Throughout cinema’s long and golden history, there have been some classic silver-screen pairings. From Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers all the way through to Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, some acting partnerships just seem to be perfectly on song, with the participants enjoying great chemistry together.
However, things are not always so harmonious on set, and some film-star duos have definitely proven not to be quite so in tune with each other. Indeed, for every tale of celebrity friendship, there’s one concerning a pair of stars who just could not see eye to eye. These 20 Tinseltown couples, for instance, seemingly found it impossible to even temporarily set aside their differences.
20. Emma Watson and Channing Tatum – This Is the End
Like several former child stars before her, Emma Watson attempted to throw off a family-friendly image by appearing in more raunchy fare. With this in mind, the English actress signed up for the 2013 gross-out comedy This Is the End, little knowing at the time that it would culminate in naked dislike. However, co-star Channing Tatum’s antics while filming the hit movie apparently made Watson instantly reconsider her decision to try out more “mature” material. According to the social media testimony of an extra known only as Courtney, the Hermione Granger actress was so distraught by the sight of a thong-clad Tatum that she walked off set. “Who can blame her, right?” the bit-player wrote on Tumblr. “She has a good image to uphold.”
19. Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn – Game of Thrones
By all accounts, Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn used to get on well together – like, really well. So much so, in fact, that the English actors were even an item around the start of the century. However, the pair went through a bitter break-up in about 2003, which makes them being co-stars a little awkward. Yes, currently, both Headey and Flynn are prime players in HBO’s epic TV extravaganza Game of Thrones. But the stars’ apparent dislike for each other means that their characters Cersei and Bronn are unlikely to share a scene together anytime soon.
18. Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones – Batman Forever
Funnyman Jim Carrey may seem as if he’d be a hard man to hate. Nevertheless, Tommy Lee Jones, his villainous co-star in 1995’s Batman Forever, seemed to find a way. And after an unhappy chance encounter with Carrey in a restaurant, the crotchety Jones made no attempt to hide his true feelings. “The blood drained from his face in such a way that I realized that I had become the face of his pain,” Carrey recalled to Howard Stern in 2014. “And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.’”
17. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams – The Notebook
Anyone who has ever seen The Notebook – and don’t lie, you know you have – will attest to co-stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ sizzling on-screen chemistry. Nonetheless, the end result was testament to the pair’s acting abilities, since in reality they were apparently cold towards each other when filming the 2004 romance. Speaking to VH1 a decade after the movie’s release, director Nick Cassavetes revealed that Gosling had even asked to shoot his intimate scenes with a different actress. Happily, however, it seemed that the troubled twosome were able to overcome their initial differences. Indeed, after filming wrapped, the actors playing Noah and Allie briefly became a couple in real life.
16. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte – I Love Trouble
Many may not have heard of 1994’s long-forgotten rom-com I Love Trouble. Even so, the feud the film ignited between its leads, Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte, is still talked about today. Much like the competitive characters they played in the film, the actors reportedly went to great lengths to insult, irritate and generally make each other’s lives a living hell throughout the production. Furthermore, as the shoot progressed – or deteriorated – the A-listers’ relationship apparently became so fraught that the pair flat-out refused to appear in the same frame together. Stand-ins were therefore employed in those scenes to interact with the stars, it’s been said.
15. Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore – Red Planet
Known as being quite a tricky customer to work with, Val Kilmer has reputedly made some enemies in Tinseltown. And fellow actor Tom Sizemore – who starred with Kilmer in 2000’s Red Planet – seemed to be one of said foes during a particular period in time. Despite apparently enjoying warm relations on the set of their previous film Heat, the two friends allegedly fell out during Red Planet’s production after a quarrel about gym equipment turned violent. In the aftermath, alternate lookalikes were used to keep both stars apart while the cameras rolled. However, both Kilmer and Sizemore have since reportedly gone back to being buddies.
14. Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi – The Good Wife
During The Good Wife’s third TV season in 2012, eagle-eyed fans of the CBS legal drama noticed that its two female stars, Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi, had suddenly ceased and desisted in sharing scenes together. Moreover, when their characters were finally reunited, it suspiciously seemed as though both actors had somehow filmed their parts separately. Consequently, speculations over the duo having had a huge fallout began to swirl. And these rumors were only encouraged when Panjabi popped up at a critics’ get-together in 2016. Damningly, the English actress declared, “In terms of anything that happened on The Good Wife, I think it’s only respectful for it to stay on The Good Wife.”
13. Will Smith and Anthony Michael Hall – Six Degrees of Separation
Not all cases of actors refusing to shoot simultaneously are motivated by on-set animosity, however. Will Smith, for example, got so squeamish about smooching with Anthony Michael Hall, his male co-star in 1993’s Six Degrees of Separation, that instead of puckering up he backed out of the scene. Nonetheless, the former Fresh Prince still went on to quickly regret his decision. “It was very immature on my part,” he told Entertainment Weekly that same year. “I was thinking, ‘How are my friends in Philly going to think about this?’”
12. Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone – The Lords of Flatbush
In Hollywood, sometimes it doesn’t take much to get hot tempers blazing. Indeed, in the case of Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone, all it took was a humble piece of roast chicken to make the actors fall out. During a Q&A with Ain’t It Cool News in 2006, the Rocky icon took a swing at Gere for a heated incident from some 30 years beforehand. Apparently, Sly got splattered with some mustard from Gere’s poultry lunch, which led to a fight between the future stars while filming 1974’s The Lords of Flatbush. In fact, the resulting feud was so fiery that Gere was told to cool it; the Pretty Woman actor also got canned from the coming-of-age movie.
11. Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson – Vacancy
It’s fair to say that a bad attitude to the job can sour any working relationship. And Luke Wilson’s reportedly poor performance on the set of 2007 horror flick Vacancy is said to have certainly left Kate Beckinsale irritated. According to the New York Post’s Page Six column, Wilson would rock up for filming with a serious hangover and even declined to read lines to his co-star in certain scenes where he was not in shot. Understandably, Beckinsale resented working like this, and so the English actress chose to return the favor by doing the same to Wilson.
10. Bill Murray and Lucy Liu – Charlie’s Angels
Due to his immensely laid-back public persona, Bill Murray may appear to be a really easy-going guy. However, on-set accounts of his behavior towards his Charlie’s Angels cohort Lucy Liu in 2000 paint a different portrait entirely. As claimed by scandal site Derober, the veteran actor stopped mid-scene during filming to quiz Liu on a question relating to the production. “What in the hell are you doing here?” he allegedly asked, adding for good measure, “You can’t act.” Whether apocryphal or not, perhaps this story explains why Murray was a no-show for the film’s 2003 sequel.
9. Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel – The Fate of the Furious
On screen, the Fast and the Furious movie franchise is overflowing with excess testosterone. And, unfortunately, it seems that sometimes the same can be said of the behind-the-scenes action, which has seen two of the macho stars of the series come to a fork in the road. After complaining on Instagram about his fellow actors behaving like “candyasses” around the set of The Fate of the Furious while filming in 2016, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that he did not shoot any scenes with co-star Vin Diesel. “Vin and I had a few discussions,” The Rock admitted to Rolling Stone in April 2018. “And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies.”
8. Shia LaBeouf and Alec Baldwin – Orphans
As somewhat of a method actor, Shia LaBeouf has bemused, baffled and straight-out annoyed many of his fellow thespians throughout his film career. Nevertheless, the eccentric star may have pushed things a little too far when he worked with Alec Baldwin on the Broadway production Orphans in 2013. Following an angry tirade aimed at his more experienced colleague, LaBeouf was promptly fired. That being said, there appears to have been little animosity between the actors since. In fact, Baldwin emailed LaBeouf later that very same year to assure the younger man, “I don’t have an unkind word to say about you.”
7. Kirk Cameron and Julie McCullough – Growing Pains
When Growing Pains’ Kirk Cameron became a born-again Christian in the late 1980s, his awakening would have a profound effect on the young TV actor’s life and later career. But his religious convictions would also have a big effect on female star Julie McCullough, who apparently met with her pious leading man’s disapproval. After discovering that the actress had once appeared naked in Playboy, Cameron supposedly demanded McCullough’s dismissal in 1990. And, although Cameron has since denied the accusation, McCullough reportedly refuses to turn the other cheek and still holds a grudge against the former sitcom star.
6. Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt – Twister
While Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt managed to get through filming 1996 disaster flick Twister, it seems that the pair whipped up a storm of their own during production. By most accounts, the tempestuous actors annoyed each other so much, in fact, that they swore off working together forever. Unfortunately, this decision did not help matters just two years later when both were contractually obliged to shoot an intro for a tie-in theme park ride at Universal Studios Florida. As a compromise, Paxton and Hunt agreed to appear, but both blew onto the set separately and filmed their scenes together quite apart from each other.
5. William Shatner and George Takei – Star Trek
Despite having known each other for decades, Star Trek actors William Shatner and George Takei are far from best buds. “We do conventions, and we’ll cross paths,” Takei told the Edmonton Journal in 2017 about their ongoing stand-off. “I’ll say, ‘Morning, Bill.’ And he’ll say, ‘Morning, George.’ And that’s it.” Nine years before that interview, however, Takei had offered Shatner an olive branch via an invitation for the Sulu actor’s wedding to Brad Altman. But Shatner failed to beam himself down for the happy occasion; perhaps he forgot to write it in his captain’s log.
4. Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels – Star Wars
However, Star Trek is not the only blockbuster sci-fi series to have featured a bust-up between two of its stars. Indeed, Star Wars’ English actors, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels – a.k.a. droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, respectively – were also busy squabbling in a galaxy far, far away. Prior to his death in 2016, Baker repeatedly complained about Daniels’ rude behavior and even threatened to pull out of a cast reunion in 2008 if his former co-star planned to show his face. Meanwhile, for his part, in a 2011 interview with the Daily Mirror, Daniels mocked the acting ability of the diminutive man inside “Artoo.” The late thespian cruelly quipped, “He might as well be a bucket.”
3. Wesley Snipes and the rest of the cast – Blade: Trinity
We all expect a little diva behavior from our top stars, but it seems Wesley Snipes went rather above and beyond while filming 2004’s Blade: Trinity. In a blunt 2012 interview with The A.V. Club, supporting player Patton Oswalt alleged that an unprofessional Snipes wasted hours of production time smoking marijuana in his trailer. Moreover, Oswalt claimed that the blazed Blade only agreed to emerge from his private smoking den for close-ups, meaning that scenes involving other actors had to be completed using stand-ins. If that was not enough, Snipes even allegedly tried to throttle director David Goyer. No wonder the cast and crew didn’t have it in them to make a sequel.
2. Gene Hackman and the rest of the cast – The Royal Tenenbaums
In 2004 legendary Hollywood actor Gene Hackman officially retired from the game. And given his apparently appalling behavior while filming 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums, many of his fellow stars may have been breathing sighs of relief at the news. During a Q&A held in New York a decade later, fellow stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston revealed that the grumpy actor “scared” them. But it was director Wes Anderson who reportedly suffered the most, as he is said to have received the brunt of Hackman’s verbal harassment on set. Indeed, the alleged abuse seemingly got so bad that co-star Bill Murray stepped in on his days off to act as Anderson’s personal bodyguard.
1. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Perhaps the grandmother of all celebrity feuds, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s abiding animosity for each other has become legendary. Spurred on by instances of outrageous attempts at upstaging and various stolen lovers, the pair’s vendetta ultimately resulted in them starring as dysfunctional sisters at war with each other in the 1962 classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? However, neither star deigned to make shooting a pleasant experience for the other on the fraught film set. Indeed, Davis reportedly kicked her co-star for real during a fight sequence. Meanwhile, Crawford apparently secretly wore weights for a scene in which Davis had to haul her physically across a room.