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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 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 practically a cornerstone of Horrible Hollywood. 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 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Prior to August 2015, the movies were made under Marvel itself rather than Disney's live-action group. At Marvel, the leadership was made up of CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter and his creative committee (big writers/editors at Marvel). As the years went on, the tension between Perlmutter/Marvel and MCU chief Kevin Feige only continued to grow. Perlmutter overrode many of Feige's creative decisions. Maya Hansen was supposed to be the villain of Iron Man 3 but Perlmutter changed it because he felt like she wouldn't sell toys. Feige had wanted to make Black Panther and Carol Danvers movies for quite some time but was shot down under the same toy pretenses. Both movies didn't happen until 2018 and 2019 respectively, a decade into the franchise. Perlmutter is also believed to be the reason Edgar Wright left Ant-Man at the eleventh hour. Wright had been working on the project since before the MCU was formed and wanted to make the movie more standalone whereas the people at Marvel wanted it to be in the formula.

    Feige is reported to have been on Wright's side and was willing to give him more creative freedom. The tension finally came to a head on the 2015 set of Captain America: Civil War when the infamously penny pinching (so much that at the press junket for The Avengers (2012) , reporters who were there all day weren't fed lunch, were given a quota of two bags of chips and a can of soda, and then had to resort to “stealing” food from another movie’s press junket) Perlmutter wanted to drop Robert Downey Jr. from the project because of his salary. Feige went to Alan Horn (head of Disney's live-action group) and threatened to quit there and then if they didn't get him out from under Perlmutter. Disney acquiesced, the creative committee was disbanded (Feige got to pick his own team), Marvel Studios was split off from Marvel Entertainment (Marvel still makes the tv shows) and put under the Disney umbrella, and Horn is now Feige's boss. Perlmutter stepped down as CEO of Marvel Entertainment in 2018 but still remains as chairman of the board.
  • 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 were accounts that Kate Mara took the brunt of the hostility due to being a studio-mandated casting. Ironically, there were also reports of hostility between Trank and his mandated casting Miles Teller, with at least one report of the two nearly getting into a fistfight 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 (largely played by members of the New Zealand armed forces) 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" over the direction of the movie. Hardy would later apologize to Miller at the film's Cannes premiere, after seeing and enjoying the end product. For that matter, Theron and Hardy didn't get on either, due to his Method Acting putting her off - which, later on, both actors stated helped pepper Max and Furiosa's untrusting, initially hostile relationship.
  • 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 EON Producers Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had also deteriorated to the point where he refused to act if either of them were on the set. The hostility between the men would continue upon Connery's return in Diamonds Are Forever.
    • 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 and the crew also did not get along with leading lady Tanya Roberts due to her diva-like behavior. For example, when she and Bond have to steal a set of miner's overalls in order to infiltrate the Big Bad's operation, Roberts refused to film the scene until she had a pair of custom-made overalls that flattered her figure. When Bond sees her and says "Lucky you could find a pair that fits," that was an ad-lib from Moore, lampshading the unlikelihood of there being many petite-framed women working in a mine. The dirty look she gave him was real, and the producers kept the scene as a Take That! to her entitled attitude.
    • Flared up briefly 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 co-stars Bill Murray and Lucy Liu that it actually became violent. After Murray repeatedly called her acting skills into question she attacked him, forcing the crew to intervene and separate the pair. Director McG also claimed that Murray headbutted him, which Murray denies.
  • 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, was prone to Wag the Director, and very temperamental, going so far as to call Bruce "emo" and vowing never to work with him again. 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?"
  • Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner feuded through Switching Channels, which led their costar Christopher Reeve to describe it as an unhappy film to make, as he had to mediate between them.
  • Reeve himself 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. Douglas would later describe Reeve at the time as "difficult" and "caught up in his own image".
  • 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 Heartwarming Moment 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, humorless 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 behavior 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.
  • Production on The Fate of the Furious was dogged by rumors that Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel did not get along on set, after Johnson sent out a tweet saying that one of his co-stars (who went unnamed, but was figured by everybody to be Diesel) was unprofessional and a "candy ass". Johnson later confirmed that he and Diesel did not shoot any scenes together, and that trick editing was employed to create the illusion of the two of them in the same room.
  • In a case of sad irony, Daniel Franzese, who played Derek Dvirko in the 2001 film Bully which was based off of the real-life murder of Bobby Kent who was killed due to his alleged bullying, revealed in 2018 that co-star Bijou Phillips, who played Ali Willis in the film, subjected him to a lot of homophobic and fat-shaming bullying while they were on the set. He claimed she kept trying to goad him into admitting that he was gaynote  and that she laughed at his appearance when he removed his shirt at a pool party and had even twisted one of his nipples. Even more troubling, he said the producers just looked the other way on the behavior (potentially due to the fact that she came from a famous family; her father was "Papa" John Phillips from The Mamas & the Papas and her older half-sisters were actress Mackenzie of One Day at a Time fame and singer Chynna of Wilson Phillips fame and he was just an up-and-coming actor) but said that his fellow co-stars Brad Renfro, Michael Pitt and Nick Stahl (who portrayed Kent himself) openly and repeatedly defended him and the latter, who was dating Phillips at the time, even tried to convince her to apologize to him.
  • The Usual Suspects:
    • In the "making of" documentary, both Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Pollak acknowledge that their long-standing feud with each other began on the set of this film. Though neither actor directly states what caused their animosity towards each other, Pollak does mention that Baldwin, in an attempt to stay in character as MacManus, would go around acting tough and sometimes bully the other actors. Baldwin does admit that he was bullying towards Pollak on film (their numerous "stand off" confrontations with each other on screen).
    • After Kevin Spacey's career was torpedoed in 2017, Gabriel Byrne stated that he very much acted like a sexual predator on set, making the other actors so uncomfortable that filming was completely halted for a while. Kevin Pollak claims that Spacey ended up raping the much younger boyfriend (possibly 17 years old) of Bryan Singer. After that, Singer refused to direct Spacey any further (leaving an AD to take over) and the two never spoke again for 10 years.
  • In yet another Val Kilmer example, he and Tom Sizemore began feuding during production of Red Planet. According to reports, it all began when Kilmer got annoyed about a fancy exercise machine that Sizemore wanted shipped from England to the set in Australia. Eventually the two hated each other so much, Kilmer would not come out of his trailer if Sizemore was on the set. Many of their scenes together were filmed over the shoulders of photo doubles. Kilmer reportedly refused to say Sizemore's character's name, saying instead "Hey, you!" At one point, they got into a confrontation that escalated into them throwing weights at each other until Sizemore knocked out Kilmer with a punch to the chest.note  The two have never worked together again.
  • By all accounts, Julia Roberts made life on the set of Hook a nightmare. Already going through a messy breakup with her then-fiancé Kiefer Sutherland which led to her suffering from depression and caused her to go and hide out in Ireland in the middle of production; she only came back because Steven Spielberg threatened to fire her if she didn't. Upon returning, she proceeded to complain about everything from the script to her outfit (which at one point was to more closely resemble Tinkerbell's appearance, complete with a blonde wig, only for it to be changed after she became furious with it.) Also, her final scene where she was full-size came about from a Wag the Director moment where she demanded to appear onscreen with at least one other actor due to her frustration at having filmed all of her previous scenes in greenscreen. The end result led to her career being stunted for a while, the crew to nickname her "Tinkerhell" and for Spielberg to vow never to work with her again. She later apologized for her behavior.
  • Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard co-starred in the 1941 comedy Pot O' Gold, and the studio publicists had a field day trying to generate the impression that there were sparks flying between the two. The truth was the polar opposite. Goddard thought Stewart too boyish, even though he had a reputation around Hollywood as a real ladies' man. She also dismissed his acting, saying "anyone can swallow." Stewart didn't think much of Goddard's talent either and said she had to fall back on a wisecracking tone to get by.
  • During production on Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale infamously went off on a furious and profane rant directed against director of photography Shane Hurlbut, telling him to get off the set because he was blocking the shot and calling him unprofessional. The audio of the incident went viral and memetic to the point where it was remixed into a Stupid Statement Dance Mix, forcing Bale to issue an apology.
  • Kelly McGillis clashed repeatedly with both Abel Ferrara and Peter Weller while making Cat Chaser. The experience of the film's production was such a miserable one for McGillis that she stopped acting for three years.
  • Dogma: According to Kevin Smith, there were days where Linda Fiorentino wouldn't even speak to him while shooting, which is understandably frustrating, and that he hugely regrets casting her.
  • The Sound of Music started off with this. Christopher Plummer disliked the film itself and didn't like Julie Andrews at first - calling her "Miss Disney". But they became good friends over time.
  • Scream 4 was made while Courteney Cox and David Arquette were going through a very bad patch in their marriage. They split up shortly after the film was finished, ironically having fallen in love on the set of the first.
  • Burt Reynolds claimed that while making the western 100 Rifles, he spent a lot of time mediating fights between Jim Brown and Raquel Welch. Then Reynolds and Welch fell out. Three years later, they both starred in Fuzz. However, Welch only agreed to do the picture after it was agreed that she would not have to appear in any scenes with Reynolds. They would remain enemies until 1982 when the producers of Cannery Row fired Welch claiming she was unprofessional, and replaced her with Debra Winger. Reynolds testified on her behalf, stating "Although Raquel and I don't like each other, she was always on time, well-prepared and thoroughly professional." She ended up winning $10.8 million.
  • Before filming the lay-by scene in Hot FuzzSimon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly had an argument. Pegg claimed Frost was getting cocky and making the Assistant Directors get him coffee, whereas Pegg wanted him to get his own. As a result, they took four hours to do that scene, and they didn't talk to each other at all, except when acting.
  • During production of Steel Magnolias, Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine said in an interview that director Herbert Ross was very difficult to work with, telling the main lead actresses they couldn't act, and singling out Julia Roberts in particular, to the point that she would be left in tears.
  • Robert Mitchum and Rock Hudson reportedly did not get along with each other while filming The Ambassador. A life-long alcoholic, Mitchum was said to have been frequently drunk on and off camera, and often verbally clashed with Hudson who was in poor health which held up production for days.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes did not get along during the production of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Danes felt that DiCaprio was a nuisance and "very immature" because he pulled pranks on crew members and generally had a "goofball attitude." DiCaprio felt that Danes was stuck-up and too serious. Tellingly, they rarely spent time together off-set.
  • Wesley Snipes really didn't like the script for Blade: Trinity or writer David S. Goyer being the director, and proceeded to refuse to interact with Goyer or any of his co-stars personally (using either assistants or notes which he signed as "Blade"), refusing to film several scenes, getting high on marijuana, and accusing Goyer of racism.
  • Despite making four movies together, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Another You, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor hated one another. Wilder thought Pryor was too lackadaisical, while Pryor thought Wilder was too uptight.
  • Tommy Wiseau made life on the set of his directorial debut, The Room, a nightmare. While he was generally a Prima Donna Director who refused to compromise, was often stingy and showed his lack of professionalism on the first day by arriving late and yelling at the crew for being lazy, specific incidents peppered the already uneasy atmosphere. Arguments with his first two directors of photography ultimately lead to them quitting, with the first one, Raphael Smadja, leaving after he refused to hire a proper Line Producer instead of forcing Wiseau's costar and best friend, Greg Sestero, to do all of the work and his second one, Graham Futerfas, quitting in anger over escalating frustrations with the director's attitude with the final straw being him lying about calling for a much-needed generator. He also ostracized costar Kyle Vogt after he needed to leave production for a prior commitment (and which Tommy knew about and was reminded of several times), refused to allow him to seek medical attention after he hit his head on the set and also didn't invite him to the premiere due to his "betrayal".

    Even the costars who spoke in defense of the man in later interviews, such as the aforementioned Sestero and Juliette Danielle, who played his onscreen love interest, were treated poorly; the former was harassed and goaded into taking apart of some of the more ridiculous parts of the script, including shaving his beard (with him watching and dictating how to do it) and lunging at him for using French, which--along with any language but English--was apparently forbidden on the set and the latter was condescended to on a regular basis and even humiliated by him pointing out some acne she had loud enough for all to hear, which reduced her to tears. While the film ended up a Cult Classic that spawned a book about the experience an an award-winning a film based off of the book about the film, its production remains among one of the most infamous.

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  • At a Comic-Con panel, Freddie Prinze Jr. revealed that he hated working on 24 and working with Kiefer Sutherland so much that he almost quit acting altogether and mostly does voice work nowadays.
    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.
  • During Alice, Linda Lavin was reported as being difficult to work with and was jealous of Polly Holliday's popularity as Flo. Even after Holliday left and her Spin-Off, Flo, ended after one season, she refused to make any guest appearances. Her replacement Diane Ladd also had difficulties with Lavin and cited that as the reason she left the series after only a year.
  • Angel Street credited its short run in part to the hostility between leads Robin Givens and Pamela Gidley.
  • The A-Team:
    • 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 breakout star of the show, despite Peppard being a 'proper movie actor' and his character being the leader of the titular team. Things got even worse when Peppard learned that Mr. T was paid more than he was.
    • Peppard (alongside Dirk Benedict) was also hostile towards Melinda Culea, stating that there was no place for a woman on the show, resulting in her leaving the show in the middle of the second season, with Culea's replacement Marla Heasley echoing similar complaints.
  • Batman:
    • Adam West described Neil Hamilton, who played Commissioner Gordon, 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.
  • Shannen Doherty's clashes with her costars on Beverly Hills, 90210 led to her departure at the end of the fourth season. When she moved on to Charmed (which experienced very similar turbulence and departure), Luke Perry reportedly said, "It's appropriate that she's playing a witch in her current show."
  • Buffyverse:
    • 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. Fortunately, she later mellowed out enough for Joss Whedon to bring her back for a couple of guest spots, and eventually a recurring role on Angel.
    • By various accounts that have circulated from the set of Buffy and interviews later on, Sarah Michelle Gellar was one of two things: a diva who let fame get to her head (especially after doing I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2 before the second season filmed), or a Consummate Professional who was committed to her work, and as such avoided the media and didn't fraternize much with the rest of the cast and crew.
      • Both the show's stunt coordinator/second unit director Jeff Pruitt and Gellar's Stunt Double (and Pruitt's wife) Sophia Crawford held the former view regarding Gellar, and eventually left the show after the fourth season because of it. Pruitt even wrote a short fantasy story that was a thinly-veiled Roman à Clef of his and Sophia's feelings regarding working with Gellar, and while he would later disown it and be more diplomatic regarding her later on, saying that she'd mellowed out since, he still believes that, back then, Gellar had a tendency to Wag the Director with the way scenes were shot and that she had grown jealous of Crawford during the third season. Joss Whedon, for his part, has countered that Pruitt and Crawford weren't blameless in their departure, and that Pruitt had an ego of his own, seeing himself "as a noble knight being plotted against by evil courtiers, [which] really doesn't help."
      • Alyson Hannigan, once close friends with Gellar, was also not on speaking terms with her by the time the show wrapped. In a post-series interview, she blamed her for putting her out of a job without any warning (Gellar chose to end the show after the seventh season through an announcement in Entertainment Weekly), and said that Gellar was getting sick of working on the show as early as the third season. However, time (and mutual parenthood) seems to heal all wounds, and the evidence indicates that Hannigan and Gellar are friends again.
      • Not that Gellar didn't have reason to be grumpy. Fandom consensus generally holds season six to be the show's creative low point, and apparently, Gellar agreed. She was already unhappy about the Channel Hop from The WB to UPN, and the decision to pair Buffy up with Spike in a destructive relationship was one that she protested against, feeling that it was out-of-character and that Buffy's relationship with Angel was the one that mattered. The fact that Whedon was also working on Angel and Firefly during this time, and had stepped aside as Show Runner on Buffy, made matters worse, as she felt that she had nobody to appeal to when she disagreed with creative decisions.
    • As for Angel, Charisma Carpenter's pregnancy in the fourth season reportedly caused a lot of friction between her and Whedon, as the writers had to heavily rewrite the second half of the season around it. Carpenter reportedly hated the direction her character was taken, which is said to be why Cordelia was written out of the fifth season, a decision that (much like with Hannigan above) Carpenter only found out about from the press. She was eventually brought back for the 100th episode, only for Cordelia to be Killed Off for Real after Whedon promised her he wouldn't do so. By her account, Carpenter was in tears when she realized how she was being written out of the show.
  • 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 had not been since at least 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.
  • Tensions between Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano on the set of Charmed ultimately resulted in Doherty's departure from a second leading role after the third season. Earlier in the first season, it was rumoured that the reason TW King, who played Doherty's character's love interest, was written out was because he and Doherty didn't get along either.
  • Cheers:
    • There were rumours that Shelley Long didn't get along with her co-stars, which have since been confirmed by most of the show's cast and crew in retrospect. 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 shipper for Sam/Diane, big time, 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.
  • Community:
    • The feud between Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon on the set has been well documented. Creator Harmon was not above making fun of actor Chase publicly, and Chase was increasingly uncomfortable with his on-screen character's bigotry, leading to a hate-filled voice mail to Harmon.
    • Not to say that Chase wasn't above acting this way to just the creator/writers. In 2018, Donald Glover stated that the actor had made racist jokes to him, among which he said that "People think you're funnier because you're black."
  • 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.
  • Designing Women had star Delta Burke publicly feuding with both the show creators Harry and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason due to working long hours, labor disputes and the direction of the show and co-star and on-screen sister Dixie Carter due to her repeatedly siding with the Thomasons over her. This all culminated in her firing, but she did eventually make up with all three of them (though she and Carter didn't speak for ten years.)
  • 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 (Polly), 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. Hartnell also had a poor working relationship with producer John Wiles, whose attempts to make the show Darker and Edgier didn't go over well with Hartnell who as the sole remaining member of the original team saw himself as the guardian of the series' original values. When Wiles' attempts to remove the star were unsuccessful, he removed the actors who played Vicki and Steven Taylor, his costars Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves (the latter revealed that he has no fond memories of Wiles).
    • 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 and allowed his dislike for the character to bleed into his treatment of her actor. He did soften to her eventually and they buried the hatcet enough to record audio plays together.
    • 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. In a series of 2018 interviews with Radio Times, he claims that his working relationship with Russell T. Davies broke down during filming on the series; since Eccleston was known primarily for his serious dramatic roles, he wasn't entirely comfortable in a more light-hearted series. He also claims that he was blacklisted by certain powers that be at the BBC for a few years for leaving the show, and he had to work in America until there was a "regime change", and will never work with Davies again because of this, because despite his promise to not to say anything that might ruin the fledging revival's reputation, he was still blacklisted and Davies either supported it, or did nothing to help Eccleston out.
    • Tom Baker claimed that he was mostly ignored on the set of "The Day of the Doctor", with the exception of Matt Smith, whom he got on very well with.
  • Dynasty:
    • Joan Collins and John Forsythe didn't get along, which added a lot to their characters' volatile relationship. Ironically, she got on fine with Linda Evans.
    • George Peppard was the original Blake Carrington, but producers found him so difficult to work with that he was replaced with John Forsythe. He would eventually end up starring on another popular 80s show and also dealt with similar issues there as well.
  • ER:
    • Noah Wyle (John Carter) and Kellie Martin (Lucy Knight) did not get along, resulting in her character not being used very much or developed (once he nixed plans for her to be his girlfriend) note  and her deciding to leave the show.
    • Wyle's attitude apparently also affected other co-stars. Reportedly, when Wyle once complained about the buffet for cast and crew, Goran Visnjic (Luka Kovac) snapped "How dare you complain about this food when there are people all over the world who would give their lives for a fraction of what you have!" (Apparently this was due to the Croatian Visnjic's experiences as a veteran of the The Yugoslav Wars.)
  • The premise of the French sitcom Les Filles d'à côténote  was a trio of girls getting back together after failed marriages and sharing an apartment as single girls-about-town. Despite the fact that the characters are best friends, there was an awful lot of bitch-fighting between the three principal actresses off-stage. It didn't help that the producer Jean-Luc Azoulay is a dictatorial Control Freak, and an insane production schedule calling for at least three (and sometimes four) completed episodes a week and filming could often drag on till the early hours of the following morning.
    • Helene le Moignic (Magalie), the only one of the trio not to come from a "proper" acting background in film, TV and theatre, claimed that she was frozen out and snubbed straight away by co-star Cécile Auclert (Fanny), who considered it beneath her dignity to speak to the amateur upstart. It did not help that Magalie was considered to be the plum role and Auclert had really wanted this part rather than Fanny. Le Moignic alleges Auclert took out this resentment on her continually, and used her clout with the producers to have scripts rewritten at the last minute so that Fanny got more punchlines and more screen-time. Le Moignic also alleged that the third star, Christiane Jean (Claire), could be amenable if Auclert was not around but tended to side with her like a spineless schoolgirl sucking up to the Alpha Bitch. Neither Auclert nor Jean have spoken publicly about any alleged rows on set, but both have conceded that time spent on this show was not happy, and it contributed to a dissillusionment with TV acting.note  As of May 2018, le Moignic is on probation for violent assault on her partner and has been advised to seek anger-management therapy.
    • Supporting actress Dan Simkovitch (Georgette Bellefeuille) described Christiane Jean as bring cold and distant but always polite. She notes a gulf between the core cast and the supporting actors, and said it took le Moignic the best part of three months even to say "hello" to her. "There was something wrong about her" she said. Simkovitch says pay and working conditions were appalling, and alleges that after an accident on set (involving a negligently assembled set and unsecured props) requiring medical attention and which put her in a wheelchair for a short period, her pay was docked for non-attendance and the producers gave her an ultimatum - come in to do your job, even in a wheelchair, or you are sacked. No asking after her health and certainly no sick pay - just "work or be sacked". She was employed by the day and had no long-term contract or job security, and strongly feels she was exploited - especially since she was having difficulties with the Social Security administration and needed the work. She also highlighted the insane production schedule - four days a week, notionally from 8:00 am to 10:00pm but often longer, for four days a week, together with the fact she often did not receive her script until the very last minute - as factors that made the show such a treadmill. She also feels she was singled out for workplace bullying because of her trade union membership and left-wing politics - not liked at all by Azoulay, and that this resulted in her sacking. In an interview, she likened the AB production studios to a concentration camp for actors and described dreams about the studios being surrounded by barbed-wire fences and watchtowers. She is also in dispute with AB over royalties and residuals owing to her from video and DVD releases, as well as from re-runs on national TV, and has not received a centime.
    • It appears Thierry Redler, who played the abominable Marc, was universally liked by all his co-stars. Nobody appears to have a bad word to say about him and his young costar Vincent Latorre (who played Claire's brattish son) was especially appreciative of how Redler put himself out to be supportive, friendly, and something of a mentor to the young teenage boy on set. Latorre describes Redler as unselfish and one who thought of his own needs last of all. Dan Simkovitch also spoke warmly of both him and Gérard Vives (Gérard).
  • Family Matters: The reason youngest child Judy infamously vanished out of existence in the fourth season was because actress Jaimee Foxworth didn't get along with Steve Urkel's actor Jaleel White. Foxworth talked on Facebook about one incident where White berated her in front of the studio audience when she forgot her line. As a result, the characters didn't interact much, and as Steve became the show's big draw, Judy had less and less to do, leading to her unceremonious exit.
  • Fantasy Island: Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize didn't get along and the former's disdain for the latter is very often seen in the show itself, because Montalban wasn't very good at hiding the annoyed looks on his face during their scenes. Villechaize eventually demanded to be paid as much as Montalban and was subsequently fired.
  • 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.
    • Tatyana Ali is said to have been very doubtful of Will's acting potential during the earliest episodes of the show, saying that he constantly messed up his lines. Because of this, there was slight tension between them while on set.
  • Friends had Jennifer Aniston's real life fiancé Tate Donovan was cast as Rachel's boyfriend but their relationship deteriorated during his run and they broke up both on the show and in real life. Donivan outright said the experience was awful. (a rumored case, where guest Reese Witherspoon supposedly didn't get along with Aniston, is not true)
  • 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. There are lots of scenes on the show where one of their characters conveniently exits the scene just before the other enters. Normally it isn't too noticeable until Season 8 when Cersei hires Bronn to go North to assassinate her brothers...with Qyburn as the middle man. You'd think that for something so deeply personal, Cersei would have talked to Bronn herself, but the "I"m not working with my ex" clause is still very much in effect.
  • 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). Steuer had to quit acting afterwards, because whenever he would try out for a part all anyone would want to talk to him about were his experiences on Grace Under Fire. What makes this a Tear Jerker moment is that Steuer would commit suicide in February 2018.
    • 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 her husband 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.
  • In Law & Order, this happened often in the show's early years:
    • George Dzundza disliked commuting from Los Angeles to shoot in New York and bristled at the show's focus on the ensemble over its leads (namely, him). This didn't endear him to said ensemble and he left after the first season. Allegedly he and his onscreen partner Chris Noth had a particular antipathy which, fortunately, added depth and realism to the squabbles between their characters. His replacement, Paul Sorvino, got along better with the cast but had trouble keeping up with the show's grueling filming schedule and asked to be released from his contract after just a season and a half. He was replaced by Jerry Orbach. Fortunately, everybody (up to and including the real NYPD) loved Jerry Orbach.
    • Noth and Michael Moriarty were very displeased by the controversial removal of Dann Florek and Richard Brooks due to NBC wanting females added on the show, and their relationships with Dick Wolf went downhill as a result. Moriarty also became increasingly hostile to the show's "liberal" political bent (ironically, Wolf supported the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and other L&O cast member Senator Fred Thompson, both conservative Republicans), and wasn't pleased when Bill Clinton won the Presidential election in 1992. He constantly and very publicly attacked US Attorney General Janet Reno, accusing her of actively censoring network television and "forcing" shows like Law & Order to promote the agenda of the Clinton administration. Moriarty left at the end of the show's fourth season, and vowed never to return unless NBC fired Wolf (which as of this writing, they have yet to do). Tellingly, unlike Florek and Brooks and even Chris Noth, all of whom left the show on unpleasant terms, Moriarty has never returned to the franchise, and indeed, his character was killed offscreen on the Spin-Off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2018.
    • Noth stayed on an extra year, partly because he was very popular with female viewers, and partly because unlike Moriarty, he avoided tilting at windmills and focused his ire on Wolf himself. Noth even claimed the show was better with an all-male cast. After his contract was up at the end of the fifth season, Wolf declined to renew it and Noth was fired - and replaced with another Mr. Fanservice in Benjamin Bratt as the new junior detective. However, Noth and Wolf patched things up surprisingly quickly - just three years later Noth's character of Det. Mike Logan returned as the lead character of the only telefilm in franchise history, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie, and went on to costar on Law & Order: Criminal Intent after star Vincent D'Onofrio started to experience burnout due to the latter series' grueling schedule.
  • 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!"
  • On Married... with Children, Al and Marcy were archenemies, and actors Ed O'Neill and Amanda Bearse weren't much better. Bearse also didn't have the best relationship with David Faustino (Bud), to the point that the two men were the only former castmates not invited to her wedding. During the show's run, Bearse grew increasingly comfortable as a lesbian and began cutting her hair and dressing in a more masculine manner, which O'Neill criticized.note  Nonetheless, he was offended by the snub and when he confronted her about it, she said she didn't want them snickering at her and her bride walking down the aisle in tuxedos. O'Neill responded by...admitting he would have acted exactly as she feared, entirely justifying her decision.
  • 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.
  • Martin Lawrence clashed with Tisha Campbell and Garrett Morris while making Martin. With Campbell, it got to the point that she refused to be in the same room as him, even during filming, despite playing his wife. The reason behind their feud depends on who you ask: Campbell accused him of sexual harassment, while Lawrence claims she tried getting her real-life husband a role on the show and became petty when Lawrence said no. Carl Anthony Payne II has also stated that he and Lawrence didn't get along, which is surprising considering their onscreen chemistry. Ironically, Lawrence did become close with Tichina Arnold, who played his arch enemy on the show, and they remain good friends to this day.
  • Melrose Place:
    • Around season four, tensions between cast members and producers were spiking. In particular, Daphne Zuniga, who played photographer Jo Reynolds, was reportedly very unpopular with both the cast and crew and asked to be written out of the show before the season ended.
    • Also around this time and sometime after, many of the female costars were unhappy with the preferential treatment of Heather Locklear by both producers and the network (particularly with her increased salary over their own). This lead to the eventual resignations of both Laura Leighton (Sydney) and Courtney Thorne-Smith (Alison) who later resurfaced on fellow Fox shows Beverly Hills, 90210 and Ally McBeal, respectively.
  • 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).
    Adam: We have respect for each other, but we also drive each other absolutely batty.
  • NCIS: Pauley Perrette decided to leave the show after a falling-out with Mark Harmon. Things degenerated to the point that she refused to be on the set at the same time he was, resulting in Abby and Gibbs having very few scenes together in Season 15, not even in her final episode... at least that's what the network says. Perrette has posted on twitter that her reason for leaving may be due to sexual assault by someone she has yet to name, and accused the network of lying about the reason to cover it up.
  • When Jon Lovitz joined the cast of NewsRadio following Phil Hartman's death, he took an instant hatred to Andy Dick, blaming him for Hartman's death by introducing Hartman's wife Brynn Omdahl to cocaine, which resulted in the murder-suicide that resulted in the deaths of Hartman and Omdahl.
  • 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.
  • Jeremy Gelbwaks, the original actor of youngest brother Chris on The Partridge Family, didn't get along with Danny Bonaduce (with the latter claiming years later on Behind The Music that he wasn't above kicking him before they would film a scene). He was replaced by Brian Forster, who got along fine with Danny.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers originated a conflict between Austin St. John (Jason) and Jason David Frank (Tommy). Exact details vary, ranging from personality clashes to arguments over their personal martial arts credentials. The severity of the conflict has gone up and down, they seemed fine appearing with each other for various reunion episodes and publicity opportunities, but notably seemed to avoid doing convention panels together. This unfortunately went darker as a man was arrested at the Phoenix Comic Con trying to carry weapons inside, claiming to be targeting Frank (among others) due to this rumored feud. Frank himself made a public statement afterward about the need for safety at the conventions as well as putting to rest the stories of the feud (indicating either it was exaggerated or the two of them decided to bury it).
    • This is the reported reason why David Yost (Billy) left the series during Zeo. The production crew kept making homophobic remarks toward him after it came out he was gay. Ultimately he couldn't take it any more, walked off set and never came back, forcing the writers to write him out. This was also apparently why he didn't come back for a cameo in Power Rangers Megaforce as well.
    • It was rumoured that not all of the Power Rangers Wild Force cast got on with each other. According to Jessica Rey (Alyssa), Ricardo Medina, Jr. (Cole) was a bit full of himself, while Alyson Kiperman (Taylor) mostly kept to herself.
  • Deliberately invoked, at least initially, by the creator of The Professionals - Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins 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, although the tension between the two meant that the writers stopped doing the two-hander scenes set in the bunkroom that were a staple of the early series.
  • 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.
  • Burt Reynolds left the series Riverboat after twenty episodes due to not getting on with co-star Darren McGavin or the executive producer.
  • 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 Retool 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 prima-donna stars on this show before moving on to Grace Under Fire, Cybill, and Two and a Half Men in his later career.
    • It happened again with the show's ill-fated 2018 revival, which was already contentious given not only Barr's history, but her recent embrace of far-right politics and conspiracy theories. The latter point ultimately became the show's undoing, with ABC canceling it after Barr made a particularly toxic set of tweetsnote  — but not before head writer Wanda Sykes and actress Emma Kenney (who played Roseanne's granddaughter Harris) quit the show in disgust. The backstage drama even spread to other ABC shows, with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris preparing to walk away from his show unless ABC fired Barr;note  after she was fired, he compared the situation to ABC "hir[ing] a monster and then [asking] why the monster was killing villagers." ABC, not wanting to part with their highest-rated show but also knowing Barr was irreparably toxic to the crew, went The Hogan Family route by firing Barr and rebranding the show as The Connors, which was enough to placate Kenney and crewmembers to stay on the program.
  • On RuPaul's Drag Race, most of the onscreen arguments and rivalries can be chalked up to stress from long shooting hours and Manipulative Editing only showing contestants at their worst and editing out any apologies afterwards, with a couple notable exceptions:
    • Season 1 finalist Rebecca Glasscock didn't get along with the other two finalists, Bebe Zahara Benet and Nina Flowers, who had bonded and hoped to work together again afterwards, but Rebecca made it very clear that she wasn't friends with either of them.
    • The Season 2 contestants have minced no words saying that they did not get along with season winner Tyra Sanchez, who was very much The Prima Donna during the season. When Tyra was crowned, runner-up Raven's farewell message was, "Watch the stars, because you'll never be one." This has only continued after the season; Tyra was banned from DragCon for threatening violence against Tatianna (among other antics too numerous to list here). When asked or criticized about her behavior, Tyra would always fall back on excuses of her social media being hacked, her words taken too seriously or out of context, and/or people simply hating her because she's black. Pandora Boxx summed up the cast's feelings when she tweeted, "Tyra Sanchez you were an asshole 8 years ago and you're an asshole now."
    • Invoked in Season 5 with Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese, who were rivals outside the show due to drama surrounding the Miss Gay America drag pageant. Despite their constant bickering during the season, when it came time for the ballet challenge, Coco chose to work with Alyssa because she respects that the latter is a choreographer, and their segment just happened to be a black swan and white swan squaring off. Fortunately, they were able to "bury the hatch" and were friends again by the time of All Stars 2.
    • RuPaul himself experienced this in the 90's when he was a guest star on LL Cool J's sitcom In The House. The two did not get along due to LL's homophobia, to the point that LL threatened Ru with violence. What makes this sadly ironic is that in the episode, Ru played a high school friend of LL's character Marion who reveals that he's now a drag queen, and Marion learns to accept his friend's career choice. This means LL learned absolutely nothing from his own show. Their bad blood continues into the present day; Ru has said that he thinks LL's later show Lip Sync Battle is a poor ripoff of Drag Race.
  • 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. After Michaels told her that he was unable to do anything about him, the two communicated through Gilda Radner. She described him and Aykroyd as the "bully boys" of the show. Both Belushi and Samurai Widow, written by Belushi's wife Judy Belushi-Pisano, claim that Jane actually didn't like Belushi and described his willingness to put effort into female-written sketches by his family. Curtin and Aykroyd were able to reconcile after a few years.
    • Murray and 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. Radner did become close friends with Laraine Newman, although there was a degree of rivalry between them.
    • 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 both 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.
    • David Spade mentioned a supposed rivalry between him and Rob Schneider:
      We sort of had a little friction. We got hired together; we were best buddies. But some things happened. I think he didn’t put my name on a sketch the first time [and] he didn’t tell me about a writers’ meeting. So I thought he was trying to get me fired, which was very easy at that point.
    • The 1994-95 season was such a mess that a cover article in New York magazine from that time about the show's Dork Age was heavily devoted to the behind-the-scenes clashes that were going on. Janeane Garofalo's tenure on the show during this season started with great enthusiasm on her part, but only lasted six months before she quit in disgust after feuding with several cast members and writers (including Adam Sandler, Al Franken, and Fred Wolf). She described the experience as the most miserable thing she'd ever been through, and the sexist atmosphere backstage as comparable to a fraternity hazing, remarking that, every time she arrived on set, she'd wonder "okay, who's mad at me today?". Laura Kightlinger also had little nice to say about the experience in the writers' room, describing many of them as immature man-children who were obsessed with crude humor and would bitterly argue with each other, comparing it unfavorably to her experience writing for Roseanne (itself not an easygoing job).
    • There have been guest hosts that didn't quite gel with the main cast:
      • Richard Pryor disliked Chevy Chase, as evidenced by this appearance on The Tonight Show.
      • Frank Zappa didn't get on with most of the cast due to his anti-drug stance and their liberal drug use. Tellingly, everyone stands away from him during the goodbye (except John Belushi).
      • The cast hated Milton Berle due to his constant upstaging and mugging. Five minutes into his monologue, Bill Murray dropped a large pipe, making a loud noise and disrupting his routine. Shortly after, Berle was told by a producer at the foot of the stage that the monologue was over, which he responded incredulously to and briefly contested. During the audience's applause while transitioning to commercial, he can be seen angrily yelling while the house band looks on nervously.
      • Jane Curtin named Walter Matthau as the worst guest host she ever experienced:
        Curtin: "I had a hard time with Walter Matthau. He came in thinking that it was, 'Hey, come on now. Let's play.' Not knowing that this show was — down to the minute, down to the second — everything had to be precise and he was going, "Come on. Let's play". It was disrespecting our space, and it really pissed me off."
      • Norm MacDonald and David Spade named Steven Seagal as the worst guest host they ever experienced.
        Spade: "He was a little tough. He was actually tough and he was tough to work with. It was hard. He did not want to play along."
      • Tina Fey named Paris Hilton as one of her least favourite guest hosts. Hilton refused to do a sketch that mentioned 1 Night in Paris and refused to come out of her dressing room until the writers agreed to discard the script. Hilton also requested to play a fat Jessica Simpson in a sketch because "I hate her." The cast also set up a betting pool on whether Hilton would ask anyone a personal question, which Seth Meyers won when Hilton asked him if Maya Rudolph is Italian.
      • Bill Hader and Jay Pharoah named Justin Bieber as the worst musical guest they ever had due to his prima-donna behaviour.
        Hader: "He just was in a bad place... Maybe he's in a better place, but back then he was in a very... it was rough, [...] Everybody's usually on great behavior... Bieber is the only one in my experience... he just seemed like exhausted or just at the end of a rope. I mean, he was just so huge."
  • It was long-rumoured, and eventually confirmed, that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall 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. This was also the reason why both of the Sex and the City movies went through Development Hell — to do those movies would mean the cast working with each other again, which nobody involved wanted to do for anything less than a huge payday. For a long time after the franchise had ended, both tried to chalk 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, and had never quite gone away, as Cattrall lashed out at Parker in an Instagram post after Cattrall's brother died.
    "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."
  • On July 18, 2018, Alice Wetterlund took to Twitter to accuse T.J. Miller of inappropriate, unprofessional behavior on the set of Silicon Valley, writing:
    “I hope to not ruin it for you, but T.J. Miller was a bully and petulant brat".
  • SoapOperas 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 while making All My Children — Lucci supposedly resented the fact that Gellar won a Daytime 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:
    • William Shatner was disliked by most of the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series, who accused him of stealing lines and screentime from them. Some saw it as an "us and them" situation (Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley on one side, and James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nicholsnote  and Walter Koenig on the other). Furthermore, Shatner was initially jealous of Nimoy's popularity.
      • Apparently, Shatner was oblivious to much of his co-stars' disdain, until he sat them down for interviews while working on the book Star Trek Memories, and many of them called him out over his glory-hogging, especially Nichelle Nichols. Shatner has at least somewhat mellowed out since then.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation had a notorious Troubled Production in its first few seasons, it wasn't until the third season that the production team stabilized and the cast really started to get along.
      • Denise Crosby was told up front that her character was not going to get much screentime (as they were attempting a replicate the Kirk, Spock and Bones Power Trio with Picard, Crusher and Data) and because her bridge station was directly behind the captain, she would spend all day on set with few lines and often just her legs in the frame. This encouraged her to request to be written out.
      • Gates McFadden was vocal about the sexism and racism that turned up in the first season (especially "Code of Honor"), which she attributed to her time in a theater conservatory that encouraged such feedback. This did not help the already difficult writers room (they notoriously went through dozens of writers, many of whom were hired and fired in the same week), and once Maurice Hurley took control for the second season he demanded that she be fired. Once Hurley left and Michael Piller took over in the third season he convinced the execs and McFadden herself to return.
      • Patrick Stewart was uncertain of how successful the show would be, and did not settle into his apartment for years. He was also finicky about being a noted Shakespearean actor in a sci-fi show, and would berate the rest of the cast for joking around in between takes. Famously, when the cast said they were just having fun his response was a very terse "And where in our contract does it say we are here to have 'fun'?" (another incident was more understandable, during a documentary/interview before the show aired the production allowed one of the interviewers to wear his costume, which he did not appreciate). He eventually lightened up and became more sociable, although the cast still gives him grief over the "fun" line.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had nothing too extensive, but the behind-the-scenes attitude was very dour. It's been said that Avery Brooks, Armin Shimerman and Marc Alaimo took their roles very seriously (Brooks' temperament was partially due to Method Acting, Shimerman always fought against Ferengi as comic relief and Alaimo, despite technically being a guest star, would behave as though he was the lead). During the first few years with TNG filming next to them, when people were actually talking and laughing the producers knew that Marina Sirtis had wandered over to visit some friends. Upon joining the cast in the fourth season, Michael Dorn said it took him some time to get everyone to lighten up.
    • There was considerable tension between Kate Mulgrew and Jeri Ryan on Star Trek: Voyager. Mulgrew resented the character of Seven of Nine, due to the fact that she was getting more focus than Janeway, who was meant to be the star.
  • 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.
  • In Three's Company, Suzanne Somers caused so much friction on set during the fifth season that she didn't speak to John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt for over thirty years.note 
  • 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".
  • The chemistry between Two Fat Ladies stars Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson-Wright did not continue at all when the cameras stopped rolling. Both women were strong-willed and difficult; Paterson has been described as bitter and insulting, and while Dickson-Wright was a bit more amiable, she was possessed with a volatile temper (crew members nicknamed her "Krakatoa"). The animosity between them was so pronounced that they stayed in separate hotels during filming. Clarissa was also put off by Jennifer's on-set smoking and drinking (particularly the latter, as Clarissa was a recovering alcoholic).

  • 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 terse relations between the bandmembers reached 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When Atomic Kitten were on their third album, tensions between Natasha Hamilton and Jenny Frost were very high. Natasha was dealing with post natal 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.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair were initially good friends but had a falling out backstage, resulting in their alliance on NXT quietly disappearing.
  • Back in 2005 after he was traded over to WWE SmackDown, Dave Bautista 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 he and Booker T getting into it which culminated with the latter knocking the former down with a single punch.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 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. Neithe 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".

     Web Video 
  • The Channel Awesome anniversary movies:
    • Dan Rizzo aka That Aussie Guy didn't make himself popular while making TGWTG Year One Brawl. In addition to slutshaming 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' film 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.

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.
  • 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.

     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 the 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.
  • 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.

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  • The Simpsons:
    • The Krusty the Clown Show is an incredibly toxic environment, and Krusty himself is responsible of 99% of it, being an utter jerk of a prima donna that belittles, insults, threatens and even endangers 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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