The set is often not big enough to accommodate huge egos. When co-stars step on each other’s toes, rivalries set to last for decades are born.
Either accidental or deliberate, feuds that oppose actors in the leading roles turn the whole production into a messy nightmare. Who said being a director is easy? Add therapy and counseling on the “to do” list and pray to God they don’t rip each other apart until the premier.
1. Lea Michele vs. Naya Rivera – Glee
“Glee” was never all about milk and honey. The series had one particular feud that eventually blew out of proportions.
Lea Michelle and Naya Rivera appear to have a perfect chemistry on screen. Despite winning a Golden Globe, the two young actresses went through some rough times working together.
“Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up” was Naya Rivera’s way of letting it all out. The book shows how a personality mismatch paired with a crave for limelight created a rift between the two.
Naya cornered Michelle for being oversensitive on set, and it went as far as the two stars not saying a word to each other for the entirety of season six. It’s pointless to say the two were never BFFs IRL.
2. Bill Murray vs. Lucy Liu – Charlie’s Angels
Wanna know the story behind this stare of death?
Although featuring three of the hottest actresses of that time (Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu) and titan Bill Murray, the 2000 production also had room for the most bitter co-star strife ever.
Bill Murray just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. What others would have taken as a joke inherited epic proportions inside Lucy’s mind. “You can’t act!” is the alleged phrase that made the American actress lose her temper.
What followed is shrouded in the typical Hollywood mist. However, as the story leaked to the press, the most likely scenario is that Liu and Murray went physical and the shooting crew had to intervene to prevent them from ripping each other apart.
Some see the discord as the number one reason why Murray declined the role for “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
3. Jamie Dornan vs. Dakota Johnson – 50 Shades of Grey
We hate to break it to you!
You tried so hard to picture 50 Shades as the perfect fairytale that is almost a shame to ruin that mental image. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson did not start on the right foot their “ballet” in front of the camera.
Both actors described their first experiences of acting together as weird and stressful. Doing romantic stuff is certainly hard if you don’t feel comfortable with your partner.
Although their on-set relationship never evolved to a full-scale feud, the little brawls and mishaps can make anyone wonder if they watched the same movie.
Indeed, the chemistry put on display was fantastic. With “Fifty Shades Darker” just days from its premiere, everyone is anxious to see why they gave it an R Rating.
4. Patrick Swayze vs. Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing
Yep, “Dirty Dancing” will never be the same once we are done trashing it.
If you think the movie’s success relied on the incredible bond between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, you are in for a huge upset. It’s enough to do a scavenger hunt through the pages of Swayze’s autobiography – “The Time Of My Life.”
The Hollywood icon described the actress that played Baby as particularly emotional and prone to burst into tears the moment someone started criticizing her. We should stress the fact that Swayze grew an incredible frustration over shooting multiple takes and dealing with Grey’s silly moods.
The couple learned to work their differences. However, the result should be looked upon as the process of polishing two stones until they fit each other. You will be surprised to know how many times they stepped on each other’s feet before their dirty dancing became good enough to seduce the masses.
5. Charlie Sheen vs. Chuck Lorre – Two and a Half Men
Once united under the banner of “Two and a Half Men,” Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre engaged in an incredible feud.
Charlie’s erratic behavior led CBS and Warner Bros. to terminate his contract in 2011 and replace him with Ashton Kutcher. You can imagine that the 51-year-old did not receive the blow with a smile on his face.
Instead, Sheen engaged in a bitter battle to shame the producer of the show, Chuck Lorre, calling him “a little worm” and other shameful names. Charlie was never shy with his rants and went in public with a language that would make little Jack Harper blush.
Chuck Lorre responded by killing a lookalike of Charlie in the series finale. The game is still on, and we are anxious to see how far the two are willing to go.
6. Shannen Doherty vs. Alyssa Milano – Charmed
Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano charmed us both with their acting skills.
However, we can’t overlook the fact that they engaged in a rather regrettable exchange of remarks over the years that passed since the show ended. The feud started with Alyssa Milano comparing the set of “Charmed” with a high school.
She was not the only one to point out Doherty is hard to work with, and some “Beverly Hills 90210” co-stars confirmed the rumor.
Despite the harsh words passed from one side to another, Doherty’s recent issues with breast cancer seem to have quite down the conflict. Milano used Twitter to send her best wishes and everyone would die to see a reunion of the three stars from “Charmed.”
7. Shia LaBeouf vs. Tom Hardy – Lawless
Once the news was out, everyone was dying to know more about what happened between Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy.
The two A-list actors shared a set for “Lawless, ” and it seems that their egos clashed at least once. The most infamous scuffle left Hardy “knocked out,” if we were to believe his words.
However, the difference in body size and strength tend to tell a different story. The actor that played Bane the same year (2012) was in top physical shape, and he was most likely caustic when referring to LaBoeuf.
The most likely scenario is that nothing bad happened, as crew members witnessing the scene were swift to intervene. We do suspect some unpaid bills remained between the two.
8. Kenny Baker vs. Anthony Daniels – Star Wars
All the feuds on display here have the potential of ruining the movie for you.
With the risk of upsetting millions of fans, we take on the Star Wars series and the real relationship between everyone’s favorite robots, R2-D2 and C-3PO. The men behind the costumes couldn’t stand each other and have a long history of insults and malicious comments unleashed in public.
Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) hate meeting each other at Star Wars conventions and haven’t spoken to each other for years. In fact, even on set their interaction was reduced to a minimum.
“I don’t hate Daniels…I just don’t like him” and “He might as well be a bucket” are just a selection of how the feud reached its climax. We would have expected something else from co-stars of all the original 6 Star Wars movies, as well as the 2015 “The Force Awakens.”
9. Terry Hatcher vs. Macia Cross – Desperate Housewives
All your favorite shows had a pinch of star rivalry carefully crafted outside plain view.
Some would say that small levels of envy and hate are nurtured on purpose by directors, just to push actors to give their best. “Desperate Housewives” is the perfect example of what can go wrong when you are not explicit about who’s the main star of the show.
Horrific details first begin to emerge when a gift for the film crew at the end of the 8-year series failed to include Terry Hatcher’s signature. Winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress set her aside from her fellow cast members, and the girls created a club of their own.
Terry’s favorite co-star for feuding was Marcia Cross. It probably started when the redhead complained about Terry stealing the center position in a Vanity Fair photoshoot.
10. Ryan Gosling vs. Rachel McAdams – The Notebook
It was never our intention to ruin one of the best romantic movies ever.
However, truth needs to be spoken, and “The Notebook” spared the weak nerves of viewers from one of the many problems directors face when they have to pair leading actors.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had a tough time before committing to each other. Director Nick Cassavetes needed ten years to gather the strength and tell the full story of his struggle.
It all started with Gosling complaining about his co-star and asking for someone else to replace McAdams. The production employed amongst others techniques usually used in couple therapy.
It worked. Not only the two gave us the epic rain kissing scene, but they also dated in real life. Some fans still hate Eva Mendes for ruining a couple that was doing so fine after their shaky start.
11. Claire Danes vs. Leonardo DiCaprio – Romeo + Juliet
The most disappointing love stories are those happening when the camera is rolling.
Forget the rumors of actors doing it on the set. In most of the cases, managing to get along well enough to shoot the scenes together was maximum.
Apparently, Claire Danes was not impressed with Leonardo DiCaprio while filming the 1990s version of Romeo and Juliet. She even went as far as calling him immature and unprofessional.
At this point, it’s important to recap Leo’s rankings in 1996, the year when “Romeo + Juliet” attempted to offer Shakespeare’s story a new spinoff. 22-year-old DiCaprio was one year away from his breakthrough in “Titanic.”
For Danes, he appeared just like one of the many fresh faces that fade away in Hollywood so quickly. Point to us one woman that would not kill just to have DiCaprio caressing her.
12. Tommy Lee Jones vs. Jim Carrey – Batman Forever
Villains should have no problems in saying mean things one to each other.
However, “Batman Forever” accommodated one peculiar quarrel. “I hate you. I really don’t like you…” That’s how Tommie Lee Jones bullied fellow actor and co-star Jim Carrey.
We know it’s painful to remember. Joel Schumacher’s 1995 “Batman Forever” was horrible from all angles. Not even Jim Carrey’s role as The Riddler, or Tommie Le Jones playing Two-Face, could not save the film from the unforgiving critics.
The production was light years away from Cristopher Nolan’s interpretation of the Batman universe. Maybe it had something to do with the tension buildup between leading actors that emerged many years after “Batman Forever” hit the cinemas.
13. Lauren Graham vs. Scott Patterson – Gilmore Girls
When the on-screen chemistry is that good, everyone suspects at least a small portion of it to leak into real life.
There is only sad news for fans of “Gilmore Girls.” The relationship between Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) never materialized outside the set.
In fact, some would go a long way and say that one of the cutest couple seen on TV throughout the 2000s hid a terrible secret. The two actors felt extremely uncomfortable with each other during the first years of shooting.
“Gilmore Girls” survived just because the plot was intelligent enough to disguise the ongoing feud between two of the main stars. We should praise Graham and Patterson for keeping their mishaps quiet and away from public view.
14. Ryan Reynolds vs. Wesley Snipes – Blade: Trinity
Ryan Reynolds was not alone in this.
According to someone following inside the production crew, “Blade: Trinity” witnessed Wesley Snipes ascending at the height of him behaving like a diva.
“Tell that cracker to get out of my eyeline!” This is how the 54-year-old referred to his filming partners and co-star, Ryan Reynolds.
That’s just the beginning! Snipes tried to strangle the director, David Goyer, and communicated with him for the rest of the project only trough post-it notes signed “from Blade.”
Most fans already know that Snipes showed up on set only for close-ups and that the majority of the scenes featured body doubles and stand-ins. The actor hated all his co-stars and filming “Blade 3” was a real nightmare.
15. Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Kim Cattrall – Sex and the City
Money was the apple of discord for “Sex and the City” stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.
Rumor has it the two actresses engaged in an all-out war once they compared the entire paychecks. The TV series and the two films that followed in 2008 and 2010 made Sarah Jessica Parker the better paid.
It’s easy to spot why Cattrall took it as an offense. “Sex and the City” was widely perceived as a team effort. The show would have gone nowhere only with the stories of Carrie Bradshaw.
We are happy to count this feud as one cured by the passing of time. The two co-stars exchange casual social media posts on a regular basis, and you could go ahead and call them friends.
16. William Shatner vs. George Takei – Star Trek
Trekkies will not feel comfortable reading about this.
On the one hand, there is a detail that slipped their geeky attention and hunger for facts. On the other, key crew members of the Enterprise did not get along well at all.
You might think that more than three decades should have been enough for any dispute to die off. The relationship between William Shatner (Kirk) and George Takei (Sulu) are the perfect example that feuds could easily survive in the space-time continuum.
The two have not spoken to each other for 20 years. Both use the press as a way of delivering hit after hit under the belt. In a recent interview that approached the delicate topic, Shatner dubbed Takei “a very disturbed individual.”
As for other members of the cast, they all sensed a kind barrier raised by the man who played Kirk. It seems that being the captain made him feel more important than he was.
17. Gillian Anderson vs. David Duchovny – The X-Files
The X-files delighted us with one of the most enduring couples ever seen on screen.
Only a few fans know the rough start special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully had. Dealing with paranormal activities is not only difficult from a procedural point of view, but also very stressful to shoot.
Nevertheless, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny worked out their differences and made Fox’s science fiction drama a huge commercial success. You could say it shaped their careers and brought the two in the front rows of showbiz.
Despite the rumors, Anderson and Duchovny never dated in real life. In fact, it took them almost a decade just to go past small feuds and become friends. “The X-Files” project had a far too big potential to let personal preferences stand in its way.