The following list of co-stars who couldn’t stay civil with the other bajillionaires on the set of some of the world’s biggest movies proves that nice guys definitely finish last. If they didn’t, Shia LaBeouf and Charlie Sheen wouldn’t be on this list as much as they are. So, would you rather read about the time James Franco trashed Anne Hathaway on Howard Stern, or how the Golden Girls totally hated each other? Thank heavens, you don’t have to choose!
From trying to get each other written off their hit shows and tossing each other’s drinks into (mechanical) shark infested waters, these costars, including Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams from The Notebook (WE KNOW), threw some serious on-set shade
The stars of 50 Shades of Grey couldn’t stand each other. In the promotional roll out for their steamy film, the two actors had all the chemistry of a couple of boiled hot dogs, and there were massive reshoots due to the couple’s less than sultry performances. One source referred to Johnson as a “dishrag.”
A quick browse of their promotional photos tells you all you need to know. The fact that rumors flew that Dornan was not exactly jumping at the chance to reprise his role in the film’s two sequels also wasn’t a good sign. Um… Mr. YIKES will see you now.
According to The Notebookdirector Nick Cassavetes, Gosling and McAdams (who would go on to have an IRL relationship) hated each other on set. One day on a break from the set, the two actors had it out privately and things got better. Sort of. “They were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, ‘Nick come here,’” Cassavetes said. “And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, ‘Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?’ I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.’ “We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other,” the director explained. “I walked out. At that point I was smoking cigarettes. I smoked a cigarette and everybody came out like, ‘All right let’s do this.’ And it got better after that, you know? They had it out… I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open.”
Claire and Leo may have played star crossed lovers in the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of Romeo + Juliet, but rumor has it their chemistry on set was anything but lovely. The word on the street is that Danes avoided DiCaprio at every turn.
Apparently Danes didn’t appreciate DiCaprio’s jokes and pranks during filming, and even called him “very immature,” to other people on set.
Anne Hathaway and James Franco
On The Howard Stern Show, Franco referred to his 2011 Oscar co-host as a “goody two shoes” and refused to defend her when the DJ talked about the Hatha-Haters. Hathaway reportedly responded by not creating a terrible weirdo art piece about the feud.
Stern set up the situation by saying, “Everyone sort of hates Anne Hathaway, and I’ve explained that I do too and I don’t know even know why sometimes. She’s just so affected [and] actress-y that even when she wins an award she’s out of breath, and then she has the standard joke that sounds like it’s [been] written [for her]. And it all seems so scripted and acted.”
Any other co-star might have rushed to Hathaway’s defense, perhaps talking about what a sweet, caring person Hathaway is (supposedly). But Franco just said, “I’m not an expert on — I guess they’re called ‘Hatha-haters’– but I think that’s what maybe triggers it.” He also confessed that the two didn’t talk much anymore.
In what was a case of life imitating art, Michele and Rivera’s on set relationship went from icy to UFC after the two were involved in a “major altercation” on set. We doubt that it was one of their classic sing offs. At another point, both sides claimed that the other was kicked off the set for diva-like behavior, although the jury’s still out on what really happened.
Later, rumors swirled that Michele and Chris Colfer were conspiring to get Rivera and Darren Criss booted from the show. The icing on the cake was when Lea Michele had Rivera written out of the show at the end of the fifth season.
Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf
LaBeouf tried to start a feud with his Orphans co-star, Alec Baldwin (a master at the art of feuding) by tweeting, “the theater belongs not to the great but the brash” and “acting is not for gentlemen…what they do is anti art.” Baldwin responded by saying, “I don’t think he’s in a good position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is or isn’t about.” LaBeouf was eventually let go for “creative differences.”
The filming of Blade: Trinity has become the thing of film nerd legend; according to EVERYONE on set, Wesley Snipes was an absolute nut. He only spoke to the director via hand written notes signed “Blade” (RIGHT?!), and he only showed up to film his closeups, which left nice guy Ryan Reynolds to film his scenes alone.
Reynolds wasn’t the only one who got the rough end of Snipes’ antics. According to co-star Patton Oswalt,Snipes told director David Goyer, “‘I think you need to quit. You’re detrimental to this movie”. And apparently, Goyer’s response was “Why don’t you quit? We’ve got all your close-ups and we could shoot the rest with your stand-in.”
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey
Minaj and Carey joined Idol in 2013 and quickly began a bitter rivalry that spilled out into the press. The feud (which happened on screen and off) escalated when Minaj called Carey a “bitter, insecure woman” and Minaj taunted her for never having a No. 1 single.
Carey later said her time on the show was far from enjoyable. “Honestly, I hated it,” Mimi said, adding that“It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.” Ouch.
William Shatner and George Takei
If you’re a fan of Star Trek and didn’t know that George Takei and William Shatner hated each other, you’ve either been in a time warp or living in a cave. No one remembers how the grudge began, Shatner thinks the whole thing started over a close up on the original series, while Takei believes that Shatner is jealous of his growing popularity. Apparently, you can live long and prosper while holding a grudge.
Parker and Cattrall may have played BFFs on their hit HBO show Sex and the City but things weren’t so friendly when Cattrall found out that Parker made more money than the rest of the cast. About the on set clash, Parker told Marie Claire that “sometimes feelings get hurt.” She’s such a Miranda.
Bill Murray and Lucy Liu
Have you ever found yourself wondering why Bill Murray was replaced with Bernie Mac in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle? Well, ponder no more! On the set of Charlie’s Angels, Murray killed time by provoking Liu by saying that she couldn’t act. That’s one way to get written out of a franchise.
According to one source, ” Bill Murray stopped a scene in progress and pointed to Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu saying in order, “I get why you’re here, and you’ve got talent….but what in the hell are you doing here. You can’t act!” At that, Liu blew her lid and attacked Murray, wildly throwing punches. The actors had to be separated to opposite corners of the room while they lobbed verbal hand grenades at each other.” Who knows if it’s true, but the fact that Bill Murray wasn’t in the movie is telling.
Murray and Bush met on the set of One Tree Hill and were married just over a year later. The marriage didn’t last (a-doy!) due to Murray allegedly cheating on Bush with his House of Wax co-star, Paris Hilton. Despite the rough break, the couple had to work together for another half a decade. Awkward.
Kiefer Sutherland and Freddie Prinze, Jr.
At a Comic-Con panel for Star Wars: Rebels, fans were shocked to hear Freddie Prinze, Jr. use the gathering as an opportunity to trash Kiefer Sutherland. At the panel, Prinze said, “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world… I think everyone that worked with him would say that.” Jack Bauer will likely get his revenge for these comments any day now.
Ford and Hartnett allegedly never made eye contact throughout the entire production of Hollywood Homicideand bickered throughout the promotional tour. Harrison openly referred to Hartnett as a punk with Hartnett referring to Ford as, “an old fart.” Oh, boys, you behave.
Remember when Aunt Viv got a makeover on Fresh Prince and became a new woman…literally? According to Viv #1 (Hubert), that was all Smith’s doing. After her firing she called Smith “an ego maniac” and an “a**hole.” Aunt Viv, you need to wash your mouth out!
Remember those halcyon days of 2011 when everyone was “winning” and made of tiger blood? When every morning brought the promise of a new Charlie Sheen meltdown? Charlie Sheen, the then co-star of Lorre’sTwo and a Half Men, took umbrage at Lorre suggesting that he would be disappointed if Sheen outlived him. In response, Charlie did Charlie and unleashed a spew of racist and insane vitriol.
Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
Hey, it’s Bill Murray again! Why can’t the sad hipster grandpa make friends with anyone he works with? Is it because they won’t sing karaoke with him? The two tight-knit friends had their falling out on the set of Groundhog Day when, according to Murray, they argued about whether the film should be more philosophical or a straight comedy.
The late Ramis insisted that their feud actually came to be because Murray brought his relationship baggage to the set. Thankfully, the two made up prior to Ramis’s passing in 2014.
If you thought the set of Golden Girls was all shots of bourbon and capfuls of Metamucil, then you were dead wrong. According to Rue McClanahan (the sexiest Golden Girl) and White herself, Bea Arthur haaaaaaated White for seemingly no reason. Although there was speculation that Arthur, a seasoned theater actor, despised White for her television background and sunny disposition.
White got the last laugh: if you haven’t noticed, she’s literally on everything ever forever.
In the immortal hunk Patrick Swayze’s autobiography, The Time of My Life, the star discussed how he didn’t feel any heat from Grey on the set of Dirty Dancing. Taking on the role of an old timey doctor, he describes Grey as being “high emotional,” and prone to “silly moods.” Not silly moods! Say it ain’t so, Swayz-dawg!
Nolte and Roberts played love interests on screen in “I Love Trouble” but couldn’t stand each other offscreen. Roberts supposedly hated her co-star’s “machismo” and insulted him on set every chance she could get.
On the set of the Nick Cave penned bootlegger drama, Lawless, these two beefcakes actually came to blows. Hardy says that LaBeouf knocked him out behind the scenes, while Mr. Baghead insists that it was all a part of their brotherly bond.
Terry Hatcher and Marcia Cross
Though they played best friends on Desperate Housewives, once the cameras were off they were anything but. Hatcher was described as “a loner” by co-star Eva Longoria and on the set of a Vanity Fairphoto shoot, Cross became angry that Hatcher was front and center.
To put a button on the issue, Cross left Hatcher’s name off of the “goodbye gift” at the end of the series. This kitten has claws.
Can you remember a time when Billy Baldwin wasn’t a punch line? No? Well neither can Sharon Stone. Apparently she hated Baldwin so much that during their sensual love scenes in Sliver she continuously bit his tongue while filming. Maybe that’s why so many stupid things come out of his mouth.
Winger and Gere may have played lovers in An Officer and a Gentleman but they didn’t have much love for each other on set. Maybe it was because she referred to Gere as “a brick wall,” or it could have been that she referred to the film’s director (Taylor Hackford, aka Mr. Helen Mirren) as “an animal.”
Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair
Charlie Sheen, again! In this case, Sheen had Blair fired from Anger Management when she complained about his work ethic. To top it off, she found out about losing her job from Sheen, who sent her a text calling her a “c***” and telling her she was fired.
Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth
Brenda and Kelly were the uber-BFFs on 90210 (until that rogue Dylan came between them), but the actresses who played them never actually got along. Garth admitted to E! that there were times when they wanted to claw each other’s eyes out. That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said about Doherty.
On the set of Jaws, possibly one of the greatest films about three guys trying to kill a shark that has ever been made, two of the film’s stars – Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw – couldn’t stop bickering. Shaw loved to torment Dreyfuss, then a young actor who was hooking up with ladies all across Martha’s Vineyard, and in return Dreyfuss would take drinks directly out of Shaw’s hand and throw them over board. ME-OW!
Lars Von Trier is famous for eliciting visceral reactions from his actors, but the most alarming instance was his work with Bjork on Dancer in the Dark. The Icelandic singer hated working with the Danish director so much that she once spat on the ground rather than say hello to him one morning and allegedly ate her sweater in her trailer after a rather tense day on set.
That last part might not be true, but with Bjork you can’t rule anything out.
Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels
The most famous droid couple on the silver screen has had a whole slew of problems since they rode an escape pod into our hearts in A New Hope. Baker, who plays R2-D2, your favorite of the two (admit it), insists that Daniels is both boring and infuriating.
This vintage rivalry should win an Oscar for feud of the century. On the set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? the two stars (who already hated each other) called the director nightly to complain about their co-star. On set, Davis repeatedly referred to Crawford as “the phony c**t” and in one scene, where Davis’s character had to drag Crawford out bed, Crawford wore a lead weightlifting belt to weigh herself down. That’s some USDA beef right there.
Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey
In what is now remembered as “not the worst Batman movie in history” veteran actor and curmudgeonTommy Lee Jones had such a beef with Carrey that he refused to sit with him during lunch. OOooOOOoOooOOoOOo. In response, Carrey did his best to steal every scene he could from the native Texan, causing an avalanche of kitsch to descend upon the film.
Lily Tomlin and David O. Russell
This pair’s a bit different but it’s worth it. Russell is known to have a freeform way of directing that can bring out the best in actors, or in the case of Tomlin, the craziest. On set the two verbally sparred with F-bombs aplenty, but supposedly they’re all hugs and headlocks. Ah, Hollywood.
Sean Young and Charlie Sheen
Sean Young is famous for being crazy go nuts on and off set (Google “Sean Young Catwoman” if you’re brave) but on the set of Wall Street, after failing to convince the director to swap her role with Daryl Hannah’s, she attempted to slow down the production by being unprofessional. You know you’ve done something amazing when you’ve become more unprofessional than Charlie Sheen.
To retaliate, Sheen stuck a piece of paper to her back that read “I am a c***” Stay classy, Sheen.
In a 2016 Instagram post, Dwayne Johnson went on a rant about the unprofessional behaviors of his male co-stars while filming the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Later, TMZ reported that Johnson and Vin Diesel were butting heads on set, but attempted to hash out their differences for the sake of the production. In April 2018, Johnson confirmed the rumors in a Rolling Stone interview.
Johnson said he never shot scenes in person with Diesel, and that scenes featuring both their characters were the result of editing. Johnson contributed the disagreements to “a fundamental difference in philosophies” in regards to movie making. While Johnson noted the pair had mostly made up after a face-to-face discussion in his trailer, he did go on to say:
I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about “no ill will.” We’ll just keep it with the clarity.