Most will affiliate sex, drugs and rock n' roll with the life of a rock star, kicking up their feet in the back of a tour bus, strumming along to the guitar, or pre-planning their next greatest hit. Sometimes the partying lifestyle does not always leave, even before arriving onto the set. Rumor has it that some “people” are also on-demand — making the rules, rather than obeying the boss. It's either the actor versus director, or the public figure versus the world.
Not the other way around.
Whether an actor, musician, or pop culture icon, these fifteen stories of on-set beefs are definitely hard to turn away from. These are something to check out, if one of your guilty pleasures lies behind the scenes of disses, hits (even hit and misses), and gossip. Without further ado, here are 15 Hollywood beefs that almost rocked the entire industry:
15 Olivia Munn and Brett Ratner
Before there was Magic Mike and X-Men Apocalypse, Olivia Munn was a host for Attack of the Show, a show that gave the hottest trends on technology and video games. The show had lasted a few years, bringing on bigger names for guests. Including legendary and, now, notorious film director, Brett Ratner. Sometime in 2011, Ratner made a guest appearance on the show. Here where a game of “he-said, she-said” comes into play.
Munn claims in her infamous book, Suck It, Wonder Woman, that Ratner was unexpectedly waiting for her in her dressing room, butt-naked and masturbating…while eating shrimp cocktail.
Ratner later stated in an interview with Howard Stern that Munn was some “chick” he had banged a few times — a “chick” who went by the name of “Lisa,” before it was reported that Munn had changed her name. Although Ratner had reportedly called to apologize to Munn for making false accusations for “sleeping with her,” Munn has no problem putting Ratner on blast, making sure that he is not forgotten for their not-so-behind-the-scenes rival.
14 NeNe Leakes and Star Jones
In 2011, NeNe Leakes and Star Jones were one of the many contestants on, now the infamous, Donald Trump’s reality game show, The Apprentice.
Fresh off of her own popular reality show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Nene Leakes became a household name, branching out into cameo roles for Hollywood television shows such as Glee and, ultimately, The New Normal. As seen in episode two of this particular season, Trump made sure that Leakes got a taste of her own medicine after she had decided to quit the series.
Although Leakes does not go into explicit details on her leave, she does not hold back on her feelings of Trump’s [as she said] support for Jones. Leakes claims that Trump picked sides. Trump put Leakes on the spot in the elimination room, calling her a quitter.
13 Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre
It was only a few years ago when Charlie Sheen went ballistics, calling the Two and a Half Men creator, Chuck Lorre, (aka his boss) "immature, unevolved, and stupid."
For what exactly? Who knows...maybe for different reasons, in Charlie’s perspective.
However, Sheen became the talk of the town after his infamous public stunts - aka “winning,” as well as making threats to his, now former, boss and claiming that he could care less if Lorre lives or dies. Sheen was “written off” the show and, indeed, came out “winning”…sort of, after Warner Brothers multi-million deal settlement kept him rich and away.
12 Will Smith and Janet Hubert
Actress Janet Hubert (famously known as Aunt Vivian) made headlines in regards to her comments on her Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s vow to not watch nor support the Oscars.
Shocking many fans around the world, Hubbert had elaborated that nobody should support the Smiths really, rehashing out old, (and from the sounds of it) unresolved, wounds. Hubbert later went into great depths about how her former co-star stood aside, while the rest of the cast demanded high pay for their long show run.
After Hubbert left the show, Smith later went on the air, claiming that his co-star was always envious of him being the star of the show. Clearly, these two have not been in contact since Hubbert’s departure from the show.
11 Joan Crawford and Bette Davis
Who says that actors get along?
After starring together in the famous cult classic, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, two of the world’s high in-demand actresses, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, had hated each other.
Their rivalry started with their affection for the same man, Franchot Tone, whom Davis had starred alongside in the 1935 film, Dangerous.
Davis was very much open in her love for Tone, both professionally and romantically; however, she was well aware of her rival when Crawford came into the picture and began an affair with Tone. Although Davis was upfront of her jealously of the soon-to-be-marriage, which had only lasted for a year, she made sure to never forget.
Davis later admitted that the best part of filming What Ever Happened to Baby Jane were scenes tormenting Crawford’s “character.”
10 Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno
So, neither of these two really hide their strong dislike for each other.
After Leno had passed on hosting the Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien gladly jumped on board as its new host. However, ratings had shown a drop in Leno’s new show, unlike his time as the host of The Tonight Show.
Leno decided to return to the Tonight Show, resulting in the notorious NBC battle amongst executives that had decided to make a schedule change. Leno would return to his 11:35 p.m. slot, bumping back O’Brien’s show to midnight.
O’Brien and his staff took a $45 million settlement to leave the network. Leno hosted the Tonight Show until Jimmy Fallon took over in 2014. In the meantime, O’Brien is now six years into his TBS show, Conan.
9 Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Ah, young love…sometimes, it comes with hate.
Before they became a household, power couple, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams were two actors who had developed a hatred for each other, while filming the Nicholas Sparks' book adaptation, The Notebook.
The film’s director, Nick Cassavetes, claimed that the two actors had ignored each other in-between takes, the counter opposite of their characters, Allie and Noah. Both, Gosling and McAdams had later stated that filming the adult years of Allie and Noah had created tension amongst them.
Whatever the case may be, these two kids sort of got their own happy ending, once they had started filming the teenage years of Allie and Noah, taking their on-screen romance to the off-screen. Their relationship had lasted for five years.
8 Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey
A joke is not always a joke, as it would seem to be in this case.
After making a remark of Dempsey’s “pretty blue eyes,” Isaiah Washington and his costar, Patrick Dempsey, came nose to nose on the set of their hit show, Grey’s Anatomy.
Both seemed to make amends at the forthcoming Golden Globes, posing in pictures together. That is until Washington was overheard, using a homophobic remark towards another co-star, T.R. Knight, who later came out with a statement that he is gay. Rumor has it that it created an extra dislike for Washington, especially for Dempsey. Washington made a public apology immediately and was soon written off the show.
Some say that it was Washington’s choice to say his farewells to his character, Dr. Preston Burke. Others claim that it was show runners, and Shonda Rhimes,who kicked him off the show, not willingly to tolerate his remarks.
7 Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes
They were teenagers in love…on the big screen, of course.
When two of the youngest and hottest Hollywood actors came together, there were definitely sparks that flew; however, they were misinterpreted. While filming the famous Shakespeare play adaptation, Romeo and Juliet, teen heartthrobs, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, had actually avoided each other at all costs in-between takes of their gazes and long make-out sessions.
Although he was her Romeo, and she was his Juliet, Danes claimed that Leo was “immature.” Leo thought she was “uptight.” In the forthcoming years, it was difficult for these two starlets to avoid each other, after the occasional award season run-ins.
Danes had later stated that their on-set vibe had to do with raging teenage hormones - clearly they were into each other, but did not know how to deal with it.
6 Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano
This one was no surprise.
After ongoing on-set beefs with co-stars of her hit show, 90210, Shannen Doherty had built a reputation of her own, especially once she left her second biggest series, Charmed, after its third season.
Co-star Alyssa Milano later stated in an interview that filming Charmed felt a lot like high school. Third billing co-star of the show, Holly Combs and Shannen were already friends for the past few years, making Milano feel, perhaps, “left out.”
Recently, Milano had put the feud to rest after Doherty came forth with her current battle with breast cancer. The past is the past, especially when a friend is in need of support.
5 Teri Hatcher and The Cast of Desperate Housewives
Perhaps this is not a coincidence?
After it was reported that her 007 co-star, Pierce Brosnan, and she did not get along, actress, Teri Hatcher, later faced a similar situation with her Desperate Housewives co-stars. All of them.
Although neither of the co-stars seem to give a straight on answer to why everyone but Hatcher was “close,” rumors started to spark when word got around that there was a “diva” on set. An anonymous tip revealed that after the overnight sensation of Desperate Housewives, Hatcher walked around, finding herself high and mighty (or as they put it, she felt that she deserved to be the center of attention).
Whatever the real case may be, it is a bit off-putting that everyone but Hatcher’s name was penned onto a gift for one of the show’s producers.
4 Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall
These four ladies, sometimes single and not so single, made television history after the premiere of Sex and the City. Every gal group had their own Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda (or attempted to be them).
Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, were one of the many household names. However, rumors sparked after the 2008 film release.
It was reported that Cattrall was distressed and upset of Parker’s “larger pay check,” feeling that she had deserved the same amount. Parker later revealed in a 2010 interview that there was always on-set tension between herself and other cast mates and crew, stating that working sixteen-hour days (an average of ninety hours a week) would create a drift between anyone.
“People are exhausted by the time they get home,” Parker stated.
3 L.L. Cool J and Jamie Foxx
Although these two are now collaborators, it was not always like that. In 1999, on the set of Any Given Sunday, L.L. Cool J and Foxx were two actors who could not break out of their athlete characters, once the cameras had stopped rolling.
It was reported that J had pushed and then punched Foxx in the face, resulting in an allegation that turned ugly. The Miami Police had arrived at the scene. Story A is that the actors had agreed to improvise a heated argument between their football characters, and Foxx had missed his cue.
Story B is that the two just did not get along, period.
2 Michael Bay and Megan Fox
“He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.”
Legend has it that director, Michael Bay, has a bit of reputation on set, but nobody wanted to address it. That is until the rise and fall of actress, Megan Fox.
After her July 2011 interview with GQ Magazine, Fox was immediately fired from the third instalment of the Transformers franchise, after spilling details of what it is like to work with Bay.
Although Bay found her comment as “typical Megan,” understanding both her honesty and sarcasm, he fired her from the multi-million dollar franchise as soon as executive producer, Steven Spielberg came into the picture.
“Fire her right now.”
And that was what Bay just did. However, these two made up after Fox was cast in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
1 David O. Russell and Everyone
YouTube never lies, at least in this case.
In 2004, there was the infamous behind-the-scenes of director David O. Russell screaming at the top of his lungs at one of his actors, Lily Tomlin, as well as tossing around props and kicking the wall. At one point, he even storms out of the room, still yelling while Tomlin sits without a flinch.
No surprise after all; there is one video where she flips off the director in-between takes, while her co-stars, Naomi Watts and Dustin Hoffman, beg her to just do the scene.
Taking it back a bit farther…
In 1999, actor George Clooney had intervened between a heated argument (some claim it was a fist fight) amongst O. Russell and an extra he was yelling at. Clooney had pinned the director against the wall, ordering him to calm down. This led to a tussle between actor and his director.
The two have repaired their relationship.
Another blowout was revealed on the set of Joy when it was said that executive producer Harvey Weinstein came to the set after O. Russell was said to be taunting actress, Jennifer Lawrence, in order to gain a reaction response from her during filming.
Lawrence penned on her social media page that she or O. Russell never had any disagreements and are, in fact, close friends.
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