Unfortunately Hollywood can’t all be fun and games, with the sordid side to LA life as bitter as it is severe. That’s right, with a number of actors and actresses forming a variety of fruitful and endearing friendships through their careers, they can also make a number of mortal enemies, resulting in a very awkward few months on set. Just like in real life, not everybody gets along, with Hollywood no stranger to its fair share of terrible theatricals and dangerous bouts of drama that can only be matched with the story lines that the actors play out on screen. Yes, working with people can be hard, especially when you have to see that person every day, hour after hour, minute after minute, getting up close and personal, maybe even having to kiss them. However, usually able to just suck it up, several of those embroiled in Tinseltown have managed to avoid those tales of school ground tantrums and self indulgence, walking away with a finished product and a billion bucks in their back pocket. But, what about the ones who can’t back down? Entering into a world of warring words, bust-ups and fisticuffs, as well as some downright dirty methods of getting your own back, life on a tense set can be very hard indeed. So, to celebrate such childish antics, here are 15 naughty things cast members have done to hated actors on set.
15. Sharon Stone Bites Billy Baldwin’s Tongue
Starring in the erotic thriller Sliver in 1993, busty blonde Sharon Stone, and the Baldwin that isn’t Alec, engaged in a saucy love affair on screen, resulting in a web of lies and suspicion. However, although romantic lovers on screen, off screen they were most definitely not, with it rumored that the two were in fact enemies. Said to have despised each other from the get-go, Director Phil Noyce poured more fuel onto the fire when he claimed that he had to make a number of allowances for the warring stars, stating, “I ended up having to shoot many of their close-ups with only one of them in the room at a time, because they didn’t want to look at each other.” In fact, things got so bad, that at one point Sharon Stone took to biting Baldwin’s tongue whenever they were involved in a kissing scene, resulting in Baldwin being unable to talk for a week. Ouch!
14. Clark Gable Ate Garlic Before His Kissing Scenes
One of the biggest movie stars of the day, Clark Gable was Hollywood royalty, with a number of women all queuing up near and far just to be able to work with him. However, not quite as enthralled as the rest of them, new girl on the block Vivien Leigh had other ideas, taking an instant dislike to the southern charmer. That’s right, finding him to be arrogant as well as extremely sleazy, Leigh also complained about the number of kissing scenes required for the both of them. Claiming that his dentures smelled (Gable had fake teeth from an early age), Leigh vehemently protested over the pungent smell. Angered at her lack of respect, Gable began eating garlic before every kissing scene, resulting in an even more putrid stench than he had before.
13. Did Lea Michele Influence Naya Rivera’s Departure From Glee?
As soon as Glee came onto our screens we all knew who the real star was. Replicating the character we saw on screen, Lea Michele screamed Rachel Berry, with her over the top obsession of being number one. However, with a number of cast members also creating a little heat in the kitchen, the others were beginning to get noticed, with Naya Rivera and Dianna Agron rising to the top of the Glee cream filled cup. Discussing the on set tensions in her tell all memoir, Rivera claimed that the rivalry was indeed very much real, resulting in a number of aggressive arguments. In fact, things became so heated, that Rivera claimed Michele had a hand in her eventual departure, stating “we are both strong willed and competitive — not just with each other but with everyone — and that’s not a good mixture. As the show progressed, though, that friendship started to break down, especially as Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel — erm, I mean Lea — didn’t like sharing the spotlight.”
12. Debra Winger Farts In Shirley MacLaine’s Face
Starring together in chick flick Terms of Endearment in 1983, Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger played a moving example of a loving mother and daughter. However, very much the opposite, the two were said to have hated one another, often heard quarrelling on set. Pushing each other to the limits, things quickly spiralled out of control when Winger lifted her dress and farted in MacLaine’s general direction. Discussing their hatred years later, Winger claimed, “there was no blood drawn. There might have been a scuffle. I don’t remember. I mean, we were wild, you know.” Losing out to MacLaine during the 1984 Academy Awards for best actress, MacLaine shouted, “I deserve this!” while looking straight over at Winger. Charming.
11. America Ferrera Just Won’t Have It With Lindsay Lohan
When news broke that Lindsay Lohan was to guest star in the critically acclaimed series, Ugly Betty, the world rejoiced. With hopes of a career comeback, after a few years of downwards struggles, Lohan was contracted to do six episodes. However, not quite going to plan the episodes were cut short, with rumors that Lohan and main actress America Ferrera were on bad terms. Reportedly clashing, the pair had to be separated on a number of occasions, with one producer stating, “It was a mess. Lindsay would show up every day with an entourage of people. She smoked 24/7, and after she left, they had to repaint her dressing room it was such a mess.” Managing to call the shots as the star of the show, it was later said that Ferrera was to blame for Lohan’s cut episodes, with Lohan’s behavior the source of her grievances.
10. Faye Dunaway Threw A Cup Full Of Pee At Roman Polanski
Famed movie director Roman Polanski is no stranger to controversy. From lurid tales of under age sex, to on set spats, Polanski is a force to be reckoned with. However, it was during the making of legendary movie, Chinatown, that really established Polanski as ruthless, when it was revealed he had disallowed his main actors from going to the bathroom. That’s right, with main star Faye Dunaway seemingly one of his main targets, it was reported that during one particular scene, Polanski banned Dunaway from going to the toilet, instead making her hold it. No longer able to control herself, Dunaway relieved herself in a cup, which she later threw all over the raging director. Refusing to discuss the matter later on, Dunaway famously flew off the handle when a journalist dared ask her about the story itself, shouting, “I think you’ve brought up something that is so distasteful, you know very well, I am a lady and you were completely insulting.”
9. It Should’ve Been ‘The Aunt Viv Of Bel Air’ Show
Dubbed the Fresh Prince feud, famed actor Will Smith and original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert, hated each other so much that it resulted in Hubert leaving the show. That’s right, recently revealing that he was difficult to work with, Hubert called out the superstar via Youtube, claiming he was an ‘egomaniac’. Playing Aunt Viv for three seasons, Hubert was replaced after clashing on set with Smith over contract disputes, ending with the two leaving on bad terms. Speaking of the incident Smith stated, “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show, because I know she is going to dog me in the press, she has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s mad now but she’s been mad all along. She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.'”
8. Cast Members Peed In Sharon Stone’s Bathtub
No stranger to bad blood, Sharon Stone has been embroiled in a number of feuds over the years. However, not just limiting her aggression to that of her cast members, Stone also went after the crew. Revealing all in his book Hollywood Animal, Basis Instinct writer, Joe Eszterhas wrote, “she was so despised by co-workers that on one of her films, crew members took turns urinating in her bathtub”. Ouch. Plus, as well as telling lurid stories, Eszterhas recalls another event in which he implies Stone is a lady of the night, claiming, “we used to have a saying among us at the agency. ‘Put Sharon Stone in the room alone with the director and she’ll close the deal.'” Responding to the rumors some time later, Stone branded them as “hilarious”, choosing not to react to the sordid tales.
7. Charlie Sheen Uses The C- Word And Fires Selma Blair
This guy. Famed media magnet Charlie Sheen is no stranger to controversy, having p*ssed off a number of people in the business they call show. That’s right, displaying yet another, Charlie Sheen meltdown, actress Selma Blair was seemingly at the other end of it, after Sheen dramatically fired her from his FX series, Anger Management. Complaining about her ‘shoddy work ethic’, Sheen broke the news to Blair through text message, using a number of expletives and threatening language. Calling her the C- word, as well as a number of other interesting words, Blair went on to leave the show. No surprise there then. With Blair then deciding to file a lawsuit against the raging psychopath, the matter was eventually settled out of court, with the warring actors never crossing paths again.
6. Ryan Gosling Calls Rachel McAdams Uncooperative And Tries To Get Her Removed
Eventually finding love on the set of number one weepy, The Notebook, things weren’t always so pink and rosy. That’s right, not exactly hitting it off right away, Gosling took an instant dislike to his then co-star, Rachel McAdams, with reports that he had even tried to have her removed off set. Running to director Nick Cassavetes early on in the shooting process, Gosling called the famed actress, “an uncooperative c**t”, as well as trying to get her removed off set. However, patching things up soon after, the pair dated from 2005-2008, with their on screen antics resulting in one of most emotional movies in the world. Breaking up on good terms, the ex-lovers are often extremely generous when referring to one another during interviews, with McAdams recently claiming that the best part of making the movie was meeting Gosling in the first place. Awww.
5. James Franco Takes Method Acting Too Far And Punches Tyrese For Real
Love them or hate them, method actors are always going to be difficult, with some preferring to staying in character for as long as it’s necessary. However, not to everyone’s taste, actor Tyrese Gibson certainly didn’t appreciate, with co-star James Franco rubbing him up the wrong way. Working together on fighting flick, Annapolis, Gibson was unimpressed with Franco’s refusal to ‘lighten up’, especially during the practice fights the two would often have, claiming, “I respect Method actors, but he never snapped out of character. Whenever we’d have to get in the ring for boxing scenes, and even during practice, the dude was full-on hitting me.” Majorly angry, it seems Gibson still won’t let it go, recently revealing just how strange the whole situation was, stating “I never want to work with him again, and I’m sure he feels the same way. It felt very personal. It was f**ked-up.”
4. Bill Murray Gets On His High Horse
National treasure and all around fan favorite, Bill Murray, can seemingly do no wrong. However, it seems Charlie’s Angels star, Lucy Liu, might have a somewhat different opinion. That’s right, playing the role of Bosley, Murray reportedly told Liu in the middle of a scene, “you can’t act.” Resulting in Liu becoming extremely aggressive. Said to have started throwing punches at Murray, the pair were pulled apart, with Murray later replaced by Bernie Mac for the sequel. Recalling the incident years later, Murray claimed that it wasn’t as bad the press had originally made it out to be, stating, “we began rehearsing this scene and I said, ‘Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy’ , she got furious with me because she thought it was a personal assault, but the reality is she hated these lines as much as I did. But for 15 or 20 minutes there, we went to our separate corners and threw hand-grenades and sky rockets at each other.”
3. Chuck Lorre Drops A Piano On Charlie Sheen’s Head
This guy again! Known for his explicit rants, Charlie Sheen didn’t disappoint when attacking former boss, and Two and Half Men creator, Chuck Lorre. Fired for his somewhat erratic behavior, Sheen let it rip, insulting everyone from Lorre to co-star, Jon Cryer. Not holding back, Sheen’s comments on Lorre were beyond ruthless, stating, “he’s the most miserable f—— douchebag, the most talentless f—— sack of s— of f—— stupid this side of La Brea”. However, proving that sticks and stones can break your bones but names can never hurt you, Lorre got his own back in more ways than one. That’s right, killing off Sheen’s character in the most ridiculous way possible, Lorre had a piano fall from the sky and land right on him, giving him the most undignified send off the TV world had ever seen. Ouch.
2. Robert Downey Jr. Costs Terrence Howard $100 Million
Dubbed the nicest guy in Hollywood, it’s only human nature that not everybody is going to like you, with Terrence Howard not shy with regards to his opinion on Iron Man legend and co-star Robert Downey Jr. That’s right, claiming to have been ‘pushed out’ of the franchise, Howard stated that Downey Jr. had a hand in his demise, as well as taking all his money. Known for his ‘difficult’ behavior on set, Howard was swiftly replaced by Don Cheadle after demanding more money than the star of the show Downey Jr. himself. Directly accusing the star of sabotage, Howard later claimed, “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man… took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out.”
1. Bette Davis Loved Dragging Joan Crawford Across The Floor
Dubbed the feud of the century, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford had been at it for years, hating each other’s guts for the majority of their careers. With the argument first igniting over the existence of a man, of course, the pair was said to have chased the same guy, with Crawford winning the first round, resulting in Davis offering the burn of the century by claiming, “she slept with every male star at MGM, except Lassie.” Continuing on, the pair was often heard slating one another over a number of tedious issues, with one story involving the installation of a coke machine and a husband who was the CEO of Pepsi. However, things kicked off massively when the pair was cast in the now legendary, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, with Davis seen dragging Crawford along the floor, all in the name of ‘art’ of course.
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