Cinemagoers have long sat in darkened theatres looking up at the mammoth silver screen longing for love and romance like they see in the movies. But the behind-the-scenes reality isn’t always so perfect. In fact, the characters everyone admires are often played by actors that make no secret of the fact they despise each other in real life.
When big name actors come together, egos will be competing for space. Combine this with a stressful working environment and some incompatible personalities, and a Hollywood set can become the workplace from hell. When two stars who dislike each other are required to work together intimately, for long hours, mere awkwardness can escalate to full-on loathing. And when the cameras stop rolling and the press junkets wind up, certain actors aren’t shy about letting the world know their unflattering opinions of their co-stars.
Shattering some of viewers’ most dearly-held cinematic illusions, these movie stars have confessed to enduring disastrous off-screen rapports.
7. Deborah Winger & Richard Gere – An Officer and a Gentleman
The idea of being swept off your feet by Richard Gere, wearing a full US Navy uniform, has long been the stuff that dreams are made of. Unless of course your name is Deborah Winger, who was less than impressed with Gere during filming of the classic An Officer and a Gentleman.
Debra had a notorious reputation for being a little difficult to work, so it should come as no surprise that the two Hollywood stars would frequently argue on set. Winger herself has said that filming this movie was one of her worst experiences of her life.
6. Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing
Baby Houseman was a teenager on a family vacation at a resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains who just wanted to dance; the role was played rather convincingly by a 27-year-old Jennifer Grey. However, it would take more than a line like “nobody puts baby in the corner” to win her over.
Much of the tension with her romantic co-star, Patrick Swayze, stemmed from working together on Red Dawn, where the two often argued like cat and dog. But the biggest quarrels seemed to come from the consummate professional Patrick Swayze getting frustrated by Grey’s whimsical ways. His biography revealed snippets from set such as “She’d slip into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over”.
Thankfully the two later made up several years later, when they were both a bit older and wiser.
5. Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams – The Notebook
“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough”. That memorable line was enough for everyone to fall in love with Noah and Allie.
However, the leading stars, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, really didn’t get along at all during filming. Indeed, Ryan Gosling even approached the director on the busy set and reportedly said “Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me? I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.”
Maybe we can file this one under good old fashioned sexual tension, because the unlikely couple actually went onto to date for three years.
4. Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe – Some Like It Hot
Kissing the most desirable woman in the world would be every man’s dream, so most would agree that Tony Curtis must have felt like the luckiest man alive when he had the chance to get up close and personal with Marilyn Monroe.
Although the pair had history, and were previously lovers before filming Some Like it Hot, it’s safe to say that any positive feelings they had for each other had long gone by the time they were working on set. Curtis went as far as to say “It was like kissing Hitler“.
When asked about the scene in which the couple kiss on a yacht, he recalled: “It was awful. She nearly choked me to death by deliberately sticking her tongue down my throat into my windpipe.” Whatever you’re into…
3. Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher -Tomorrow Never Dies
James Bond is not known for losing his temper with his ladies, but Bond girl Teri Hatcher pushed all Pierce Brosnan’s buttons on the set of Tomorrow Never Dies. The consummate professional, Brosnan, became increasingly irritated by Hatcher’s poor timekeeping and constant late arrivals on set.
Pierce Brosnan confessed “I got very upset with her“. However, unbeknownst to Mr Bond, Teri Hatcher was actually struggling with morning sickness as she was in the early stages of pregnancy.
Like most arguments, this one appears to have been caused by one big misunderstanding.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio & Claire Danes – Romeo + Juliet
Women often say that they find boys their own age to be very immature, that they take longer to grow up – and it seems this is why Claire Danes never warmed to Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of Romeo + Juliet.
Danes was reportedly very serious on set. Meanwhile, DiCaprio was having the time of his life acting the prankster and causing widespread high jinx on set. He referred to his co-star as annoyingly reserved and uptight.
1. James Woods & Sean Young – The Boost
Sean Young has often been accused of being downright crazy and difficult to work with, after first earning herself a bad reputation on classics such as Blade Runner – but her antics on the set of The Boost turned her craziness up to eleven.
They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and it’s possible that nobody but James and Sean will ever know exactly what occurred during and after filming the Boost. Sure, both co-stars deny that Young ever glued her co-star’s penis to his leg – but this is only one of hundreds of crazy stories.
The two stars reportedly had a brief affair, but when Woods went back to his fiancee things took a turn for the weird. According to court documents obtained by People magazine, James Woods and his then fiancee, Sarah Owen, filed a $6 million harassment suit, accusing Sean Young of leaving a decapitated, iodine-doused doll on his doorstep, and of mailing photographs and graphic representations of violent acts, deceased persons, dead animals, gore, mutilation and other images.