Making a movie might not seem like hard work to the rest of us, but it can be an intense experience for the actors involved, who often have to spend weeks working together, in close proximity, and with no possibility of hiding in the bathroom if they need a break!
While some celebs seem to have a great time making movies together, there are others who have become enemies for life as a result of bad behavior on set or simply because of a clash of personalities.
Some of the worst examples of on-set behavior in the list below would have seen ordinary people fired from their regular jobs, but luckily for Hollywood stars, they seem to be able to get away with these kinds of antics without facing any consequences.
20 Bill Murray Told Lucy Liu She Couldn't Act
Actors are generally supportive of their co-stars, but comedian Bill Murray clearly didn’t get that memo when he was making Charlie’s Angels with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. During one infuriating shoot, Murray became so annoyed that he told Lucy Liu to her face that she couldn’t act.
19 David O. Russell Insulting The Stars Of His Films
Director David O. Russell has a terrible reputation for the way he treats the stars of his films on set. He reportedly made Amy Adams cry every day on the set of American Hustle, got into a fight with George Clooney while making Three Kings, and used some very unpleasant words to describe respected actress Lily Tomlin while filming I Heart Huckabees.
18 Lea Michele Got Naya Rivera Kicked Off Glee
It was hardly surprising that there were problems on the set of Glee; put too many teenagers together in one room, and all those hormones are going to cause problems! In fact, when Naya Rivera was fired from the show in 2014, it was reported that she had been ditched for complaining about co-star Lea Michele’s diva-like behavior.
17 Dustin Hoffman Teased Meryl Streep About Her Boyfriend's Passing
The 1979 movie Kramer vs Kramer was an intense and emotional experience for audiences as well as its two Oscar-winning stars, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. In order to make their fights believable, it was reported that Hoffmann slapped his co-star and even teased Streep about the recent death of her boyfriend.
16 Roman Polanski Wouldn't Let Faye Dunaway Take A Bathroom Break
Roman Polanski has faced accusations of inappropriate behavior towards female stars, but he has also been guilty of just being a plain old bully towards his actors. During the filming of Chinatown, Polanski pulled a stray hair out of Faye Dunaway’s head and wouldn’t even let her take bathroom breaks while they were on set.
15 Lindsay Lohan Was A Diva On The Set Of Ugly Betty
The makers of TV show Ugly Betty took a risk when they hired Lindsay Lohan for a guest role on the popular TV show – and it was a gamble that failed to pay off, as Lohan caused so many problems on set. She smoked all the time, annoying co-star America Ferrara, and the production company had to redecorate her dressing room after she finished filming.
14 Catfight Between Shannen Doherty And Jennie Garth
It isn’t just male co-stars who can get into fights on set. Beverly Hills 90210 co-stars Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth also had a difficult relationship, which sometimes came close to ending in violence. Fellow actress Tori Spelling often had to act as peacekeeper between the two when their arguments got really bad.
13 Terrence Howard Accused Robert Downey Jr Of Taking His Money
Terrence Howard was cast as the original War Machine in the first Iron Man movie and was even signed on a more lucrative deal than Robert Downey Jr. However, his on-set antics meant that he was offered a much smaller deal for the sequel – something which Howard blamed on Robert Downey Jr. taking a bigger slice of the pie.
12 Norman Mailer Bit Rip Torn's Ear
Better known as an author, Norman Mailer also made a number of movies in the 1970s, both in front of and behind the camera. In Maidstone, his co-star Rip Torn took his improvisational instructions a step too far and launched an unexpected physical assault on Mailer, who responded by biting Torn’s ear, leaving them both covered in blood. And it all stayed in the movie.
11 Claire Danes Didn't Appreciate Leonardo DiCaprio's Pranks
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio were love’s young dream in Romeo + Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann in 1996. While Leo was the older of the two, it seems that Claire didn’t appreciate his childish sense of humor on set, and grew tired of his constant jokes and pranks on the rest of the cast and crew.
10 Brett Ratner's Unwanted Advances Towards Olivia Munn
In the #MeToo era, dozens of female celebrities have come forward to tell the truth about the bad on-set behavior from their male co-stars and directors. Olivia Munn accused director Brett Ratner of inappropriate conduct on the set of his movie After Sunset when she was hired to deliver food to his trailer.
9 Tom Cruise And Rob Lowe Fought On The Set Of The Outsiders
Back in the 80s, heartthrob actors Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe ended up having a fight on the set of their movie The Outsiders. The script called for them to fight, but when Rob accidentally hit Tom for real, the Mission Impossible star decided to throw a few punches of his own until they were separated by other cast members.
8 Chad Michael Murray And Sophia Bush Split While Filming
Plenty of celebrities meet their significant others while working on a TV show or movie, including One Tree Hill stars Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray. Unfortunately, the young couple split after just 18 months of marriage, but they had to continue working with each other on the show despite the difficulties this created for them and their co-stars.
7 Jamie Dornan And Dakota Johnson Didn’t Speak On Set
By bringing the characters of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele to life, actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were living the dream – at least as far as the Fifty Shades of Grey books were concerned. Sadly, they lacked any on-screen chemistry, which could have been down to the fact that they couldn’t stand each other and often wouldn’t speak on set.
6 LL Cool J And Jamie Foxx Got Physical While Filming Any Given Sunday
Another pair of co-stars who found themselves getting physical when they should have been making a movie was LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx in football film Any Given Sunday. Taking their scripted instructions too far, the actors ended up exchanging blows, with LL Cool J claiming that he knocked Jamie Foxx unconscious.
5 Alex Pettyfer Didn't Pay His Rent To Channing Tatum's Friend
When Alex Pettyfer scored his breakthrough role in Magic Mike, it was the first time the young actor had been responsible for taking care of his own bills, and he fell behind on the rent in the place where he was staying. What made things worse on-set was that he was staying in an apartment which belonged to a friend of Channing Tatum's.
4 Tom Sizemore And Val Kilmer Brawled On Set
Tom Sizemore and Val Kilmer had a major falling-out on the set of their movie Red Planet when Kilmer found out that the production company had paid to have Sizemore’s exercise machine shipped to Australia. The two actors ended up brawling, and Kilmer even refused to use Sizemore’s character’s name while filming.
3 Blake Lively Didn't Congratulate Leighton Meester On Her Engagement
The two female stars of Gossip Girl, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, may have been best pals on the show, but off-set they hated spending time with each other. Apparently, they stopped speaking to each other when Leighton announced her engagement to Adam Brody, and Blake failed to offer her congratulations.
2 Verbal Abuse On The Set Of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
The iconic Hollywood movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? has become legendary for its crazy on-set behavior. Problems started when Bette Davis had Pepsi machines installed on set, which many saw as a dig at Joan Crawford, who was married to the boss of Coca-Cola at the time the movie was being made.
1 Richard Gere Spilled Mustard On Sylvester Stallone
Not many people would be brave enough to take on Sylvester Stallone in a fight, but Pretty Woman star Richard Gere has been in a long-running feud with Sly for years. The two fell out on the set of their 1974 movie Lords of Flatbush when Gere was fired for spilling mustard on Stallone during their lunch break.
Sources: The Daily Beast, Varsity, Entertainment, Cinema Blend, Vogue