Here’s the world’s worst kept secret: Hollywood is filled with people who think the sun rises and sets around them. It seems that constantly being surrounded by a pack of sycophants who live to agree with you has that effect. Unfortunately, when you have an entire town (nay, an entire industry) that’s filled with narcissists, inevitably there will be friction on the job. In honor of the unavoidable conflict between these self-involved celebs, here are fourteen moments when egos collided and stars got their feud on.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes
A generation of young women grew up swooning over the love affair brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (which was based on some play by an old English dude from a long time ago). According to reports, the duo constantly ignored one another. Danes apparently found DiCaprio to be “very immature” while he found her to be the world’s ugliest crier.
2. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Isn’t it always secretly delightful when you find out that the people behind classic love stories couldn’t stand one another? Such was the case on the set of The Notebook. While the two young heartthrobs eventually buried the hatchet enough for a real life romance, the shooting of the now iconic film was extremely hectic. At one point, Gosling reportedly asked to have McAdams removed from the set, saying, “I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.”
3. James Franco and Anne Hathaway
In 2011, someone had the bright idea of pairing two non-comedians to host the Academy Awards. While that’s never a good idea, the two performers — oddball James Franco and girl scout Anne Hathaway — couldn’t have been more opposites. According to sources at the scene, these two bickered throughout the event. The friction between the two stars factored into their awards night performance, which Roger Ebert called, “painfully dull, slow, witless, and hosted by the ill-matched James Franco and Anne Hathaway.”
4. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
Can you believe Scully and Mulder didn’t get along in real life? There were occasional rumors that the two X-Files actors were an item off-set, but truthfully they really didn’t like each other all that much. “Familiarity breeds contempt,” Duchovny said about Anderson. “We used to argue over nothing.”
5. Lucy Liu and Bill Murray
There’s a reason that Bill Murray wasn’t in the sequel to the highly successful Charlie’s Angels, and honestly, that reason is his big fat mouth. According to people on the set, Lucy Liu physically attacked the comedian after he told her outright, “You can’t act!” Sure, it’s a pretty crappy move, but you have to admit it is pretty funny (and was he wrong?).
6. Teri Hatcher and her Desperate Housewives
They were all smiles on camera, but the Wisteria Lane gang from ABC’s Desperate Housewives didn’t actually get along with “Susan” off the set. In fact, when the series wrapped, Teri Hatcher was left off the communal gift to the crew. “The girls don’t get along with Teri so they organized this and left her out,” said a source. Furthermore, during Nicolette Sheridan’s court case against writer/producer Marc Cherry, she referred to Hatcher as “the meanest woman in the world.” There’s obviously no love lost there.
7. Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj
This one is no surprise to anyone who watched American Idol back in 2012. The venom between these two judges was palpable. During auditions, there were rumors that Minaj blew up at Carey to the point of threatening her with an “I’m gonna knock you out.” They never sat next to each other and occasionally exchanged snips and eye-rolls on the show. What do you expect with that much ego at the table? Some think it was manufactured drama for ratings purposes, but it seemed pretty real to most observers.
8. Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels
Okay, this one is actually kind of heartbreaking. As it turns out, the real life counterparts of one of cinema’s most beloved couples hate the crap out of each other. It turns out that Kenny Baker, the actor inside R2-D2, and Anthony Daniels, the man who plays C3PO, have detested each other since the 1977 original. Baker has repeatedly claimed that Daniels is a bit of a snob, while Daniels doesn’t seem to see the point of Baker’s existence. At one point, Daniels was quoted as saying, “I mean, R2-D2 doesn’t even speak. He might as well be a bucket.”
9. Will Smith and Janet Hubert
Here’s one for the 90’s kids in the crowd. Remember how awesome the original Aunt Vivian was on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? And then one day, you turned on the tube and there was some other woman masquerading as the best sitcom mom since Claire Huxtable. Hubert was reportedly fired because she and the show’s star didn’t get along. Apparently, Smith’s response to the whole thing was to fire Aunt Viv and replace her like nothing had happened. The sting of the move still hasn’t worn off for Hubert, who once told an interviewer, “I will never do anything with an a—— like Will Smith.”
10. Wesley Snipes and David Goyer
According to an awesome account written by Patton Oswalt (which you can and should read here), Wesley Snipes is a freaking loon. On the set of Blade:Trinity, the actor was notoriously abrasive, staying in his trailer, keeping himself high and only showing up on set for close-ups. At one point, he tried to strangle director David Goyer. For most of the shoot, the two would only communicate via Post-Its. Of course, Snipes signed his, “From Blade.”
11. Shannen Doherty and Just About Everyone She Ever Worked With
This actress has a reputation for not getting along with her colleagues. The Beverly Hills 90210 gang couldn’t stand working with the diva and eventually had her ousted from the cast. Jennie Garth, in particular, had issues with her, saying, “There were times when we wanted to claw each other’s eyes out.” Ditto the witches from Charmed, another Aaron Spelling show she was canned from. Alyssa Milano confessed, “I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years, and there were definitely some rough days.”
12. Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy
Not even a solid relationship between the film’s two stars could have saved Lawless, the overlong Prohibition-era snoozefest starring Bane and that fella with a paper bag over his head. According to reports (and this has been verified by Tom Hardy), Shia actually knocked Hardy out on the set of the film. Said Hardy about the encounter — in a room filled with giggles, it should be noted — “He knocked me out sparko. Out cold. He’s a bad, bad boy. He is. He’s quite intimidating as well. He’s a scary dude.”
13. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford
The feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford is — hands down — the Grand Poobah of all Hollywood feuds. These two film icons hated each other with a furious passion. At one point, Davis said of Crawford, “She slept with every male star at MGM, except Lassie.” Their fight came to a head in the 1962 film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, a shoot that was reportedly filled with passive aggressive bickering between the two leads. At one point, for a scene in which Davis has to drag Crawford out of bed (the movie is nuts, but it’s also great, you should check it out), Crawford reportedly put rocks in her pockets to make the scene more difficult for her costar. Those are just the little things these two actresses did to each other in the decades long quest to ruin the other’s life. In a city where few people know how to forgive, these two ladies could host a masterclass in holding grudges.
14. Peter Sellers and Orson Welles
When the comedy titan and the dramatic powerhouse got together to film 1967’s Casino Royale (a Bond-style spy spoof), Sellers’ refused to work in the same room as Welles. Apparently Sellers had a tendency to show up late, a practice the ever-professional Welles detested. The feud was so intense that the director was forced to use stand-ins and editing magic so the two actors never had to actually shoot a scene together. The result is a film that’s about as uneven as you’d expect.
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