Lifestyles of the Bitchy and Famous: Twelve Ferocious (or Farcical) Feuds
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Lifestyles of the Bitchy and Famous: Twelve Ferocious (or Farcical) Feuds

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | February 18, 2013 | Comments ()


Throughout the years of movie history, even before the internet sucked us into overanalysis, we've been captivated by snippets of stories that managed to escape sets. And like a crowd to the scene of an accident, we can't help our curiosity, especially when things between actors get gruesome or prickly. We Need To Know. These are the stories of ego and competition, of perfectionism and criticism, of tempers and tantrums...

1. Andrew Garfield and Robert Pattinson:


Alleged disdain: The actors don't like being put in the same category with each other; Garfield considers himself a serious actor, as compared to Pattinson, who he considers cheesy because of Twilight. The dislike is reportedly mutual.

2. John Leguizamo and Steven Seagal:


Alleged disdain: While filming Executive Decision together, Leguizamo laughed at Seagal's line delivery. In return, Seagal elbowed him, hard enough to knock the wind out of Leguizamo. And though Seagal is easy to lampoon, Leguizamo earned the ire of a couple other fellow actors. Kurt Russell didn't like the ad-libbing (on the same set) either--he and Leguizamo got into a shoving match. Patrick Swayze also didn't like Leguizamo reading lines different from the To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar script; the actors got into yet another physical altercation. And finally, Leguizamo claims Sean Penn carried a scripted slap (Casualties of War) too far. So essentially, everyone wants a piece of Leguizamo.

3. William Hurt and Marlee Matlin:


Alleged offense: Matlin claimed that when the two became romantically involved while filming Children of a Lesser God, Hurt physically abused her. Only 19 at the time, Matlin was addicted to cocaine, Hurt (35) was an alcoholic, and "during the time they dated, she often had new bruises every day." In her 2009 autobiography, Matlin stops just short of accusing Hurt of rape, saying he threw her on a bed and ripped off her clothes as she screamed protests. Hurt responded with a public apology: "My own recollection is that we both apologized and both did a great deal to heal our lives. Of course, I did and do apologize for any pain I caused. And I know we have both grown. I wish Marlee and her family nothing but good."

4. Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger:


Alleged disdain: The Nine 1/2 Weeks actors reportedly couldn't stand each other; in an oft quoted interview, Basinger said kissing Rourke was like kissing an ashtray. But the supposed dislike seems more drummed up by the media and the director, than a real thing. Adrian Lyne told Basinger "rumors about how Rourke intended to make her like or dislike him so that she would carry that attitude into the scene," and he fostered complete separation between the actors when not filming, to enhance their performances. Rourke and Basinger reunited in 2012 to film Black November.

5. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte:


Alleged disdain: Filming I Love Trouble, Nolte and Roberts reportedly disliked each other from the outset. Roberts is said to have been put off by Nolte's "machismo," so she threw derision, insults and tantrums his way. Irked by her behavior, Nolte became an instigator, doing things just to agitate his co-star. Nolte's agent referred to the nonsense as "typical spats between stars on a set." Though Roberts' publicist initially denied the problems, the actress later made a statement that while Nolte can be "charming and nice, he's also completely disgusting."

6. Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger:


Alleged disdain: While making Terms of Endearment, the onscreen mother and daughter had no tolerance for each other. Though both actresses have reputations for being difficult, Winger is also said to have had a cocaine addiction at the time. One persistant on set rumor had Winger lifting her skirt to blow a little sacred wind MacLaine's way. Adding to the tension, Winger and MacLaine were both Academy Award nominated as Best Actress, and when MacLaine won, she shouted, "I deserve this!" When Winger appeared on a 2008 talk show, she confirmed the bad feelings remained. Sir Anthony Hopkins seems to be on Winger's side; he's been quoted as saying MacLaine was "the most obnoxious actress I've ever worked with."

7. Harold Ramis and Bill Murray:


Alleged offense: This feud is more a sad tale of shunning than a fight; Ramis seems genuinely sad to have lost his friend. "It's a little heartbreaking to me. I don't know that he's heartbroken." He claims that during the time of filming Groundhog Day, Murray was going through a divorce and behaving erratically (Dan Aykroyd referred to this time as "the Murricane."). "At times, Bill was just really irrationally mean and unavailable; he was constantly late on set," Ramis says. "What I'd want to say to him is just what we tell our children: 'You don't have to throw tantrums to get what you want. Just say what you want.'" After the film, Murray stopped speaking to Ramis, and when asked by an interviewer about his former friend, Murray claimed he had nothing to say.

8. Bill Murray and Lucy Liu:


Alleged offense: On the set of Charlie's Angels, there were first reports of "creative differences." Liu critiqued a scene in the script, Murray disagreed with her critique; this devolved into a shouting match (and production was shut down the rest of the day). But things went from bad to worse when, in the middle of shooting a scene with Liu, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, Murray said to Liu, "You can't act." Liu reportedly lost her mind and began throwing punches at the actor--they had to be physically separated and sent to their opposite corners. Because he refused to work with Liu again, Murray was replaced by Bernie Mac for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

9. Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone:


Alleged disdain: First, let's get this out of the way: Rumor has it that Gere suspected Stallone of starting the infamous (and untrue) gerbil rumor. Meanwhile, the two actors clashed when Gere was cast alongside Stallone in The Lords of Flatbush, egos flared and physical fights (including one over spilled chicken grease) ensued. Stallone claims it became obvious the director had to choose one actor over the other, and Gere was replaced.

10. Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog:

Disdain: Herzog and Kinski made several films together and became best friends, but they also had a love-hate relationship. After Kinski's death, Herzog made a documentary about their volatile relationship, My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski.

11. George Clooney and David O. Russell:


Alleged offense: Clooney has said that making Three Kings was the "worst experience of my life." Disliking the way the director treated people on set, Clooney stood up for the little people (camera operator, an extra, second assistant director), telling Russell he could yell at or fire people, but not humiliate them. Russell reportedly challenged Clooney to a fist-fight, and got exactly what he asked for. Five years later Clooney was still angry; when an interviewer asked about Russell, he responded "Quite honestly, if he comes near me, I'll sock him right in the fucking mouth." But in 2012, the actor seemed ready to forgive--he went up to the director at a party and asked, "So, are we done?"

12. David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin:

Offenses: Of all the stories about bad behavior, nothing speaks as loudly as these recordings of the on-set tension between Lily Tomlin and David O. Russell during I Heart Huckabees. Despite the videos, Tomlin has said that she "loves" Russell. "Adults have fights and go through stuff," Tomlin said Tuesday. "I know some people are more dignified in the world, that if you transgress against that kind of professionalism, that it's some kind of great sin, but I don't see it that way."

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  • Name

    Maybe the Murray / Ramis feud is why Ghostbusters 3 has never happened.

    I didn't know Leguizamo was so hated. I heard him tell the story about him and Seagal, but he said that Seagal punched him in the gut because he wouldn't call Seagal by his role name.

  • Jimvanhise

    I heard about the Charlie's Angels problems when the movie came out and noticed that Bill Murray has very few scenes with the ladies, giving the impression that most of what he did was shot separately and then cut into the continuity. I don't think that Lucy Liu was the only one who had problems with him.

  • gefeylich

    Missed Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, who reportedly loathed each other throughout the filming of "Dirty Dancing."

    As for Garfield and Pattinson, no contest. Garfield is a very good actor with the capacity to become a great one; Pattinson is a pretty-boy pin-up whose days as such are drawing to a close.

  • kronze

    I like garfield and all but it sounds like he's jealiousof rob

  • Bill

    Robert Wagner has said that during the mid-1960s, while he was divorced from Natalie Wood and she was dating Warren Beatty, Wagner at one point seriously thought about killing Warren Beatty.

  • e jerry powell

    Somehow I doubt that he was the only one who ever contemplated killing Warren Beatty.

  • eeenok

    that looks like the relentlessly talentless lily tomlin i know. and murray vs liu? what a joke - murray has one of the narrowest range of any actor other than schwarzeneggar. even the movies where he does something great, there's always at least one bit where he can't manage the particular emotional requirement

  • bilko

    I worked with then newcomer Joel Murray, Bill's little brother, in 89-90 on a wonderful TV show called GRAND. Every week Joel would say proudly, "Billy told me he was gonna come and watch me tonight." Bill Murray, over the course of two years, never showed up. Total Assface. If you've ever watched Bill Murray at Pebble when the camera's NOT on him, he's a prickless weasel.

  • e jerry powell

    But it's not like they don't have another brother; granted, far less ink has been spilled over Brian Doyle Murray since his SNL days.

  • CAn't we all JUST get along?

  • Iam_Spartacus

    I believe the crap about Bill Murray, I used to do a delivery business in Smith Mountain Lake Va. where What About Bob? was filmed. And everybody I talked to there had all sorts of good things to say about Richard Dreyfuss being charming, funny and very polite. But when it came to Murray, they basically said you couldn't have run into a more obnoxious and rude a--hole. Always putting the place down and complaining and insulting the waitresses at the local restaurant.

  • $2077846

    What about the Bill Murray and Chevy Chase fight on the set of Caddyshack? You guys skipped that one? That's a good Hollywood story.

  • e jerry powell

    But they've been fighting since Lorne Michaels hired Murray to replace Chase on SNL back in the mid-seventies; Caddyshack was something like Round 5.

  • Andrew Garfield looks like Michael Landon's lost son taking a break from Little House. In costume.

  • kronze

    he must be hot

  • Drake

    I would take a piece of Leguizamo too. He has held up well.

  • jcoa2

    Pattinson is not as bad as Twilight haters say he is, and Garfield is not as good as he thinks he is.

  • HMDK

    There are actual Twilight -likers-? With functional brainstems, I mean.

  • e jerry powell

    That makes me sad. I spent two weeks installing phones at the state school for the mentally handicapped, so I've seen people with functional brain stems that had no brains on top of them. I'm willing to bet that even they hate Twilight.

  • HMDK

    I think being bored into agression by Tweelight is a common human trait.

  • Zirza

    "Garfield considers himself a serious actor, as compared to Pattinson, who he considers cheesy because of Twilight."

    To be fair, looking at the interviews I think Pattinson considers himself pretty cheesy too.

  • kronze

    Pattinson is just a modest guy, to me it just sounds like Garfield is jealous of Rob. I'm a fan of Garfield's so this defiantly disappointing to me

  • Maguita NYC

    I do not understand the attraction of these two (except for Garfield's cute derrière in his tighty-spideys).

    Jim Sturgess wins every time in my book. Greasy unkempt hair and all.

  • kronze

    well everyone has an opinion and I don't agree with yours

  • googergieger

    I am serious. And don't call me Maclaine.

    Wait that doesn't sound right...

  • zeke_the_pig

    Anyone who considers themselves a 'serious actor' is automatically a pompous condom balloon full of conceit testicles.

  • Matthew Messerly

    I've always been fond of the Clooney vs Papparazzi feud. Go George Clooney, go George Clooney, go George Clooney Go.

  • aroorda

    Nothing on this list is sadder than Ramis and Murray. Bill is broken. That's why "Lost in Translation" was so good. He played himself.

  • John W

    Nic Cage vs Sean Penn?

  • Maguita NYC

    Sean Penn vs Everyone Else?

  • e jerry powell

    James Franco vs. Sean Penn's tonsils?

  • Maguita NYC

    Shit, I forgot to buy milk on my way home.

  • e jerry powell


  • Maguita NYC

    Oh come on! It was fitting. twisted. but fitting.

  • toblerone

    Can we manufacture a "fight" between these two? Preferably of the Jello variety.

    How Jean Ralphio scored either is beyond any reasonable explanation.

  • "Garfield considers himself a serious actor, as compared to Pattinson, who he considers cheesy because of Twilight."

    Isn't Garfield's claim to fame being Peter Parker in the most recent Spider-Man retread? He might want to back that ego up a bit there.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    You've never watched "Red Riding", have you?

  • Michelle Kirkwood


    For real---I saw RED RIDING at the theatre a couple of years ago and the first part featuring Garfield was actually the best part of the whole series----he was totally unknown then-and he was pretty good in it--I just thought he was cute in an odd-looking way. BOY A was ,a pretty good film too,BTW.

  • Ian Brett Cooper

    He did a fairly convincing generic northern English accent. It would have been nice if the dialogue coach could have taught him (or anyone else involved) a convincing West Yorkshire accent though. The only actor in the Red Riding trilogy who could do the accent was Sean Bean, and that's because he's actually from Sheffield.

  • Zirza

    Well, he's was in Never Let Me Go, which I haven't seen but it's supposed to be good.

    But that doesn't matter. He was also in Doctor Who, and if I'm not mistaken that automatically trumps Harry Potter in the Pajibaverse.

    EDIT: Also, banging Emma Stone.

  • Matthew Messerly

    I always thought that was odd. Garfield was the lead in one good indie film (Boy A) and a supporting role in The Social Network and now he's the next Marlon Brando? His IMDB page says he's close friends with Pattinson so possible BS on this one.

  • crosleys

    And yet, oddly enough, I think the image of Bill Murray and Lucy Liu getting into a fistfight over the integrity of a scene in (for Christ's sake) "Charlie's Angels" may actually make me like them both MORE.

  • TJCoolguy

    What's weird is I like Lucy Liu, and yet I can also kind of see what Bill Murray is saying. I like her in the movies I've seen her in, but she has like, ZERO range. Seriously, she always seems to basically be playing Lucy Liu. Mob boss Lucy Liu, assassin Lucy Liu, secret agent Lucy Liu...

    It works for some actors, though. I mean, think about it: Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Morgan Freeman... all pretty much play themselves in every movie. And it's totally fine.

  • Branden Myers

    To be fair, Bill only plays one type of character: the snarky asshole- which is probably pretty close to his personality. Neither is gonna when an oscar.

  • $27019454

    I watched Groundhog Day again (get it? Yuk yuk) and in the commentaries/special features, Harold Ramis very wryly refers to Bill Murry in a friendly way, but tempered with a lot of "well, you know Bill" type comments. If they are feuding, Ramis gets lots of points for being a gentleman.

  • Is this the reason why ghostbuster 3 wont get filmed?..cause of the Ramis/Murray fight?..geez..

  • e jerry powell

    Thinking about it, though, who produced Charlie's Angels? See, Bill Murray isn't even halfway besties with Drew Barrymore, so of course, he's the one that has to go, and I guess that makes Lucy Liu the winner, bad actress or no.

  • Duder NME

    Not just the producer, but also blame the director. Seems like McGinty is incapable to subside a feud, whether from Murray or Bale (Terminator Salvation), like any decent director could. Way to crowd control, McGutless.

  • e jerry powell

    True. I can't see a Coppola or a Scorsese being that incapable of managing conflicting personalities, or at least channeling the hostile energy into the performances somehow.

  • Jezzer

    Because when it comes to a cinematic masterpiece like "Charlie's Angels," you really want to hang on to your best actors.

  • e jerry powell

    That shit is art, dude. High art.

  • ViciousTrollop

    I've always felt such second hand embarrassment for Jason Schwartzman every time I watch that video. That must have been awkward.

  • e jerry powell

    No Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland? No Joan Crawford and Bette Davis? (Or am I too old?)

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    There were never such devoted sisters, huh? I'm convinced that Fontaine and de Havilland are going to live forever because each one refuses to die before the other.

  • e jerry powell

    Ain't family great?

    To my horror, I just realized that both Fontaine and de Havilland were born about a decade after all my grandparents.

    I am so freakin' old.

  • John G.

    Shirley McClaine also wrote in her book that on the set of Terms of Endearment in one scene which took place in a bed, a scene Debra Winger was not supposed to be in, Winger was under the covers sucking on her toes the whole time. Maybe the coke explains that?

  • Bedewcrock

    Ewww. Ewwww gross. Even if Winger was all coked up and sucking toes, Shirley McClaine is still whackily more obnoxious any day of the week.

  • Maguita NYC

    I wanna know too: Sucking on whose toes?? Her own or McClaine's?

  • John G.

    well, sucking her own toes would be impressive. I think it was Shirley Maclaine's toes, and it might not have been sucking, maybe rubbing or tickling or something. Now, I can't remember.

  • HMDK

    Look, buddyboy, putting your foot in your mouth (literally) shouldn't be athletic for you, unless your joints have turned to cement.

  • John G.

    I'm fat. I haven't even seen my toes in years.

  • Brian

    Sucking on whose toes?

  • John G.

    David O'Russel is a dick, a big swollen dick that needs to be packed in ice and forgotten about.

  • e jerry powell

    You could go all Dr. Pol on it; put a really tight rubber band around it and let it atrophy and die.

  • Jezzer

    A-fucking-men. And "I Heart Huckabee's" was such pretentious drivel that for years I assumed it was a Wes Anderson film and held Anderson personally responsible for it.

  • John G.

    Actually, I Heart Huckabees is one of my favorite movies. Just because the man himself is a big swollen dick doesn't mean his movies are bad. Although, Silver Linings Playbook is awful.

  • Zirza

    Wow. It's THAT bad?

  • $27019454

    This is all so gross.

  • HMDK

    And yet you're here.. sucking foot-fungus. What's wrong with you? Eww!

  • $27019454

    I'm so ashamed.

  • HMDK

    I hope you've numbed your tastebuds.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It sounds to me like Leguizamo needs a Relationships poster from The one that says: The common link in all of your relationships is you.

  • Bert_McGurt

    From the first episode of this season of Justified:

    "You know the saying - 'Run into an assh*le in the morning, you ran into an assh*le; Run into assh*les all day, YOU'RE the assh*le?'"

    Of course it sounds better with Raylan saying it, but still.

  • Nadine

    That is almost verbatim what I keep shouting at Taylor Swifts music videos.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, I shout things at Taylor Swift's music, but not things that can be repeated in mixed company.

  • Maguita NYC

    And Swifty's new title song in 3-2-1 is:
    " Nadineydoll, you owlfaced ex BFF"

  • Nadine


  • NoPantsMcLane

    What about Van Damme and Steven Seagal? I remember reading an interview with Sylvester Stallone where he said the two of them almost got in to a fist fight during a party at his house but Steven Seagal ran away before it could start. He can fight a skinny kid like John Leguizamo, but runs away from people who can fight back. What a cool guy.

  • TJCoolguy

    From what I've heard he's gotten better recently, but supposedly JCVD is kind of a human turd as well. For a long time, he was known in Hollywood for being a remorseless womanizer and a misogynist, even while married.

  • melissa82

    JCVD is a tiny little man as well. Built, but SHORT! And as my sister likes to remind me every time they play one of Seagal's awful movies on Spike TV - Steven is a 6'4" Aikido master. (She's obsessed... and I think he looks like a male version of our grandmother...)

  • Maguita NYC

    Pretty much Steven Seagal and almost everyone and anyone he ever worked with. Also, the way he treats women on set... Including his assistants. Urgh.

  • JakeJ413

    In the Saturday Night Live quote book, he was easily considered the worst host ever. It wasn't just how he treated people. The ideas he had for skits were very disturbing.

  • e jerry powell

    And Kelly LeBrock? And all the rest of his ex-wives?

  • MichaelRWorthingon

    yeah anyone who marries him deserves what they got/get.

  • Maguita NYC

    Ugh, don't get me started on the way he's treated his exes. By the way, I believe most exes were his co-stars first. His behavior on-set should have been a big clue as to how the relationship would go.

    Putting up with a shitty Director/co-star is one thing. Taking that POS home is another.

  • BWeaves

    I think it takes a strong person to leave instead of stay and fight at somebody else's house in the middle of a party.

  • HMDK

    That really depends on the situation. But I got no beef in this. I'd like to see two shitheads beat the lack-of-fuck out of eachother.

  • Nobody who writes these Hollywood feud lists ever mentions the Russell Crowe/George Clooney bitch slap of a few years ago. It was a highly entertaining battle of wits, but it was also a high minded discourse on professional ethics and integrity. Such a pity no one in the media has written a thorough chronicle of it, though it didn't last very long. However, there is recent video of some awards show depicting a kind of coded exchange between a smug, or possibly angry haha, Rusty at the podium and a giggling Clooney in the audience. I'll see if I can find it.

  • I've never heard of this. Do tell!

  • This is the gist of it:

    This one quotes RC's best zinger in the fued:

    If the video I saw is anything to go by, I'd bet there was more going on than met the eye. I wish someone would write the dish, ya know?

    Here it is--- it's from the 2012 BAFTA'S. Watch all the way to the end. Check the cold look Rusty shoots down at the audience @ 1:42 [and Hugh's nervous look at RC haha] and the smug smirk he threw in the same direction after the nominees were read. Whatever caused Rusty's smirking, Clooney is clearly greatly amused.

  • Rochelle

    That is awesome. Thanks for giving purpose to my insomnia.

  • pajiba

    Also, Clooney and ... Fabio.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Also, Fabio and ... birds.

  • Kballs

    Also, birds and . . . Randy Johnson.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Also, birds and ... The animal control guy from Parks and Rec.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Also, Randy Johnson and... a decent haircut.

  • pinkerton80

    We can only hope that the Leguizamo/Swayze fight took place when both actors were in drag.

  • adrm

    Genuine lol, thank you.

  • obotray

    I saw Leguizamo speak a buncha years back and he said that, yes, they were in drag when the fight almost jumped off and they were separated. When then laughter died a bit he added, "Good thing too, he probly woulda kicked my ass," and laughed.

  • e jerry powell

    Drag queens fighting is no joke. As with strippers, those heels are deadly in the wrong hands. I've seen a drag queen take on a gay-basher on Halloween night. No kinds of cute.

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