Onscreen they were all lovey dovey. Off-screen, they hated each others’ guts. Here are 10 celebrity co-stars who hated each other.
1. Wesley Snipes and Ryan Reynolds – Blade: Trinity
While shooting Blade: Trinity, Wesley Snipes would only show up to shoot his close ups and then retreat to his trailer to smoke weed, which meant that Ryan Reynolds was on his own for most of the filming. In fact, Wesley also had a feud with the director, David Goyer, who ended up telling the star that he should quit and they could continue the movie using his stand-in!
2. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams – The Notebook
As Allie and Noah, lovers from opposite sides of the tracks, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had such good on-screen chemistry that it helped make The Notebook a successful, weepie romance and cult hit, which in the process turned Gosling into every girl’s dream date. It was rumoured that Gosling once asked another actress to read off camera with him because, “I can’t do it with her [McAdams]. I’m just not getting anything from this.” After much yelling and objections, they found a way to work with each other – and later had a real-life four-year on-off romance of their own.
3. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio – Romeo + Juliet
Claire Danes was only 16 when she filmed Romeo + Julia, but that didn’t stop her from criticizing her 22-year-old co-star as being irritatingly immature. Danes allegedly became fed up with DiCaprio’s pranks on the cast and crew, while, DiCaprio in turn found Danes too reserved and uptight. According to moviemaking rumours, the pair avoided speaking when the cameras weren’t rolling. Soap Opera, I tell you. Despite a lot of plot changes, the film grossed $11.1 million its opening weekend, ranking #1 at the box office.
4. Bill Murray and Lucy Liu – Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Ever wondered why Bernie Mac replaced Billy Murray in the sequel to Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle? Well, apparently it was due to a huge fight between Bill Murray and Lucy Liu. The story goes that Murray dropped into a scene, pointed to Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Liu, and said, in that order, “I get why you’re here. And you’ve got talent. But what in the hell are you doing here? You can’t act.” Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle received mixed reviews and earned a rating of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 178 reviews. I wasn’t a big fan of it.
5. Anne Hathaway and James Franco – Academy Awards
As if the train-wreck hosting experience wasn’t damaging enough, James Franco insulted his 2011 Academy Awards co-host Anne Hathaway while giving an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show. Calling the Les Misérables star a “goody-two-shoes,” he also refused to defend her when the radio DJ talked about the “Hathahaters.”
6. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey- Dirty Dancy
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were already on bad terms after filming Red Dawn, and when it came to making Dirty Dancing, apparently neither of the stars enjoyed working together. Swayze allegedly found Grey intensely irritating to work with. “She’d slip into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over,” he later wrote in his bio. Originally a low-budget film by a new studio, Great American Films Limited Partnership, and with no major stars (except Broadway legend Orbach in a supporting role),Dirty Dancing became a massive box office hit.
7. Shannen Doherty & Tori Spelling – Beverly Hills 90210
‘Beverly Hills 9020’ was one of the hottest shows of the 1990s, and part of the reason was the amazing friendship between Brenda and Kelly. Off-screen, however, Jenny Garth admitted that she and Shannen Doherty often wanted to ‘claw each other’s eyes out.’ Doherty was eventually fired in 1994 and replaced with Saved By The Bell’s Tiffani-Amber Thiesen. When CW was hoping to rebut the teen prime time drama, Spelling refused to return at the same time as Doherty. I guess some people just don’t grow up.
8. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson – 50 Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson reportedly had very little chemistry together on set and their achingly awkward press tour for 50 Shades of Grey did nothing to dampen that rumor. To be fair though, it can’t have been easy to feign interest when presented with one of the worst scripts ever written.
9. Sharon Stone and William Baldwin – Sliver
Writer of Basic Instinct, Joe Eszterhas, talked of Sharon Stone’s intense dislike for her co-star William Baldwin on the set of ’90’s flick Sliver. So intense were her feelings that she apparently bit Baldwin’s tongue during a screen kiss and, adding insult to literal injury, used mouthwash after kissing him. Eszterhas also added that Stone was so generally disliked by the teams she worked with that in one of her early movies the crew pissed in her bathtub.
10. Desperate Housewives Divas
They played a close group of neighbours and friends on ‘Desperate Housewives,’ but off-screen, the leading divas of ‘Desperate Housewives’ were just desperate to stay away from one another. Well, at least, one of them was. Teri Hatcher reportedly thought she was the star of the show which made the other actresses mad, particularly Marcia Cross.
About Alex Noudelman
Alex Noudelman is an independent tech, productivity and education consultant in Toronto. He received his Honors B.A. from York University and a Masters in Adolescent Education from D’Youville College.