We all know that celebrities can be a little dramatic
sometimes all the time. They can also be divas with huge egos. And when you put those dramatic diva egos together in one place, they might not always get along. Hence we get reports of on-set feuds and backstabbing and refusing to work together and just general DRAMA.
There’s a new rumor that Naya Rivera and Lea Michele are butting heads on the set of Glee, which I find 0% surprising. So in honor of this possibly newly budding feud, it’s the perfect time to look back at eleven more totally dramatic on-set feuds that were in some cases waaaay more entertaining than the projects the participants were involved in.
1. David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin, I Heart Huckabees
I don’t know about you, but this freakout immediately comes to mind whenever on-set fights are brought up. David O. Russell has a reputation for losing his temper, and he also reportedly feuded with George Clooney on the set of Three Kings. But I’ll never forget this total meltdown that was caught on camera. The desk-clearing, the screaming, the cursing. It’s like a comedy sketch (which makes it so perfect for spoofing).
2. Isaiah Washington and the Grey’s Anatomy cast
Remember this drama? Isaiah Washington reportedly used a homophobic slur to refer to his co-star T.R. Knight during an argument with Patrick Dempsey. Isaiah publicly apologized, but then backstage at the Golden Globes he took the mic to deny it in the above moment. He then wasn’t invited to return for the next season. But he’ll be back this season, so that should be awkward to say the least.
3. Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, American Idol
When you put Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey at a table together with only poor Keith Urban between them, things will not go well. They bickered on air, and Mariah claimed it was like working “in Hell with Satan,” which isn’t over-the-top in the slightest.
4. Bill Murray and Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels
Bill Murray allegedly told Lucy Liu she was a bad actress on set, and she allegedly threw punches in response. Bill Murray later said of the feud: “Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me…When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it.”
5. Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J, Any Given Sunday
These two actually got violent on the set and the police had to intervene. LL Cool J even released a diss track about Jamie called “U Can’t Fuck With Me.” Charming. Now, however, they seem to have made up. Good for them?
6. R2-D2 and C-3PO, Star Wars
Yeah, you read that right. The actors (Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels) who played everybody’s favorite droids didn’t get along outside their droidwear. Baker called Daniels “the rudest man I’ve ever met,” adding, “If he just calmed down and socialised with everyone, we could make a fortune touring around making personal appearances. I’ve asked him four times now but, the last time, he looked down his nose at me like I was a piece of s**t. He said: ‘I don’t do many of these conventions – go away little man.’” Ouch.
7. Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford, Hollywood Homicide
Apparently the stars of that movie you didn’t see back in 2003 didn’t get along very well on set. Josh Hartnett claims they got along better toward the end, but sometimes “we would end up just sitting in the car when we were supposed to be doing a scene and neither of us would say anything for like an hour.” That’s the most depressing thing I’ve ever heard.
8. Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
They played a mother and daughter who had a complicated relationship, but it doesn’t look like there was any affection between these two on set. There’s even a story that Debra Winger farted in Shirley MacLaine’s face, which isn’t the kinda thing you do to your friends, in my experience. When Shirley MacLaine beat Debra Winger for the Oscar, she famously shouted “I deserve this!” Awkward.
9. Megan Fox and Michael Bay, Transformers
Megan Fox famously compared her Transformers director to both Hitler and Napoleon, which reportedly caused Steven Spielberg to urge Michael Bay to fire her from the franchise. He ended up doing just that when he replaced her with Rosie Huntington-Whitely. But apparently their relationship improved on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Megan saying nicer things about him.
10. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
Yep, that’s right. The couple in everyone’s favorite cheesy romance movie who actually ended up dating in real life didn’t get along “in any way,” according to Ryan. Ryan apparently found Rachel “uncooperative” and even had her replaced with a stand-in during some of his shots. Here’s what Rachel said about it later: “We weren’t throwing Ming vases at each other, so it wasn’t loathing, but our relationship was not what you saw on the screen. I would say that we were both, well, professional.” She said she “never expected” to date Ryan after that.
11. Teri Hatcher and the cast of Desperate Housewives
It was a show all about lady drama, and turns out those ladies took a bit of a method approach to it. The other actresses apparently didn’t get along well with Teri, and there was reportedly a big disagreement over where Teri would be placed on the cast’s Vanity Fair cover. Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross reportedly threatened to leave if Teri was in the middle of the photo. Then Teri’s name was left off a farewell gift to the show’s crew… AWKWARD.