits.
Chelsea Handler vs. Heather McDonald
While the pair appeared to be happy in each other’s company on Chelsea Lately, it turns out things weren’t so chill when the cameras were off. The problem? McDonald claims she was living her life in a daily state of fear. Apparently, her biggest concern was that, at any moment, she could lose her job.
Handler was dismissive of McDonald’s claims, telling Howard Stern that it was a TV show, not an “internment camp” and that if McDonald was so terrified everyday, she was perfectly free to go get another job. Touche.
Freddie Prinze Jr. vs. Kiefer Sutherland
Complaints started flowing from Freddie Prinze Jr. almost immediately after he joined the popular drama, 24. While you’d think he’d be happy to have scored a role on this long running series, the complaints continued until he finally left the show. So what exactly was his problem? Well, it’s probably best if we let Freddie tell you himself. The following excerpt is from an interview he did with ABC News.
“I did 24, and it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash. I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.”
Meryl Streep vs. Dustin Hoffman
Filming a movie isn’t easy, so it’s only natural to expect a few hiccups along the way. However, if you’re working with talented professionals like Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, you could be forgiven for assuming a feud between your cast members would be one stressor you wouldn’t have to worry about. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for the director of Kramer vs. Kramer.
A biography written about Streep revealed that Hoffman was pretty gruff with the actress when she made suggestions about her character. According to the book, he would go so far as to snap at her and make harsh comments about her lover who had recently passed away. If there’s truth to the tale then that’s pretty rotten behavior.
Sara Jessica Parker vs. Kim Cattrall
While their Sex and the City characters were the best of friends, gossip mags of the 90s and early 2000s were all over the rumors that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall couldn’t stand each other in real life. It’s amazing to think that, while they could act like such close buds when the cameras were rolling, they would shift instantly to completely ignoring each other between takes.
Neither of the ladies has denied the feud, though their versions of it are far more tame than those of the tabloids. Parker put the whole thing down to long days and hard work all banking up and creating stress. In conclusion, she boldly stated she has no regrets for the way she’s treated anyone.
Joan Crawford and Bette Davis... Again!
Bette Davis is back! While this is a whole new feud, it started, once again, with one star making a move on another. In this instance though, it wasn’t an actress competing for the attention of Bette’s love interest. Rather, it was an actress making a move on Bette herself! Joan Crawford didn’t consider gender as being relevant to love. The bisexual star made a move on Bette Davis but didn’t count on how hardcore the rejection would get.
So many rumors flew around about Joan Crawford and her feuds and sexual conquests. While it’s hard to say how much of it was true and how much was exaggerated, she did end up embroiled in a pretty bitter, and quite public battle with Bette Davis.
Lucy Liu vs. Bill Murray
Fans of lovable and quirky comedic superstar, Bill Murray, will find it hard to believe that he could ever have a feud with anyone. Well, we’re about to burst your bubble because not only did Bill have a tiff with his Charlie’s Angels co-star, Lucy Liu, he kind of started it! Murray apparently stopped a scene they were shooting together and had a word or two to say to Liu about her performance.
Here’s what he was quoted as saying: “I get why you’re here, and you’ve got talent...” Sounds nice so far right? Here’s the kicker though: “...but what in the h*** are you doing here? You can’t act!” If you’re thinking, “well, he said two nice things first, that’s not so bad,” let us put it in context for you: the first comment was directed at Cameron Diaz, the second one at Drew Barrymore. Liu copped the rest. Brutal.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes
Leonardo DiCaprio managed to sidestep the drama that many Hollywood child stars fall prey to, instead establishing himself a reputation as a highly professional and dedicated actor. Back in the day, though, he was more known for playing on-set pranks than for being any kind of a professional. This didn’t always go down well with his co-stars.
On the set of Romeo + Juliet, Leo’s antics didn’t go over at all well with the girl who was supposed to be Juliet to his Romeo. Claire Danes apparently wasn’t into any of his pranks. Meanwhile, Leo thought she was way too uptight and reserved. That’s all according to The Telegraph anyway. If that really was the case, it’s amazing a pair so unimpressed by each other were able to create such believable chemistry on-screen.
The Rock vs. Vin Diesel
Getting The Rock and Vin Diesel together for a film is an epic decision. Only thing is, the very reason viewers are dying to see them together is also the reason why you’re likely to encounter issues with the pair: they’re both massive alpha males. Unfortunately, it seems their egos clashed pretty hard on the set of The Fate of the Furious.
The Rock waxed lyrical while venting about Vin Diesel on Instagram: “Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway.” He then closed with two words that sent his rant viral: “Candy asses.” It’s funny what the internet latches onto.
C3P0 vs. R2D2
Okay, so this feud was really between the actors behind the droids: Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. However, fans of the Star Wars series may have noted a touch of sarcasm in R2-D2’s beeps and boops when directed at his bumbling gold companion, C3P0. As far as Daniels and Baker go, the cause of their feud was startlingly small. Daniels said “hi” to Baker one day and was, apparently, snubbed.
While this isn’t the nicest thing in the world. Daniels’ reaction to it seems strangely over the top. He described himself as entering a “blazing with rage.” Being snubbed was “the rudest thing anyone had ever done to me.” He went on to say he was “furious. It was unbelievable.” All we can say is, we’re glad he never met Bette Davis or Debra Winger!
Tyrese Gibson vs. James Franco
With a shocking 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s no surprise tensions were high on the set of Annapolis. The film did not go down well with fans or critics and it seems James Franco fared equally poorly in the eyes of his co-star, Tyrese Gibson. He made such a bad impression, in fact, that Tyrese swore to never work with him again.
While the details of what Franco did are unclear, we do know he tried to make amends for his behaviour after the film was released. He claimed he never “tries to be mean to people” and vaguely blamed Gibson’s feelings about him on perhaps having gotten too deep into his role.
LL Cool J vs. Jamie Foxx
While many of these stars chose to carry out their feuds in more cunning ways, LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx kept things simple and straightforward with a bit of old fashioned fisticuffs. According to a report on MTV, things got so violent that the Miami-Dade Police had to be brought in. The report described Mr Cool J pushing Mr Foxx before punching him in the face. While Foxx was wearing a helmet at the time, it’s unclear as to whether that offered him any protection. Sounds bad right?
Well, according to LL Cool J, it was all in the name of putting on a good show. While pushing certainly wasn’t in the script (not to mention the punch), LL Cool J claimed he was just caught up in the moment and the fracas was all about making it real.
Charlie Sheen vs. Selma Blair
Here’s a pair of actors who will never see eye to eye about why they fell out. Starring together in Sheen’s long-running sitcom, Anger Management, seemed to bring out the worst in each of them. Blair couldn’t stand Sheen’s work ethic (or lack thereof). In her eyes, he wasn’t professional and she wasn’t shy about telling people so. Sheen felt that Blair’s constant complaints about his lack of professionalism were unprofessional. So much so that, by June of 2013, he presented the producers of Anger Management with an “it’s me or her” ultimatum.
On that occasion, Sheen won out and Blair’s character was written out of the show. Apparently having her axed wasn’t enough. Sheen blasted Blair with enough expletive-ridden text messages that, in the wake of what she’d gone through on set, she threatened to sue him.
Channing Tatum vs. Alex Pettyfer
While they played best buds in Magic Mike, Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer are far from it in real life. Channing Tatum apparently felt that Alex Pettyfer had a bad attitude and, once that idea had settled in his mind, there was little anyone could do to shake it; Pettyfer included.
While many stars scramble to cover up their feuds for fear of being judged, Pettyfer was refreshingly honest, admitting that Tatum did not like him and owning that there were many reasons, most of which Pettyfer felt were his fault. Kudos for being adult enough to own the truth.
Nathan Fillion vs. Stana Katic
If our source is to be believed, Castle co-stars Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion aren’t just feuding, they “completely despise each other.” Describing the pair’s relationship, the source claimed that not a word was passed between the pair and that this had been the state of things for a few seasons.
This news spread through the gossip mags in 2016, in the wake of Stana’s announcement that she would be leaving the show. WIth eight seasons wrapped at that point and not a hint of the hatred between Stana and Nathan leaked, fans were understandably shocked. Still, you have to respect the fact that they didn’t drag their personal feelings about each other out into public view.
Day26 vs. Qwanell
Day26 is the boy-band product of a Diddy-sponsored reality TV show. The aim of Diddy’s show, Making the Band, was to showcase the talents of up-and-coming R&B performers before whitling them down to a final group who would be banded and branded together as the latest R&B boy band sensation. Aired on MTV, the show was so successful the network signed Diddy up for a second season. Rather than creating a new band, season two of Making the Band followed the group’s journey into the world of professional music.
Okay, so now for the juicy bits: Band member, Qwanell (the one in the middle with the big old smile), was a bit of a trouble maker, as it turns out. As the show wore on, he managed to pick a fight with all the other guys in the band, bar one. Ultimately, his divisive behavior led to the downfall of Day26.
Sylvester Stallone vs. Richard Gere
Anyone born in the 60s probably remembers The Lords of Flatbush, the low-budget, coming-of-age film about a gang of leather jacket wearing teenagers from the Flatbush neighborhood, in Brooklyn, New York. What many don’t probably know is that a young Richard Gere was originally cast to play the part of Chico Tyrell, one of the gang’s main members and best friend to Sylvester Stallone, who plays Stanley.
In 1974, during filming, it was clear that Gere and Stallone never really got along. And eventually, their rivalry escalated to a point of a physical argument. Not only did things get heated up during rehearsal, during the fight scenes, but what finally put the cherry on top of the cake was one day, when Stalone and Gere were eating hot dogs in a car and Gere spilt mustard all over Stalone. This led Stalone to elbow Gere in the head and through him out of the car. Needless to say, things got ugly. The director had to make a choice and decided to let Gere go.
George Clooney vs. David O. Russell
The 1999 film, Three Kings, tells the story of four American soldiers that try to steal some of Sadam Hussein’s hidden gold right after the end of the Gulf War. The main Sergeant leading the sting is George Clooney, and even though his acting is phenomenal and the film ended up being a complete success, Clooney and O. Russell, the film’s director, didn’t exactly hit it off. Clooney was filming ER at the time and scheduling conflicts added to the already tense situation.
However, it was later revealed that Clooney was angry with O. Russell’s treatment of some of the film’s extras. Clooney eventually decided to confront him and a fight started. One of the producers broke them up and the filming continued. And boy are we happy they were able to put their personal differences aside, because the film is amazing.
Tom Cruise vs. Rob Lowe
Directed by master Francis Ford Coppola in 1983, The Outsiders is one of those films that stay with you well after the ending credits. Based on the story of a gang of teenagers in rural Oklahoma, the film counts with legendary actors like Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and more. But apparently, Lowe and Cruise didn’t get along. At all.
One day during rehearsals, Lowe punched Cruise in the face and apparently it didn't take much to incite Cruise to actually hit him back. A fight started but they were quickly broken apart and, luckily, filming was able to continue.
Katherine Heigl vs. Shonda Rhimes
You all remember the sweet Izzy Stevens from Grey’s Anatomy, don’t you? Well, turns out she’s not so sweet in real life. Apparently, her and the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, had a nasty falling out. Heigl said publicly that she wasn’t being given good material to work with, implying the show’s writing was sub-par. Aside from that, other co-stars and crew members said she was very hard to work with on set.
She eventually left the show a year and a half after the public statement. Years later, Rhimes said in an interview, “ I have a no a**holes" policy on the set”, talking about the set of her new show, Scandal. "There are no Heigls in this situation…I don't put up with bulls*** or nasty people. I don't have time for it," she continued. Some years later, Heigl said in an interview, “That wasn’t cool, and I should not have said that”. Yeah doll, you probably shouldn’t have.
Charlie Sheen vs. Chuck Lorre
Anyone who ever watched Two and a Half Men had to be utterly baffled and confused when suddenly, Charlie Sheen disappeared from the set. Overnight, just like that. In what was one of the most famous behind-the-scenes brawls in Hollywood, Sheen and Chuck Lorre, the show’s creator, started having one fight after another, until finally Sheen was let go, to put it politely. In an interview some time after his firing, Sheen said Lorre was "a stupid, stupid little man and a p—-y punk that I never want to be like."
The origin of it all remains unknown to this day, with many speculations floating around, but all we know is it was violent, and has continued for years. Sheen even said about Lorre in 2017, "He's the most miserable f***ing d****bag, the most talentless f***ing sack of s*** of f***ing stupid this side of La Brea." Well Charlie, enough said. We get the message.
Kate Beckinsale vs. Michael Bay
Michael Bay has been accused more than once of being sexist on set. No doubt he has a talent for grand, larger-than-life, blockbuster films, but that definitely doesn’t carry any weight when it comes to having respect for other people.
When filming the historic Pearl Harbor film, Kate Beckinsale, who played a nurse and love interest of the two main protagonists, Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck. Beckinsale said in 2016, "I'd just had my daughter and had lost weight, but I was told that if I got the part, I'd have to work out," she said. "And I just didn't understand why a 1940s nurse would do that." What’s more, during the film’s promotion, Bay apparently always said that he had chosen Kate Beckinsale “because she wasn’t too beautiful”, claiming that she “wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience”. Not okay, Bay.
Dakota Johnson vs. Jamie Dornan
This is actually an interesting one, because the beef wasn’t just between Johnson and Dornan, it was between the original author of Fifty Shades and the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson. Obviously for a couple like that to be recreated into real life on screen is no easy feat. There must be a special chemistry, and there wasn’t between Johnson and Dornan, so much so that it often made the shows producers nervous about the film’s success. But Dornan finally came out and said, "She's an easy person to get along with. She's sweet,", "we instantly had a thing. It's so important, given what we had ahead of us. If we hadn't liked each other, I wouldn't have been cast. I got cast because they thought it worked. Dakota and I get on so well. We're friends now."
On the other hand, the book’s author, E.L. James, and the director didn’t get along, often leading to screaming brawls and fights due to creative differences. In the end, Dakota Johnson left the film partly because of Dornan. And when asked if she would co-direct the movie all over again, she said “of course I wouldn't,", "I like everyone— and I get really confused when they don't like me. I was so confused by E.L. James. I don't understand when I can't navigate a person, when there's no synergy."
Sarah Michelle Gellar vs. Alyson Hannigan
We all know 90s icon Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. Gellar was in our screens with her debut Buffy The Vampire Slayer and then I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions. In Buffy, Gellar and Hannigan played two best friends, and even though the two were said to get along famously during the beginning of the show, things took a turn for the worst when Gellar announced publicly that she was leaving the show without first announcing it to Hannigan or any of the cast and crew.
The show’s creators, however, quickly said it wasn’t Gellar’s fault because they knew of it and it was on them to tell the rest of the crew.
The Power Rangers Crew vs. Blue Ranger David Yost
The 1990s hit The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers was an absolute hit the second it was released. But it didn’t come out until years later that one of the main actors, David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger, was a target of homophobic bullying on set. Yost claimed he walked out one day and never came back, because he “was called f*ggot one too many times,” Things got so bad that Yost started to think about suicide, and finally walked out.
Yost even said that he found out the show’s producers and crew were calling in other actors asking them about his sexuality. The original producers got together for a movie reunion and he quickly declined, stating that he was no longer interested in “abusive relationships”. On the other hand, when a producer was asked, he said Yost was a constant “pain in the ass”. Needless to say, we’re happy Yost left the show.
Jim Carrey vs Tommy Lee Jones
The 1995 film Batman Forever remains a classic 90s favorite from the magnificent Batman saga. And one of the reasons it is, was due to Jim Carrey’s one of a kind expressions and acting style. But not everyone shared this opinion, certainly not his co-star Tommy Lee Jones.
Carrey says they once ran into each other in a restaurant by chance, one night before filming an important scene, and Jones hugged got up, hugged him, and said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, okay, what’s going on, man?’ And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.’” Yikes!
Shelley Duval vs. Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick is considered one of cinemas greatest directors for a reason, and The Shinning is one of his greatest masterpieces, but everything has a price. It is said that Kubrick’s directing method was that of a grim, mad genius, which took a hard toll on the movie’s leading actress, Shelley Duval. She said he used “some pretty cruel” filming strategies, making her cry for hours so she would get into character as Jack Nicholson’s desperate wife.
Duval reached such a point of stress that her hair even started falling out. Nevertheless, when asked her opinion of Kubrick in later interviews, she has said she really respects him as a director. Well that’s classy of you, Shelley.
Alec Baldwin vs. Tina Fey
Alec Baldwin is said to have an aggressive character, and maybe this is what led to his conflictive relationship with Tina Fey on 30 Rock. Baldwin confessed that at one point he thought ‘I’m going to get the f*ck out of here, I’m done,’ because I’m an employee, I don’t have any say.” The actor was clearly experiencing an ego-crushing lack of power, saying he had no say as producer. He obviously wanted to create his on show, and not be part of somebody else’s.
On one occasion, during a photo-shoot with Fey and Baldwin, he spoke to the photographer and said “get ready to do a lot of airbrushing”. To this, Fey replied, “something wrong with my face?” and Baldwin said it was her entire body, not just her face. Wao. Even though some of the actors’ representatives claimed this never happened, something has to have happened, since Fey once said that her mom techniques are what she learned by working with Baldwin.
William Shatner vs. Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek will forever remain a sci-fi cult classic, and William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will forever remain in our memories as Kirk and Spock. As the story goes, Shatner wasn’t popular behind-the-scenes, and even had a long-standing beef with Nimoy. Apparently Shatner became very envious of Nimoy's success and adoration by fans. Nimoy said, “Bill was worried that Kirk would seem unintelligent by contrast. And so lines of dialogue that had logically been Spock’s soon became Kirk’s”.
Another of the show’s stars, the famous George Takei said Shatner wouldn’t be happy until he was playing everybody’s parts. Another actor said he had wanted to hit Shatner on many an occasion. Nimoy and Shatner almost broke out in a full on fight after a photographer for the reputed Life magazine came on the Star Trek set to photograph Nimoy having his Vulcan ears attached. Another actresses, Nichelle Nichols, said Shatner was always creating problems and destroying the harmony between the cast and crew, up to the point where she almost quit.
Nick Nolte vs. Julia Roberts
Remember the 90s film I Love Trouble? A young Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte starred in this entertaining film about two journalists that fall in love while trying to expose a government conspiracy. Roberts said in an interview with The New York Times, in 1993, about Nolte, “he can be completely charming and very nice, he’s also completely disgusting. He’s going to hate me for saying this, but he seems to go out of his way to repel people.”
It was later reported that their disagreement reached such a point that the actors “played more to stand-ins than to each other.” Well, we can’t blame Nolte, we wouldn’t want to work with someone that publicly called us disgusting, would you?
David O. Rusell vs. Lily Tomlin
Remembered we mentioned director David O. Russell having a beef with George Clooney on the set of Three Kings? Well, O. Russell had another heated argument with actress Lily Tomlin while filming I Heart Huckabees, in 2004. In 2007, two videos appeared on the web, and in one of them you could clearly see Russell losing it, insulting Tomlin and calling her a “bitch” and some other nastier words. He even ends up shoving all the things off a desk nearby, hitting a crew member with them that was sitting close by.
However, in an interview they did right after the videos went online, both said they “love each other and would work together tomorrow”. Tomlin explained that she didn’t take it personally because she knew how much pressure O. Russell was in.
Steven Spielberg vs. Julia Roberts
Spielberg is a very respected man in the film community and Hollywood in general, which is why his public statements can be very incendious events. In 1991, Spielberg directed the Peter Pan adaptation film, Hook. And in a live interview with the famous news program, 60 minutes, he said he used to call Roberts (who played Tinkerbell) Tinkerhell, on set. Steven Spielberg later went on to say that “It was an unfortunate time for us to work together.”
Julia Roberts later said the statement “really hurt my feelings”, further saying she “couldn’t believe this person that I knew and trusted was actually hesitating to come to my defense . . . it was the first time that I felt I had a turncoat in my midst.” Judging from past knowledge, Roberts doesn’t seem like the easiest person to work with on set, but who knows?
Roman Polanski vs. Faye Dunaway
Roman Polanski is famous for many reasons, and being a nasty director is apparently one of them. When filming the classic 1974 film Chinatown, the two hated each other, and it was no secret either. Polanski even said once that Dunaway was “very difficult. I nearly came to a halt.” Many rumors circled around, one being that Polanski once pulled out one of Dunaway’s head hairs because it was catching light. Then there was a more dramatic piece of gossip that Dunaway supposedly threw a cup of urine at Polanski because he wouldn’t allow bathroom breaks. In an interview in 2008, Dunaway replied to the question of whether this had actually happened by saying it “doesn’t even deserve the dignity of a response,” and quickly left the interview.
We don’t know if her reaction means the question is so ridiculous it isn’t true or if she had such a horrible experience with Polanski that she didn’t even want to dignify it with an answer.
Lars Von Trier vs. Bjork
Lars Von Trier is a very controversial person. For those who aren’t too familiar with his work, he’s the director of Dancer in The Dark, Antichrist, Melancholia, Breaking the Waves, Dogville and others. He is a Danish director that was banned from Cannes for uttering an anti-semitic comment. If this is what he’s like in real life, we can’t imagine how he must be on set. During the brilliant film, Dancer in the Dark, where magnificent musician Bjork plays an immigrant who works arduos hours to pay for her child’s eye operation, Von Trier and Bjork started to have quite the brawls.
But as the famous musician said, it was her first and last movie, thanks to Lars Von trier. Everything started to deteriorate on set, and Bjork started missing filming days and once even spat at Von Trier, saying “Never work with a Dane because he will eat your soul.” In return, the director started missing filming days too, and broke a monitor to a million pieces.
David O. Russell vs. Amy Adams
Yet another mention of David O.Rusell on our list. It really seems this guy is not good to work for at all. In fact, he seems like an absolute bully. Supposedly, during the filming of American Hustler, O. Rusell made actress Amy Adams' life impossible, being very abusive in general, and to her, in particular. So much so that her co-star, Christian Bale stepped in one day and told him to stop acting like an "a**hole".
Adams said about the incident, "I was really just devastated on set,”I mean, not every day, but most. I don’t like to see other people treated badly. It’s not OK with me. Life to me is more important than movies.” We wonder why this guy keeps getting hired by Hollywood's biggest production houses. Maybe it has something to do with the film's whopping box office hit of $250 million, especially when the budget was $40 million. Sorry Amy, money trumps decency in Hollywood.