In a perfect world, everyone would be able to get along, but nearly everyone with a job has a coworker who rubs them the wrong way. It’s nice to know that even though celebrities have fortune and fame, they still have to deal with annoying coworkers. Both film and television industries are so vast that it stands to reason that everyone should be able to avoid working with someone they can’t stand, but that’s just not the case.
Plenty of celebrities are forced to work with people they despise, creating dramatic work environments that, let’s face it, attract even more attention from the public. Some directors may even pair feuding personalities up just to drum up more tension for the press to follow. While interest in Desperate Housewives waned, people still tuned in to find out what drama Teri Hatcher might have with a cast mate.
Some celebrities continue to boo and hiss one another years after working together, while others are able to act much more professionally, for the most part. Some, like David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson who worked together in X-Files, chalk it up to so many years working together and are able to move past it to work with one another again, but others simply sink their claws in too deeply to have any hope of reuniting amicably.
From sci-fi snubs to distasteful diva drama, here are 17 Rival Celebrities Who Were Forced To Be Co-Stars.
17. Kenny Baker And Anthony Daniels: Star Wars
Everyone’s two favorite Star Wars droids may have seemed like best friends, no matter how passive-aggressive they could be at times, but in real life, the actors who portrayed R2-D2 and C-3PO did anything but get along.
It all started when Anthony Daniels, AKA C-3PO, turned away from Kenny Baker, who plays R2-D2, when Baker tried to greet him. Daniels scoffed, “Can’t you see I’m having a conversation?” Daniels has also referred to the 3’8″ actor as “little man,” adding fuel to the fire of the pair’s more than 40 years-long feud.
Daniels says that R2-D2 “might as well be a bucket” and Baker has called Daniels “golden balls.” Daniels doesn’t have a lot of room to talk about being someone important in the movies; it’s not like the droid is Obi Wan Kenobi or General Leia in the films, either. In fact, fans seem to prefer R2’s beeps to C-3PO’s obnoxiousness.
16. The Rock and Vin Diesel: The Fast and Furious
Both are powerfully-built men who desired to be mega action stars, so it’s no wonder that Vin Diesel and The Rock became natural rivals in Hollywood. That rivalry was tested when the two had to work together in the Fast and the Furious series. Heated words were exchanged between the pair long before filming began, and while they were able to civilly pull off the movies together, they didn’t become friends from the experience.
While Vin Diesel has stated that the feud has been “blown out of proportion,” Johnson has referred to his co-star as “chicken sh–” and “candy a–” on Instagram, which doesn’t seem like friendly fire to plenty of fans.
The two have wavered back and forth about whether things are okay between them, but costars like Michelle Rodriguez have confirmed the feud. Rodriguez says that “Any human being who knows what men are like knows to stay out [of those] situations and let them figure it out.”
15. Julianna Margulies And Archie Panjabi: The Good Wife
As popular as the legal and political drama The Good Wife is, it’s definitely not without its own behind the scenes drama. A feud between costars Archie Panjabi and Julianna Margulies has been making headlines for years, despite Margulies’ insistence that no such feud exists.
When Margulies said that the duo were not able to film a scene together due to scheduling conflicts, Panjabi refuted the claim on social media, making it clear that tension indeed exists between them. The scene in question was Panjabi’s final scene on the show, but it had to be shot separately because the two had no desire to film it together.
Panjabi is just as hush-hush when it comes to exactly what went down between the two during filming, however, as she maintains a “What happens on The Good Wife stays on The Good Wife” policy to this day.
14. Wesley Snipes And Ryan Reynolds: Blade: Trinity
Whether you’re following the success of Deadpool or his hilarious Twitter feed, Ryan Reynolds seems like a guy who’s easy to get along with, but that wasn’t true for Wesley Snipes when it came to the Blade: Trinity film.
The two were known to fight both before and after takes while filming the movie, but according to Patton Oswalt, most of the tension was due to Snipes being a diva. He apparently only left his trailer to do close-up shots, allowing his stand-in to do most of his scenes.
Snipes was so vitriolic during the process that he even asked the director of the movie to quit. David Goyer in return offered to let Snipes quit since they had all of the close-ups they needed.
All of that said, only white people were cast alongside Snipes, and the focus of the film was taken away from Blade himself, two factors that likely drove Snipes to feel isolated and even bitter on set. Oswalt says that Snipes smoked weed all the time during filming, but maybe it was just to cope with a bunch of BS.
13. Jamie Foxx And LL Cool J: Any Given Sunday
Both are talented in multiple fields, but Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J had a hard time staying civil on the set of Any Given Sunday. During an intense moment of filming, LL Cool J pushed Foxx and started the fight, punching him as part of the scene.
Foxx was not okay with the actions of his costar and the two agreed the next blow would come with a warning. When LL Cool J failed to warn him that he’d be striking him in the back of the head while walking away (whether accidentally or on purpose, although it’s hard to hit someone in the head on accident), Foxx had had enough and struck back, resulting in a non-football related skirmish that ended with minor injuries to both actors.
12. Naya Rivera And Lea Michele: Glee
Although not as well-known as the bigger celebrity feuds, the rivalry between Naya Rivera and Lea Michele on Ryan Murphy’s hit musical show Glee deserves mentioning. Both powerful singers desired the limelight, and in her memoir, Rivera admitted that their friendship deteriorated as their competitiveness grew. Both Rivera and Michele were competitive, she says, with not just each other, but everyone, and Michele was not happy with the increased air time that Santana, the character Rivera played on Glee, received.
Rivera says that Michele is a sensitive person who takes the job home with her while she tries to leave it at work, and that eventually the two couldn’t even talk to one another due to the stress between them. It’s too bad that the actresses couldn’t separate their work environment from their personal relationship, but it happens to the best of us.
11. Bill Murray And Chevy Chase: Caddyshack
When Chevy Chase decided to call it quits on Saturday Night Live, it launched a rivalry between him and costar Bill Murray. You’d think that jovial comedians wouldn’t be so sensitive in the work environment; in fact, many comedians spend half their careers telling people to not be so sensitive while they make jabs at them in the name of comedy. Not so for Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, who found themselves having to work together to film the popular film Caddyshack.
The two came to actual blows during the second season of SNL when Chase returned to host an episode and some castmates confronted him about leaving the show backstage. Murray dubbed him “Medium talent!” during the fight, and has since said that it was a very Hollywood, don’t-touch-my-face sort of fight. “It was kind of a non-event. It was just the significance of it. It was an Oedipal thing, a rupture. Because we all felt mad he had left us, and somehow I was the anointed avenging angel, who had to speak for everyone. But Chevy and I are friends now. It’s all fine.”
10. William Shatner And George Takei: Star Trek
Everyone’s favorite Trekkie men may have oozed both sex appeal and humor throughout their careers, coordinating beautifully to bring sci-fi into our lives, but William Shatner and George Takei have been feuding for decades.
Shatner, who harbors more conservative ideals, is often the complete opposite of the liberal Takei. Takei has said that Shatner is a selfish person who not only acted like he didn’t know Takei during filming, but also tampered with his script on the show.
Shatner has stated that Takei is sick with some psychosis and has no idea why the actor hated him. He also stated that Takei was only around for a couple of days “as evidenced by his character,” which may have been said to further demean Takei. Shatner was also outraged when Takei failed to invite him to his wedding.
9. Meryl Streep And Dustin Hoffman: Kramer Vs. Kramer
They are two of the most talented actors of our time, so when we hear that Dustin Hoffman once slapped Meryl Streep, it comes as a shock.
Hoffman chose Streep for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer not because of her talent but because of her fresh sorrow regarding the death of her boyfriend, John Cazale. While Streep says that she refused to do the film if her character remained the heartless harpy in the script, the filmmakers said that it was a terrible meeting and that she wasn’t even called in for the lead part but that of another character. It didn’t matter; Hoffman wanted her.
The two clashed on set, however, because they came from different styles of acting. Hoffman not only taunted Streep on set, throwing Cazale’s name in her face after he’d just died in order to get the results he wanted out of her during the movie, but even going as far to slap the actress as a part of his “method acting.”
8. Teri Hatcher And The Entire Cast Of Desperate Housewives
According to at least one of her cast mates of Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher may be “the meanest woman in the world.” Hatcher apparently craved the limelight and drama so much that she demanded to be in the center of photos for magazines like Vanity Fair. Some castmates threatened to walk out of the shoot if she were allowed to do that, so she was pushed to the side.
When the show was wrapping up filming, cast members Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, and Vanessa Williams all pitched in to give the crew a gift but left Hatcher’s name off the gift tag. While it’s known that Hatcher separated herself from the rest of the actresses on the show between filming sessions, she has stated in interviews that she plans to never disclose exactly what happened and only wishes her costars the best.
7. Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger: Terms of Endearment
While Terms of Endearment may be a favorite tearjerker to many, the off-screen fighting between stars Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger were hostile enough to make the set anything but endearing. The two never got along, and Winger apparently even lifted her dress to fart in MacLaine’s direction. Why? Because MacLaine was so stuffy.
Since then, Winger has even chalked it up to simply, “Lots of people don’t like me.” That may be true – he also had a feud with costar Richard Gere while filming An Officer and A Gentleman. She’s also admitted to doing some pretty “crazy sh–” in order to get the press attention during that time.
6. Cybill Shepherd And Christine Baranski: Cybill
They are two talented and hilarious, charismatic women, but Cybill Shepherd and Christine Baranski were rivals from the start. When it came to Cybill, Shepherd was reluctant to star alongside Baranski because Baranski’s BFF character became more interesting than the eponymous lead.
According to the rumor mill, Shepherd was jealous after Baranski won an Emmy for her role on the show, but the actress maintains it was because Baranski had no desire to be friends with her.
Shepherd’s book, Cybill Disobedience, was filled with complaints and dirty laundry regarding several of her costars, including her on-screen daughter, played by Alicia Witt. Witt has stated that all of the things written about her and the rest of the show’s actors are untrue and hurtful.
5. Shannen Doherty And Jennie Garth And Tori Spelling: 90210
The drama that unfolded in the script of the popular ’90s program Beverly Hills 90210 didn’t hold a candle to the drama off-set between stars Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling.
From general cattiness to a rumored fistfight, the heated feelings between the three came to a boil when Spelling had her father, producer Aaron Spelling, fire Doherty from the show. Spelling has since admitted her role in Doherty’s dismissal.
Garth stated that there were times when the young women wanted to “claw each other’s eyes out,” going on to say that lack of support and the transition to the teen years were big factors regarding the feuding. She says that “It was more of just young girls finding their way and finding their individual voices,” and that today she and Doherty are friends.
4. Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj: American Idol
One stage often just isn’t big enough for two pop stars, especially when those stars are Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, two of the biggest voices to ever air on the radio. Rumors indicate that fighting began with Mariah Carey insinuating that Nicki Minaj cannot sing, and the diva was known to make little remarks to Minaj off and on throughout the filming of American Idol. She didn’t think that Minaj deserved to be a judge, which drove Minaj to go off on her in a tirade full of cursing.
There were even rumors of Minaj issuing a gun threat (which both she and producers deny) and Carey hiring extra security. No matter how it all began, tensions were high on the show where Minaj clearly cut Carey off during judging.
The fighting even continued on social media, where Minaj referred to Carey as “Shady McGrady.” She also tweeted, “All I do is compliment u. That’s not enuff? Ur a legend, cheer up. U don’t have to run down ur resume or feel intimidated.” Carey has since said that working with Minaj was like working with Satan every day.
3. Joan Crawford And Bette Davis: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
There were both beloved actresses of their time, but they got along like peas and a picky toddler. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis had a feud that was so famous Ryan Murphy used it as inspiration for a TV show. Bette Davis apparently despised Joan Crawford’s constant media attention and was jealous over the woman’s affairs with her own crushes, particularly with Franchot Tone.
The animosity wasn’t reciprocated in this case. Crawford tried to make friends with Davis, attempting to woo her with gifts that Davis merely sent back, accusing Crawford of being a lesbian. After giving up on Davis, Crawford brought her own claws out and the two constantly criticized one another, dogging everything from each other’s wardrobe to children.
When Crawford asked Davis to perform in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? with her, it seemed as though a truce might be in order, but it was not to be. There was constant fighting between the two. They called the director to complain about one another nightly and sabotaged each other during filming.
2. Shannen Doherty And Alyssa Milano: Charmed
While the witchy TV series Charmed was chock full of supernatural, it also had so much drama off-screen that Shannen Doherty may have been fired for it. Her abrupt departure from the series was never completely explained to fans, although Alyssa Milano admits to some very tough days on set and Doherty herself stated that there was too much drama for her to deal with and that she “never, ever, ever” had any problems with her BFF Holly Combs, which, while not technically pointing a finger at Milano, just about said it all at the same time.
1. Sarah Jessica Parker And Kim Cattrall: Sex And The City
It’s one of the biggest rumored feuds in Hollywood that every entertainment news source has covered time and time again. The fighting between Sex and the City’s stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Catrall is the stuff of legends, and it may not even be true.
Multiple sources have insisted that the two actresses have had disputes over pay, given that Parker’s salary dwarfed Catrall’s. The two have denied the rumors for years, saying that people just can’t handle two strong females being friends rather than rivals.
That may be true, but there are plenty of strong female friendships in Hollywood to prove the theory wrong. From Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, we know that celebs can still be BFFs no matter how closely they work together. We also know how the rumor mill spins its tales, so Parker and Catrall might still be friends after all. (In fact, the real issue at hand may not be the inability to believe in female friendships but the fact that nobody likes to listen to women.) Only the two really know the truth.
Can you think of any other rival stars who worked together? Sound off in the comments!
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