Being an actor is just like any other job in a lot of ways. Sometimes actors are asked to do things that make them uncomfortable and sometimes they have to work with people they don’t like. If you’ve ever had a job where you had a particularly annoying co-worker we’re sure you’ll understand. Now imagine that you had to pretend to like that person, or even do a love scene with them – it would be pretty difficult, right? So it’s not hard to understand why some actors just flat out refuse to work alongside each other.
In some cases, the actors might have a history together and this causes tensions between them on the set but in other cases, they simply can’t stand the sight of each other. You might see them smiling together on the movie poster, but that doesn’t mean things went smoothly on the set. We’d like to think that all actors are professionals who don’t let their personal agenda’s get in the way but that’s just not the truth. With all those big egos flying around a celebrity feud is always right around the corner. The stars on today’s list took things to the next level when they refused to be in scenes together…
15. Dwayne Johnson Went On A Rant About His “Male Co-Stars”
The feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel recently became very public when Johnson posted a video on Instagram to celebrate his last week of filming on The Fate of the Furious. In it, he frankly stated that there had been some drama on set with his “male co-stars”. He praised his female co-stars but had this to say about the guys, “My male co-stars, however, are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken (expletive) to do anything about it anyway. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right.”
14. Teri Hatcher Was The Least Favourite Housewife
There was plenty of drama for us to enjoy in the show Desperate Housewives but it seems that it wasn’t all just make believe. And there was one actress who seemed to be at the center of the discord behind the scenes and that was Teri Hatcher. Apparently, she had a very strained relationship with her co-stars and one of them (Nicollette Sheridan, who played Edie) even referred to Teri as “the meanest woman in the world”. Wow.
And the animosity wasn’t just on set, it also extended to photo shoots as well. During one such photo shoot for the cover of Vanity Fair in 2005 two of Teri’s co-stars threatened to walk off the shoot if Teri was given the “star” position i.e in the middle of the lineup. Can you say cat fight?
13. Bill Murray Told Lucy Liu That She Couldn’t Act
Don’t let his jokes and friendly smiles fool you – Bill Murray is notorious for being difficult to work with. And if the gossip mongers are to be believed then he also likes to pick on other actors – like he did with Lucy Liu on the set of Charlie’s Angels. This story might just be true because Bill didn’t return for the sequel, did he?
Apparently, the comedy veteran told the Kill Bill actress that she couldn’t act and she didn’t take it well. When asked about the incident, he said that he had complained about the lines, not her acting, and she had taken it personally. Either way, he wasn’t asked back for Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – possibly because the other actors didn’t want to work with him again.
12. Wesley Snipes Was Too Important To Appear In Blade: Trinity
The problem with fame is that it can go to your head really fast and Wesley Snipes is a prime example of that. At the height of his career in the nineties, Snipes was a hot commodity, but he somehow took this to mean that he was way more important than his fellow co-stars, to the point where he refused to come on to the set, except to film close-up shots. According to an insider, this happened on the set of Blade: Trinity. Snipes only came to set for close up scenes and the rest of the time his stand-in did all the work. Must be nice to get paid to appear in a movie when you don’t even have to show up right? But it did help boost co-star Ryan Reynolds‘ career as many of the lines he had were as a result of Wesley not being around.
11. Alec Baldwin Offered To Quit Orphans But They Fired Shia LaBeouf Instead
Alec Baldwin and Transformers star Shia LaBeouf were meant to star alongside each other in the revival production of Lyle Kessler’s play Orphans but it never happened and according to a first-person article penned by Baldwin, which appeared in the New York Magazine in 2014, it was Shia’s “entitled” attitude that got him booted off the production.
Baldwin claimed that Shia appeared “scattered” when he showed up for rehearsal and although he had all his lines memorized he quickly grew frustrated when the other actors couldn’t “keep up with him”. According to Alec, Shia verbally attacked him in front of the entire cast saying, “If you don’t say your lines. I’m just going to keep saying my lines.” Baldwin reportedly offered to quit the production, but the executives chose to fire Shia instead. Could this be one of the reasons why Shia decided to “quit” Hollywood completely?
10. Naya Rivera And Lea Michele Were Anything But BFFs
Naya Rivera and Lea Michele might have played friends on the musical series Glee but don’t let their acting fool you – these two hated each other’s guts so much that one of them eventually had to be written out of the show.
It seems like Lea expected the entire cast, including Naya, to wait on her and this didn’t sit well with Naya. This eventually led to a heated argument and a simmering feud between the two actresses and it got so bad that they couldn’t work together anymore; not even to film a scene. The producers of the show eventually grew tired of this behavior and decided to write Naya out of the show. She later wrote about this experience, and her feud with Lea, in her tell all book aptly titled Sorry Not Sorry.
9. The Real Reason We Never See Cersei And Bronn Together In GoT
Now Westeros is a big place so it’s not surprising that some characters have never met, but the real reason why you never see Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) in the same scene might shock you. It does seem a little strange now that you think about it right? They both live in King’s Landing and Bronn is good friends with Cersei’s brothers, Tyrion and Jaime, so why do we never see them in the same scene?
Well, it seems that these two actors were romantically involved at one stage, but their union ended with a messy break-up and now they can’t stand to even be in the same room as each other, never mind the same scene. That must make things awkward!
8. Shannen Doherty Was Anything But Charming With Her Co-Stars
In the late 90s and early 2000s Charmed was one of the hottest shows on TV, but behind the scenes, the show was full of animosity and tension, largely due to constant feuding between Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano. Doherty has a reputation for being difficult to work with (she was “let go” from Beverly Hills 90210) and the studio eventually brought in a mediator to try and work out the issues but even this failed. Eventually, they had no other choice but to write Doherty out of the show. Alyssa later spoke about the drama saying, “There was too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work. I’m 30 years old and I don’t have time for drama in my life anymore. I’ll miss Holly [Marie Combs] a lot … she’s one of my best friends and I love her dearly, and there were never, ever, ever any problems between the two of us”.
7. Emma Watson Walked Off The Set Of This Is The End
Emma Watson always seems very serious, doesn’t she? Well, according to her co-stars that’s not an act. And according to an extra on the set of This Is The End the Harry Potter actress had a serious sense of humor failure when Channing Tatum goofed around on set and flat out refused to do the one scene they were meant to appear in together. The scene had Channing Tatum dancing in front of her in a just a throng, but it was too much for her delicate sensibilities. According to the extra who posted about it on Tumblr here’s what happened: “During the scene, Channing decided to do some of his break dancing in front of her but alas he was in nothing but a thong. So Emma storms off set. Everyone’s like WTF where is she going? She walks all the way down the street. So we wrapped the night 5 minutes later.”
6. Charlie Sheen Fired Selma Blair From Anger Management
Everyone was surprised when Selma Blair’s character was suddenly written out of the FX sitcom Anger Management and almost immediately, rumors surfaced that Charlie Sheen had fired his on-screen love interest (via text message no less) because she had questioned his work ethic and inferred that he was a slacker. But according to Sheen, this wasn’t the case at all. In an interview with Jay Leno, he glossed over Blair’s departure, saying, “One of our primary characters, Selma Blair, who played Kate, was written out because [the show] was not about our relationship, and the problem was too many people were still excited about the Two and a Half Men character and thought the Anger Management character was a little dull.” Blair responded to getting fired by filing a lawsuit so who do you believe?
5. Julia Roberts Refused To Get Close To Nick Nolte In I Love Trouble
Do you remember the 1994 romantic comedy I Love Trouble starring Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte? No? Well, that’s not surprising seeing as how the film was a huge flop. And this might have something to do with the fact that the two co-stars hated each other so much that they had to be filmed separately and use stand-ins for their scenes together. Julia later described Nolte as “completely disgusting” and he said that she was “not a nice person”. He also said that he felt that the film was his worst piece of work ever due to the tension on the set and added that he only did the film for the pay check. And their contempt for each other couldn’t be hidden – which is probably why critics hated the flick.
4. Lindsay Lohan Flat Out Refused To Kiss Charlie Sheen
Lindsay Lohan had some very specific conditions for appearing alongside Charlie Sheen in the horror-film parody Scary Movie 5. Right at the start of the movie we see the two stars hopping into bed with each other but if you watch closely you’ll see that they never actually kiss and there is a reason for that. Apparently, Lindsay was concerned about Sheen’s partying reputation and made it a condition of her performance that the two of them would not actually kiss. Now when Lindsay Lohan refuses to kiss you you’ve got to know that you have one serious reputation to deal with! Apparently, the studio even went so far as to make both actors sign a release saying they didn’t have cold sores. Wow, okay, then.
3. Julianna Margulies And Archie Panjabi Hated Each Other’s Guts
No one knows exactly what caused the tension between Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi in the TV show The Good Wife but what we do know is that these two couldn’t even stand to be in the same scene as each other. In the show, the two met in the pilot episode and become friends, but behind the scenes, these two were more like enemies. The pair made headlines for not appearing in the same scene together for more than 30 episodes. Crazy right? The show managed to get away with it by having their characters communicate largely over the telephone instead of face to face. When Panjabi was eventually written out of the show they even filmed their final scene using a split screen so the two didn’t have to work together.
2. Carl Weathers Almost Walked Away From Rocky IV
With big name movies come big time egos and these can sometimes lead to big trouble on set. That’s exactly what happened on the set of Rocky IV when Dolph Lundgren and Carl Weathers refused to play nice with each other and it almost ruined the entire movie. Apparently, the two were meant to be filming a fight scene, but it turned into a real altercation when Dolph didn’t hold back on his punches and threw Weathers across the ring, resulting in more than a bruised ego. According to insiders, Weathers stormed off the set following the brawl and it took Sylvester Stallone days to convince him to return and finish the film. As a result, these two have avoided working with each other since.
1. William Shatner Refused To Share The Stage With George Takei
Star Trek lead actor William Shatner was known for being difficult on set. According to insiders he didn’t get along with many of his co-stars and was known to storm off set when he didn’t get his way. One of his feuds was with co-star George Takei and Takei spilled the beans about Shatner’s childish behavior to shock jock Howard Stern. He recounted many such instances, including one where Shatner refused to go on stage with him at a Star Trek convention and walked away instead. He said, “This is the usual thing that happens, on the set, whether it was the TV series or the movies, or at conventions. This was another convention where he decided [Shatner] was not going to do what they wanted him to do, and he walked out.”
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