Celebrities are just like us– only some are fueled by bigger egos, bigger paychecks, and bigger entourages. Cram a bunch of huge personalities into a room, shine some light on them, and every now and then lines are crossed and fights occur. Of course, a film set isn’t the only venue that incites celebrity feuds: nightclubs, bars, and parties (which provide the other popular fuel for anger: alcohol) appear to be common locations for famous fists to fly as well.
Incidents of celebrities getting into shouting matches or Twitter fights are not uncommon. However, in rare cases, things are taken to the next level and things quickly become physical. You may find yourself relieved when you see that even highly paid and pampered professionals lose their cool and forget the basic rule we all learned in Kindergarten: keep your hands to yourself.
Here are the 15 Actor Fights That Actually Became Physical.
15. Bill Murray vs. Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase has not had a reputation for being a nice guy– just ask his former Community co-stars. Bill Murray, while being known for having a gentler nature, is no pushover either. There is a reason he gained the nickname “Murricane,” after all.
Chase allegedly acted somewhat pretentious when he returned to the second season of Saturday Night Live to host an episode in 1976. He had left the show to do movies, and the cast reportedly encouraged Murray (Chase’s replacement) to confront the funnyman. The fight quickly escalated and fists were thrown. Though the best hit probably came from Murray’s verbal insult, as he called Chase “medium-talent.”
The fight was broken up by Murray’s brother, and the celebs have made up since then. Thank goodness too, because Caddyshack wouldn’t have been the same without them. Murray also had a fight with Lucy Liu on the set of Charlies Angels. It is uncertain whether it got physical or not due to conflicting reports. The Murricane indeed.
14. Shia LaBeouf vs. Tom Hardy
There’s no surprises here, as Shia LaBeouf is allegedly a notorious hothead– his bar brawls are infamous and well documented at this point. Allegedly, he does not leave that energy out in the wild world of heavy drinking and brings that same level of intensity on set.
An altercation between LaBeouf and Hardy occurred on the set of the 2012 Depression-era film Lawless.
It’s hard to imagine a world where Shia LaBeouf could take down Tom Hardy. Hardy is known for tough guy roles in films like The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior, and Mad Max: Fury Road. According to LaBeouf, Hardy was punched unconscious with one hit.
13. Jared Leto vs. Elijah Wood
Perhaps Jared Leto was wasting his time when he was getting in-character for The Suicide Squad, as some fans believe that there was already more of the Joker in him than he realized.
There is one golden rule when it comes to avoiding Leto’s wrath: do not criticize his band 30 Seconds to Mars. Unfortunately, The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood did not know this rule at the time he attended the 2006 MTVU Woodie Awards.
Wood had said some negative things about Leto’s band to Blender magazine in 2003, but being a patient and vengeful Joker, Leto waited to make his attack 3 years later when he saw Wood.
He grabbed Elijah roughly and confronted him about his comments. Perhaps Wood gets the last laugh, as he explained to Leto that it wasn’t personal and later described the whole incident as “ridiculous.”
12. Tom Sizemore vs. Val Kilmer
Tom Sizemore and Val Kilmer have a long relationship that rotates between being friendly and hostile. While they were on the set of the 2000 space flick Red Planet, the dial was set to hostile.
The argument between the two began when Sizemore wanted his elliptical machine shipped to their filming location in Australia. Feeling more valuable than his co-star, Kilmer began to complain about Sizemore’s special treatment and reminded him he was being paid more anyway.
It became obvious to the staff around them that the bickering would soon lead to something physical. The men were given classic Hollywood direction for what to do if a brawl did occur, such as “do not hit each other in the face.”
Sizemore wound up punching Kilmer in the chest, knocking him down. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Sizemore said the two men are friends now, but he did offer Kilmer this one promise: “I’m never going to another planet with you again!”
11. Bill Cosby vs. Tom Smothers
Recent allegations have tarnished Bill Cosby’s family-friendly reputation. It’s possible that Cosby always had a bad side, and Tom Smothers– one-half of the comedic duo The Smothers Brothers– is one of many people who can attest to that.
In 1977, Hugh Hefner and Cosby were friends, so the comedian was a frequent guest at the Playboy Mansion. Tom Smothers happened to be there on the same night and congratulated Cosby on his show telling him, “it was a really good effort.”
Taking this as sarcasm, Cosby grew angry, a couple of f-bombs were exchanged, and Smothers walked away… but he didn’t get very far. Cosby punched Smothers in the back of the head, knocking him down. He proceeded to curse at the fallen man. Hefner then stepped in and separated the men.
10. Justin Bieber vs. Orlando Bloom
In 2012, Orlando Bloom and Leonardo DiCaprio were having a pleasant dinner at the restaurant Cipriani in Ibiza, when Justin Bieber boldly approached the two’s table. Apparently, both Bloom and DiCaprio were not interested, and DiCaprio attempted to shoo Bieber away with a hand gesture. This made Bieber angry, and he made a snark comment before departing, which upset Bloom.
Bloom was so furious that he channeled his Legolas-level agility to jump over a sofa and dash at the singer. Bloom threw the first punch, but the fight was broken up by security before it got too serious.
However, once things quieted down, the two rushed at each other again to continue their fight, but it was stopped once more. What did Bieber say to provoke Bloom? He referred to the actor’s estranged wife, model Miranda Kerr, in a lewd fashion. Who was the winner of this whole exchange? Leonardo DiCaprio, who seemed to enjoy the old, “dinner and a show” routine.
9. Kiefer Sutherland vs. Jack McCollough
In 2009, in a manner similar to Justin Bieber, fashion designer of Proenza Schouler womenswear Jack McCollough thought it would be cool to approach Brooke Shields as she was chatting with Kiefer Sutherland, all while they were hanging out at the night lounge subMercer. In McCollough’s defense, he was friends with Shields. What happened next is unclear, and McCollough may have shoved Shields or mistakenly bumped into her.
Whatever the case, it didn’t matter to the 24 star. Sutherland channeled his inner Jack Bauer and decided to use his head– literally. He delivered a nasty headbutt to the fashion designer, breaking his nose.
Shields sided with McCollough over the violent exchange. Sutherland is reportedly known to get angry when he’s had too much to drink.
8. Ed Westwick vs. Toby Hemingway
Former NSYNC star JC Chasez doesn’t get as much love as Justin Timberlake, so it was a thing of beauty when he had a birthday bash atop El Guapo Cantina in 2009. The Hollywood bar was filled with celebrities ready to party– though two of them allegedly wanted to brawl instead.
Ed Westwick of Snatch and Toby Hemingway of In Time were angry at each other for an unknown reason.
According to a witness, Hemingway was choking Westwick until Chace Crawford stepped in. Chace Crawford, who had been in the film The Covenant with Hemingway and the series Gossip Girl with Westwick, played the role of the mature adult that night and split them up before the fight could escalate.
According to Westwick’s PR, there was no fight. Though this is hard to believe, as the actor allegedly has a bit of a reputation as being a hothead.
7. Dennis Hopper vs. Rip Torn
This is a story so old, so convoluted, and so filled with multiple accounts that it can be seen as the Choose Your Own Adventure of celebrity fights.
What we do know is that there was a dinner party in 1967 attended by Rip Torn, Dennis Hopper, and Peter Fonda. Hopper was set to direct and star in Easy Rider, along with Fonda.
Torn was meant to join them, playing the character George Hanson in the film, but this all changed when he pulled a knife on Hopper at the dinner over some script changes. Hopper even told the story on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The news infuriated Torn, who claimed that it was Hopper who pulled the knife on him. In the end, it would be Torn who won, when he successfully sued Hopper for defamation.
Additionally, just to throw one more perspective into the chaos, Peter Fonda claimed that the actors both fought each other, one with a butter knife, the other with a fork. Now that’s a movie anyone would pay to see.
6. George Lopez vs. Carlos Mencia
If there’s one thing all comedians universally despise it’s joke-theft. It’s a form of plagiarism that too many wannabe-comedians get away with. In 2007, comedian Joe Rogan made sure to put a stop to it personally when he confronted Carlos Mencia on stage, referring to him as “Menstealia.” The argument that occurred between the two was heated, but it did not get physical, at least until George Lopez arrived.
During the confrontation, Rogan asked Mencia if there was truth to a story about Lopez confronting Mencia in which he grabbed the accused joke-thief by the throat and slammed him against a wall. Then Mencia responded, “yes he did.” Why?
According to Lopez, he heard Mencia doing at least 13 minutes of his material during an HBO stand-up special in 1993. The fight has been confirmed by both parties, however, it’s the reasoning behind the fight that isn’t clear. Mencia claims it was over jealousy, while Lopez sticks to the fact that it was all about joke-theft.
5. Tom Cruise vs. Rob Lowe
The Outsiders is a beloved coming-of-age ’60s novel by S.E. Hinton about gangs who rumble for self-respect, whether they’re the poor Greasers or the wealthy Socs. It was adapted into a film in 1983 by legendary director Francis Ford Coppola and featured many actors who would go on to be big-name stars. Two of those future stars were Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe, who both played Greasers.
During a rehearsal, a mock brawl turned real when Lowe accidentally hit Cruise in the face. According to the actor “I got one clean shot on Tom,” and Cruise wanted to pay Lowe back– with his own real punch.
4. Corey Feldman vs. Corey Haim
It was hard to separate Corey Haim and Corey Feldman in the ’80s. The two became friends after meeting on the set of The Lost Boys in 1987, and went on to make several more films together.
Sadly the tale of Hollywood dreams can easily grow dark, especially when you get into acting at a young age, as the two Coreys did. Underage drinking, drugs, and other unspeakable Hollywood horrors were what the boys faced, and their demons stuck with them into adulthood.
In 2007, the former child stars tried to air out their tortured pasts with the reality show The Two Coreys which premiered on A&E. As the cameras rolled, it was clear that things didn’t always go well between the duo.
After Haim made a comment about Feldman’s wife, the two immediately began fighting. During the grapple, Haim repeatedly warned Feldman with “you don’t want to do this!”
3. Paris Hilton vs. Shanna Moakler
When you picture a pair of celebrities brawling, your imagination might turn towards an angry Russell Crowe bumping into a drunken Mel Gibson and them coming to fisticuffs.
The last thing you would imagine is Paris Hilton and the actress Shanna Moakler going at it. However, it apparently happened– The Simple Life vs. Meet the Barkers.
According to reports, Moakler drew first blood when she encountered Hilton at the Hyde nightclub in 2006, where she walked up to Hilton and punched her in the jaw.
Moakler claimed that she was attacked by Hilton’s ex-boyfriend, billionaire Stavros Niarchos III, who allegedly twisted her arm back and poured a drink on her head before pushing her down a flight of stairs.
While it is uncertain as to what fueled the attack, there were rumors circulating about Hilton having allegedly locked lips with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, to whom Moakler was married to at the time.
2. George Clooney vs. David O. Russell
One of the thoughts that may have been going through George Clooney’s mind as he worked on the 1999 film Three Kings with director David O. Russell might have been “I could be on the set of ER right now.”
Clooney was not O’Russell’s first pick for the lead role in his film and, reportedly, he never let the actor forget that. It turns out that Russell’s meltdown on the set of I Heart Huckabees was not an isolated incident.
When Russell grabbed an extra and threw him onto the ground on set, Clooney had had enough. According to the film’s producer Charles Roven, “they grab each other, and they’re tussling.” Roven managed to separate them and put an end to the fight. Luckily it didn’t go beyond grappling.
1. Jamie Foxx vs. LL Cool J
The 1999 football drama Any Given Sunday featured a fictional team called “The Miami Sharks.” Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J starred as characters on the same team, though the players were certainly rivals.
During a scene, LL decided to do some method acting and take things to the next level. Things got a little too real when they began shoving each other during a scene. According to Foxx, LL took things too far and it soon came to blows before the men were separated.
Both men would later express their take on the incident through their preferred artistic mediums. LL came out with his album G.O.A.T, where he stated in one track that Foxx wasn’t as funny as Chris Rock.
Foxx had his own fun at LL’s expense, with his stand-up special I Might Need Security in which he mocked the rapper for frequently licking his lips and having a large head. However, the men have since patched things up.
Can you think of any other actor arguments that became physical? Let us know in the comment section!
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