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Hostility on the Set

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

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

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

This is not about those actors.

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

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


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


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    Adult Entertainment 
  • Unsurprisingly, this happens in the adult film industry too, where the egos of the performers are possibly even higher than those of regular actors. Lexington Steele almost got into a fistfight with Mark Anthony while shooting an orgy scene in Prague for letting him do all the heavy lifting, Manuel Ferrera so despised Sasha Grey's "phony" performance during a threesome scene with Sandra Romain that at one point he actually shoved her aside and forced her to watch them (and ended up winning an award for it, ironically), Nikki Benz was gagged and headpunched by a Prima Donna Director who subsequently got fired after she publically called him out on his abuse, Kristina Rose flung at Abella Danger on a set after the latter told porn mogul Mark Spiegler that Rose also worked as a prostitute, the list goes on.

    Anime and Manga 
  • A bit of a downplayed example, but rather notable for an industry that tries its darndest to project a cheerful image 24/7: Ayane Sakura and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka are something of a real life Sitcom Archnemesis to one another. As reported by seiyuu watchers, they have a history with each other due to having been peers in the same voice acting training school in the late 2000s. With Matsuoka having No Social Skills at the time, he made a terrible first impression on her, and as the years have gone by, her reactions to his presence have grown more and more negative (such as rolling her eyes or pretending to gag when he gets brought up), while he seems to be intimidated by her in general (despite being almost 8 years older). They have been cast in many anime together and are able to be professional around each other then, but things tend to get awkward on offset events such as web radio broadcasts. There is speculation this supposedly terrible relationship between them may be heavily exaggerated by their agents and the hosts for these types of events as a kind of Kayfabe with a core of truth to it that straddles the line of being a Worked Shoot.
  • Longstanding friction between Tite Kubo and the editors of Shonen Jump contributed to the demise of Bleach. Despite the exposure having his story featured in Jump afforded him (with Bleach at one point being considered part of the magazine's "Big Three" alongside One Piece and Naruto), Kubo resented what he saw as the editors' attempts to interfere in the story he wanted to tell and was not afraid to publicly say so. How the editors at Jump felt about Kubo's sentiment can be gleaned from Ichigo's gradual Billing Displacement on Jump's covers over the years, despite him being the main character of what was ostensibly one of the magazine's major titles. This chilly working relationship (along with Kubo suffering from exhaustion and health problems) contributed to his decision to end the series in 2016.
  • One-time example: During a break in recording for Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Kōichi Yamadera - who was new to the entire seiyuu industry at the time, not just the series - mused out loud about Amuro Ray being a "good guy" and Char Aznable being a "bad guy"; Shuichi Ikeda (who plays Char) gave him a rather nasty earful in retaliation, insulting Yamadera for being unable to realize that Gundam thrives on Gray-and-Grey Morality. Thankfully, Ikeda apologized afterward.
  • The original Fruits Basket anime didn't get a second season because mangaka Natsuki Takaya and director Akitaro Daichi didn't get along and refused to work with each other ever again. The anime was later rebooted in 2019 without Daichi's involvement.
  • English dub examples:
    • Tristan MacAvery had a massive fallout with Matt Greenfield, resulting in him no longer getting work at ADV Films. He hasn't worked in anime since, and his role of Gendo Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion was taken over by John Swasey in further media.
    • Sailor Moon's original dub from Optimum Productions had a lot of backstage drama involving producer Nicole Thuault, who was notoriously very difficult to work with. She had fallouts with every single director on the project, including Tracey Moore (who was also the first voice for the title character), Roland Parliament, and John Stocker, resulting in all of their departures, one right after the other. She then took on directing duties herself with the S and SuperS seasons, despite the fact that she only spoke French. This is usually blamed for the decline in quality in the dub for those seasons.
    • Stephanie Nadolny lost her ongoing roles of Kid Goku and Kid Gohan in the Dragon Ball franchise amid some kind of fallout between her Funimation, possibly involving Christopher Sabat. The exact nature of the fallout isn't clear, but she claims that she hasn't been able to even audition for the studio since 2009 because of drama that took place.
    • An affidavit written by Chuck Huber in 2019 during the height of a scandal surrounding Vic Mignogna about alleged sexual misconduct towards coworkers and fans claims that in the decades before his eventual firing from Funimation, Mignogna had hostile relationships with his fellow Funimation voice actors. According to Huber, these said voice actors often bullied Mignogna for his religious and political beliefs while speaking negatively about his success. Many of Mignogna's supporters have cited the affidavit as proof that his accusers (namely Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat) conspired to destroy Mignogna's career out of jealousy. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.

  • Pinocchio: Christian Rub, the voice actor for Gepetto, was a Nazi sympathizer (at the beginning of World War II no less) and frequently upset the cast and crew members by going on tangents where he praised Hitler's actions. The crew members eventually got revenge on him when it was time to film him on a rocking boat set for the animators to use as reference. They apparently apparently rocked the set so hard, they gave him "the ride of his life".

  • The Allman Brothers Band's last album, Win, Lose or Draw was aptly titled for a session that was marked by constant fighting amongst the band. It had started with Gregg Allman missing the first day and the other band members, all as coked up as he was, angrily confronting him over his commitment to the band in the face of a solo project (Dicky Betts was one to talk about that, as he had his own solo project beckoning). Eventually it got to the point where the producers had to put together the last, and universally reviled as the worst, album of the band's original run, from whatever jams the band did do together early in the session and those parts that individual members could get done themselves later on (even still, rumor has it that the producers had to do some of the rhythm parts themselves).
  • Tensions between Joey Belladonna and his fellow members of Anthrax peaked during production of Persistence of Time. Joey was resistant to prodding from the others to alter his vocal style for the album; Scott Ian said, "I hated what he was doing and at the same time it was like we were pulling teeth to even get that out of him."
  • When Atomic Kitten were on their third album, tensions between Natasha Hamilton and Jenny Frost were very high. Natasha was dealing with postnatal depression and her commitments to the group had slipped - leading to her no-showing several publicity events. Right before a photoshoot, Natasha turned up with a new hairstyle identical to Jenny's. Things got very heated once they went on their tour - and Natasha even no-showed a gig in Dublin because she'd had a fight with the other two.
  • The Beatles had periods of this:
    • Recording engineer Norman Smith later stated that the studio sessions for Rubber Soul revealed signs of growing conflict within the group – "the clash between John and Paul was becoming obvious", he wrote, and "as far as Paul was concerned, George could do no right".
    • By the time Let It Be came about, the already tense relations between the band members reached a breaking point:
      • Paul McCartney tried to organise and encourage his bandmates, but his attempts to hold the band together and rally spirits were seen by the others as controlling and patronising.
      • McCartney and George Harrison got into a heated argument during the recording of "Two of Us".
      • Harrison got into a blazing row with John Lennon over creative disengagement from the band. According to journalist Michael Housego of The Daily Sketch, this descended into violence with them allegedly throwing punches at each other. Harrison denied this in a 16 January interview for the Daily Express, saying: "There was no punch-up. We just fell out."
  • Cut the Crap was the title of the last Clash album because it fit the statement Joe Strummer was trying to make about getting back to the Three Chords and the Truth roots of punk, but it or some variant thereof was probably said at least a few times a day during the sessions, which began with Strummer and Paul Simonon kicking Mick Jones out of the band because he was getting to be too much of a rock star, followed by Topper Headon, who couldn't kick heroin long enough to record. Simonon might as well have left or been forced out as well, given his minimal contribution to what, on the face of things, looked like a Strummer solo album—most of the other instruments were played by unknown musicians the band had hired through anonymous ads in Melody Maker for a hundred pounds a week.
    • However, Strummer and manager Bernie Rhodes fought bitterly, with Rhodes as determined to make a more contemporary Clash that could keep riding the musical tides for another several years as Strummer was to get back to where they once belonged. Rhodes was able to win and record the album his way by stealing the master tapes and adding plenty of synthesizers and effects to most of them; Strummer was so disgusted that, late in production, he tried to get Jones to come back.
    • The result was an end to a once-great band as bitter as Let it Be or Win, Lose or Draw.
  • It's common knowledge that conflicts between the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival permeated the Troubled Production of their final album, Mardi Gras (1972), but the precise details are a matter of dispute. Either way, the tension eventually led to the breakup of the band after the album's release:
    • The part of the story that everybody basically agrees on is that Doug Clifford and Stu Cook were not big fans of John Fogerty's leadership — either because Clifford and Cook were envious of all the attention Fogerty received or because Clifford and Cook were fed up with Fogerty's dictatorial I Am the Band tendencies, depending on the source. It was because of John's egotism that his brother Tom quit CCR before the recording of Mardi Gras.
    • According to Clifford and Cook, Fogerty tasked them with composing their own individual songs for Mardi Gras, despite their reluctance to contributing more to the album than they were used to. To hear it from them, this was Fogerty's attempt to set them up to fail and be seen as inferior musicians; to reinforce this point, Fogerty did not involve himself in either of their songs.
    • In his autobiography, Fogerty states that it was Clifford and Cook's idea to individually contribute to the album, and that they basically forced him to give them greater power in the band's creative process.note  When Mardi Gras was released, Fogerty says, his bandmates blamed him for their songs being panned by critics.
    • No matter how exactly things went down, the failure of the album heralded the end of CCR not long afterwards, and the surviving members have literally spent the decades since suing each other.
  • Deep Purple were so stressed from heavy touring when they went right back into the studio to do Who Do We Think We Are? that before production was over, it had reached the point where none of the members were willing to be in the studio with each other, necessitating careful scheduling by the producer and engineers to get the album finished. They were able to make up afterwards, although the experience contributed to Ian Gillan's departure after the ensuing tour.
  • The reason why drummer Chris Pennie left the The Dillinger Escape Plan. Chris and band leader Ben Weinman's relationship went south after Miss Machine released and couldn't work together on a personal or professional level. Tensions got so bad between the two Ben temporarily left the band during a tour with AFI cause he couldn't stand being around Chris. Chris eventually left the band to join Coheed and Cambria. Singer Greg Puciato explains more about the drama in this interview. Also, it's never been out right stated, but its been heavily implied that Ben and Greg's worsening relationship played a small part in the band breaking up in 2017.
  • The Doobie Brothers similar constant touring/recording schedule had brought them considerable success, but at great cost to their personal relationships. By the late 1970s, according to bassist Tiran Porter, "we were all pretty sick of each other", allowing replacement lead singer Michael McDonald to dominate the band by the time Minute by Minute was released. But those sessions and the subsequent tour cost them more members, and after their next album, One Step Closer, they were little more than McDonald's backing band.
  • Eagles were definitely this over the years. Especially towards the end. Glenn Frey had a reputation for being difficult to say the least, and had a hard time getting along with EVERYBODY in the group (from initial producer Glyn Johns to bandmates Bernie Leadon and Don Felder). Even his relationship with Don Henley (who co-founded the group with him and was arguably his biggest ally in the group) was fraying.
    • During the recording of their final original album, The Long Run, Felder at one point told Frey "When this is all over, I'll kick your ass". Months later, late in the band's last concert, with three songs left, Felder looked at Frey, held up three fingers and said "three songs left", to which Frey replied "I can barely wait". Then the two joined for a harmonious rendition of "The Best of My Love". After the show the knock-down drag-out indeed happened, leaving quite a bit of damage in its waking.
    • And then the band still had to do a live album, which required some studio overdubs. Frey and Henley worked from studios on opposite coasts, unable to even be in the same state with each other. The joke was that the Postal Service deserved a producer credit on the ensuing, well-received Eagles Live.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer's minimal output during their last years can be explained by their even more minimal willingness to work with each other. Love Beach, their last and worst album, came about only because of contractual obligations.
  • During Fleetwood Mac's notoriously volatile period when everyone was breaking up with and/or cheating on everyone else in the band, the music videos for "Hold Me" and "Gypsy" were both filmed when various band members couldn't stand to be around each other. The former uses a lot of close up shots to disguise that they weren't actually near each other and shot their scenes separately, while the latter had Stevie Nicks be made to dance with Lindsey Buckingham, who she didn't want to be in the same room with, and she looks visibly uncomfortable doing so.
  • Girls Aloud:
    • Nadine later revealed that the early days of the group, when she was the one chosen to get the most lead vocals, led to a lot of bitterness between the girls.
    • Sarah ended up losing contact with Nicola, Kimberly and Cheryl after the split - remaining only in contact with Nadine.
  • The Jacksons' Victory Tour was rife with this. Michael had been roped into doing the tour by his mother to help his brothers out and greatly resented doing so; his disgust with the soon-abandoned lottery ticket system didn't help. The brothers attempted to get some sort of unity with a rule that only they could ride in the vans to shows, but Michael soon broke it; by the time he let Julian Lennon fly with them on the helicopter to Giants Stadium, they were all glaring at him silently. Eventually it led to separate limos to shows for all of them, Michael even staying in a separate hotel, and Michael and Jermaine letting their lawyers stand in for them at the increasingly frequent meetings between the band, Don King and promoter Chuck Sullivan later in the tour as things started going really sour. Michael saved the coldest dish for last, telling the crowd at the rain-soaked tour finale in Dodger Stadium that this was to be the brothers' last performance together, stunning not only them but King and Joe Jackson, who had been all set to take the tour to Europe.
  • The Kinks have had some tense periods when brothers Ray and Dave Davies were squabbling.note 
    • Dave and drummer Mick Avory were often at odds. In the most notorious (and widely mis-reported) incident, at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, South Wales, in 1965, Avory hit Davies with his drum pedal (not the cymbal stand, which, according to later interviews with Avory "would have decapitated him"), in reprisal for Davies kicking over his drum kit as revenge for a drunken fight the previous night in a Taunton hotel, apparently won by Mick. He then fled into hiding for days to avoid arrest for grievous bodily harm. On other occasions, fuming, he would hurl his drumsticks at Dave. According to Ray, their problems began during the time Mick and Dave shared a flat in London for a short period in early 1965. This resulted in Mick leaving the band. They eventually buried the hatchet.
  • While it wasn't why he was fired, this was most certainly the case with CJ McCreery and the rest of Lorna Shore for a solid year or so before he was fired. While they got along well at first, relations with him started to go downhill by the end of 2018, and when the band went to the studio to record the rest of Immortal in early 2019, he managed to piss off Adam De Micco and Austin Archey by showing up for three days (as opposed to the month-plus that they spent working on it) with poor-quality lyrics and delivering numerous poor takes that had to be cleaned up and stitched together. Once they started doing the year's tours, Adam and Austin (plus newcomer Andrew O'Connor) quickly grew to despise him for his trashy and embarrassing conduct on tour and his habitual laziness and tendency to try and lie and manipulate his way out of everything, as well as his rudeness towards fans and other bands, and when they ended their final tour for the year, they were so sick of him and hated him so much that there was serious talk of firing him. When the allegations against him came out at the end of the year, they mostly just accelerated the inevitable - he had to go for the sake of the band's emotional wellbeing either way, and the allegations just forced their hand early. CJ's old Signs Of The Swarm bandmate Bobby Crow also went on record to say that the same was true for CJ's time with them, as he regularly displayed all of the same behaviors there and was such a toxic presence and caused so many problems for the band that, in the months before CJ quit to join Lorna Shore, there was a very real possibility of Bobby leaving the band because he could no longer deal with CJ.
  • 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.
  • The members of The Police hated each other so much that they frequently had physical altercations backstage. The final straw came when they couldn't agree on which drum machine to use for a session (drummer Stewart Copeland had broken his collarbone in a horseback riding accident and was unable to play drums). Andy Summers saw Sting and Copeland arguing about this one morning, so he left and decided to skip most of the day. When he returned to the studio in the late afternoon, his bandmates were still having the same argument, as passionately as they had in the morning, without either of them ready to give in.
    • Sting so disliked the instrumental "Behind My Camel" from Zenyatta Mondatta that not only did he refuse to play on it, he tried to bury the master tape. Didn't stop him from accepting the Grammy the band won for it, though.
  • Like The Kinks, Oasis is notorious for the acrimonious relationship between brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, coming to a head when a backstage fight resulted in the band's breakup.
  • Band relations in The Ramones were often tense:
    • Tension between Joey and Johnny colored much of the band's career. The pair were politically antagonistic, Joey being a liberal and Johnny a conservative. Their personalities also clashed: Johnny, who spent two years in military school, lived by a strict code of self-discipline, while Joey struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder and alcoholism. In the early 1980s, Linda Danielle began a relationship with Johnny after having already been romantically involved with Joey. Consequently, despite their continued professional relationship, Joey and Johnny had become aloof from each other. Johnny did not contact Joey before the latter's death, although he said that he was depressed for "the whole week" after his death.
    • Tommy quit the band after being "physically threatened by Johnny, treated with contempt by Dee Dee, and all but ignored by Joey".
    • The tensions among the group members were not kept secret from the public as was heard on The Howard Stern Show in 1997, where during the interview Marky and Joey got into a fight about their respective drinking habits.
    • A year after the band's breakup, Marky Ramone made disparaging response against C.J. in the press, calling him a "bigot," a statement he would reiterate a decade later. C.J. would later respond that he was unsure as to why he would make negative comments against him in the press though he denied that it had anything to do with his marrying Marky's niece. He also denied being a bigot. Many years later, C.J. mentioned that despite being the two surviving members of arguably the band's most commercially successful era, and despite reaching out a few times to join him on stage, he and Marky were no longer in contact
  • While there were no hostilities in S Club 7 during their first run together, in The New '10s when Bradley, Jo and Paul toured together as 'S Club 3', Paul eventually stopped appearing with them citing tensions between himself and Jo.
  • The shoot for Tupac Shakur's "Hit 'Em Up" video was as intense as the actual song. He was engaged in an argument with someone, who was heard telling him "You'll get shot." His armed bodyguard assured him that he had nothing to worry about. He also broke up a fight involving his friend Muta during the filming and fired a production assistant on set. The assistant was answering Shakur's pager and returning his personal calls without his consent. Many callers were confused or angry that a female assistant was answering Shakur's calls. The assistant had mistakenly lost the pager, and with Shakur already growing wary of her, fired her for that reason.
  • Dealing with Eddie Van Halen was apparently not easy. He trashed Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony publically for over a decade while not speaking a word to the guys themselves, trashed David Lee Roth while he's in the band, and generally had a bad attitude about any-and-everybody that doesn't have "Van Halen" as their last name. Said something things eventually got so fiery with both singers they wanted to take a rest, and Michael Anthony also didn't like being sidelined (to the point he only joined the 2004 reunion because Sammy wanted him there).
  • Why Woe, Is Me was only around for about four years. A lot of interpersonal conflicts, drug issues, and an inability to keep a stable lineup led to the band leader Kevin Hansen ending the band after Genesis released in 2013.


  • Ron Moody noted that several members of the original West End stage cast of Oliver! (1960) did not get along saying: "It was not a happy company". He personally had a poor relationship with Georgia Brown, who was the original Nancy. When the film came to be made, Brown blamed Moody for her not being cast as Nancy. However, Moody categorically denied this, saying he had no say or influence whatsoever over the casting of the film and he himself was far from the first choice to play Fagin despite his success on stage.
  • In the 1970s, Nicol Williamson and Helen Mirren co-starred in a disastrous production of Macbeth where they absolutely hated each other. Years later, John Boorman cast them as enemies in Excalibur, believing that their natural animosity would be perfect. Neither realised the other was in the film until they'd signed on. Mirren recalled that they got on very well once they were "freed from the shackles of Macbeth".
  • Nicol Williamson was a habitual offender. His history of backstage misbehavior was so notorious that when he was cast as John Barrymore in Paul Rudnick's comedy I Hate Hamlet in 1991, it was against the express advice of the casting director. In a 2007 New Yorker article, Rudnick recalls Williamson binge-drinking, sexually harrassing the stage manager, offering unsolicited "direction" to co-stars, and— eventually— jabbing Evan Handler, who played the lead, in the buttocks with a prop sword during a swordplay sequence. (Handler walked off the production that night and did not return to the role.)
  • In his autobiography The Ragman's Son, Kirk Douglas recalled appearing in The Wind is Ninety on Broadway opposite Wendell Corey, who treated him very badly. He would ignore Douglas onstage and yelled at him when he attempted to discuss it with him, then upstaged and cold-shouldered him throughout the show. And if that wasn't enough, Corey made anti-semetic remarks about Douglas behind his back. They later appeared in the film I Walk Alone, but had no scenes together. Bizarrely, when Corey died, his widow asked Douglas to give the eulogy, as they both came to Hollywood at the same time.
  • Marlon Brando appeared opposite Tallulah Bankhead in a 1947 production of The Eagle Has Two Heads. He took every opportunity to upstage her - picking his nose, scratching his balls and even mooning the audience. He also ate garlic before their big love scene ("Avoiding Tallulah's tongue as best I could"). He was fired after urinating against the curtains during her big dramatic monologue.
    The next time she goes swimming, I hope whales shit on her.

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

    Western Animation 
  • It's no secret that John Kricfalusi made working on The Ren & Stimpy Show a blessing and a curse. When he wasn't holed up in his office to avoid confrontation and leaving others to the heavy lifting on his cartoons for him, he was an outright terror of a director to work for.
    • He frequently tore up artists' drawings for no reason other than it wasn't exactly what he pictured in his head, and he forbid any deviation from his layouts. When he tore up one background because he didn't like the bright colors, calling it "fucking candy cane lane," several artists decorated the studio with a sign that read "Candy Cane Lane" and drawings of Ren and Stimpy with candy canes up one another's butts as a form of protest.
    • Billy West suffered damage to his vocal cords from the grueling recording sessions, to which Johnny would respond, "You're 98% there." West was not swayed by bullying (he had grown up with an abusive father), which enraged Kricfalusi even further. He also fired storyboard artist Chris Reccardi for dating John's ex-girlfriend Lynne Naylor. (Reccardi and Naylor later married and remained together until Reccardi's fatal heart attack in May 2019). He rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Sven Höek" by chewing him out over the phone for hours over how "Disney like" it looked. Kricfalusi only began praising the cartoon when it became a fan favorite. Relations during the first two seasons became so bad that Bob Camp would invite staff members into his office to kick the wall (with a sign over it reading "John's Knees") to get aggression out. By the end of Kricfalusi's run, the wall had been reduced to a gaping hole.
    • "Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksman" only credited Reccardi for directing it after Kricfalusi was fired from the show. Kricfalusi was so enraged that he threatened to sue Nickelodeon for millions if he wasn't properly credited on the film; Reccardi relented and put his name on the credits. The day that most of the crew moved into Games Animation, he personally followed them around and verbally abused them.
    • This was also the case during the production of The Ripping Friends. Funbag Animation manager John Shaw explicitly told his staff to disregard John K.'s style guide and left it sitting on the front desk for weeks. When he came to the studio and found out, the two came dangerously close to blows. Kricfalusi apologized, but was banned from the studio the next day. As a result, he was forced to make most of his revisions from a nearby hotel.
  • Tensions between the creators of Rugrats in the original 65 episodes run were quite real. Arlene Klasky and Paul Germain clashed on creative directions; the former wanted the characters to act more like realistic babies, while the latter favored strong characterization. Angelica was the big point of argument - Arlene Klasky not wanting an antagonist and hating how mean she was, Paul Germain instead wanting to show Hidden Depths and explore why a child might become a bully. He ended up leaving the show before the episodes even aired. Arlene Klasky continued to be unpopular with a lot of the animators; she would speak to some of them in baby talk to illustrate how she wanted the Rugrats to act, and they made a Running Gag out of Didi's obsession with the terrible advice of Dr Lipschitz specifically to mock her - as she was a great believer in such parenting books.
  • The infamous "Thief in the Night" episode of The Transformers had another problem besides driving the late Casey Kasem, who was of Lebanese descent, to quit the show in disgust of its depictions of Arabs (including naming a nation "Carbombya"): it led to a nearly three decade-long disagreement between Maurice LaMarche (who voiced a Six-Gun) and voice director Wally Burr over the latter's style of directing. That said, before Burr's passing, while LaMarche stood by some of them, he did state most of his criticisms were out of line and reconciled with Burr.


    Anime & Manga 
  • In Skip Beat!, actors Ren Tsuruga (disguised as the actor Cain Heel) and Taira Murasame have been at each other's throats since the script reading for their film Tragic Marker. Ren's "Cain Heel" persona is aloof and disinterested (the director has asked him to keep his distance from the cast and crew, in order to make his performance as an undead serial killer terrifying and unexpected), while Taira is a hot-blooded ex-gang leader who thinks Cain isn't taking his work seriously.
    • They get into numerous verbal sparring matches that culminate in an incident where Ren nearly kills Tairanote : what starts out as stage combat practice turns into an all-out brawl, during which Ren puts Taira in a choke-hold while suspended over an unsecured ledge on the film set. Taira is convinced he's about to die and pulls Ren off the ledge with him, but a last-second intervention from Kyoko convinces Ren to throw Taira into a safety net and use the momentum from the throw to land safely.
  • Yuri Is My Job stars a group of high school students who work at a salon, where they roleplay as students at the prestigious Liebe Girls' Academy. While Mitsuki plays the kind senpai and "schwester" to Hime's character, in reality, she can't stand Hime. For the most part, the tension is manageable, until Hime learns that Mitsuki is a former friend of hers who betrayed her, and Mitsuki, who felt that Hime also wronged her, realizes that Hime wasn't just pretending to be ignorant of it. Their hostility gets so bad that Mai asks them if they no longer want to be "schwestern," and rumors spread about Mitsuki bullying Hime into becoming her schwester. Luckily, Hime stands up to Mitsuki, and the two make some progress in reconciling.

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  • Singin' in the Rain, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont can't stand each other and take advantage of the silent movie format for Volleying Insults. Of course, this changes once the movie is forcibly changed into a talkie.
  • In Found Footage 3D, Derek and Amy, the writers and stars of the Film Within a Film Spectre of Death 3D, have seen their relationship go on the rocks by the time the film enters production — not a good thing when they're playing a Happily Married couple in the film.
  • A gag in La La Land shows Mia and Sebastian walking past a film set where a kissing scene is being shot. As soon as the director calls cut, the actors playing the lovers start screaming at each other.
  • Satirized in Shadow of the Vampire, which is set in an Alternate History where Max Schreck, the lead actor in Nosferatu, was actually a real vampire, not an actor. This predictably leads to a metric ton of on-set tension, as Schreck regularly mistreats or feeds on crew members, gets into arguments with the director, and causes production snafus with his demands and limitations (like refusing to ride a boat to a shooting location because he Cannot Cross Running Water). It all eventually climaxes in the crew and Schreck trying to murder each other, starting a fight that ends with everybody except the director dead.
  • In This is Spın̈al Tap, the animosity between the band and their manager becomes more evident the worse things get, until finally Nigel leaves the band following the Seattle show at the Air Force base.
  • America's Sweethearts is about how two actors' on-screen chemistry translated into off-screen romance and how the deterioration of that relationship resulted in on-set tension and conflict.
  • In A Diva's Christmas Carol, when Ebony Scrooge is filming a Christmas video in Paris, she yells at the crew for dumping too fake snow on her, causing her to gag, not having her water or cell phone once off the set and bringing her toasted bread for breakfast instead of her requested French Toast, the latter of which drove a male crewmember to tears. Her large backup band also have little nice to say about her, even admitting in her Behind the Music episode that she was a nightmare to work for, she fired numerous people for trivial reasons, she allegedly killed her best friend via a car accident with a cut brake line to further her career and that she smelled really bad.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Feud: Bette and Joan covers the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. It, however, amps up some of Bette's behavior while toning down Joan's.
  • In Game of Thrones, Bianca, a member of Izembaro's Theatre Troupe, is secretly plotting to have Lady Crane killed so she could take the lead actress spot. Izembaro is also very much a Prima Donna Director.
  • In-universe (sort of), invoked, and Played for Laughs in the Supernatural episode "The French Mistake", in which Sam and Dean are sent to our real world to become the actors playing them on the show (It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context). Pretty much every person they interact with who works on the show with them will mutter "at least they're talking to each other."
  • The Curse of Steptoe covers the production of Steptoe and Son, specifically the conflict between leading actors Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett, although its factual accuracy was disputed by Corbett's family and the original writers.
  • Jane the Virgin: Despite being on very good terms with each other pre-Time Skip, three years later Rogelio and Darci's relationship has soured badly while filming their reality show, to the point that they start snarling at each other as soon as the cameras stop rolling and nearly every offscreen conversation is a fight. Ironically, said reality show is about how they are in love with each other.
    Narrator: So yeah, that true love schtick? All for the cameras.
    • Another example of this on the show also regards Rogelio. This time with his co-star Fabian, and they were initially close as Fabian was a fan of Rogelio‘s. They fell out because Fabian was dating Jane and Jane broke up with him. Their feud becomes difficult to handle, so the producers came up with the solution to kill off either Rogelio or Fabian’s character.
  • In iCarly episode, "iCarly Saves TV". The web series is set to have its own TV Show but the executive who greenlit the show, start adding "additions" to it. One of which is a bratty actress called Amber Tate who takes over Sam's role after she walks off and frequently acts rude to Carly and Freddie. Her dog barfing all over Freddie and blaming him for what happened is enough for Freddie to call it quits from the production.
  • Played for Laughs on Rupauls Drag Race when the queens were tasked with a Sex and the City "Making Of" challenge, parodying the hostility between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.

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

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


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