List of Stars Who Refused to Work Together
It's not realistic to think everyone can get along with each other. There will always be colleagues or classmates whose personalities end up clashing with each other. With the added attention of headlines and rumor mill, these issues are totally exacerbated for celebrities. Here are 15 feuds between actors/actresses that refuse to work with each other.
#15 TONY CURTIS AND MARILYN MONROE
One of the greatest comedies of all time is the 1959 film Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. The black-and-white classic earned 6 Academy Award nominations. While it gave us all plenty of laughs, the feud between these two actors made filming significantly less enjoyable for everyone involved.
Allegedly, Monroe had many issues on set which cost the production team a lot of time, which ultimately translates to a lot of money. This infuriated Curtis who also made several negative public statements about kissing Monroe. Years later, he released a memoir, The Making of Some Like It Hot, where he detailed his love affair with the starlet.
#14 JULIA ROBERTS AND NICK NOLTE
The filming of I Love Trouble (1994) stirred up a lot of issues between Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte. The tension was so bad, the director Charles Shyer reportedly filmed several scenes separately in order to keep the quarreling to a minimum. While the film was about two rivals who eventually fall in love, their on-screen chemistry was never believable.
Roberts shared in a 1993 interview with the New York Times that while Nolte is sometimes "completely charming and very nice," she continued, "he's also completely disgusting.” He responded to her statement, "It's not nice to call someone 'disgusting.' But she's not a nice person. Everyone knows that.” While filming It's safe to say these two actors steered completely away from each other!
#13 RICHARD GERE AND SYLVESTER STALLONE
This feud all started during the filming of the 1974 drama The Lord of Flatbush. If you've seen the coming-of-age film, you know that Perry King was eventually cast as the lead, but Richard Gere was originally hired to portray Chico Tyrell. Finally, in 2006, Stallone explained their issues during a Q&A session with Ain't It Cool News.
"The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me. He even thinks I'm the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true... but that's the rumor." The gerbil thing is too gross to explain, but this feud runs deep!
#12 BETTE DAVIS AND JOAN CRAWFORD
This Hollywood feud is so classic, there is a whole FX series dedicated to it! Ryan Murphy's Feud: Bette and Joan stars Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis to show the tragedy behind the age-old fight between these two talented actresses. It all started back in the 1930s...
Bette Davis starred in the 1935 film Dangerous alongside Franchot Tone. After production for the movie wrapped up, Crawford married Tone and Davis was very public about her disdain for the fellow actress. Both actresses were cast as opposing sisters in psychological horror Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and only Davis was nominated for an Oscar which just fueled their rivalry.
#11 JIM CARREY AND TOMMY LEE JONES
According to Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher, Tommy Lee Jones, who portrayed Two-Face, had an attitude while filming. He shared in a 1996 interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Jim Carrey was a gentleman, and Tommy Lee was threatened by him. I'm tired of defending overpaid, over-privileged actors." Allegedly, Jones absolutely despised working with Carrey.
Carrey told Howard Stern about his experience seeing Jones at a restaurant and decided to introduce himself before filming started: "He got up, kind of shaking, and hugged me and said, 'I hate you. I really don't like you,” he continued, "And I was like, 'Wow. What's going on man?' And he said, 'I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'"
#10 KEVIN SMITH AND BRUCE WILLIS
Bruce Willis and Kevin Smith had no issues while filming Live Free or Die Hard, but they eventually butt heads during the production of Cop Out (2010). Willis starred in the police comedy while Smith took the director’s seat. Smith was so excited to work with Willis, he actually took an 84% pay cut. So what happened?
While Smith joined Cop Out for Willis, he only stayed for his co-star Tracy Morgan. Morgan helped him get through the film’s production, which Smith said was a “soul-crushing”. In his 2012 memoir, Smith described Willis as the “unhappiest”, “most bitter,” and “meanest” actor he had ever worked with and used some other choice words.
#9 JULIANNA MARGULIES & ARCHIE PANJABI
In the first couple of seasons of The Good Wife, characters Alicia Florrick and Kalinda Sharma were close friends. The onscreen friendship eventually ended once Alicia discovered that Kalinda had some intimate moments with Peter Florrick. While the feud eventually fizzled, many viewers noticed that by season 4, the two actresses rarely shared a scene together.
For the season 6 finale, it was discovered that the actresses filmed separately and they blended the shots together. Margulies said the decision to use CGI was due to Panjabi’s filming schedule with The Fall series but in response, Panjabi tweeted “@TheFallTV was not even in production at that time and I was in New York ready to film the scene!”
#8 WILL SMITH AND JANET HUBERT
After three seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, viewers immediately noticed that Aunt Viv was played by a completely different actress. Hubert has since talked publicly about her departure, saying that she left after Smith refused to help castmates with salary negotiations. “[We thought] your influence would help us greatly, like they did on Friends,” Hubert said in a YouTube video.
A year after Hubert left the show, Smith made some remarks about their difficulties with each other. “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,” the actor said in a radio interview.
#7 JAMES FRANCO AND TYRESE GIBSON
Sometimes method acting can get a little bit too far, and such was the case for James Franco, according to Tyrese Gibson. Both Franco and Gibson starred in Annapolis (2006), the military drama film about a boxing tournament between recruits and officers in the U.S. Naval Academy. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of camaraderie between the two co-stars.
During rehearsals, Gibson recalled to Elle, Franco wasn’t holding back any punches. "The dude was full-on hitting me," he continued, "I was always like, 'James, lighten up, man. We're just practicing.' He never lightened up." In a GQ issue, Franco admitted he “was probably a jerk,” but Gibson still felt like the blows were personal and has refused to work with him.
#6 SHANNEN DOHERTY AND BEVERLY HILLS, 90210
Beverly Hills 90210 was packed with teen drama but apparently there was a huge feud going on behind-the-scenes between Shannen Doherty and several cast members. In 2015, Tori Spelling admitted that she convinced producer Aaron Spelling (her father) to fire Doherty. Spelling admitted in the special that there was also a physical altercation between Doherty and Jennie Garth.
Spelling recalled, “I could hear the door fly open and everyone screaming and crying,” she continued with tears, “I felt like I was a part of something, a movement, that cost someone their livelihood.” She then said, “Was she a horrible person? No. She was one of the best friends I ever had.”
#5 ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AND TERRENCE HOWARD
In 2013, the tension was high after the first installment of Iron Man. Terrence Howard shared on Watch What Happens Live that the studio signed him on to do three movies, but after the success of the first film, they told him that they would pay him "one-eighth” of his agreed contract.
He continued placing blame on Downey saying, "I called my friend, that I helped get the first job, and he didn't call me back for three months." Eventually, the two would bury the hatchet at the wedding of director Brian Grazer. Terrence posted this “#allgood” picture of him and Downey and the two actors seem to be totally cool with each other.
#4 TOM SIZEMORE AND VAL KILMER
Sizemore was once a sought-after actor throughout the 90s, especially after his role in Heat (1995) alongside co-star Val Kilmer. However, the “heat” between these two was non-existent until they started filming for Red Planet. Allegedly, Kilmer didn’t like that a part of the production budget was spent on having Sizemore’s workout equipment shipped to the film location.
According to Sizemore's memoir By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, there was a verbal altercation that led to Tom chucking (and missing) a 50-pound weight at Kilmer. This didn’t squash the feud and allegedly during a physical fight, Tom yelled at Kilmer, "I'm never going to another planet with you again." In 2014, the feud was officially over.
#3 WILLIAM SHATNER AND GEORGE TAKEI
While the original Star Trek series was all about teamwork, Takei has claimed that Shatner was "not a team player" after several arguments over close-up shots. Shatner responded, "I don't know what his original thing about me was, I have no idea... I literally don't know him. I didn't know him very well on the series.”
In his 1994 autobiography, “To the Stars,” Takei wrote that Shatner regularly acted like he didn’t recognize him during the early days of the series. He also made the bold accusation that Shatner changed the script for “Star Trek V” so that Sulu wouldn’t become commander of the starship. To top it off, Takei allegedly didn’t invite Shatner to his marriage ceremony.
#2 BILL MURRAY AND LUCY LIU
Bill Murray is known as a seemingly relaxed and funny guy, but he’s been known to blow a fuse if things don’t go exactly how they’re planned out. Remember when Bill starred in the film adaptation of Charlie’s Angels in 2000 as Bosley, Charlie’s assistant to the angels? While the satirical spy film was all fun, things weren’t as pleasant behind-the-scenes.
There are several sources who claim that Murray was very vocal about his dislike for Liu’s acting abilities. However, Murray has denied the claims explaining it was a 20-minute argument that was blown out of proportion. While you could chalk it up to rumor mill, he was also replaced by Bernie Mac in the sequel which heightens the feud rumors.
#1 CHARLIE SHEEN AND SELMA BLAIR
Do you remember when Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and Half Men? It seems so far back, but there’s no forgetting his “tiger blood” claims. He eventually starred in his ex-baseball player role as Charlie Goodson in Anger Management. Selma Blair starred as the character’s therapist, Dr. Kate Wales, until Charlie allegedly fired her through text.
Charlie explained the reason for her departure to Jay Leno: "One of our primary characters, Selma Blair, who played Kate, was written out because [the show] was not about our relationship…” Allegedly, the issues actually arose when Blair criticized Sheen’s work ethic to executives. Charlie sent several strongly worded texts to the actress and reportedly, gave showrunners an ultimatum.
From year-long feuds to ones that have already fizzled out, these celebrity feuds can be downright entertaining, but it's always important to remember these actors and actresses with hard feelings towards each other are also human too. What are some other memorable Hollywood feuds? Let us know in the comments below!