We can’t choose our coworkers, and that is just as true for the Hollywood elite. Sometimes, feuds will make the papers as costars have brawls or trade social media barbs to rant about their experience. Other times, they simply refuse to work together ever again. Things become murkier when a feud begins between an on-screen couple, since they’re supposed to have enough fire between them to keep the plot afloat.
Occasionally, this mutual loathing can lead to major chemistry, like between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. Other times, no amount of disdain can create enough of a chemical reaction to make an on-screen relationship believable or interesting. These 20 couples had almost zero on-screen chemistry not because they liked each other, but because they couldn’t stand one another!
20 Beyoncé & Idris Elba, Obsessed
“Hate” might be too strong a word to describe the feelings between Idris Elba and Beyoncé on the set of the mediocre thriller Obsessed, but there certainly wasn’t a lot of warmth between the pair – and it shows. Despite being two of the most beautiful people in show business, these two simply lack in sizzle. Perhaps it was because Elba found that kissing his costar was “a bit weird.”
19 Matthew McConaughey & Kate Hudson, Fool’s Gold
Considering these two had off-the-charts chemistry in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, it boggles the mind that they could come across as so flat in their sophomore effort, Fool’s Gold. The reason may be that these two had differing work ethics: Apparently, McConaughey hated Hudson’s constant lateness while Hudson couldn’t stand McConaughey’s body odor, which was foul during their love scenes!
18 Jared Leto & Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad
With so many excellent Joker iterations around, Jared Leto’s interpretation was bound to be a disappointment. An additional detractor was his lack of chemistry with costar Margot Robbie. It could be because Leto, going “method” for the role, gifted Robbie with disgusting gifts like dead rats – and the fact that, according to Robbie, the pair never rehearsed off-camera.
17 Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Two major A-listers, regularly considered among the most beautiful people in Hollywood, and yet they couldn’t muster a single spark between the two of them. Allegedly, Jolie was disappointed in Depp’s disheveled appearance, which made it harder for her to bring the heat, while Depp found his costar to be stuck up, preferring to hide in his trailer between takes rather than interact with her.
16 Reese Witherspoon & Vince Vaughn, Four Christmases
Four Christmases has a premise that centers around two unlikeable people who happen to be together, but actors Witherspoon and Vaughn simply didn’t like each other, period. While Witherspoon preferred lots of preparation, Vaughn was a fan of improvising, and this was a case of opposites definitely not attracting. Vaughn even refused to do any publicity for the flick!
15 Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey
For a film that was supposed to be about all things steamy, the chemistry between actors Johnson and Dornan was effectively nonexistent. We get that it was probably an uncomfortable set, especially for stars inexperienced in this arena, but these two just didn’t like each other much! As rumors abounded about their mutual disdain, neither did anything to quash the whispers.
14 Shannen Doherty & Jason Lee, Mallrats
Doherty has a reputation for being difficult to work with, which led her to be fired from both Charmed and Beverly Hills 90210. Lee seemed to agree with them, finding his on-screen love interest to be rude, spoiled, and unpleasant. This feeling comes across in their performance together, which doesn’t read as genuine.
13 Kate Beckinsale & Luke Wilson, Vacancy
While not at all a love story, they did play a couple in the horror-thriller Vacancy – although a couple on the brink of a breakup would be a more accurate read of their performance. Beckinsale found Wilson to be unprofessional and a diva, while Wilson hated Beckinsale so much he would send in a stand-in for her scenes if he wasn’t to be on camera!
12 Pierce Brosnan & Teri Hatcher, Tomorrow Never Dies
James Bond has a history of womanizing, so any woman he sparks with will be gone by the next installment. Unfortunately, that meant we still had to suffer through the awkward romance between Brosnan and Hatcher for one whole movie. Brosnan took issue with Hatcher’s constant lateness, which was later revealed to be caused by morning sickness!
11 Nick Nolte & Julia Roberts, I Love Trouble
Regularly showing up in lists of costar couples who hated each other, Roberts and Nolte simply couldn’t make their on-screen relationship realistic because of all the shared vitriol. Roberts thought Nolte was “disgusting” while Nolte said of Roberts, “She’s not a nice person – everyone knows that.” They ended up shooting most scenes separately, which were later spliced together in the editing room!
10 Seth Rogen & Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up
The beginning of Heigl’s diva and pretentious behavior has to be on the set of Knocked Up, where she called the film “sexist” and said the female characters were “uptight shrews.” Rogen defended the film and called Heigl “difficult.” Their lack of chemistry is obvious, as these two fumble their way towards each other in the Judd Apatow flick.
9 Leonardo DiCaprio & Claire Danes, Romeo + Juliet
Feel free to disagree, but we think people were blinded by their Leo love when they perceived chemistry between DiCaprio and Danes because, upon further rewatching, it just isn’t there. Reportedly, 16-year-old Danes found 22-year-old DiCaprio immature with his constant on-set pranks, while DiCaprio felt his costar needed to relax and lighten up.
8 Jason Alexander & Heidi Swedberg, Seinfeld
A neurotic if there ever was one, it comes as no surprise that Jason Alexander struggled to find any real chemistry with Heidi Swedberg. And, since Alexander was a main character, the show runners solved the problem by killing her off! Apparently, Alexander found Swedberg impossible to work with, with his humor misfiring every time they shared a scene.
7 Jennifer Aniston & Jay Mohr, Picture Perfect
When you get picked over your costar’s real-life boyfriend, chances are it’s going to be a tough shoot. That was the case for Mohr, who beat out Aniston’s actual BF Tate Donovan to play opposite her, making for the worst film experience of his career. The middling rom-com lacks any real spark or intrigue, and it’s likely because Aniston was so unhappy about the casting decision.
6 Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man 2
That upside-down rainy kiss may be iconic, but aside from that, there wasn’t much sizzle between these Spider-Man costars. According to reports on the second installment of the film, things got frosty following a brief relationship between the pair, as Dunst allegedly felt used by Maguire, who she considered a prima donna.
5 Harrison Ford & Sean Young, Blade Runner
Blade Runner may be an icon of the sci-fi variety, but there’s no denying that the wooden and forced romance between Ford and Young is painful to watch. These two hated one another so much that the love scenes were dubbed “hate scenes” among the crew. It simply seemed to be a case of clashing personalities, but it really does a disservice to the gritty film.
4 Sharon Stone & William Baldwin, Sliver
Another movie that was basically all about getting busy, the lack of chemistry between Stone and Baldwin is all too palpable. Any viewer can tell that these two simply don’t like one another. Unless they were filming a scene together, these two weren’t even in the same room! There are also reports that, during a kissing scene, Stone deliberately bit Baldwin’s tongue!
3 Anthony Hopkins & Shirley MacLaine, A Change of Seasons
Appropriately playing a couple engaging in affairs with other people, the iciness between Hopkins and MacLaine is noticeable from the beginning. Hopkins said of MacLaine, “She was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with.” In addition to not liking one another, critics also didn’t like the film – it bears a 5.3 on IMDb.
2 Marlon Brando & Sophia Loren, A Countess From Hong Kong
One of the most beautiful women in the world and one of the most handsome men did not spell chemistry for the 1967 film. According to Loren’s autobiography, her hatred for her costar began when he groped her during filming, and she yelled at him to stop, which led to a frosty on-set relationship– which is evident in the finished product.
1 Woody Allen & Mia Farrow, Husbands And Wives
A complicated relationship that is completely separate from all the other working relationships on this list, Allen and Farrow were actually married during filming, and it was around this time Allen photographed their adopted daughter nude, and began a relationship with her! The bubbling animosity between the two is apparent, and uncomfortable to watch.
Sources: Refinery29, DigitalSpy, The Telegraph, IMDb