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Hostility on the Set

I'm fond of Captain Kirk, but I'm not terribly fond of Bill Shatner.

Generally, actors tend to get along well with their co-stars, and this tends to shine through on-screen. They may become close friends, and a Romance on the Set may ensue in some cases.

This is not about those actors.

In some cases, some actors may be at each other's throats during filming, or even a director with one or more actors. While this does not always show on the big screen, it can cause issues like lack of chemistry between the actors. On the other hand, if the characters they are playing are antagonistic to each other, this can help add authenticity to their performances and increase their respect for each other.

This may occur due to, or even be the cause of a Troubled Production, and/or Creative Differences. It can also be caused by a Creator Breakdown on the part of one or more actors, or the director. Often leads to Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. Compare Wag the Director, when the main stars create conflict with the director by running circles around them.

On a different note, consider that the audience has a much different perspective of making a movie than the cast and crew. Two people may be the best of friends in the regular world but constantly butt heads when in a stressful, professional setting like a movie set. As such, while there may be hostility that doesn't mean they actually hate and despise each other. There are many instances where in interviews people try drumming up that drama and they will be the first to defend their co-star.

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Real Life Examples

     Films — Live-Action 
  • Batman Forever:
    • The working relationship between director Joel Schumacher and actor Val Kilmer was said to be very, very bad. Tellingly, Joel does not talk much about Val in his audio commentary for the film.
    • There were also reports that Tommy Lee Jones disliked Jim Carrey, so much so that he wouldn't even have lunch with him. According to Carrey, the first time he met Jones, the veteran actor growled, "I do not sanction your buffoonery.", which is funny considering Jones would spend his entire screentime trying to out-ham the ham master Carrey.
  • Another infamous case for Val Kilmer (who many have stated as hard to work with) is The Island of Doctor Moreau, where both he and Marlon Brando made things difficult to the point the original director got fired, and John Frankenheimer was hired partially because he had a history of controlling inflated egos. Frankenheimer was reported to have shouted "Cut! Now get that bastard off my set!" once Kilmer had no more scenes left, and stated after release that "There are two things I will never do in my life. I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world." Even Brando got fed up with Kilmer, telling him, "You're confusing your talent with the size of your paycheck". There was one reported incident where the actors playing Moreau's creations, having spent hours in makeup, were kept waiting because Brando and Kilmer refused to come out of their trailers until the other did.
  • Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte had a very heated feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. While they had been able to work together on What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? despite this, on this film it was too much. Joan Crawford checked herself into the hospital, claiming she fell ill, but in reality just did not want to work with Bette Davis again. This led to her being replaced with Olivia de Havilland.
  • Invoked by Alfred Hitchcock on Rebecca. Laurence Olivier treated Joan Fontaine horribly, feeling his wife Vivien Leigh should have had her part instead. Hitchcock told Joan that everyone else hated her too, in order to create an authentic feeling of isolation for her.
  • During the filming of Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky would try to pit Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis against each other to make their antagonistic scenes together more authentic. Unfortunately for him, both of them caught on to what he was doing very early and instead sent congrats to each other by phone when Darren told one of them the other was doing great.
  • During the production of Fantastic Four (2015), director Josh Trank was abusive with the cast, crew and the producers, and this was one of the major contributing factors to its Troubled Production. There is at least one report of Trank and Miles Teller nearly getting into a fist fight on set.
  • Actress Claudia Christian got along with nobody on the set of Maniac Cop 2, and single-handedly turned the shoot into a Troubled Production. Christian couldn't get along with lead actor Robert Davi, refused to take direction from William Lustig, and threw a tantrum when she had someone take measurements of her trailer and found it was ten feet smaller than Davi's. She also failed to inform Lustig and the producers that she was three months pregnant, even though she was taking a physically demanding role in an action slasher flick. This led to her suffering a miscarriage in the middle of the shoot, grinding production to a halt and ruining the movie's insurance. Unable to recast her, the producers reluctantly allowed her back with an agreement that they wouldn't sue her, even though her antics cost them $200,000. When she returned to the set, Davi reportedly told her, "Maybe now you won't be such a hormonally-imbalanced bitch."
  • During the filming of I Love Trouble, Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts began to dislike each other, and it got to the point that reviews of the film said that they had no chemistry on-screen. Roberts eventually stated that Nolte was the worst actor she had to work with.
  • The Lord of the Rings: There was something of a rivalry between the extras playing Elves and the extras playing Uruk-hai. The Uruks coined the nickname "cupcakes" for their Elven counterparts. This apparently started because the Elven extras (who were largely local college students) weren't getting into character as soldiers, so the Uruk-hai decided to start taunting, jeering, and otherwise acting like actual members of an opposing army. This got the Elven actors riled up enough to be in character.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: Charlize Theron claimed that Tom Hardy and George Miller "went at it." Hardy would later apologize to Miller at the film's Cannes premiere. For that matter, Theron and Hardy didn't get on either, due to his Method Acting putting her off.
  • It's a miracle that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had great chemistry in The Notebook, as they did not get along well on set. However, unlike some other cases, they were able to patch over their differences enough to become a real-life couple for some time.
  • By all accounts, Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones were so hostile on the set of Ocean's Twelve that they eventually had to be kept completely separate, never even being on the set at the same time. It's perhaps one of the reasons the film is a Sophomore Slump, and why neither actress returned for Ocean's Thirteen.
  • Actress Loretta Young was notoriously high-maintenance and had several examples of this with her costars, especially due to her insistence on using a Swear Jar on set due to being devoutly Catholic. After shooting his final scene with her in Rachel and the Stranger, Robert Mitchum dropped a $20 bill into the jar, saying "This should just about cover everything I've been wanting to say to Loretta."
  • Director David O. Russell got in conflict with several crew members and extras on the set of Three Kings. George Clooney tried to alleviate the situation, but when Russell violently threw an extra on the ground, Clooney scolded him for his treatment. Then, things got ugly when they ended up beating each other. Though the movie is a success, Clooney vowed that he would never work with Russell ever again. Fortunately in 2012, they made up.
  • This is quite the common occurrence for James Bond films, official or otherwise:
    • In You Only Live Twice, the atmosphere during the production was reportedly chilly. Sean Connery had grown bored with the Bond role and frustrated with the public fascination with the franchise. The posters declaring that "Sean Connery IS James Bond" didn't help. Furthermore, Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell were appearing in the knock-off film Operation Double 007 with Neil Connery, Sean's younger brother, and the elder Connery let them know he was not happy about it. Furthermore, Connery's relationship with Broccoli and Saltzman had deteriorated to the point where he refused to act if either of them were onset.
    • Reportedly, there was so much friction between Peter Sellers and Orson Welles on the set of Casino Royale (1967) that the two of them were rarely on the set together. This is especially noticeable during the baccarat duel—their characters are supposed to be interacting, but the two of them never appear in the same shot.
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a rather infamous example. It was reported at the time that George Lazenby and Diana Rigg didn't get on. While they weren't exactly friends, they had their good days and bad days. The rumours started when it was reported that Rigg ate garlic before a love scene (which wasn't true - she said to Lazenby as a joke that she was having garlic for lunch). She later admitted that she found Lazenby immature. Lazenby for his part claimed that he got on with everybody - except director Peter R. Hunt. He claimed that he didn't receive any coaching despite his inexperience and that Hunt asked the rest of the crew to keep a distance from him, as "Peter thought the more I was alone, the better I would be as James Bond."
    "One time, we were on location at an ice rink and Diana and Peter were drinking champagne inside. Of course I wasn't invited as Peter was there. I could see them through the window, but the crew were all outside stomping around on the ice trying to keep warm. So, when she got in the car, I went for her. She couldn't drive the car properly and I got in to her about her drinking and things like that. Then she jumped out and started shouting 'he's attacking me in the car!' I called her a so-and-so for not considering the crew who were freezing their butts off outside. And it wasn't that at all in the end, as she was sick that night, and I was at fault for getting in to her about it. I think everyone gets upset at one time."
    • Lazenby overall was reported to be quite a prima donna on the set, sure that he would become just as big a star as Connery with the role. This probably contributed to his not doing any more Bond films. He later went on record as saying that it was mainly him listening to very bad advice by his agent that made him behave that way, including his decision to stop making Bond films. The fact he always said in later interviews that this was one of the worst decisions he ever made but that he also fired his agent just a couple of years later really does not come as a surprise if this in fact is true.
    • For Never Say Never Again, Kim Basinger did not get along with director Irvin Kershner at all, and told Movieline magazine this was the worst experience she had on a film until The Marrying Man.
    • Regarding A View to a Kill, Roger Moore made it no secret that he didn't get on with Grace Jones:
    "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything. So I will say nothing about Grace Jones."
    • He also did not get along with his leading lady Tanya Roberts (and he wasn't the only one either, as Roberts was reportedly such a diva while on the set to the point where some crew members just gave into anything she wanted, so not to have to deal with her for any extended period of time.)
    • Subverted in Tomorrow Never Dies. Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher feuded briefly during filming due to her arriving late onto the set one day. The matter was quickly resolved though and Brosnan apologised to Hatcher after realizing she was pregnant and was late for that reason.
  • During the filming of the Charlie's Angels movie, there was apparently so much hostility between Bill Murray and Lucy Liu (he repeatedly called her acting skills into question) that she attacked him at one point, forcing the crew to separate them.
  • The feud between director Kevin Smith and star Bruce Willis on the set of Cop Out has been remarked on numerous times by Smith. They had previously worked together on Live Free or Die Hard when Willis offered to do another movie. However, Smith was dismayed when he realized that Willis was only there for the money and was prone to Wag the Director. Smith himself was publicly criticized by Willis for "smoking too much pot" on set.
  • Bette Davis and Errol Flynn disliked each other while making The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. For one scene where Elizabeth slaps Essex, Davis really slapped Flynn and his reaction was genuine. She was against his casting from the beginning, claiming that he couldn't read blank verse very well. According to Olivia de Havilland, she and Davis screened the film again a short while before Davis suffered four strokes in 1983. At film's end, Davis turned to de Havilland and declared that she had been wrong about Flynn, and that he had given a fine performance as Essex.
  • W.C. Fields and Mae West starred in the Screwball Comedy My Little Chickadee, even though they greatly disliked each other (Fields once called her, "A plumber's idea of Cleopatra"). Co-star Dick Foran, who was being paid by the week, would go to West and tell her that Fields was rewriting his lines to give himself more screen time and to try to steal the film from her. Then he would go to Fields and tell him the same thing about West. In this manner he was able to extend his employment from a few weeks to several months, as both stars would hold up production while they would rewrite their scenes.
  • John Wayne and John Huston collaborated just once in 1958's The Barbarian and the Geisha. They didn't see eye-to-eye on the production, and Wayne at one point yelled for all to hear, "Huston can't direct a damn story without his father or Bogart in it!" But the director was not around to hear that. Legend has it that they got into a brawl.
  • John Wayne and William Holden didn't get on while making The Horse Soldiers due to their differing political beliefs. Following the wrap each actor vowed to never again work with the other and they didn't.
  • Rex Harrison didn't get on with Charlton Heston while making The Agony and the Ecstasy. Fittingly, they played antagonists in the film. Years later, they were both in Richard Lester's The Prince and the Pauper and Harrison deliberately avoided Heston.
  • John Huston and Errol Flynn were constantly at odds while filming The Roots of Heaven, partly due to the latter's alcoholism. At one point, Flynn provoked Huston into a fight; while Flynn was a former amateur boxer, the years of fast living had taken a heavy toll on him, and Huston, himself a former professional boxer, flattened Flynn with a single punch.
  • Anthony Hopkins and Shirley MacLaine didn't get on while making A Change of Seasons. He described her as, "The most obnoxious actress I've ever worked with".
  • Charlie Chaplin's last film A Countess from Hong Kong was, by all accounts an unhappy film to make.
    • Marlon Brando had always greatly admired Chaplin's work and looked upon him as "probably the most talented man the [movie] medium has ever produced," in his autobiography, Brando described Chaplin as "probably the most sadistic man I'd ever met, a fearsomely cruel man...He was an egotistical tyrant and a penny pincher." According to Brando, Chaplin frequently berated his son Sydney Chaplin and when Brando arrived onset fifteen minutes late, Chaplin gave him a dressing down in front of the cast and crew. An embarrassed Brando demanded, and received, an apology. Chaplin, for his part, described directing Brando as "impossible".
    • Brando and Sophia Loren didn't get on, especially after the day they were doing a love scene and he commented, "Did you know you have black hairs up your nostrils?"
  • Christopher Reeve described Switching Channels as an unhappy film to make, as he had to mediate between the feuding Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner.
    • Reeve also had to deal with Sarah Douglas (Ursa) and Jack O'Halloran (Non) in Superman II, to the point where O'Halloran once pushed him against a wall and prepared to beat him.
  • In a video on her YouTube channel, Ashley Tisdale featured Lucas Grabeel and they discussed how they "hated" each other during filming of the first High School Musical. In a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming they then went on to discuss how they love each other now and to cover the first song they sang together in the film.
  • While making the B-movie Venom, Oliver Reed and Klaus Kinski absolutely hated each other. The jovial, fun-loving Reed would often provoke the intense, humourless Kinski into losing his temper (which wasn't a difficult task). The pair came to blows at least once.
  • Richard Harris and Julie Andrews co-starred in 1966's Hawaii. She disapproved of his rambunctious behaviour and he greatly disliked her in return.
  • Paul Schrader's Blue Collar had a very tense shoot.
    • The three lead actors, Richard Pryor, Yaphet Kotto and Harvey Keitel argued constantly. There were fights, verbal abuse, walk-offs and Mexican stand-offs. According to Schrader, Pryor punched Keitel and hit Kotto with a chair during filming.
    • Kotto for his part claimed that the only problem he had with Pryor was that Pryor would improvise frequently causing Kotto to lose his place.
    • Schrader suffered a nervous breakdown that caused him to quit the film industry for a while. This was the result of an incident where Pryor pulled a gun on him and said there was no way in hell he was doing more than three takes of a scene.
    • Actor George Memmoli filed a $1-million lawsuit against Pryor, claiming that Pryor hit him with a chair during filming and fractured his skull.
  • Al Pacino and Gene Hackman didn't get on while making Scarecrow due to their different personalities. According to director Jerry Schatzberg, Hackman was hard to work with and argued with everyone on the set including his brother, Richard Hackman, who was working as his stand-in. To get back at Gene, Schatzberg gave Richard a part in the film. But Gene ended up being delighted that his brother was in the film.
  • It was reported that Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon didn't get on while making Four Christmases. They clashed over differing working methods - she wanted to practice and prepare before scene, while he preferred to jump right in and ad lib. Tellingly, they didn't walk the red carpet together.
  • James Franco and Tyrese Gibson didn't get on while making Annapolis, due to Franco's Method Acting. In a 2007 interview with Playboy, Gibson said that he would never wanted to work with Franco ever again, and claims that he feels the same way. Franco responded in an interview with Complex that he and Gibson had made up, or in his case, tried to make up with him after production wrapped, saying that he had nothing personal against Gibson, but guessed that there were a lot of misunderstandings.
  • Rosanna Arquette disliked Jean-Claude Van Damme immensely while making Nowhere to Run, and stated in many interviews that she only took the role because good parts were few and far between.
  • Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer didn't get along on the set of Magic Mike which is why the latter doesn't appear in the sequel.
  • In 2017, Ellen Page revealed that she had to put up with homophobic bullying from director Brett Ratner while filming X-Men: The Last Stand. Anna Paquin later backed up her claims.
  • By the time Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made their last film Hollywood or Bust, their relationship had deteriorated to the point where they weren't speaking to each other. Lewis couldn't even bring himself to watch the film because it brought back painful memories of their breakup.
  • Caligula: While Malcolm McDowell got along well with director Tinto Brass, Peter O'Toole immediately disliked him, while John Gielgud and Helen Mirren were indifferent; they focused on their own performances. O'Toole did not endear himself to producer Bob Guccione when he told the producer that he planned to launch his own magazine to rival Penthouse. It was to be called Basement and would include such features as 'Rodent of the Month' and 'Toe Rag of the Year'.
  • Bryan Singer was fired from the production of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody due to being absent on multiple occasions and getting into conflicts with the cast and crew.

     Live-Action TV 
  • At a Comic-Con panel, Freddie Prinze Jr. revealed that he hated working on 24 and working with Kiefer Sutherland.
    I did 24; it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face. I think everyone that's worked with him has said that. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.
  • Angel Street credited its short run in part to the hostility between leads Robin Givens and Pamela Gidley.
  • Mr. T and George Peppard didn't get along very well while making The A-Team. Arguments were fed by the fact that Mr. T became the real star of the show, despite Peppard's being a 'proper movie actor'. Things got even worse when Peppard learned that Mr. T was paid more than he was. Peppard was also hostile towards Melinda Culea, resulting in her leaving the show in the middle of the second season.
  • Batman:
    • Adam West described Neil Hamilton as somewhat difficult to work with, due to him taking his work very seriously, even on a silly show like this.
    • Otto Preminger, best known as a director but also played Mr. Freeze in a two-parter, was known for being difficult to work with as both an actor and director. West commented that when the time came for him to pick up his unconscious body that he wouldn't offer any subtle assistance, forcing West to pick up dead weight. It's no surprise that Freeze was recast for his next appearance.
  • Darla was reportedly written out of the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer more quickly than intended because of conflict between Julie Benz and the regular cast members, especially Alyson Hannigan. She however mellowed out enough for Joss Whedon to bring her back for a couple of guest spots, and a recurring role on Angel.
    • It has been said of Hannigan and Sarah Michelle Gellar, once close friends, were not speaking to each other by the time the show wrapped, with the former blaming the latter for putting her out of a job in a post-series interview.
  • Castle: There have been a lot of behind-the-scenes rumors that Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion were not getting along with each other and have not been for at least several seasons, possibly going as far back as Season 4. This was apparently so bad that it was the cause of Katic's departure from the show.
  • Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd reportedly did not get along during their tenure on Charlie's Angels. Ladd stated in interviews there were some days Jackson would not even speak to her.
  • On Charmed, tensions between Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano ultimately resulted in Doherty's departure from the series after the third season. Earlier in the first season, it was rumoured that the reason TW King was written out was because he and Shannen didn't get along either.
  • There were rumours that Shelley Long didn't get along with her co-stars on Cheers. She often kept to herself between takes and was also said to be perceived as seeing herself "above" those with whom she worked on the show. She did get on with Nicholas Colasanto (Coach). His tragic death during the filming of season 3 not only demoralized the cast, but it left her without an ally among them, and this likely contributed to her decision to leave the show after season 5.
    • The timing of Colasanto's death coincided with the introduction of the character of Dr. Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer. Long was what we would today call a big Sam/Diane shipper, and didn't appreciate the character of Frasier interfering with their romance. Grammer, for his part, claimed that Long tried to have all of his punchlines removed from the script but Long denies this. The writers of the show loved Grammer and what he brought to the role of Frasier, tending to side with him over Long whenever there were any disputes between them. (Grammer stated that he and Long made peace with each other during her guest appearance on Frasier.)
    • One of Long's biggest enemies on set was Rhea Perlman, which no doubt enhanced the antipathy between their characters. When GQ did its retrospective on the series, the interviewer asked Perlman if Long's antics annoyed her: "I can't go there again. I just can't. Life is too short".
    • In the Cheers biography documentary, Ted Danson admitted there was tension between him and Long but "never at a personal level and always at a work level" due to their different modes of working. He also stated that Long was much more like her character than she would like to admit, but also said that her performances often "carried the show."
  • Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada were often said to frequently clash while making Chips, and did not get along well with each other during the production of this show. This was reported to be a factor in Wilcox's decision to quit the series. Estrada was said to be similarly displeased working with Tom Reilly, who replaced Wilcox as Poncherello's partner Officer Bob "Bobby" Nelson.
  • The feud between Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon on Community has been well documented. Creator Harmon was not above making fun of actor Chase (Pierce Hawthorne, Community) publicly, and Chase was increasingly uncomfortable with his on-screen character's bigotry, leading to a hate-filled voice mail to Harmon.
  • Criminal Minds: Thomas Gibson got fired after he fought one of the episode writers while filming Season 12. As a result, Aaron Hotchner left the BAU and is Put on a Bus.
  • Although the cast of Dad's Army generally got on well with each other, there were problems between some actors.
    • John Laurie intensely disliked Arnold Ridley, often needling him about his advanced age and frailty (although Laurie was in fact only a year younger than Ridley)
    • Arthur Lowe and Clive Dunn didn't get on due to the two men's personal politics (Lowe was a staunch supporter of the Conservative Party whereas Dunn was an enthusiastic and committed socialist).
    • Several cast members took exception when Dunn, a friend and supporter of Prime Minister Harold Wilson, was appointed an OBE when none of the other main actors were similarly honoured.
    • Bill Pertwee claimed that he was looked down on by some of the other actors because of his background in variety rather than "serious" theatre.
    • Lowe's refusal to take scripts home with him ("I'm not having that rubbish in the house") also rankled with his co-stars, as it meant he could never remember his lines.
  • Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher did not get along well with her co-stars, and it got to the point that her name was absent on the stars' farewell gift to the crew.
  • Doctor Who is one of the most candidly-documented shows ever, but most actors still insist that they all got along famously. There are only a handful of cases of people admitting the opposite:
    • Michael Craze, who played Ben, one of William Hartnell's last two companions, has said that Hartnell was extremely nasty to both him and Anneke Wills, the third regular cast member at the time. This was probably partly due to Hartnell's dementia and partly to him being unhappy about his impending departure from the show.
    • Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee reportedly did not get on during the making of "The Three Doctors", due to a clash of acting styles (Troughton's tendency to ad lib whenever he thought he could improve on the script unsettled Pertwee, who preferred to play the part as written). Terrance Dicks remembered this and wrote "The Five Doctors" so that the two of them wouldn't share a scene until the big final confrontation between everyone, which ended up upsetting both actors, who had made friends later through doing conventions together.
    • Tom Baker and Louise Jameson, who played Leela, have admitted that they got on very badly, because Jameson couldn't put up with Baker's ego, while Baker didn't think that the Doctor should be tolerating Leela's Psycho Sidekick tendencies.
    • There were also periods of violent feuding between Baker and Lalla Ward, who played the second incarnation of Romana, but that was down to the up-and-down progress of their Romance on the Set. Both Baker and Ward reportedly did not get on with Matthew Waterhouse, because they thought he was incompetent and didn't like the concept of his character. Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton both found Baker intimidating.
    • In this interview, Paul McGann and Daphne Ashbrook have nothing but nice things to say about almost everything about the TV movie... except Eric Roberts, who was apparently standoffish, rude (making personal remarks about McGann being "effeminate"), and sometimes "amazingly bad".
    • John Barrowman revealed that he didn't get on with Christopher Eccleston:
    Chris was always grumpy. You don't always have to be intense. There comes a point when intensity makes you miserable - I think that was the case with Chris. I much prefer working with David - he likes to have a bit more fun, he's more charismatic as a person. Chris might have been a great Doc but he was darker and had a chip on his shoulder, he was not as much fun on set as David. I will give him the credit that he was the first Doctor to bring back the series and made a damn good job of it. But I just wouldn't go to the pub with him. On the other hand, David's been to my house, we went to the Madonna concert with our partners - we socialise together. He's a lot more fun.
    • Eccleston for his part claimed that he didn't enjoy the onset environment due to conflicts with certain people behind the scenes.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro confirmed that the whole cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was like one big family, except for Janet Hubert-Whitten, who was difficult to work with and toxic to be around, and really killed the mood on set. This was further corroborated by James Avery in a June 2013 edition of OMG! Insider, in which he remarked that he constantly had to remind Hubert-Whitten that the show was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, not "Philip and Vivian of Bel-Air." She was allegedly fired from the show due her conflict with Will Smith which lasts to this day.
  • Friends:
    • Reportedly, Rachel's sister Jill was originally meant to have more appearances but those plans were dropped because Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon didn't get along.
    • Anniston's real life fiancé Tate Donovan was casted as Rachel's boyfriend but their relationship deteriorated during his run and they broke up both on the show and in real life. Donavan outright said the experience was awful.
  • Before ever being part of Game of Thrones, Jerome Flynn (Bronn) and Lena Headey (Queen Cersei) were in a relationship that did not end well. At all. The result is that the two have it written into their contracts that they won't ever have to share a scene and are never on the set at the same time in order to prevent any hostility from occurring.
  • Naya Rivera confirmed in her biography that she didn't get along with her Glee co-star Lea Michele but she also added that the rumors of their feud were blown out of proportion.
  • The Golden Girls: Bea Arthur reportedly did not get along with her co-stars very well. Betty White admitted that they did not have a good relationship, and that she found White's optimism annoying. Rue McLanahan has said she didn't have a relationship with Bea either calling her very eccentric. With the exception of Betty and Rue, the cast weren't really friends.
  • Another notorious example was the dislike between Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi during later seasons of The Good Wife, which led to them refusing to be on set together to the point that a pivotal scene in the show's finale had to be created using green-screen.
  • Grace Under Fire's cast suffered from Brett Butler's antics:
    • The rumour that most persistently dogs the show (it was never officially confirmed by the actor but is widely considered credible) is that Brett Butler flashed Jon Paul Steuer, the 12-year-old boy playing her son, after she had gotten breast implants. (She apparently showed off her new breasts to just about everyone on set, but she probably should have drawn the line at her underage co-stars.) As a result, Steuer's parents pulled him out of the show after the third season, with the network quietly paying off the remaining two years of his contract in lieu of the incident being made officially public (or to prevent a costly and embarrassing lawsuit).
    • Julie White, who played Butler's character's best friend, left the show in disgust at her antics at the end of the following season, necessitating a separation between her now-absent character Nadine and Wade, played by Casey Snyder (who stayed behind). As had been the case with Steuer, White saw the remaining year of her contract paid up despite her departure.
    • Not to say that the writers got off easy. Chuck Lorre probably thought creating his own show would insulate him from The Prima Donna antics of his star like what he had faced over on Roseanne. (He probably should have talked to Matt Williams first...) He faced Creative Differences with Butler almost instantly and the studio sided with her over him, so he was out by the end of the second season. Lorre, undeterred, dusted himself off and created Cybill, presumably thinking that a washed-up has-been like Cybill Shepherd wouldn't give him any trouble. (Should have talked to Glenn Cordon Caron first...)
  • Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played Ethel and Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy.
    • The contempt grew to such extremes that Vance would often memorize her scripts just to see how much screen time she had with Frawley.
    • Despite the hostilities, both were said to be true professionals on the set and were noted for their amazing chemistry with each other on screen, to the point that when it first came out, fans of the show could not believe it. However, part of why they worked on screen together was in part because the pair played an embodiment of Like an Old Married Couple.
    • Frawley was reportedly furious with Vance for turning down an opportunity to make a Fred and Ethel spinoff after the conclusion of the series. Legend has it that Vance, upon hearing that Frawley was dead, ordered Champagne for the entire restaurant she was in.
  • According to Peter Sallis, Last of the Summer Wine almost didn't get off the ground because of this. The original trio consisted of him, Bill Owen and Michael Bates. Prior to filming the cast went out for dinner and Bates and Owen got into a blazing row about politics (Bates being very Conservative, Owen being very left-wing). It got so bad that the producer had to come in and read them The Riot Act. For the sake of the series, they agreed to never talk about politics again.
  • Law & Order: After the controversial removal of Dann Florek and Richard Brooks due to NBC wanting females added on the show, both Chris Noth and Michael Moriarty's relationships with Dick Wolf went downhill. They openly complained about him, the network and the decision (even with the former admitting that the show was better when it was all men.) Eventually, both men were fired by 1995, but Noth did receive both a follow-up story in Exiled: A Law & Order Movie and eventually returned as Det. Logan in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
  • The aforementioned Loretta Young and her Swear Jar also had this happen on her self-titled show, with one particular incident involving the notoriously foul mouthed Ethel Merman. According to Stephen Sondheim Young kept chastising Merman for letting profanity slip, at the end of the day Merman dug into her purse and handed over a bill, saying "Loretta, here's ten bucks. Now go fuck yourself!"
  • Al and Marcy were at each other's throats during the entirety of Married... with Children. One wonders how effective the acting would have been if Ed O'Neill and Amanda Bearse weren't at each other's throats during most of the show's production.
  • Not long after getting the hosting gig on Family Feud, Richard Dawson seemed to become increasingly detached from his role as a panelist on Match Game. From about 1976 until his departure from Match Game in 1978, Dawson became increasingly laconic and bitter, often giving blunt one-word answers, refusing to joke around, and at least once, refusing to smile even when host Gene Rayburn all but demanded him to. Dawson ironically later incited this on Feud itself, as the show's popularity led to him taking on a very self-centered approach, barring the producer from the set, hogging the spotlight with long rambling monologues, and even hiring his son to do some grunt work on the show. Feud creator Mark Goodson later remarked that Dawson gave him tsoris (Yiddish for "trouble") on Feud.
  • Don Johnson and Edward James Olmos often argued during the first season of Miami Vice due to their different acting styles. Olmos used his anger towards Johnson for his character in their scenes together. In some episodes, Lt. Castillo never looks at Crockett at all.
  • The onset conflict between Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd on Moonlighting has been well documented. His success with Die Hard further strained their relationship. He became a major film star, and bristled at being the second-billed actor on a TV series and resented her, blaming her for many of the shooting delays.
  • Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman always tell anyone who will listen that they are not friends. Adam finds Jamie too serious and nitpicky, and Jamie finds Adam too goofy and (especially earlier in the series) sloppy. This being said, they have a fantastic working relationship, and have a high level of respect for each other, to the point that when producers attempted to inject "drama" into the show by showing more of their disagreements, they both refused, saying that they wanted to be professional, and it was more important to show them working well together in spite of their personal feelings, rather than playing up the rare moments their frustrations boiled over (which of course can happen even with good friends).
  • Mark Strong revealed that while filming Our Friends in the North, Christopher Eccleston took an immediate dislike to him for some reason and when they weren't filming, the pair didn't speak to each other for the whole year of production.
  • Deliberately invoked, at least initially, by the creator of The Professionals - the two leads were cast because they did not get on while working together on a previous project and he thought that would give the onscreen relationship between them the edge he wanted. While they worked out their differences in fairly short order and became friends offscreen they were good enough actors to keep the onscreen dynamic he wanted.
  • Craig Charles and Chris Barrie didn't get on initially while making Red Dwarf. Charles noted that it actually worked for the dynamic between Rimmer and Lister.
  • It was rumoured that Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimablist didn't get on while making Remington Steele. They both admitted some level of personal conflict in press interviews during and since, attributing some of it to the stress of long working hours, while also maintaining that it did not damage their ability to work together.
  • Roseanne had plenty of this:
    • Allegedly the main reason for the departure of Sal Barone, the original D.J., after the pilot. He and Sara Gilbert didn't get along.
    • But the show was notorious for Roseanne Barr constantly fighting with and belittling her writers, which was a problem from the very beginning. She resented the pilot writer and initial showrunner Matt Williams being credited as the sole creator of the show despite it having been based on her "Domestic Goddess" stand-up persona (she felt that he should have been credited as the show's developer, with herself as the creator; as a compromise, she received a credit for "based on a character created by"). The two constantly butted heads over how her character was portrayed; she outright refused to say a line he wrote ("well, you're my equal in bed, but that's it"). Williams approached her co-stars John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf hoping to entice them to go along with a Re Tool in which Barr's character would be written out; they both supported Barr, and Williams, outflanked, left the show after the first season. (He would go on to co-create Home Improvement.) From then on, Barr made it clear that she was in charge, and often spoke poorly of her writers in particular and of television writing in general to anyone who would listen. Most writers and writer-producers who've worked on the show have little nice to say about the atmosphere in the writers' room, and even writers on other shows would make digs at Barr's tyranny (The Golden Girls had Dorothy snark about taking abuse like being on "The Roseanne Barr Show" as early as 1989). Most notably, Chuck Lorre had his first of many run-ins with The Prima Donna stars on this show before moving on to Grace Under Fire, Cybill, and Two and a Half Men in his later career.
  • Saturday Night Live had many instances of this during its long history:
    • Chevy Chase was disliked by his costars, particularly when he got famous (it got to the point where everyone hid so they wouldn't have to share an elevator with him). He had a rivalry with John Belushi that went back to their days on National Lampoon Radio and by the time he left, he couldn't even get on with Lorne Michaels. When he returned to host the show in the third season, Belushi allegedly egged Bill Murray into provoking Chase. This resulted in the two hurling insults at each other, which escalated into a near brawl moments before they went onstage that was broken up by Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Chase's antagonistic behaviour towards his coworkers when he hosted in 1985 and 1997 resulted in him being banned from hosting the show.
    • In a 2011 interview, Jane Curtin accused Belushi of being a misogynist who sabotaged sketches by female writers by not performing them to his full capacity. She described him and Aykroyd as the "bully boys" of the show.
    • Murray and Gilda Radner had an affair that ended so badly that they couldn't be in the same room together. Tellingly, she only mentions him once in passing in her autobiography.
    • The 1986-7 season was plagued with dramatic behind-the-scenes ego battles, and tensions eventually forced out Nora Dunn. Victoria Jackson has been critical of Jan Hooks and especially Dunn, who was romantically involved with Lorne Michaels at the time.
    • The first season featured "the Land of Gorch," a series of sketches developed by Jim Henson in hopes of trying to create puppets to appeal to an older audience. However, due to Writer's Guild rules, Henson and company couldn't write the sketches, the SNL writers had to, and they hated doing so (former writer Alan Zweibel said that whichever writer drew the shortest straw had to write the sketch). This led to the crew and writers developing a dislike for Henson and co. note  Noticeably, the final few "Land of Gorch" sketches are very meta, and have the characters realize that they're not welcome on SNL and try to get in their good graces, but eventually end up in filing cabinets. Henson later said he had no ill will towards anyone on the show, admitting their two styles of comedy just didn't mesh.
  • It was rumoured that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Catrall didn't get on while making Sex and the City. Apparently, the two would ignore each other any time they weren’t filming scenes for the show. Since the franchise had ended, both have chalked up any tension between them to exhausting days on set. However, in February 2018, it became clear that the feud between them was quite real. Catrall lashed out at Parker in an Instagram post after Catrall's brother died, saying, "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona."
  • Soap Operas are rife with this. It's unclear how many stories are completely untrue, exaggerated, or downplayed.
    • In the mid-90's, The Bold and the Beautiful's Hunter Tylo (Taylor Hayes) and Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) were once good friends (they and their husbands frequently hung out together, and are rumored to have even engaged in swinging) had a falling out when Kimberlin took Hunter's husband's side when the two separated, openly supporting him in the ensuing divorce and custody battle. Things escalated to the point that each woman had a bodyguard with them on set, claiming that the other had threatened them.
    • Rumours from unconfirmed sources claimed that Susan Lucci and Sarah Michelle Gellar couldn't stand each other — Lucci supposedly resented the fact that Gellar won an Emmy within two years on the show while she had yet to win after almost 25. However, in multiple interviews, Lucci outright denies these rumours and Gellar states these rumours blew everything way out of proportion.
  • Star Trek:
  • The cast despised it whenever Andy Kaufman played Tony Clifton on Taxi because Kaufman refused to break character and acted as boorishly as humanly possible to everyone. It got to the point where everyone banded together and threatened to revolt if Kaufman wasn't fired immediately. The producers managed to come up with a compromise where they called Tony Clifton into a cast meeting, fired him, and had security guards physically throw him off the lot. This ensured that Kaufman couldn't bring the Clifton persona back onto the show and satisfied the rest of the cast enough to keep on working with Kaufman.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Tensions between Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner grew to the point that as the series went on they appeared in fewer and fewer scenes together. So that Waggoner's character would have more activity on the show, producers brought in S. Pearl Sharp to play fellow IADC agent Eve. Waggoner was to be completely written out of the show as in the last episode of the series Diana is relocated to the Los Angeles bureau of IADC. In recent interviews, Lynda Carter has denied any tension existed.
    • Debra Winger didn't like working with Carter, but Lynda said that they didn't have any problems and was like a big sister to her.
  • UK variety series The Word hosts Terry Christian and Mark Lamarr humorously traded insults on-camera. In reality, they didn't get on at all. One producer confirmed that they almost came to blows in the green room.
  • According to Bill Davis, things were never happy around The X-Files lot due to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's open warfare. (Duchovny took to the press to make fun of his hotheaded co-star, going so far to "protest" that her character won more fights than he did!). Money was an issue here as well; Gillian complained that the disparity between her and Duchovny's incomes was sexist and unfair, especially given the fact that she'd become such a major draw for the series. Years after the show ended, with the actors having become friends and all, they said part of the animosity was exhaustion from enduring long shoots together, summing up that production "made monsters out of us".

  • During Fleetwood Mac's notoriously volatile period when everyone was breaking up with and/or cheating on everyone else in the band, the music videos for "Hold Me" and "Gypsy" were both filmed when various band members couldn't stand to be around each other. The former uses a lot of close up shots to disguise that they weren't actually near each other and shot their scenes separately, while the latter had Stevie Nicks be made to dance with Lindsey Buckingham, who she didn't want to be in the same room with, and she looks visibly uncomfortable doing so.

In-Universe Examples

     Anime and Manga 
  • In the manga Skip Beat!, actors Ren Tsuruga (disguised as the actor Cain Heel) and Taira Murasame have been at each other's throats since the script reading for their film Tragic Marker. Ren's "Cain Heel" persona is aloof and disinterested (the director has asked him to keep his distance from the cast and crew, in order to make his performance as an undead serial killer terrifying and unexpected), while Taira is a hot-blooded ex-gang leader who thinks Cain isn't taking his work seriously.
    • They get into numerous verbal sparring matches that culminate in an incident where Ren nearly kills Taira: what starts out as stage combat practice turns into an all-out brawl, during which Ren puts Taira in a choke-hold while suspended over an unsecured ledge on the film set. Taira is convinced he's about to die and pulls Ren off the ledge with him, but a last-second intervention from Kyoko convinces Ren to throw Taira into a safety net and use the momentum from the throw to land safely.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • Singin' in the Rain, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont can't stand each other, and take advantage of the silent movie format for Volleying Insults. Of course, this changes once the movie is forcibly changed into a talkie.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Feud: Bette and Joan covers the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.
  • In Game of Thrones, Bianca, a member of Izembaro's Theatre Troupe, is secretly plotting to have Lady Crane killed so she could take the lead actress spot. Izembaro is also very much a Prima Donna Director.
  • In-universe (sort of), invoked, and Played for Laughs in the Supernatural episode "The French Mistake", in which Sam and Dean are sent to our real world to become the actors playing them on the show (It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context). Pretty much every person they interact with who works on the show with them will mutter "at least they're talking to each other."
  • The Curse of Steptoe covers the production of Steptoe and Son, specifically the conflict between the leading actors Wilfred Brambell and Harry H. Corbett, although its factual accuracy was disputed by Corbett's family and the original writers.
  • Jane the Virgin: Despite being on very good terms with each other pre-Time Skip, three years later Rogelio and Darci's relationship has soured badly while filming their reality show, to the point that they start snarling at each other as soon as the cameras stop rolling and nearly every offscreen conversation is a fight. Ironically, said reality show is about how they are in love with each other.
    Narrator: So yeah, that true love schtick? All for the cameras.

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