We can’t resist a good Hollywood duo. A strong dynamic between two actors can create a relationship with two characters that can transcend across generations. Franchises last for decades when the two main characters are lovable and believable.
Not all that glitters is gold, however. Characters on TV are played by humans who suffer from the same follies as you and me. And it’s only natural that there are sometimes clashes between personalities during production.
We’ve highlighted some of the biggest co-stars that didn’t get on while filming their movies or TV shows.
Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans
The clash between these two actors is well documented. The stars of the Lethal Weapon TV series spent two seasons together even though they hated one another. Variety released a surprisingly coherent account of what happened, including the two throwing insults at each other in between takes and Warner Brothers hiring security guards to keep violence from turning physical. Crawford was fired and replaced by Seann William Scott for season three, right before Wayans himself would quit the show.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey
It turns out that Patrick Swayze would have loved to put Baby in a corner if it meant that she would stay there. These two famously didn’t get on and Swayze became exhausted by all of Grey’s shenanigans on set. During the teaching montage when she busts up to him and he acts annoyed? Well, let’s just say he’s not acting. Swayze outlined his feelings during Dirty Dancing in his memoir, The Time of My Life.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny
“Familiarity breeds contempt,” explains David Duchovny when describing his time working alongside Anderson. It turns out
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Allie and Noah had a turbulent relationship in The Notebook, and it appears that life imitates art. It was well-documented at the time that Gosling and McAdams never got on during filming, and both have openly admitted it publicly. Still, the two stars must have found some common ground afterward – they ended up dating! It must be true what they say: passion is passion. Sadly, the two parted ways soon after. Their love will always live on screen.
Blake Lively and Leighton Meester
These Gossip Girls would probably rather stay well away from each other than spill secrets and spend time together. According to an insider on the production, Meester was upset that Lively never congratulated her on her engagement to Adam Brody. The relationship continued to deteriorate during the last two seasons of Gossip Girl and the two apparently actively still avoid each other to this day. I guess we won’t be seeing a revival any time soon!
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes
These two on-screen lovebirds were actually off-screen enemies. The Romeo and Juliet stars never quite saw eye-to-eye with each other and never even spoke while the cameras weren’t shooting. Apparently, Danes didn’t approve of DiCaprio and his boyish humor on set. His prankster antics were never appreciated by her which caused production to be a bit of a chore for all involved. Don’t expect a sequel or expanded cinematic universe starring these two in the future!
Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall
A feud so famous that Ryan Murphy needs to acquire the television rights. These two played best friends in HBO’s Sex and the City, but their true relationship shows just how talented these actresses are. Sarah Jessica Parker resented Kim Cattrall’s popularity whereas Cattrall resented Parker’s doubled salary. It turns out these two just could never stand each other. Unfortunately, they would reunite for one mediocre film and another absolutely abysmal mess. Maybe next time!
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie
Two of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the same room can produce so much attitude that even Mariah Carey wouldn’t bear it. These two have such strong personalities that it made filming The Tourist nearly impossible. According to sources familiar with the production, Jolie resented the fact that Depp didn’t clean up for shooting, and he considered her to be full of herself. There will not be a sequel to this film anytime soon, despite the audience’s demand.
Kiefer Sutherland and Freddie Prinze Jr.
These actors clashed so much on the set of 24, it almost caused Prince Jr. to quit acting altogether. Speaking at a Comic-Con panel, he said: “I hated every moment of it. 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. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
Harrison Ford and Sean Young
The cast of Blade Runner probably wanted to run away from each other when they weren’t working together. At the time, Sean Young had one of the worst reputations as a difficult actress. During the famous love scenes, production staff used to refer to them as ‘hate scenes’ due to the actors’ disdain for each other. Perhaps Ford’s dry personality and humor weren’t helping since he’s been known to be difficult on set around people who don’t follow his jokes.
Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn
These two stared in a Christmas movie more than 10 years ago – and apparently, they haven’t spoken since. The Four Christmases actors simply had different performance methods and never quite saw eye-to-eye. Whereas Vaughn liked to adlib and go off script, Witherspoon preferred to stay in and rehearse each word. Rumors of their quarrel leaked at the time of the film’s release which they tried to squash, but we don’t think it made much of a difference. Did you watch this film?
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson
Witherspoon had another clash when she worked with Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants. Witherspoon openly said how she didn’t enjoy filming sex scenes with him due to his sickness while recovering from a cold. The two spent too much time trying to make their scenes look convincing – something that ultimately couldn’t save the film from poor reviews upon its release. Next time, these two will need to address a certain elephant in the room when they meet again.
Will Smith and Janet Hubert
This spat was famous during the run of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and ultimately led to Hubert being replaced. The original Aunt Viv just couldn’t stand the ‘egomanic punk’ otherwise known as Will Smith. The feud went on for decades, with her flat-out refusing to appear in any reunion shows until Smith apologized to her. Her recasting halfway through the show’s run didn’t affect the show too much, and Smith is one of the biggest stars in the world today.
Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts
These two might have played lovers in I Love Trouble, but their off-screen feelings were anything but. Julia Roberts found Nick Nolte “completely disgusting” and hated working with him. He retorted publically, saying: “She’s not a nice person, everyone knows that.” According to sources, the two gave each other a “hard time” on set of the 1994 film, and we happen to think that’s putting it lightly. They have not appeared together again in 25 years.
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan
Let’s be honest: a film like Fifty Shades of Grey would have to depend solely on chemistry to be convincing. While it wasn’t totally convincing on screen, they practically confirmed their hatred for each other in an interview:
Interviewer: What is it like shooting together. I mean, is there that instant chemistry?
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson: [Shake heads no.]
Natalie Morales: No. You hate each other.
Jamie Dornan: [Nods head yes.]
Dakota Johnson: [Studies ceiling.]
Natalie Morales: He’s hard to work with?
Dakota Johnson: [Loud exhale.]
Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood
Just because two stars don’t appear on screen together, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t a problem in chemistry. DiCaprio and Eastwood worked together on 2011’s J. Edgar, to disastrous results. Apparently, DiCaprio had a screaming fit at the veteran filmmaker during a scene and production had to stop for the day. It led to a fog of bad energy for the rest of production, with the two never communicating outside of directorial instructions. Who do you think was to blame?
William Shatner and George Takei
The rivalry between William Shatner and George Takei has been widely documented in the media. The Star Trek actors haven’t been shy in expressing their contempt for each other in recent years. Shatner called Takei a “psychotic and very disturbed individual,” while Takei referred to Shatner as “self-centered”. Sparks were reignited when Shatner wasn’t invited to Takei’s wedding – although we can’t understand why he would expect to be. The two will not be appearing in a revival anytime soon.
Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher
This particular James Bond failed to woo the actress that played his companion. The Tomorrow Never Dies duo reportedly didn’t see common ground during Hatcher’s pregnancy, which delayed some of the scenes. Brosnan reminisces: “I got very upset with her, she was always keeping me waiting for hours. I must admit I let slip a few words which weren’t very nice.” One day, Hatcher slapped the Bond star too hard when filming a scene, which production assumed was payback.
Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross
You put a bunch of female stars in the same room for season after season, and there’s bound to be a few problems. Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross were apparently not seeing eye-to-eye throughout most of the show’s eight-year run. According to co-star Eva Longoria: “Teri was just a loner. I don’t know. Me and Marcia [Cross] and Felicity [Huffman] were a lot closer because we are just girlie girls who like to be in each other’s company. Teri didn’t.”