Co-Stars Who Hated Each Other’s Guts

Shade in between scenes.

By Christopher Rosa and Jasmine Giselle

The greatest movies and TV shows depend on the chemistry of the leads, right? Whether it’s a love thing or platonic, the vibe between the co-stars can make or break a viewing experience. The funny thing is, even in shows and films where the chemistry is working — where the actors are giddily smiling in each others’ faces, making out or having wild sex — this has zero bearing on whether or not the actors like each other when the cameras stop rolling. Here are 10 sets of co-stars who despised each other after the director yelled, “Cut!”

  • 1 Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte, I Love Trouble (1994)
    Buena Vista
    According to a report from The Los Angeles Times, Roberts and Nolte caused more “trouble” offscreen than on. Roberts wasn’t too keen on Nolte’s macho disposition and would take jabs at him when she could. On the other hand, Nolte allegedly detested Roberts’ attitude and found ways to annoy her. Each read with stand-ins more than each other IRL.

  • 2 Lucy Liu and Bill Murray, Charlie’s Angels (2000)
    Columbia Pictures
    When Bernie Mac replaced Murray in the second Charlie’s Angels film, we found out something interesting: Murray and Liu got into it on the set of movie No.1. “We began rehearsing this scene and I said, ‘Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy,’” he said. “She got furious with me because she thought it was a personal assault… we went to our separate corners and threw hand-grenades and sky-rockets at each other.”

  • 3 Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook (2004)
    New Line Cinema
    During our chat with The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes in 2014, he revealed McAdams and Gosling majorly beefed while filming. “…[Ryan]’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, ’Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?’ I said, ’What?’ He says, ’I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.'”

  • 4 Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    Columbia Pictures
    Streep and Hoffman were brilliant in this film, but little did we know they were daggers for each other in between scenes. The reason? Hoffman was ticked Streep rewrote her dialogue in the picture. “I hated her guts. Yes, I hated her guts,” Hoffman said. “But I respected her.”

  • 5 Freddie Prinze Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland, 24 (2010)
    Prinze Jr. only did one season of 24, and now we (maybe) know why: He hated working with Sutherland. “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world . . . I think everyone that worked with him would say that,” Prinze Jr. said at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, adding that the experience made him want to “quit the business.”

  • 6 Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    20th Century Fox
    Things weren’t exactly romantic between these two when the cameras weren’t rolling. Danes reportedly found DiCaprio, who pranked the cast and crew during production, “immature.” However, DiCaprio found the then-16-year-old Danes cold and misanthropic. She avoided unnecessary conversation with him between takes.

  • 7 Sir Anthony Hopkins and Shirley MacLaine, A Change of Seasons (1980)
    20th Century Fox
    We don’t think these two vets will make magic with each other again anytime soon. Why? Hopkins hated working with MacLaine. “She was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with,” Hopkins said in an interview. Tell us how you really feel, dude.

  • 8 Mark Walhberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Basketball Diaries (1995)
    New Line Cinema
    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Walhberg revealed DiCaprio wasn’t happy about his casting. “We’d had a thing – I didn’t even realise it, [but] I was a bit of a d*** to [DiCaprio] at a charity basketball game,” Marky Mark recalled. “So he was like, ’This f***ing asshole is not going to be in this movie.'”

  • 9 Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J, Any Given Sunday (1999)
    Warner Bros.
    Foxx and LL got physical out of character while shooting this classic football film. The police reported LL pushed Foxx–while he was wearing his helmet–and then punched him in the face. LL claims this was all in character, but Foxx has a different story. According to Foxx, LL struck him in the back of the head. which led to Foxx punching LL in the face. Yikes.

  • 10 James Franco and Tyrese Gibson, Annapolis (2006)
    Buena Vista
    Gibson wasn’t too thrilled with Franco’s method acting on the set of this flick–which makes sense because Franco was literally punching him. Gibson answered “James Franco” when asked by Elle magazine which celebrity’s house he’d blow up.