These 15 Pairs of Actors Refused to Work Together

Sometimes things get pretty heated between actors on set. Although many of them push through it, there are many actors who walked off set and never came back. Some ended up forcing editors to get creative on how to finish a project without having them have to film with their despised costars.

So which feuding actors let their hatred for each other get in the way? Here are 15 pairs of actors who refused to shoot scenes together.

1. Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in The Fate of the Furious

Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in The Fate of the Furious
Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in The Fate of the Furious | Universal Pictures

The two stars recently had their feud become public while shooting The Fate of the Furious. It all started when Johnson posted a video on Instagram to celebrate his last week of shooting the movie. In the caption, he was pretty open about there being drama on set with his male co-stars.

My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy a**es. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right.

It didn’t take very long afterward for reports to come out accusing both of the actors of being divas on set. In the movie, the actors noticeably don’t have a scene together unlike previous movies. Instead, there is a scene where their characters communicate over the phone and that’s pretty much it. This only fueled the rumors that the two actors really hate each other and just couldn’t be bothered to film together.

2. Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi in The Good Wife

Alicia and Kalinda are sitting at bar together drinking happily.
The Good Wife | CBS

The two characters Alicia and Kalinda met in the pilot episode of the show and became friends. But that relationship slowly devolved because the actresses eventually couldn’t stand each other. They made headlines for not appearing in the same scene together in as many as 30 episodes. They got away with this by having the characters primarily communicate over the phone.

Eventually, Archie Panjabi was written off the show completely. Their final scene together was filmed in split screen so the actresses still didn’t have to work together. What came between the actresses didn’t exactly ever come out. But Julianna Margulies did say the friendship between their characters was “played out” in an interview so she didn’t hide her feelings on the story line.

3. Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone in The Lords of Flatbush

On the left is a picture of Richard Gere talking with a microphone. On the right is a closeup of Sylvester Stallone's face as he poses on the red carpet.
Left: Richard Gere Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images, Right: Sylvester Stallone | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The two actors were supposed to star in the comedy together. But they didn’t get along. The breaking point according to Stallone was when Gere spilled grease on him. After that, Gere was fired and replaced by Perry King.

I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, ‘That thing is going to drip all over the place.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ I said, ‘If it gets on my pants you’re gonna know about it.’ He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay.

4. Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair in Anger Management

Selma Blair is looking at Charlie Sheen with her arms folded.
Anger Management | Mohawk Productions

The actors played love interests on Sheen’s new sitcom. But things took a turn pretty quickly and Sheen reportedly fired her through text using the word “c*nt.” They reportedly fell out because the actress questioned his work ethic. Sheen, however, came up with a different reason why she was written off.

One of our primary characters, Selma Blair, who played Kate, was written out because [the show] was not about our relationship, and the problem was too many people were still excited about the Two and a Half [Men] character and thought the Anger Management character was a little dull.

5. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte in I Love Trouble

Julia Roberts and Nick Notle look at each other smiling in a park in I Love Trouble.
I Love Trouble | Touchstone Pictures

The two costars were supposed to be falling in love onscreen. Instead, they were arguing so badly that they filmed separately and used stand-ins for their scenes together. Julia Roberts later described the actor as “completely disgusting” in 1993, according to reports.

6. Will Smith and Janet Hubert in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Will Smith and Janet Hubert are looking at each other angrily in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | NBC Productions

The show started out with Janet Hubert playing Aunt Viv. But she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid after Season 3. The reason why wasn’t hidden. She didn’t get along with Will Smith and their feud continues to this day. After the news of Hubert leaving was released, Smith explained why on a radio station.

I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show because I know she is going to dog me in the press. She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s mad now but she’s been mad all along. She said once, I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.’ No matter what, to her I’m just the Antichrist.

7. Julie McCullough and Kirk Cameron in Growing Pains

Kirk Cameron and Julie McCullough pose closely together for Growing Pains.
Growing Pains | Warner Bros.

The two played a couple on the family sitcom show. But Kirk Cameron was reportedly not happy to find out his character’s girlfriend previously posed nude in Playboy. After his character proposed to her in a closing episode Cameron reportedly told the producer to call off the wedding. It reportedly worked and McCullough was no longer on the show.

The show’s producer Dan Guntzelman refutes this report and told PEOPLE, “The wedding plans were never called on. The idea of him marrying is absurd. If he got married, it would be kinda tough for him to be living at home.”

8. Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty in Charmed

Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, and Holly Marie Combs as the Halliwell sisters standing together in an attic on Charmed
Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell, Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell, and Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell on Charmed | The WB

The two actresses were part of the lead cast on the witch show, but things were so tense between them the studio had to get a mediator to try to work things out. That didn’t work and eventually, it was Doherty who was written off the show. Milano later told Entertainment Tonight about the drama.

There was too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work. I’m 30 years old and I don’t have time for drama in my life anymore. I’ll miss Holly [Marie Combs] a lot … she’s one of my best friends and I love her dearly, and there were never, ever, ever any problems between the two of us.

9. Naya Rivera and Lea Michele in Glee

Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones, Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez, and Dianna Agron as Quinn Fabray in costume on Glee
Amber Riley, Lea Michele, Naya Rivera, and Dianna Agron on Glee | FOX

The two costars played friends on the musical show, but they didn’t get along by the end. There were reports that they got into a heated argument on set because Lea Michele allegedly had the whole crew and Naya Rivera waiting on her. But Michele later said Rivera was thrown off the set. Eventually, their feud got so bad that they reportedly couldn’t film together anymore and Rivera was written off the show. Rivera wrote about their feud later in her bookSorry Not Sorry.

As the show progressed, though, that friendship started to break down, especially as Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel—erm, I mean Lea—didn’t like sharing the spotlight.

10. Shia LaBeouf and Alec Baldwin in Orphans

On the right is a picture of Shia LaBeouf in a white suit on the red carpet. On the right is a picture of Alec Baldwin sitting down and smiling.
Left: Shia LaBeouf | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Right: Alec Baldwin | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

The two actors weren’t getting along while working on the play together. Alec Baldwin claimed Shia LaBeouf was angry because it was taking him longer to catch up with his lines. Baldwin told director Dan Sullivan that one of them had to go and they picked LaBeouf.

He was shocked,” said Baldwin. “He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement. I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in the theater.”

11. Wesley Snipes and everyone else in Blade: Trinity

Blade, Abigial Whistler, and Hannibal are walking next to each other in a parking lot.
Blade: Trinity | New Line Cinema

Wesley Snipes was reportedly a diva on set and refused to work with many of the other actors in the movie. “And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups,” explained Patton Oswalt to The A.V. Club. “Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him.”

The actor later continued, “a lot of the lines that Ryan Reynolds has were just a result of Wesley not being there.”

12. Bill Murray and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels

All of Charlie's Angels are posing together in costumes with Bosley.
Charlie’s Angels | Columbia Pictures Corporation

The comedian is notoriously difficult to work with, but this feud is pretty surprising. The actors worked together on the remake and Bill Murray reportedly told Lucy Liu she couldn’t act and she allegedly threw punches at him. This was supposedly the reason he didn’t return for the sequel. He, however, said that’s not exactly how it went down.

“We began rehearsing this scene and I said, ‘Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy,'” Murray said according to Contact Music. “She got furious with me because she thought it was a personal assault, but the reality is she hated these lines as much as I did. But for 15 or 20 minutes there, we went to our separate corners and threw hand-grenades and sky rockets at each other.”

13. Jo Marie Payton and Jaleel White in Family Matters

On the left is a picture of Jo Marie Payton rolling her eyes. On the right is a picture of Jaleel White posing as Steve Urkel.
Left: Jo Marie Payton | Warner Bros. Right: Jaleel White | Warner Bros.

Steven Urkel undoubtedly became a phenomenon after his introduction on the show. So when Jo Marie Payton left it mid-season there were a lot of rumors that it was due to jealousy of Jaleel White. It probably didn’t help that White admitted there was tension on set with other cast members.

There’s no sense in hiding that,” White told Vanity Fair. “There was a division between myself and the rest of the cast, but over nine years and 215 episodes, obviously relationships get better. I still talk to certain cast members to this day.”

14. Lars von Trier and Björk in Dancer in the Dark

Lars Von Trier and Bjork are holding up Golden Palm 2000 trophies over their heads.
Lars von Trier and Björk | Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The director and performer famously didn’t get along on set. Björk reportedly would say “Mr. von Trier, I despise you,” every morning and allegedly spit at him. She also reportedly left set for three days without telling anyone what was going on. Von Trier was also going to have a small acting part in the movie but decided against it when things got so tense between him and the actress.

15. Emma Watson and Channing Tatum in This Is the End

On the right is a picture of Emma Watson holding a shovel and looking scared. On the right is Channing Tatum on the ground and lifting a mask from his face.
Left: Emma Watson | Columbia Pictures Right: Channing Tatum | Columbia Pictures

The two actors had small parts in the comedy. Originally, they were to film one scene where Channing Tatum was only in a thong and was supposed to dance. But when he got close to Emma Watson, she reportedly stormed out! The movie now has them in completely different scenes separately.

“During the scene, Channing decided to do some of his breakdancing in front of her but alas he was in nothing but a thong,” an extra wrote on Tumblr according to Pop Focal. “So Emma storms off set. Everyone’s like WTF where is she going? She walks all the way down the street. So we wrapped the night 5 minutes later.”

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