14 co-stars who really didn't get on

Odd List Simon Brew 27 Sep 2013 - 07:49

It's not always smiles behind the camera, as this list of feuding co-stars proves. I Love Trouble, indeed...

It's a fallacy that everyone gets on together on a movie set. Just as in an everyday office, some people get on better with others. That's as you might expect. But when it comes to film, occasionally a disagreement between two stars becomes oh-so-apparent to pretty much anyone in the stalls at their local Odeon.

This isn't designed by any measure to be a definitive list (yep, Swayze and Jennifer Grey weren't best chums making Dirty Dancing), but here are some of the more interesting examples of where co-stars simply didn't get on...


I Love Trouble

To date, we struggle to think of a more bizarre screen combination for a romantic blockbuster than that of I Love Trouble. The movie, a vehicle at heart for Julia Roberts, back when she was near the peak of her box office powers, saw her co-star with Nolte as one of a pair of competing newspaper reporters who don't get on, but then have to join forces to break a big secret. Romance then ensues.

Friendship between the two leading stars, whose chemistry would not require the brain of Walter White to decipher, did not ensue. In fact, the Los Angeles Times went a bit further, and suggested that Nolte and Roberts were equally unhappy with director Nancy Meyers and producer Charles Shyer.

But then comments since suggest that the real discord remains between Nolte and Roberts. Nearly a decade on, Roberts described Nolte as a "disgusting human being", leading Nolte to respond that "she's not a nice person".

Worst of all, the film that was spat out at the end of it all was an arduous mess. It didn't help that at its heart, it had a romance that would only fool those who genuinely did think Adam Sandler had a twin sister by the end of Jack & Jill.


Hollywood Homicide

Since the moment production wrapped on Air Force One back in 1997, Harrison Ford seemed to embark on a quest to find the least interesting star vehicles he could (a trend he's only recently arrested). Sabrina, Firewall, Random Hearts, that pretend Indiana Jones movie... in fact, take What Lies Beneath out, and Ford had a decade of fairly slim pickings.

In the midst of them was the muddled buddy movie Hollywood Homicide, which instantly looked promising when it was declared that Ron Shelton was to direct. Shelton is a director who never gets enough praise for eliciting terrific performances from his cast. Look at Kevin Costner in Bull Durham and Tin Cup, or Kurt Russell in Dark Blue, if you're after some evidence.

But he was on a hiding to nothing when the casting gods threw Ford in with Josh Hartnett on the movie. The pair apparently did not get on throughout the production, and weren't that warmer with each other when it came time to promote it. Given that they were the two leads of the film, this was something of a problem.

Ford, to be fair, has a reputation - deserved or otherwise - for having the odd spat. His resume of run-ins also features, to varying degrees, George Lucas, Sean Young, Ridley Scott and Shia LaBeouf. Plus he told Sacha Baron Cohen to "fuck off" in Bruno, which, to be fair, remains comfortably the best bit of the movie.

With Hollywood Homicide, Hartnett did say back in 2003 that they were getting along better by the end of the film but that "there were times we would end up just sitting in the car when we were supposed to be doing a scene and neither of us would say anything for like an hour".


The Magnificent Seven

Inevitably, given the powerful names involved in the all-time classic The Magnificent Seven, beds of roses were not necessarily in bountiful supply. As it turned out, it was Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner who were at loggerheads on the set of the film, with the latter annoyed at the apparent attempts of the former to upstage him.

This is one with a sort-of-happy ending, though, for eventually the feud was put to bed a decade or two later. When Brynner was dying of cancer, McQueen called him up to thank him, for not kicking him off The Magnificent Seven when he had the chance. Brynner accepted the apology, and when he died, the pair were finally back on good terms.


Miami Vice

Jamie Foxx had already had one notorious falling out with a fellow actor on the set of Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, where he and LL Cool J - they've since made up - went a bit method with their fighting. But believe the stories surrounding Michael Mann's Miami Vice, and Foxx's contribution was a little more damaging.

Again, none of this has been confirmed by those concerned and should be read with that in mind, but the story goes that Foxx was the higher paid of the two, then won his Oscar for Ray, and he was aware that his star was in the ascendancy. This, in turn, was said to 'influence his behaviour', to the unhappiness of Farrell. Furthermore, one story suggests that Foxx also refused in the end to travel outside of America, which changed what Mann wanted to do with the final act of the film. Gadzookz.


Blade: Trinity

There was never, to our knowledge, any over-bubbling animosity between Wesley Snipes and Ryan Reynolds on the set of the third Blade movie. But it gives us an excuse to retell one of our favourite stories surrounding the production.

Notwithstanding the fact that Snipes apparently communicated with director David S Goyer via notes that he signed 'Blade', there was also the small matter of Ryan Reynolds apparently having to do the bulk of his on-screen scenes with Blade in isolation. Snipes apparently would only come out of his trailer by the end for close-ups, and that meant that Reynolds could have a free reign to do what he wanted, which he pretty much did. Were he doing his gags and riffs opposite another actor, then chances are he'd be told to stop. Because Snipes wasn't there? Reynolds had a bit of a field day. Snipes has never commented on it.

It added character to a movie that's hardly overflowing with it. So whilst the reason Snipes and Reynolds didn't really get on in this case was that they never really had a chance to, it all seems worth it just for the tales of Snipes' on-set antics...



A brilliantly bad 90s movie, written by Joe Ezterhas and rushed into production to capitalise on the box office success of Basic Instinct a year or two earlier. Another Ezterhas screenplay! Sharon Stone with her clothes off again! What could go wrong?

Crikey, where do you start. The film itself is terrible, but in a charming sort of way. At no stage do you get the impression that they're in on the joke, but in this instance, that still doesn't mean that this voyeuristic comedy isn't a lot of fun.

However, there's also the complete lack of, well, anything between the two stars, William Baldwin and the aforementioned Stone. The reason? They simply couldn't stand each other. It's said that at one stage, Sharon Stone bit William Baldwin's tongue with such force that he couldn't talk properly for a couple of days afterwards.

The pair have not, to date, gone on to make another film together.


Red Planet

There are, in truth, a couple of different stories surrounding both actors, and people not taking to them particularly kindly. It thus made the decision to put them both on the same film, the otherwise fairly forgettable Red Planet, a bit of an odd one. So it would prove, as by the end of production, Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore were reportedly no longer on speaking terms, to the point where the former wouldn't, apparently, set foot on the set if the latter was around. Believe the tittle tattle, and the catalyst was an exercise machine that Sizemore had shipped to the set.

It got to the point where Kilmer also refused to say Sizemore's character's name, and their scenes together were often put together without them being on the set at the same time. Director Antony Hoffman has, to date, never made another film.


The Island Of Dr Moreau

Stories of Val Kilmer not getting on with directors aren't rare, but here's another actor he apparently didn't see eye to eye with. The trouble The Island Of Dr Moreau was a film that Kilmer apparently elected to make for the opportunity to work with Marlon Brando. But as Yoda may have once said, idyllic it was not.

As well as falling out with director John Frankenheimer on the film (leading the late helmer to declare "I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer ever again"), the relationship with Marlon Brando quickly went south. The pair reportedly argued heavily on the film, leading Brando to apparently tell Kilmer that "you're confusing your talents with the size of your paycheque".

In Kilmer's defence, Brando wasn't, it's said, the easiest customer on any of his final films. But putting the two together did not engender the sparks that were hoped for.


Charlie's Angels

Bill Murray was not amongst the list of returnees for the pretty insipid Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and given that the first film hardly resulted in he and Lucy Liu exchanging Christmas cards, that's perhaps no surprise. Murray, who apparently wasn't a massive fan of director McG either, reportedly called into question Lucy Liu's acting ability in front of everyone, and Liu, if you believe the stories, didn't take this particularly well. Head to your gossip site of choice to find out her apparently not very calm reaction.

The bottom line was the Murray, the best thing in the first Charlie's Angels movie, declined the opportunity to return for the second, with the late Bernie Mac taking his role instead.


Stripes, Blade Runner, The Boost, No Way Out, Wall Street

Stories of people falling out with Sean Young - or perhaps more to the point, Sean Young falling out with people - are not scarce. So, apparently Bill Murray refused to work with her ever again after crossing swords with her on the set of Stripes. Harrison Ford didn't get on with her while making Blade Runner. Apparently, Kevin Costner wasn't one to remember her birthday after making No Way Out. And, as was well reported around the time, James Woods had disagreements during and after making The Boost.

Then there was the confrontation she never got to have with regards Batman Returns. Originally cast as Vicki Vale in Batman, an injury led to her pulling out (so in stepped Kim Basinger), and thus she doubled her efforts to land the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns. Legend says that she donned her own homemade costume and heading to the Warner Bros set, whilst Tim Burton hid in the toilets. By the sounds of it, Burton was quite a wise man...


Terms Of Endearment

Again, believe the tittle tattle, and Debra Winger is not the easiest actress to work with. She and Richard Gere were hardly bosom buddies on the set of An Officer And A Gentleman, and neither speaks particularly highly of the other.

Yet our favourite Debra Winger story is the one where she apparently farted in Shirley MacLaine's face on the set of Oscar-nabbed Terms Of Endearment. Nobody has ever confirmed that part of the story, but the feud was and is a very real one. As late as 2008, Winger was interviewed and told the ABC show The View that "time heals all wounds? Let's just say that it's not applicable in this case".

The pair had different styles. MacLaine tended towards a more restrained approach, whilst Winger has been described in more than one place as "erratic". Draw a Venn diagram with those two, and the shaded crossover bit in the middle would be clearly marked 'Oh shit'.


Easy Rider

Here's a story that took a while to emerge. It's one that naturally enough ended with a lawsuit too. Rip Torn was originally cast in Easy Rider, which starred and was directed by the late Dennis Hopper, of course. The Jack Nicholson role in the film though, George Hanson, was originally set to go to Rip Torn.

It took three decades before Dennis Hopper explained why the role was recast. He told The Tonight Show that the pair had a huge argument, and Torn then went and pulled a knife on him. Which is a bit more serious that signing a note with the name Blade, or farting in the face of an acting legend. However, Rip Torn denied this, filed a lawsuit, and claimed that it was actually Hopper that pulled the knife. They both seemed to agree that a knife was involved though, so that's plenty enough to scare us away. What's wrong with an old-fashioned arm wrestle?


Tomorrow Never Dies

Rumours had persisted for some time that the set of Pierce Brosnan's second 007 movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, wasn't always the most harmonious. But it wasn't until 2005 that Brosnan broke his silence on the matter, in an interview with the Daily Mirror.

"I must admit I let slip a few words which weren't very nice", he admitted. "I got very upset with her - she was always keeping me waiting for hours". As it turned out Hatcher was suffering with morning sickness at the time. That said, there's been little sign of any frost cooling since.

Hatcher would go on to the gossip mag-filling feud-centric set of Desperate Housewives several years later, just to cheer herself up...


Star Wars

There's something quite dispiriting about the thought of R2-D2 and C-3PO not getting along, but actors Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels are a pair who you'd do well to get back in the same room together. Baker's take on the story is that one day, he said hello to Daniels on set, and as Hollywood.com reported, "he just turned his back on me and said 'can't you see I'm having a conversation'?" Again, in Baker's words, "it was the rudest thing anyone had ever done to me. I was furious. It was unbelievable". Daniels has not given his side of the story in an interview that we could track down.

As such, it is apparently the case that if you get one of the pair along to a convention or event, then you won't get the other. Unless you CG one of them in...

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LOL @ Sean Young

Choose a combination of any of the above still in work, get them on baorad, and shoot the Fleetwood Mac biopic.

That may well be the best idea I have ever heard.

I saw a SW documentary once which touched on this. Anthony Daniel's limited comment was if I recall correctly, they had nothing in common but it was clear he looked down on Kenny Baker. Don't know that much about him but he came across as a snob and I can easily believe Kenny's account.

Even better, use the real thing rather than stunt coke.

The scene in 'The Magnificent Seven' where McQueen and Brynner hop up onto the wagon to take it down the street and McQueen is shaking bullets in his hand? Not in the script (and shaking bullets does nothing). Brynner didn't know McQueen was going to do that. He was always looking for ways to upstage the bigger star (at that time).

As long as Harrison Ford is wearing the tight pants with the dangling orbs and a colossal fake beard behind the drums I'll be a happy man.

If you have a look at Sean Young's listing in iMDb after a certain point, and excluding the occasional CSI episode, it becomes an exercise in discovering movies I never knew existed. 'Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader' anyone?

First film I thought of was The Bodyguard, which aside from Star Wars I thought was the most famous story of co-stars not getting on. Didn't even make the list so it must be either too obvious for inclusion, or I have my facts very wrong!

"he looked down on Kenny Baker"

I really shouldn't have laughed at this.

Phew, someone else went there too - at least I'll have some company on my way to hell.

I walked into that one! But trying to dig myself out of the pun, I doubt AD even looked in his direction.

"Originally cast as Vicki Vale in Batman, an injury..."

So an injury was originally cast as Vicki Vale? That would have been an unusual movie.

Come on, guys. This site needs to do a better job of editing articles. Such sloppy errors are all over the place here. Take more pride in your work--don't let poor grammar get in the way of professionalism.

Not a film, but in early production of Red Dwarf, Chris Barrie and Craig Charles apparently didn't get on either.

Chill out! Great site and content. Don't read it if the grammer bothers you.

Any article that contains the word 'gadzookz' is a winner for me.

Heard from a relatively trustworthy source that Marlon Brando would only take direction from Frank Oz on the set of The Score if he spoke to him using the voice of Miss Piggy.

Baker's had a charmed life if that was the rudest thing anyone's ever been done to him.

That's selective quoting there. The whole sentence makes sense grammatically as it's obvious that the subject is Young.

Well having met both at signings, it was actually Kenny Baker who was (sod it) short with me and my boy. Anthony Daniels was a delight. Who knows what went on. Probably a clash of personalities with neither of them being particularly appealing.

Anthony Daniels is a 100%, gold plated twat.

Wow, that bit about Yul Brynner Vs. Steve McQueen is a complete EPIC FAIL, since McQueen was the one who died of cancer FIRST in 1980 a whole five years before Brynner, which makes it dubious that such "amends" ever actually happened. Way to go with the accuracy, slick.

Great article but I thought it would be revealed great onscreen chemistry that happened despite offscreen hate. It happens.

I had read that McQueen actually called Brynner when McQueen was dying of cancer to thank him. Whether it ever actually happened or not I presume the author of the article misread or misremembered the story.

What about Peter Sellars and Orson Welles in "Casino Royale"?

Is it me or is this less a Den of Geek article and more a Hello magazine one? Celebs not getting along..? I dunno... :)

My favourite Blade 3 story is the one about Snipes being so uncooperative at one point that he refused to close his eyes for a simple close-up scene. So they CGI'd his eyes closing instead.

I thought William Shatner and Sulu would be on here

There's a similar story somewhere about McQueen trying to steal a particular scene by tipping his hat just after Brynner delivered his line... after a few takes, Brynner went nuclear and took his hat off. As you say, he was the much bigger star at the time and nothing could upstage his bald head.

I saw an interview with Oz for the Score and he talked about how he loved how his actors would improvise all the time and he prayed for improvisation in his movies. Sounded to me at the time that he had no control over De Niro, Brando or Norton.

Ha! That must be the bit in the same scene with bullets. He takes his hat off and adjusts it accordingly to where the sun is in the sky. He was such a little shitbag! :)

Sabrina came out in 95, which is before Air Force One, but yeah, Ford's movie choices for the past 15 years have been poor. It's a shame they didn't give him another Jack Ryan film.

Rumour has it that on the set of Toy Story, Woody constantly played jokes on Buzz. You can see it in some of the out takes... This is the reason why it took a decade to get Toy Story 3 made. Buzz threw his toys out of the pram.

Interesting... the film is so much less than anything it should have been.

more like 95% I think. One of his shin pieces is actually silver plated... :p

I farted in a cup

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