Some of Hollywood’s most beloved movies and TV shows were fraught with drama behind the scenes. We’ve pulled together a few of the most shocking co-star battles, from catty cover shoots to Oscar-winning dramas.
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio – Romeo + Juliet
They may have played star-crossed lovers on the big screen, but Romeo + Juliet (1996) stars Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly hated working with each other during the production of Baz Luhrmann’s Shakespearian epic. The reason: they were just two different types of people. According to The Telegraph, "Danes allegedly became fed up with DiCaprio habit of playing pranks on the cast and crew, while [DiCaprio] in his turn found Danes annoyingly reserved and uptight." Oh well—at least they were able to fake it for the film.
Bea Arthur and Betty White – The Golden Girls
Betty White is so likable and so hilarious that it’s hard to imagine anyone not wanting to become her best friend. Unfortunately, White’s upbeat personality didn’t mesh well with Bea Arthur during the filming of their iconic comedy series The Golden Girls (1985-92). "We were all close, but our personalities were all so different," White revealed during a 2013 panel discussion with The New York Times (via Little Things). "[Bea] found me a pain in the neck sometimes because [of] my positive attitude. I’m happy all the time, and that made Bea mad sometimes."
Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts – I Love Trouble
Rumors that I Love Trouble (1994) stars Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts hated each other began before the movie was even released. According to a July 3, 1994, piece in the Los Angeles Times, "tempers flared early on, peppered with a few Roberts tantrums along the way…The discord was so intense, the sources say, the two played more to stand-ins than to each other." To make matters worse, Roberts and Nolte took their hatrid public by dropping one passive-aggressive insult after another in various interviews. With that kind of behavior, it’s no wonder the movie bombed at the box office.
Teri Hatcher and the rest of the cast – Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher’s feud with her Desperate Housewives (2004-12) cast members dates back to the first season, all thanks to a tear-filled cover shoot for Vanity Fair. According to People, ABC had stipulated that Hatcher not get "first shot at wardrobe (lest she pick the best outfits) or be posed in the center of the group" during the shoot, but Hatcher arrived early and did get first dibs on clothes. Co-star Marcia Cross allegedly got mad about being posed next to Hatcher and stormed off the set. This forced ABC to conduct major damage control that continued for the rest of the show’s existence. Despite multiple claims that everything was just dandy on set, Hatcher’s cast-wide feud was reportedly confirmed when her name was left off the thank you card given to the show’s staff by Cross, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, and Vanessa Williams at the series’ end. Ouch.
Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine – Terms Of Endearment
Much like the mother-daughter characters they played on-screen, Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger reportedly had a very tough time getting along on the set of the Oscar-winning movie Terms of Endearment (1983). Rumors of fighting, both verbally and physically, plagued production. Things eventually got so bad on set that co-star and noted wild man Jack Nicholson, of all people, had to step in and keep the peace. "He was the glue of the production," Winger told People in 1984. MacLaine and Winger’s feud continued after the movie was released thanks to a neck-and-neck Oscar race that MacLaine ultimately won. During her acceptance speech, MacLaine seemingly snuck in one last dig at Winger when she declared, "I deserve this!"
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny – The X-Files
In a 2008 interview with UK’s Metro, David Duchovny revealed that he didn’t always get along with his X-Files (1993) co-star, Gillian Anderson. "Familiarity breeds contempt…" he said. "We used to argue about nothing. We couldn’t stand the sight of each other." Whatever happened, the two have since seemingly kissed and made up—at least enough to star in Fox’s 2016 X-Files miniseries reboot.
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep – Kramer vs. Kramer
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep’s working relationship on the set of the Oscar-winning film Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) played out much like the divorced couple they were playing on screen. Over the years, Streep has been vocal about the intensity that Hoffman brought to each scene, which often startled and upset her. "In [one] scene, he slapped me," Streep told CBS News in 2011. "When I see the movie [now], I see the imprint of his hand on [my face]—not in the take that they used, but I still see the hand in the previous take…I think [Hoffman is] very, very gifted, [but] it wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had on film."
James Franco and Tyrese Gibson – Annapolis
Much like Meryl Streep, Tyrese Gibson wasn’t happy with the intense physicality that co-star James Franco brought to the set of Annapolis (2006), particularly when it came to shooting the film’s big boxing match. "Whenever we’d have to get in the ring for boxing scenes, and even during practice, the dude was full-on hitting me," Gibson revealed to Elle magazine. Franco later apologized for his behavior, telling GQ, "I was probably a jerk. I was not purposely cruel to him, but I was probably so wrapped up in my performance that I was not as friendly as I could have been."
Bill Murray and Lucy Liu – Charlie’s Angels
If rumors are to be believed, Lucy Liu physically went after Bill Murray on the set of Charlie’s Angels (2000) after he allegedly told her she couldn’t act. Though he never confirmed that particular incident, Murray did confirm rumors of a feud in a 2009 interview he gave to the London Times (via Entertainment Weekly). "Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me…" he said. "When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it." In the end, it’s hard to tell who exactly came out of this feud on top. Murray may have been replaced by Bernie Mac in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)—but Liu still had to star in the Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy had a hate-love (yes, backwards) relationship on the set of George Miller’s 2015 dystopian epic, Mad Max: Fury Road. The Oscar-winning actress revealed to Esquire that she and Hardy "f***ing went at it" on the set and that he also maintained a cantankerous relationship with the director.
Theron blamed the brutal set conditions for his dismay over the shoot, explaining, "It was the isolation, and the fact that we were stuck in a rig for the entire shoot. We shot a war movie on a moving truck—there’s very little green screen. It was like a family road trip that just never went anywhere. We never got anywhere. We just drove. We drove into nothingness, and that was maddening sometimes. And it’s material that’s really frightening—we didn’t have a script. Tom and I are actors who take our jobs seriously." She also added that even though the actors "drove each other crazy," they still had an immense amount of respect for one another and Hardy even left her a semi-sentimental note after it was done, which read, "You are an absolute nightmare, BUT you are also f***ing awesome. I’ll kind of miss you. Love, Tommy."
Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf – Lawless
Hardy’s history of beefing with co-stars didn’t start with Theron. He also reportedly engaged in a physical confrontation with his co-star from 2012’s Lawless, Shia LaBeouf, which didn’t end well for him. LaBeouf boasted about winning the tussle by telling Details that after the two came to blows, "He never did that roughhouse stuff with me again." Hardy himself later admitted that LaBeouf "knocked me out sparko. Out cold" after LaBeouf got into some moonshine.
LaBeouf later claimed the spirits had nothing to do with his aggression toward Hardy, insisting he was merely fueled by brotherly love…and constant teasing. He told MTV their on-set battle "wasn’t moonshine related at all" and was instead "straight love." LaBeouf added that their mutual aggression towards one another was merely life imitating art while they worked together. "We were playing brothers. There was a constant finger-in-the-ear [teasing] thing going on for a while…it was all love. I love the dude like a brother, straight up."
Lea Michele and Naya Rivera – Glee
Life was not a song on the set of Fox’s Glee (2009-2015) when it came to these two co-stars’ constant bickering. In her book Sorry not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up (via TV Line), Naya Rivera revealed that the rumors about her on-set feud with actress Lea Michele were true, albeit a little exaggerated by gossipers.
She wrote about their tiffs, "If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was b****ing about her…Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of Season 6. Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again." She also hinted that art imitated life when it came to on-screen stickler personality Rachel Berry and Michele’s real-life attitude: "I think Rachel—erm, I mean Lea—didn’t like sharing the spotlight."
Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush – One Tree Hill
Co-stars dating and breaking up while working together can be tricky enough, but when they go so far as to get married and then divorced and still have to work together onscreen, that’s an extra level of awkwardness. That’s exactly what happened to Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray on the set of their WB teen drama One Tree Hill (2003-2012).
Bush recalled in a 2014 appearance on Watch What Happens Live, "We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place." She added that the pair managed to keep their off-screen acrimony away from the set because they were still "grown-ups" and "when you have to work with somebody for another half a decade, you kind of have to deal with it." Bush and Murray had been dating since 2003 and married in April, 2005, but separated just five months later, with Bush attempting to annul the marriage on the basis of fraud. Her petition was declined, but it did reveal that the reason for their immediate breakup was that "Sophia went into the marriage believing in the sanctity of marriage…and Chad simply did not share that vision."
Before their divorce was even finalized, Murray got engaged to crew member Kenzie Dalton, who was a high school student at the time. He never actually married Dalton, though they were engaged for seven years. Bush still doesn’t talk to Murray because, as she revealed on WWHL, "my mother once said to me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all."
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland – 24
Jack Bauer might have made Kiefer Sutherland a fan-favorite superstar of the small screen, but co-star Freddie Prinze Jr. absolutely despised working with the actor on the set of 24 (2001-2010). He revealed to ABC News that he "hated every moment of" working on the hit action series because "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." Prinze’s dislike for Sutherland extended so far that he said he even considered quitting show business after working with him.
Among the reasons Prinze was so bothered by Sutherland: Prinze had to take his shoes off to do scenes with him for the show. "Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4," he said. Sutherland, however, denied any hard feelings between the actors. His reps told E! that he "enjoyed" working with Prinze on the show and that he hadn’t previously known about the ire.
Debra Winger and Richard Gere – An Officer and a Gentleman
Taylor Hackford’s 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) might still rank highly on most lists of top romantic dramas of all time, but for Debra Winger, the experience of making that movie was not pleasant. She and Richard Gere, who played the romantic leads, did not get along. In fact, she likened him to a "brick wall."
Winger, who received an Oscar nomination for her work in the film, described the former friction on the set in an interview with the Daily Mail. "I never fought about the size of my trailer or things like that; it was always about the work. It’s no secret that I didn’t love An Officer And A Gentleman then, and I certainly don’t love it now, so at least no one could accuse me of being inconsistent."
She also added that she and Gere have since put away their differences and are able to make light of all the malcontent from so many decades before. She told The Guardian, "I run into Richard Gere quite a lot and he half jokes: ‘Are you still saying terrible things about me?’ We had a moment in our life which was not good, but everyone has to get it into perspective." Indeed, the pair publicly reunited in 2012, when she presented him a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rome International Film Festival.
Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty – Beverly Hills, 90210
These teen TV queens were on top of the world when they shared the screen in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000), but Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty had a very hard time getting along with each other (and, at times, co-star Tori Spelling) on the set.
In her 2014 tell-all book Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde (via E! News), Garth wrote, "I don’t know why it is, but there is a universal truth that when you put three teenage girls together, some serious s**t is going to go down…Poor Tori, the youngest of the three of us was, inevitably, often caught in the middle and she was always trying to smooth things over, trying to get Shan and me off each other’s backs and get along, but her efforts usually failed." Garth told E! News the source of their rancor came from being "locked in this sound stage for 14-16 hours every day…there were times when we loved each other and there were times when we wanted to claw each other’s eyes out."
In 2012, Doherty revealed that whatever rivalry had developed between the pair (and Spelling) had since subsided, and they developed a great working relationship, telling Glamour: "I happen to watch Tori’s show. And I think it’s incredibly charming and endearing and I can’t wait to see Jennie’s show. I did the new 90210 with Jennie and there was something very different about our friendship. We were able to look at each other as grown women and really acknowledge that we liked who the other person was now as adults."
Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer – Magic Mike
Of all the hip-thrusters who graced the stage again in Magic Mike XXL (2015), the first film’s leading star, Alex Pettyfer was not among them. Why? Well, in short, Channing Tatum, the actor-creative whose pre-Hollywood life the movie depicted, apparently didn’t like Pettyfer one bit. Yes, as hard as it might be to imagine Tatum disliking anybody, Pettyfer revealed in 2015 that not only did Tatum loathe him, but it was Pettyfer’s own fault.
The ditched dancer appeared on Bret Easton Ellis’ B.E.E. podcast (via The Hollywood Reporter) and admitted to having a standoffish demeanor on the set of the film. "I sat in the corner and listened to music because I’d been told that anything I do was wrong by my reps and I was very insecure as a human being. That also gave me a bad rep because they said, ‘Oh Alex thinks he’s f***ing better than everybody else because he doesn’t speak to anyone.’ And that’s not true. I was genuinely nervous and scared to be myself," he said.
Problems carried on well after the movie shoot. Pettyfer admitted that he’d rented an apartment from one of Tatum’s friends and neglected to pay his rent, at which time he received a scathing email from Tatum warning him not to "be a clown" and to pay what he owed…even though he never did.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing
Patrick Swayze might have had "Hungry Eyes" for his Dirty Dancing (1987) co-star Jennifer Grey on-screen, but in real life, their relationship was a little less groovy. In his autobiography The Time of My Life (via the New York Daily News), Swayze revealed that Grey was too much of a baby for his liking. "We did have a few moments of friction when we were tired or after a long day of shooting," he wrote, adding that she "seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her…Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she’d start laughing."
Swayze added that he got especially annoyed by those little outbursts because he was so busy working on other exhausting aspects of the film, like his character’s dance scenes, and, of course, he was doing all the heavy lifting during their shared scenes, which involved him picking her up repeatedly. About the film’s lake scene, Swayze wrote, "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."
Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair – Anger Management
Things got so tense between Anger Management (2012-14) co-stars Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair that Blair threatened a lawsuit against Sheen and Lionsgate Entertainment over claims that she was fired from the show for talking smack about her infamous co-star.
So the story goes, Blair felt that once she started complaining to the crew that Sheen took forever to learn his lines, Sheen retaliated by having her kicked off the series. This prompted her to threaten Sheen and Lionsgate Entertainment with a lawsuit seeking to return the $1.2 million she would have made had she stayed on.
Sources for TMZ claimed Blair was always going to be written off the show, because—wait for it—"America didn’t want to see Charlie with just one girlfriend." Still, another source said that once Sheen found out what she was saying, "that process was accelerated."
Whatever the case, don’t expect these two to send each other holiday cards anytime soon.
Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss – Jaws
Much like the characters they played, actors Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss did not get along during much of the shooting of Jaws (1975). In fact, Shaw often taunted Dreyfuss in between takes.
What caused the feud? According to co-star Roy Scheider, Shaw—a legendary theater actor—initially took issue with Dreyfuss’ pompous attitude about filming a movie. "Dreyfuss would say, ‘What am I doing on this island? Why am I here? I should be signing autographs in Sardi’s. I should be feted all over New York City… " Scheider recalled in the Biography Channel documentary, Jaws: The Inside Story. "[Shaw] really thought Dreyfuss needed a slapping down, [that he was a] young punk with no stage experience."
Things only got worse from there. Eventually, their feud reached a boiling point when Dreyfuss supposedly threw a glass of bourbon that Shaw had been drinking out the window. "That was the shot heard around the world. It got ugly," Director Steven Spielberg recalled in the documentary. "But it was also Quint and Hooper living out that relationship as Shaw and Dreyfuss."
According to In the Teeth of Jaws, the duo eventually made amends during the filming of Quint’s famous USS Indianapolis speech—again, much like their characters.
The Rock and Vin Diesel – The Fate of the Furious
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shocked everyone in April 2017 when he posted a blistering rant to social media calling out some of his male co-stars for their poor work ethic on the set of The Fate of the Furious (2017). "Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t," Johnson said (via TMZ). "The ones that don’t are too chicken s**t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses."
Of course, it didn’t take TMZ very long to figure out that Johnson was allegedly talking smack on Vin Diesel, launching a whole bunch of he-said, he-said reports. In one particular case, sources for TMZ alleged Johnson had grown tired of Diesel’s attitude on set and his penchant for showing up late. Other sources alleged the beef was over the film’s "real estate."
Although their very public feud made for an awkward press tour, Diesel and Johnson reportedly buried the hatchet within days of the film’s theatrical release and will both continue to appear in the franchise. Good luck with that.
Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic – Castle
Castle (2009-16) fans were horrified in April 2016 when news broke that Stana Katic had been let go from the show after eight seasons. Why did the series get rid of its female lead so abruptly? If sources for Us Weekly are to be believed, it may have been catalyzed by a seasons-long feud between Katic and co-star Nathan Fillion.
"Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion completely despise each other," a source told Us Weekly at the time of her firing. "They will not speak when they are off set, and this has been going on for seasons now… This season, it got so out of hand they made Stana and Nathan go to couples counseling together."
A second insider added, "Stana would go in her dressing room and cry. A lot of people who work on the show don’t like Nathan. It’s not just her. The friction was very evident. Nathan has been nasty to Stana for a long time. Stana was a pro, just wanted to get in there and do her job."
Others adamantly denied friction between the co-stars. Deadline alleged Katic was being let go for "budgetary reasons."
Regardless, someone at ABC must have realized that moving the show forward without Katic was a ridiculous idea. By May of that year, the series was canceled altogether.
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s feud on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) was so infamous that an entire FX miniseries was dedicated to their behind-the-scenes antics. As People magazine pointed out, their real-life feud developed long before the movie, when the two mega-stars competed over the top female roles in Hollywood. However, as the actresses aged and acting opportunities decreased, the Oscar-winning duo supposedly tried to make amends for what they hoped to be a comeback movie via Baby Jane.
Of course, as anyone who saw Ryan Murphy’s Feud will tell you, their peace offering lasted only a hot second. Fights, petty antics, and more allegedly went on throughout filming the movie and continued well after, particularly when only Davis was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. And get this: Crawford actually convinced the category’s eventual winner, Anne Brancroft, to let her accept the Oscar on her behalf.
People said the feud continued until Crawford’s death in 1977. According to Burt Reynolds, "Bette came into the room and said, ‘Well, the b**ch died today. She paused for a second and then added, ‘She was always on time.’"
Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey – Batman Forever
Speaking on Norm Macdonald Live in October 2017, actor Jim Carrey confessed that his Batman Forever (1995) co-star Tommy Lee Jones disliked him so much that he actually admitted it straight to his face.
According to Carrey, the incident occurred right before they had their "biggest scene together," when Carrey unknowingly showed up to the same restaurant where Jones was dining. "The maitre said, ‘Oh, I hear you’re working with Tommy Lee Jones. He’s over in the corner having dinner,’" Carrey recalled (via The Hollywood Reporter). "I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face. And he got up shaking—he must have been in mid kill me fantasy or something like that. And he went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.’"
Yikes. At least he was honest?