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Hostility on the Set

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These guys made five films together. Surprisingly, this wasn't the last one.

"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 a 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 and is a cornerstone of Horrible Hollywood. Compare Wag the Director, when the main stars create conflict with the director by running circles around them, and its polar opposite, the Prima Donna Director.


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:

  • A bit of a downplayed example, but rather notable for an industry that tries its darndest to project a cheerful image 24/7: Ayane Sakura and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka are something of a real life Sitcom Archnemesis to one another. As reported by seiyuu watchers, they have a history with each other due to having been peers in the same voice acting training school in the late 2000s. With Matsuoka having No Social Skills at the time, he made a terrible first impression on her, and as the years have gone by, her reactions to his presence have grown more and more negative (such as rolling her eyes or pretending to gag when he gets brought up), while he seems to be intimidated by her in general (despite being almost 8 years older). They have been cast in many anime together and are able to be professional around each other then, but things tend to get awkward on offset events such as web radio broadcasts. There is speculation this supposedly terrible relationship between them may be heavily exaggerated by their agents and the hosts for these types of events as a kind of Kayfabe with a core of truth to it that straddles the line of being a Worked Shoot.
  • One-time example: During a break in recording for Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Kōichi Yamadera - who was new to the entire seiyuu industry at the time, not just the series - mused out loud about Amuro Ray being a "good guy" and Char Aznable being a "bad guy"; Shuichi Ikeda (who plays Char) gave him a rather nasty earful in retaliation, insulting Yamadera for being unable to realize that Gundam thrives on Gray and Grey Morality. Thankfully, Ikeda apologized afterward.
  • The original Fruits Basket anime didn't get a second season because mangaka Natsuki Takaya and director Akitaro Daichi didn't get along and refused to work with each other ever again. The anime was later rebooted in 2019 without Daichi's involvement.
  • English dub examples:
    • Tristan MacAvery had a massive fallout with Matt Greenfield, resulting in him no longer getting work at ADV Films. He hasn't worked in anime since, and his role of Gendo Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion was taken over by John Swasey in further media.
    • Sailor Moon's original dub from Optimum Productions had a lot of backstage drama involving producer Nicole Thuault, who was notoriously very difficult to work with. She had fallouts with every single director on the project, including Tracey Moore (who was also the first voice for the title character), Roland Parliament, and John Stocker, resulting in all of their departures, one right after the other. She then took on directing duties herself with the S and SuperS seasons, despite the fact that she only spoke French. This is usually blamed for the decline in quality in the dub for those seasons.
    • Stephanie Nadolny lost her ongoing roles of Kid Goku and Kid Gohan in the Dragon Ball franchise amid some kind of fallout between her Funimation, possibly involving Christopher Sabat. The exact nature of the fallout isn't clear, but she claims that she hasn't been able to even audition for the studio since 2009 because of drama that took place.

  • The Allman Brothers Band's last album, Win, Lose or Draw was aptly titled for a session that was marked by constant fighting amongst the band. It had started with Gregg Allman missing the first day and the other band members, all as coked up as he was, angrily confronting him over his commitment to the band in the face of a solo project (Dicky Betts was one to talk about that, as he had his own solo project beckoning). Eventually it got to the point where the producers had to put together the last, and universally reviled as the worst, album of the band's original run, from whatever jams the band did do together early in the session and those parts that individual members could get done themselves later on (even still, rumor has it that the producers had to do some of the rhythm parts themselves).
  • Tensions between Joey Belladonna and his fellow members of Anthrax peaked during production of Persistence of Time. Joey was resistant to prodding from the others to alter his vocal style for the album; Scott Ian said, "I hated what he was doing and at the same time it was like we were pulling teeth to even get that out of him."
  • When Atomic Kitten were on their third album, tensions between Natasha Hamilton and Jenny Frost were very high. Natasha was dealing with postnatal depression and her commitments to the group had slipped - leading to her no-showing several publicity events. Right before a photoshoot, Natasha turned up with a new hairstyle identical to Jenny's. Things got very heated once they went on their tour - and Natasha even no-showed a gig in Dublin because she'd had a fight with the other two.
  • The Beatles had periods of this:
    • Recording engineer Norman Smith later stated that the studio sessions for Rubber Soul revealed signs of growing conflict within the group – "the clash between John and Paul was becoming obvious", he wrote, and "as far as Paul was concerned, George could do no right".
    • By the time Let It Be came about, the already tense relations between the band members reached a breaking point:
      • Paul McCartney tried to organise and encourage his bandmates, but his attempts to hold the band together and rally spirits were seen by the others as controlling and patronising.
      • McCartney and George Harrison got into a heated argument during the recording of "Two of Us".
      • Harrison got into a blazing row with John Lennon over creative disengagement from the band. According to journalist Michael Housego of The Daily Sketch, this descended into violence with them allegedly throwing punches at each other. Harrison denied this in a 16 January interview for the Daily Express, saying: "There was no punch-up. We just fell out."
  • Cut the Crap was the title of the last Clash album because it fit the statement Joe Strummer was trying to make about getting back to the Three Chords and the Truth roots of punk, but it or some variant thereof was probably said at least a few times a day during the sessions, which began with Strummer and Paul Simonon kicking Mick Jones out of the band because he was getting to be too much of a rock star, followed by Topper Headon, who couldn't kick heroin long enough to record. Simonon might as well have left or been forced out as well, given his minimal contribution to what, on the face of things, looked like a Strummer solo album—most of the other instruments were played by unknown musicians the band had hired through anonymous ads in Melody Maker for a hundred pounds a week.
    • However, Strummer and manager Bernie Rhodes fought bitterly, with Rhodes as determined to make a more contemporary Clash that could keep riding the musical tides for another several years as Strummer was to get back to where they once belonged. Rhodes was able to win and record the album his way by stealing the master tapes and adding plenty of synthesizers and effects to most of them; Strummer was so disgusted that, late in production, he tried to get Jones to come back.
    • The result was an end to a once-great band as bitter as Let it Be or Win, Lose or Draw.
  • Deep Purple were so stressed from heavy touring when they went right back into the studio to do Who Do We Think We Are? that before production was over, it had reached the point where none of the members were willing to be in the studion with each other, necessitating careful scheduling by the producer and engineers to get the album finished. They were able to make up afterwards, although the experience contributed to Ian Gillan's departure after the ensuing tour.
  • The Doobie Brothers similar constant touring/recording schedule had brought them considerable success, but at great cost to their personal relationships. By the late 1970s, according to bassist Tiran Porter, "we were all pretty sick of each other", allowing replacement lead singer Michael Mc Donald to dominate the band by the time Minute by Minute was released. But those sessions and the subsequent tour cost them more members, and after their next album, One Step Closer, they were little more than Mc Donald's backing band.
  • Eagles were definitely this over the years. Especially towards the end. Glenn Frey had a reputation for being difficult to say the least, and had a hard time getting along with EVERYBODY in the group (from initial producer Glyn Johns to bandmates Bernie Leadon and Don Felder). Even his relationship with Don Henley (who co-founded the group with him and was arguably his biggest ally in the group) was fraying.
    • During the recording of their final original album, The Long Run, Felder at one point told Frey "When this is all over, I'll kick your ass". Months later, late in the band's last concert, with three songs left, Felder looked at Frey, held up three fingers and said "three songs left", to which Frey replied "I can barely wait". Then the two joined for a harmonious rendition of "The Best of My Love". After the show the knock-down drag-out indeed happened, leaving quite a bit of damage in its waking.
    • And then the band still had to do a live album, which required some studio overdubs. Frey and Henley worked from studios on opposite coasts, unable to even be in the same state with each other. The joke was that the Postal Service deserved a producer credit on the ensuing, well-received Eagles Live.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer's minimal output during their last years can be explained by their even more minimal willingness to work with each other. Love Beach, their last and worst album, came about only because of contractual obligations.
  • 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.
  • The Jacksons' Victory Tour was rife with this. Michael had been roped into doing the tour by his mother to help his brothers out and greatly resented doing so; his disgust with the soon-abandoned lottery ticket system didn't help. The brothers attempted to get some sort of unity with a rule that only they could ride in the vans to shows, but Michael soon broke it; by the time he let Julian Lennon fly with them on the helicopter to Giants Stadium, they were all glaring at him silently. Eventually it led to separate limos to shows for all of them, Michael even staying in a separate hotel, and Michael and Jermaine letting their lawyers stand in for them at the increasingly frequent meetings between the band, Don King and promoter Chuck Sullivan later in the tour as things started going really sour. Michael saved the coldest dish for last, telling the crowd at the rain-soaked tour finale in Dodger Stadium that this was to be the brothers' last performance together, stunning not only them but King and Joe Jackson, who had been all set to take the tour to Europe.
  • The Kinks have had some tense periods when brothers Ray and Dave Davies were squabbling.note 
  • When recording Pink Floyd's The Final Cut, Roger Waters and David Gilmour couldn't stand to be in the same studio as each other, recording their parts in separate studios (Richard Wright having been fired in 1979 during the sessions for The Wall). Waters left the band shortly after its release, declaring Pink Floyd a "spent force," but Gilmour had the last laugh with the massively successful follow-up.
  • While there were no hostilities in S Club 7 during their first run together, in The New '10s when Bradley, Jo and Paul toured together as 'S Club 3', Paul eventually stopped appearing with them citing tensions between himself and Jo.
  • The members of The Police hated each other so much that they frequently had physical altercations backstage. The final straw came when they couldn't agree on which drum machine to use for a session (drummer Stewart Copeland had broken his collarbone in a horseback riding accident and was unable to play drums). Andy Summers saw Sting and Copeland arguing about this one morning, so he left and decided to skip most of the day. When he returned to the studio in the late afternoon, his bandmates were still having the same argument, as passionately as they had in the morning, without either of them ready to give in.
    • Sting so disliked the instrumental "Behind My Camel" from Zenyatta Mondatta that not only did he refuse to play on it, he tried to bury the master tape. Didn't stop him from accepting the Grammy the band won for it, though.
  • Like The Kinks, Oasis is notorious for the acrimonious relationship between brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, coming to a head when a backstage fight resulted in the band's breakup.
  • The shoot for Tupac Shakur's "Hit 'Em Up" video was as intense as the actual song. He was engaged in an argument with someone, who was heard telling him "You'll get shot." His armed bodyguard assured him that he had nothing to worry about. He also broke up a fight involving his friend Muta during the filming and fired a production assistant on set. The assistant was answering Shakur's pager and returning his personal calls without his consent. Many callers were confused or angry that a female assistant was answering Shakur's calls. The assistant had mistakenly lost the pager, and with Shakur already growing wary of her, fired her for that reason.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Lou Thesz had a longstanding rivalry with/hatred of "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, beginning when Rogers made derogatory remarks towards Thesz's manager and longtime friend, wrestling legend Ed "The Strangler" Lewis. When Rogers was booked to lose the NWA World Title to Thesz, Thesz straight-up told him that he was leaving with the belt "the easy way or the hard way." The two would reconcile before Rogers' death in 1992.
  • The professional turned personal rivalry between Rikidozan's proteges, the Tag Team known as BI Cannnon, eventually lead to them splitting Rikidozan's company, JWA, in two after his death, with Giant Baba going on to found All Japan Pro Wrestling and Antonio Inoki founding New Japan Pro-Wrestling. While the rivarly was no longer on set, All Japan vs New Japan became legedary in pro wrestling circles, with Super World Of Sports basing half of its programming around it when it poached both of their locker rooms.
  • Thesz had similar, but lesser, problems with Bruno Sammartino, mostly related to the fact that Thesz despised Sammartino's main backer, Joe "Toots" Mondt, and swore he would never make one of his proteges look good in the ring. After kayfabe was destroyed Sammartino came to Thesz's defense on the subject of never winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt, saying Thesz would have gone through with the belt but Sammartino refused to put up with the champion's schedule if he wasn't at least given Sundays off.
  • While not the main factor(that might be the unfortunate story of Plum Mariko), a split right down the locker room starting with boxer Rumi Kazama and The Beauty Pair's Jackie Sato almost certainly contributed to JWP's inability to effectively compete with All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. While the difference in philosophy between Kazama and Sato was the driving force of the divide, Shinobu Kandori ended up being the first person Sato shot on in the ring, and not because she derided Sato as an "entertainer" rather than a "wrestler" but because she called Sato a sloppy wrestler after injuring her. After being injured twice, once deliberately, Kandori warned the staff not to allow her to be booked against Sato again, but they let it happen and Kandori beat Sato into retirement before herself leaving pro wrestling for five years to try Mixed Martial Arts(see Tiger Mask below) before becoming the ace of shoot style promotion and JWP breakway LLPW.
  • Jerry Lawler, the self styled "King" of Memphis, signed a WWF contract in 1993. Lawler was a co-owner of the Memphis based USWA promotion, which featured past-their-prime talent and rookies working Memphis and associated towns for very low payoffs. This led to at least one WWF wrestler with Memphis experience shitting in his crown when he left it backstage for a match.
  • Riki Choshu was an infamous locker room terror who once got his ass kicked by no less than Karl Gotch. The popular story is that Akira Maeda, himself a notorious locker room terror, once shot on Choshu in his final New Japan Pro-Wrestling match as a parting gift before leaving the company but Maeda denies it, claiming Choshu simply missed his cue and failed to protect himself.
  • Akira Maeda and "First" Tiger Mask had a famously strained relationship regarding money, card positions and victories that eventually left the locker room and was brought in front of Universal Wrestling Federation fans when Maeda shot on Sayama during a match by kicking him below the belt and Sayama responded in kind. This lead to the dissolution of UWF as Sayama went on to found the world's first Mixed Martial Arts company, Shooto, while Maeda founded a shoot wrestling promotion that eventually became MMA in its own right, Fighting Network Rings. Both Shooto and Rings ended up being relatively obscure to MMA fans, considered the failed first steps of MMA's toddler years, due to Sayama and Maeda continuing to be pains in the asses of their new business partners and locker rooms.
  • Bruiser Brody used the ring name "King Kong Brody" out of respect for Dick the Bruiser in areas where Dick The Bruiser was already established. But do not mistake "respect" for "fondness", as Brody did not like Dick, at least not after Dick became a promoter in addition to a wrestler. In one match between them Dick pulled Brody's hair after being specifically told not to touch it. Later in the locker room where Dick expected to be giving Brody payment for the match Brody instead bashed Dick with a chair.
  • Brody apparently got along with two of the formerly legendary Garbage Wrestling Power Trio, The Invaders, apparently having a falling out with Invader #1 after #1 became the booker of CSP/WWC. Regardless of when their falling out happened, Brody was supposed to make Invader #1 look good on a CWC/WWWF show but instead just beat the crap out of him. Later in CSP/WWC there were again sounds of commotion in the locker room, with the assumption being Brody was beating someone up again only for Invader #1 to found unscathed standing over a bleeding Brody with a knife. After Brody died from his wound it in turn lead to much hostility between several wrestlers and Invader #1, including popular draws like Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr., who were friends with CSP/WWC promoter Carlos Colon but refused to return to Puerto Rico on Principle. Manny Fernandez felt obligated to work with Invader #1 in an angle, but this was only after almost killing the innocent Invader #3 in Misplaced Retribution, who he mistook for #1(they wear masks, in case you're wondering)
  • Ric Flair may have once exposed himself to children while inebrated(gaining a life long grudge from Shane Douglas), Arn Anderson may have been legitimately afraid of his Tag Team partner Ole Anderson for a while, but the man in the original Four Horsemen lineup who had the most people in the locker room reaching for his neck was Tully Blanchard, who no less than Jim Crockett, who eventually took control of the entire NWA. Hence Blanchard initially wasn't part of WCW when it succeeded JCP, despite being a proven draw, but Arn Anderson wasn't either as he was loyal to Blanchard. But eventually Arn and Tully had a falling out too over Tully experimenting with cocaine.
  • Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage had a longstanding love/hate relationship, with Savage at one point challenging Hogan to a real life fight on a rap CD. Hogan claims that he and Savage made peace with each other not long before Savage's passing in 2011, but not before Savage turned down TNA when Hogan appeared in the locker room to visit with friends.
  • Savio Vega had it with Invader #1 after the stabbing of Bruiser Brody, which he initially avoided when founding his own company, IWA Puerto Rico, by simply refusing to allow Invader #1 to be booked. To a lesser extent Victor Quiñones, for overruling him and booking Invader #1 in IWA Puerto Rico(as it was an extension of IWA Japan, giving Quiñones the final say) and Richard Negrin, for overruling him and booking Invader #1 in The World Wrestling League. In the latter, though, Vega and Negrin had a public burial of the hatchet before turning their hostility into an angle that resulted in Vega "breaking away" and restarting IWA Puerto Rico after six years of inactivity.
  • Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels - to the extent that Bret's 2010 return to WWE broke kayfabe on TV and had them bury the hatchet. For more information see the Montreal Screwjob.
  • Jim Cornette and Paul Heyman worked well on camera together as the managers of The Midnight Express but off camera did not enjoy each other's company. As behind the scenes incidents of professional wrestling became more widely known, their real life antipathy was used for an on camera feud in WCW, most memorably in a tuxedo match where the two men ignored the stipulation and convinced fans they had decided to settle their differences then and there.
  • New Jack had issues with the bookers of both Smoky Mountain Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling, with the former in fact trading him to the latter after deeming him an ill fit. New Jack believed Jim Cornette to be a racist, and while it would be a stretch to call Cornette a white supremacist, when cutting promos and as a booker Cornette had no problem using politically incorrect stereotypes for the purpose of building heat and had only a tiny respect for N-Word Privileges. Cornette for his part viewed Jack as a violent trouble maker, and while Jack will argue his actions were justified, even sensible, he did admit to trying to kill an opponent during a match once. With Paul Heyman, Jack took his work being relagated to non televised dark matches personally and was offended when they were later put back on television in an effor to get TNN to cancel ECW. Jack also refused to work with a few wrestlers Heyman was intent on pushing, such as Taznote  For what it's worth, Jack would eventually rebuild his bridges with Cornette after their semi retirements. And even when their relationship was at its worst, Jack said doing business with Cornette was never difficult.
  • As Konnan became a breakout star in CMLL and became more familiar with the booking and promoting sides of lucha libre, he developed a rather strong dislike of Mil Mascaras for his absolute refusal to job to pretty much anyone up to and including multiple opponents at once.
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had a laundry list of people he would never work with in the ring when he was on top. Notable names include Jeff Jarrett (who claimed his Austin 3:16 slogan was blasphemy on a RAW promo, something Austin feared could tank his merchandise sales), Owen Hart (Hart broke Austin's neck doing a tombstone piledriver, very nearly permanently paralyzing him; to make matters worse, Owen not only did the move in a manner Austin told him not to (he dropped to his butt, instead of kneeling, and Austin's head was too low for the former), but never apologized for it) and Marc Mero (who Austin was going to at least squash until Mero jobbed to Sable).
  • Sable:
    • During her first run with the WWE, she reportedly let her popularity go to her head and couldn't even be spoken to directly on the phone. Luna Vachon claims that she was supposed to be Women's Champion but Sable refused to drop the title or claimed she hadn't brought it with her. Luna was eventually fired for getting into a backstage fight with her.
    • In the second run Torrie Wilson says that they were initially friendly, but after they posed for Playboy together their relationship soured. She recalls a big shouting match in the locker room where Sable called Dawn Marie over to say "my Playboy cover sold more than hers".
  • Torrie also claims that The Undertaker's second wife Sara Callaway hated her, and she and Debra ganged up on her during the brief 2001 period they were both on the road.
  • Juventud Guerrera has publicly accused Konnan of trying to monopolize the lucha libre industry of Mexico and of shitting in his bag. Konnan actually confirmed the bag shitting incident, but passed the blame to X Pac, stating he merely did nothing to stop it because he found it funny. Regardless, it lead to a fight between the two that had to be stopped by Jack Evans when Guerrera grabbed a chair.
  • Chyna alienated a lot of people shortly before her departure. Ivory was irritated by her multiple times during their program for Chyna's lack of professionalism - condescendingly asking her if she knew how to do a hair-pull slam, covering her disrespectfully after their title match at WrestleMania X-Seven and not being quiet about how she viewed the women's division as being beneath her.
  • According to Stacy Carter (best known as Miss Kitty or The Kat) the nastiest person in the WWE (or The Attitude Era specifically) was Janet the make-up artist. Stacy recalls her one day locking the Godfather's Hos inside a dark room and wouldn't let them out. Josette Bynum - who encountered Janet during some of her tryout matches - confirms this, saying that Janet would attack her for being in a certain area of the building (that she had been told to be in by agents).
  • Gabe Sapolsky's dislike of Low Ki and Steve Corino explains why they had shorter pushes than their popularity would suggest in Ring of Honor, where he did the booking. Still, Sapolsky found them nothing if not reliable until Ki legitimately knocked out Ahtu on an EVOLVE card, where Sapolsky was again doing the booking. He also described Kevin Steen and El Generico as "difficult" to work with, though still used them in an effort to establish ROH in Quebec, which for better or worse didn't pan out.
  • The WWE Diva Search was a gimmick thought up in 2003 where they would audition a lot of models, actresses and Ms Fanservices to find a new Diva for the company. The first winner just won a photoshoot for a magazine, but the next year it was upgraded into a search for someone who would join the company and earn a contract worth $250,000. The talent were not happy with a non wrestler immediately making more than most of them, and this was exacerbated when the contestants were told not to bother them backstage - earning them reputations for being aloof and snobby (Amy Weber later left the company after suffering too much bullying from Randy Orton). Within the contestants themselves, Carmella DeCesare earned a lot of heat by acting rude towards everyone else. In a segment titled 'Diss the Diva', allowing the remaining contestants to have a live mic and trash talk their opponents - the other three gave Carmella a "Reason You Suck" Speech each (compared to the more playful teasing they gave the others). Ironically when they turned this into a storyline, Carmella's kayfabe rival Christy Hemme, was the one girl she appeared to get on with (in her 'Diss the Diva' promo she said "Christy, I hope you win" and sincerely congratulated her when she won).
  • Teddy Hart entered Ring of Honor with baggage from an earlier feud with Steve Corino, warning Gabe Sapolsky that he would beat Corino up if he signed Hart. Instead of that promised confrontation, Hart instead picked a fight with CM Punk, decided to back out of it when Punk showed up, then changed his mind again and tried to rearrange Punk's face before Sabu separated themnote . This, along with several other backstage incidents in TNA and several unplanned scramble cage dives in ROH got Hart blackballed by both companies. Contrary to popular belief, Punk was not fired for his part in the fight but willingly left TNA over a contract dispute when TNA tried to bar him from returning to ROH after the Rob Feinstein scandal.
  • Místico and Dos Caras Jr haven't exactly made their disdain for each other secret. The former actually pulled a gun on the latter during a locker room confrontation. This didn't stop Jr from later threatening to beat down Mistico after the latter called for referee stoppage during a match they had in WWE, and later still their mutual hostility caused Mistico to leave AAA.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi hasn't exactly made his feeling of betrayal for the departure to form "Big Mouth Loud" where he would bash New Japan Pro-Wrestling while Tanahashi was trying to save it, or his distaste for Katsuyori Shibata's style of wrestling a secret. While the two might not be professional enough to keep their mouths shut, it hasn't lead to any locker room fights or match breakdowns; they due business together well enough.
  • Michelle McCool and Beth Phoenix were a mild example. They worked a match together in 2008 that ended with Michelle getting a concussion due to a botched Glam Slam from Beth. The latter never said anything about it afterwards, leading Michelle to believe she hadn't realised. Then over a year later when they began feuding on-screen, she read an article in a magazine that showed Beth did know she had injured her after all. Their 2010 program was apparently marked with a few moments where Beth went to the office to get some of their segments changed. Beth did, however, thank Michelle in her Hall of Fame induction speech in 2017.
  • TNA became a hostile working environment for Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle after the former had an affair with the latter's wife that lead to a divorce, and a custody settlement that ended up being more public than Angle wanted. This one ended up being turned into an onscreen angle, but not before TNA's financial backer Dixie Carter flipped and suspended Jarrett from tapings. As TNA stopped making a profit as Carter exerted more and more control over it, Jarrett attempted to buy back the company from Panda Energy but opted out of the deal with Carter's parents insisted Dixie remain in a visible place with some level of authority.
  • Sasha Banks
    • Sasha and Charlotte Flair were initially good friends but had a falling out backstage, resulting in their alliance on NXT quietly disappearing.
    • Tensions between Sasha and Alexa Bliss have been evident for years, until both women essentially confirmed it in 2017. While the reason wasn't stated, many believed it was due to a match at NXT back in late 2014 in which Sasha busted Alexa's nose, and allegedly never apologized backstage. The two even made occasional potshots at each other on social media since.
  • Back in 2005 after he was traded over to WWE SmackDown, Batista was very unhappy about this, stating that the "B" show roster was lazy because they knew if they goofed up on Tuesday, they could just edit it to what they wanted before the Thursday broadcast. This won him zero respect backstage and the tension continued while filming promos for that year's SummerSlam with him and Booker T getting into it which culminated with the latter knocking the former down with a single punch.
  • Austin Aries has a long running feud with TNA management in general and Impact Vice President Don Callis in particular, at one point showing up at ROH shows "as a fan" in protest to TNA contract terms and signing an ROH contract on the spot the moment he was fired for it. Another case was he and Davey Richards actively trying to have an underwhelming match after leaving Impact Wrestling, again, on notsowell terms. His most visible instance of defiance though was on an Impact Wrestling pay per view where he no sold starship pain, the Finishing Move of John Morrison, just to give an offensive gesture to Callis, leaving Morrison bewildered. To a lesser extent, Aries has a vocal feud with Jim Cornette, who was in TNA, ROH and MLW with him, though it was the usually docile Carrie Silkin who ultimately fired Aries for mouthing off about not getting paid enough, even if Cornette was the one who had issue with Aries getting more money than every other wrestler in ROH while doing the least work. Aries actually believes Silkin was correct but has personal issues with Cornette that go beyond money.
  • In 2006 the tag team MNM had to be split up, and Johnny Nitro and Melina moved to Raw because tensions in the stable between them and Joey Mercury were just too high. In fact, Melina in general was a nuclear heat magnet, to the point where she was taken to Wrestler's Court and yelled at until she cried.
  • The on-screen heat between John Cena and The Rock during their 2011-2012 feud was apparently legit, based on both men having taken potshots at each other years earlier in shoot interviews. They seemed to have patched things up by the time the feud was revisited in 2013.
  • The tension between Mercedes Martinez and the Midwest Militia when they feuded in WSU was quite real. In an interview with Diva Dirt Mercedes said that things got to the point where she suffered a concussion in their War Games match at the 5th Anniversary Show and, despite warning Jessicka, the latter still hit her with her finisher anyway. That said, Martinez worked out enough with Havok to have a SHIMMER title defense against her in a cross promotional event(Garly Pop's Life Love And Lady Wrestling) without incident and a lengthy program with Allysin Kay in SHINE.
  • A.J. Lee:
    • After her famous 'Pipe Bombshell' promo on the Total Divas cast, there was legitimate heat between AJ and Natalya. The latter was genuinely offended by AJ's words, feeling it had invalidated all her hard work to make it to WWE (as she was the only non model-turned-wrestler in the cast).
    • Cameron has said that AJ was very difficult to work with and seemed unwilling to help guide a greener opponent in the ring. She was given a title match against AJ that she didn't have much time to prepare for because AJ was feeling sick on the day, and didn't give the okay until the last minute.
    • Subverted with Nikki Bella. A lot of dirtsheets reported that Nikki was the Diva offended by the above promo, while Nikki later clarified she was simply annoyed with how little mic time Brie got in the subsequent feud with AJ (Brie would never say anything when AJ would get lengthy promos trashing her, making her look quite weak). It was however rumored that Nikki's final promo before their match at WrestleMania 31 was Leaning on the Fourth Wall ("we've seen you less than Brock Lesnar") - referring to AJ's lack of appearances and interest in the division for several months.
  • Yoshiko admitted that she and Act Yasukawa didn't get along after she turned the latter's shot at the World Of STARDOM into a shoot so ugly Kyoko Kimura had to throw in the towel to prevent a repeat of Kandori and Sato. This in turn lead to animosity among World Wonder Ring STARDOM's owners, as their inability to come to a consensus on how to punish Yoshiko split the company in two, Nanae Takahashi forming SEAdLINNG. Nanae thrashed Yoshiko in the SE Ad LINNG ring...before becoming her Tag Team partner and then pushing YOSHIKO as the singles champion, as she had in STARDOM.
  • Lee Cahalane - promoter of Celtic Championship Wrestling in Ireland - was not a popular man.
    • Raven Creed confessed in 2019 that as soon as she had turned eighteen, Lee tried to kiss her in a nightclub. Months later when she was the victim of a drink being spiked, Lee tried to kiss her again while she was barely conscious. Her boyfriend Matt Skylar threatened Lee to never do that again, and was punished by not being booked for six months.
    • LJ Cleary and Valkyrie eventually stopped working for CCW after Lee refused to pay them for their matches (they initially had travel costs covered, but asked for actual payment after they'd had more bookings). Lee eventually granted this but told Raven Creed to stiff Valkyrie in retaliation for this. He had only booked Valkyrie in the first place in the hopes of sleeping with her.
    • Darren Burns referred to the promotion as "a cancer to Irish wrestling" and only wrestled there because it was too far for him to travel to train at other promotions.
    • Katey Harvey was constantly clashing with Lee, first for being booked in an embarrassing 'Hairspray on a Pole' match that she's embarrassed of to this day. Then for unsafe working conditions - she publicly denounced them when Lorcan Wood got a broken jaw thanks to his inexperienced opponent. She continued working for them for a few more years, but eventually stopped after a show where a botch led to an opponent getting a broken neck.
    • Marion Armstrong claims he witnessed the first attempted molesting of Raven Creed, and Lee then tried to kiss him to cover it up. The last straw for him was a debacle of a press conference to promote a show where only six people turned up. After said show, he took the CCW roster with him and set up a new promotion in Phoenix Wrestling.

  • Ron Moody noted that several members of the original West End stage cast of Oliver! (1960) did not get along saying: "It was not a happy company". He personally had a poor relationship with Georgia Brown, who was the original Nancy. When the film came to be made, Brown blamed Moody for her not being cast as Nancy. However, Moody categorically denied this, saying he had no say or influence whatsoever over the casting of the film and he himself was far from the first choice to play Fagin despite his success on stage.
  • In the 1970s, Nicol Williamson and Helen Mirren co-starred in a disastrous production of Macbeth where they absolutely hated each other. Years later, John Boorman cast them as enemies in Excalibur, believing that their natural animosity would be perfect. Neither realised the other was in the film until they'd signed on. Mirren recalled that they got on very well once they were "freed from the shackles of Macbeth".

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  • The Channel Awesome anniversary movies:
    • Dan Rizzo a.k.a. That Aussie Guy didn't make himself popular while making TGWTG Year One Brawl. In addition to Slut-Shaming Lindsay Ellis, Noah Antwiler revealed in his commentary to finding him annoying, even going so far as to say, "God, I hate that man". His tenure on the site didn't last much longer.
    • The biggest fight that the Walkers had over Kickassia was the scene when Film Brain captures The Cinema Snob for the trial. Rob had felt that music should have been played over the scene (he told Mathew Buck to make the weird sounds for this reason). Doug on the other hand felt the music was playing in Film Brain's head and didn't feel that music was necessary. Doug and Rob didn't talk to each other for a week because of this.
    • While making To Boldly Flee, the Walkers constantly bickered throughout the writing process. This spilled over into filming as they repeatedly stopped the shoot to scream at each other over how they wanted to block their scenes. They also fought with Ed Glaser (a much more experienced professional filmmaker than either of them) when he brought up the 180-degree rule, causing Ed to vow to never work with them again. Ed was later credited as the film's Director of Photography despite his protests.
  • Brad Jones' films:
    • Jesus, Bro!: Note that Allison Pregler never shares a scene with neither Rob nor Doug Walker. Due to the real-life fallout between them owing to the unpleasant circumstances surrounding her leaving Channel Awesome, this was likely done to avoid this trope. Allison has mentioned on her Tumblr that while she had no love for the brothers, she was still able to work with them because they're adults. However, when a fan asked Allison on Twitter about working with Doug during filming, Allison replied that one time the only place to sit was next to her, so he stood.
    • Brad cast later them in his next film, DISCO (2017) — where they don't have scenes together. Lewis Lovhaug took the same precaution for the Atop the Fourth Wall movie.


    Anime & Manga 
  • In 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 Tairanote : 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.
  • Yuri Is My Job stars a group of high school students who work at a salon, where they roleplay as students at the prestigious Liebe Girls' Academy. While Mitsuki plays the kind senpai and "schwester" to Hime's character, in reality, she can't stand Hime. For the most part, the tension is manageable, until Hime learns that Mitsuki is a former friend of hers who betrayed her, and Mitsuki, who felt that Hime also wronged her, realizes that Hime wasn't just pretending to be ignorant of it. Their hostility gets so bad that Mai asks them if they no longer want to be "schwestern," and rumors spread about Mitsuki bullying Hime into becoming her schwester. Luckily, Hime stands up to Mitsuki, and the two make some progress in reconciling.

    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.
  • In Found Footage 3D, Derek and Amy, the writers and stars of the Film Within a Film Spectre of Death 3D, have seen their relationship go on the rocks by the time the film enters production — not a good thing when they're playing a Happily Married couple in the film.
  • A gag in La La Land shows Mia and Sebastian walking past a film set where a kissing scene is being shot. As soon as the director calls cut, the actors playing the lovers start screaming at each other.
  • Satirized in Shadow of the Vampire, which is set in an Alternate History where Max Schreck, the lead actor in Nosferatu, was actually a real vampire, not an actor. This predictably leads to a metric ton of on-set tension, as Schreck regularly mistreats or feeds on crew members, gets into arguments with the director, and causes production snafus with his demands and limitations (like refusing to ride a boat to a shooting location because he Cannot Cross Running Water). It all eventually climaxes in the crew and Schreck trying to murder each other, starting a fight that ends with everybody except the director dead.
  • In This Is Spın̈al Tap, the animosity between the band and their manager becomes more evident the worse things get, until finally Nigel leaves the band following the Seattle show at the Air Force base.
  • America's Sweethearts is about how two actors' on-screen chemistry translated into off-screen romance and how the deterioration of that relationship resulted in on-set tension and conflict.

    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?. It, however, amps up some of Bette's behavior while toning down Joan's.
  • 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 leading actors Wilfrid 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.
    • Another example of this on the show also regards Rogelio. This time with his co-star Fabian, and they were initially close as Fabian was a fan of Rogelio‘s. They fell out because Fabian was dating Jane and Jane broke up with him. Their feud becomes difficult to handle, so the producers came up with the solution to kill off either Rogelio or Fabian’s character.
  • In iCarly episode, "iCarly Saves TV". The web series is set to have its own TV Show but the executive who greenlit the show, start adding "additions" to it. One of which is a bratty actress called Amber Tate who takes over Sam's role after she walks off and frequently acts rude to Carly and Freddie. Her dog barfing all over Freddie and blaming him for what happened is enough for Freddie to call it quits from the production.
  • Played for Laughs on RuPaul's Drag Race when the queens were tasked with a Sex and the City "Making Of" challenge, parodying the hostility between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.

  • The last part of Judith Krantz's Scruples involves the making of a film directed by the heroine's new husband. He casts two unknowns as the leads, not only because they give excellent auditions, but also partly because he's on a very strict budget and shooting schedule due to Executive Meddling; they won't ask for huge salaries, and they'll recognize the big opportunity they've been given and won't cause any drama on the set. The two leads fall in love very soon after shooting begins... and have a vicious breakup halfway through filming, and won't even leave their trailer if the other's on set. Meaning the pivotal lovemaking scene has to be not only re-blocked but shot twice, each lead acting with a stand-in. To the entire crew and remaining cast's disgust, the two leads passionately make up during the wrap party!

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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • The Krusty the Clown Show is an incredibly toxic environment, and Krusty himself is responsible for 99% of it, being an utter jerk of a prima donna that belittles, harasses (sexually and otherwise), insults and even threatens the lives of his coworkers on a constant basis behind and in front of the cameras. Depending on the Writer and whatever the Rule of Funny says is best at the moment said coworkers are either utterly innocent and defenseless or they also hate Krusty but are a lot more professional about it and thus just stick to the occasional snarky line or deadpan look.
    • Kent Brockman, the prima donna news anchor (and trope namer for Kent Brockman News) and the rest of KBBL Broadcasting do not get along and this has been a major or minor detail in the plot throughout the series. In "Marge on the Lam" it is showcased that the "We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties" station card is a drawing of an insane Kent wearing a straightjacket. In "Bart Gets Famous" Kent absolutely refuses to do his work as an anchor because Bart took his pastry and says so on live television (prompting the rest of the crew to kick him out of the set and have Bumblebee Man act as a replacement anchor). In "You Kent Always Say What You Want", an executive overreacts to Kent putting Splenda in his coffee and fires him for alleged drug use (although considering that thanks to a foul word he said on live TV — that he apologized for immediately — and Ned Flanders' Moral Guardians crusade the station got in hot water with the FCC, it's all but stated that she's just making up a reason that will make Kent look bad as payback). And then there's the Running Gag of Kent and fellow anchor Arnie Pye tossing angry barbs at each other mid-broadcast.


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