Let’s face it, sometimes actors have to spend an extensive amount of time with fellow co-stars and members of their film directing crew and so, it is normal for disputes and disagreements to occur. People are bound to get on each other’s nerves, especially when they are spending more than 12-hour days together for months at a time. Compiled below is a list of the top ten celebrity feuds, actors who have refused to work together.
10. Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts
The Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts feud began back in 1994, on the set of their romantic comedy, I Love Trouble. On camera, the two seemed to miss the mark as far as chemistry goes, and off camera it was seemingly even worse. The two had a dreadful time working together, even going so far as having to shoot their scenes separately. The quarrel apparently continued long after the movie wrapped up, with Julia Roberts describing Nick Nolte as “completely disgusting” and Nolte responding with, “she’s not a nice person, everyone knows that.” It appears as though Nolte made a lasting impression on his then co-star, because she is still talking about him years later. In a 2009 interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, Roberts lays down some details about a previous co-star of hers, that engaged in an obscene hissy-fit on set, we don’t need to wonder who she was talking about.
9. Bill Murray and Lucy Liu
Ever wonder why Bill Murray wasn’t in the sequel to the Charlie’s Angels movie? Well it seems that there was a huge blowout on the set of the first Charlie’s Angels movie, between him and actress Lucy Liu. The word on set was that Murray stopped a scene being filmed with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu pointing at each one in order stating “I get why you’re here, and you’ve got talent, but what in the hell are you doing here. You can’t act!” Liu responded to his outburst angrily with swinging fists. This forced the crew members on set to immediately separate the two icons who were still screaming obscenities at one another. Murray would not agree to do the sequel with Liu, which is why he was replaced by Bernie Mac in the follow-up movie, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
8. James Franco and Tyrese Gibson
James Franco and Tyrese Gibson had their falling out in 2006, while filming on the set of the movie Annapolis. Gibson is quoted as stating “I never want to work with him again, and I’m sure he feels the same way.” His feelings are derived from Franco being rude on set and full-on hitting him when practicing boxing scenes. Franco’s defense is that he is a method actor, meaning he is in character constantly. Apparently Gibson took it personally and even told Elle magazine that if he could choose one celebrity’s house to blow up while they were at the grocery store, he would choose James Franco’s house.
7. Shirley Maclaine and Debra Winger
Though both have the reputation as being difficult to work with, these two seemed to have it in for one another on the set of Terms of Endearment. Shirley Maclaine was put off with Debra Winger’s behavior due to alleged substance abuse which was rumored to be cocaine. The dispute evolved when Winger reportedly passed gas in Maclaine’s direction as a way of giving her the middle finger. Competition arose when both actresses were nominated for Best Actress for Terms of Endearment. Maclaine ended up winning the award and many took her, “I deserve this” in her acceptance speech as an insulting “I’m better than you dig” to Winger. Apparently the feud is still up in the air as Winger confirmed on The View in 2008 that time does not heal all wounds when referring to Maclaine.
6. Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard
When asked why he didn’t return for the last two films in the Iron Man trilogy, Terrence Howard has a lot to say. Howard who played Lt. Col. James Rhodes in the first Iron Man film is quoted as stating ” it turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man… when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out.” Howard continued to explain that Downey stole his money as Howard was supposed to be in all three of the Iron Man movies when the movie deal was initiated in the very beginning. However, he blames Downey for taking his share of the money and explains that when he received the news that he would have to take a pay cut he called his “friend” Downey who did not return his calls for three months.
5. Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano
Bad girl, Shannen Doherty has been known to not get along with her female co-stars, think 90210. However, Shannon Doherty and Alyssa Milano have both been extremely outspoken and verbal about their feud. It was reported that Doherty left her role on Charmed due to the increased tensions between her and co-star Milano. Milano states “there were days when we would ignore each other” and the studio even went so far as to bring in a mediator to try to diffuse the situation between the two actresses. Milano recently appeared on Watch What Happens Live and spoke about Doherty’s abrupt exit from Charmed, stating the set was a reminder of what it was like in high school due to the drama that existed between the two co-stars.
4. William Shatner and George Takei
The feud between these two has been heated since their Star Trek days as Kirk and Sulu. Back in 2008, William Shatner made a public outcry as to being the only Star Trek member not invited to George Takei’s wedding. On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Takei recently took the position of calling Shatner, “the biggest douche” on Star Trek and how Shatner is “very self-possessed, self-involved and everything revolves around The Captain.” Shatner added fuel to the fire when he called Takei “sick and psychotic” and made claims that nobody cared when Takei came out as gay.
3. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford
Time apparently doesn’t heal all wounds, as evidenced by this iconic feud between these two greats. These legendary actresses had a feud between them that dated all the way back to 1935. Joan Crawford got on Bette Davis’ bad side when she married Davis’ co-star in Dangerous, Franchot Tone. Davis had fallen in love with Tone and felt Crawford stole him away from her. When the two were paired up for the movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, it was reported that Davis had a Coca Cola machine installed inside of her dressing room, in order to make a dig at Crawford since her husband at the time was the CEO for Pepsi. These two fought till the end, Crawford passed away first with Davis stating “you should never say bad things about the dead, only good…Joan Crawford is dead…good.”
2. Sylvester Stallone and Richard Gere
Have you ever wondered where the crazy gerbil rumors came about? The feud between these two powerhouse icons started when Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone were cast alongside one another in The Lords of Flatbush. Apparently these actors’ egos took precedent, and it wasn’t long before fist fights emerged while on set. Stallone claims Gere purposely spilled chicken grease on him. Further, the two actors couldn’t get their chemistry to work and it was Stallone who reportedly went and got Gere replaced from The Lords of Flatbush. Yet, the feud didn’t end there, as a highly publicized and notorious gerbil rumor started making its way around in Hollywood circles. Gere has accused Stallone for creating the crazy, yet highly untrue rumor.
1. Faye Dunaway and Roman Polanski
This crazy feud is one for the books. Polanski was directing Dunaway in his 1974 masterpiece, Chinatown when the feud ignited. The chaos began when Polanski had been noted as plucking a strand of hair from Dunaway’s head because it was ruining the shot. When Dunaway attempted to understand her character better by asking the director what the motivation was behind the character he yelled at her and responded, “say the f-ing words, your salary is your motivation.” The final straw was reportedly during one scene Dunaway had to take a bathroom break yet, Polanski would not let her. It was to his surprise when Dunaway threw a coffee cup full of urine in his face. Dunaway fails to comment on any of this and gets very upset when journalists ask her about her actions on the set of Chinatown.