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27 Co-Stars Who Couldn't Stand Each Other

Jason Alexander and Heidi Swedberg in Seinfeld

None of the cast of the sitcom Seinfeld much cared for Heidi Swedberg. She wasn’t rude or mean, she was just terrible to work with. Nobody could figure out what she would do next, and that made their jobs miserable. Jason Alexander was the only one affected for a while, but that changed after she shared screen time with the other actors on set. The cast decided something had to be done about her. They made a joke, and one thing led to another. Her character died fairly abruptly after licking poisonous envelopes. Alexander claims that although she was a great person, she was also a terrible coworker.

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Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot

When Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe were filming the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, Monroe was going through rough times. She was pregnant, and her professionalism was dropping considerably. Of course, this led to difficulties with her co-workers. Curtis once said that kissing Monroe was “like kissing Hitler,” but he now claims that was sarcasm.

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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook

Despite their love onscreen and their later real-life romance, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams couldn’t stand each other on the set of The Notebook. The filming almost stopped when Gosling asked to do scenes with another actress because he couldn’t stand McAdams. Ironically, they later went on to date for several years.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland in 24

Freddie Prinze Jr.’s experience with Kiefer Sutherland on the law enforcement show’s set was so bad that he wanted to quit acting afterwards. Prinze had already starred in several big acting roles, but he says he hated “every minute” of 24.

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Sir Anthony Hopkins and Shirley MacLaine in A Change of Seasons

Maybe it’s because the characters they played had a terrible relationship, but Sir Anthony Hopkins and Shirley MacLaine hated acting together in A change of Seasons. Hopkins could barely put up with her overbearing acting style, calling her, “the most obnoxious actress,” he’d ever worked with. She said she didn’t like him either, and they seemed content to leave things as they were.

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Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet

He was irritating. She was uptight and prudish. Sounds like middle school all over again. Claire Danes claims that, although she was 6 years younger than him, DiCaprio was an immature prankster. And since she wouldn’t go along with his jokes, he didn’t care for her much either.

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Bill Murray and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels

Bill Murray thought Lucy Liu was a horrible actress, so he called her out on it in the middle of a scene. She threw punches, and after they were physically separated, they continued to verbally abuse each other. No wonder Murray couldn’t smile on set.  

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Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett in Hollywood Homicide

Perhaps it was simply the age gap, but Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett did not get along on the set of Hollywood Homicide. Ford called Hartnett a “punk,” and Hartnett thought Ford was “an old fart.” It’s no surprise that the film didn’t do well.

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Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in Lawless

The details are fuzzy, and so is Tom Hardy’s memory of the incident. Shia LaBeouf is rumored to have hit his co-star so hard that Hardy was knocked out. While we may not know exactly how conscious Hardy was, we do know that they both had to be restrained. It’s fitting, considering the fight happened while filming the violent movie Lawless. You have to wonder if LaBeouf was too into his role.

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Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth in Beverly Hills, 90210

Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth had a back-and-forth relationship. After being locked on set for 14 or more hours a day, everybody was strained. According to Garth, “There were times when we loved each other and there were times when we wanted to claw each other's eyes out.”

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Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in Live

Strahan’s departure from the talk show Live was a surprise for everyone, including himself. When he got the opportunity to host Good Morning America, he took it without hesitation. Kelly Ripa was given no warning and did not respond well. The two had great chemistry, but the departure changed things for the worse.

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Patrick Dempsey, T. R. Knight, and Isaiah Washington in Grey’s Anatomy

Isaiah Washington didn’t last long in the hospital drama Grey's Anatomy after he got in a fight with co-star Patrick Dempsey. Things escalated when the media found out he had used a homophobic slur to describe a different co-star, T. R. Knight. Washington’s statements forced Knight to publicly come out. Washington’s contract was not renewed.

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Teri Hatcher and Nicollette Sheridan in Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives left everybody feeling disheveled. Nicollette Sheridan’s co-stars claim that she could never remember her lines, which eventually lead to a fight between Teri Hatcher and her. After the fight was broken up, Hatcher told the show’s creator that Sheridan was, “the meanest woman in the world.” If I had to guess, I’d say it's probably hard work with the meanest person in the world.

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Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in The Fast and the Furious

Life seems to happen all at once, and Tyrese Gibson can certainly attest to that. At the same time that his home life seemed to be imploding, he found out that the Rock was negotiating a Fast and Furious spinoff without him. Gibson responded by saying he wouldn’t do another Fast and Furious movie with Johnson. They have since made up, and Gibson took back what he said.

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Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush in One Tree Hill

Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush met on set of the show One Tree Hill and married quickly. Then, they divorced quickly. Their marriage lasted only five months and the divorce was painful. The media caught on and made everything all the more traumatizing for Bush. The two continued to work together on set, but they drifted apart after the show ended.

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

Money has caused an unimaginable number of fights, and the set of Fresh Prince was no exception to this rule. While undergoing salary negotiations, Hubert asked Smith to help the rest of the cast get better pay. He left them to look out for themselves, and he’s had to watch his back ever since.

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Joan Collins and John Forsythe in Dynasty

According to Joan Collins, John Forsythe had to hate her character so much that he never particularly liked the real her. They never really spoke on set, and a misunderstanding at the People’s Choice awards drug them into even colder waters. They never recovered.

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Naya Rivera and Lea Michele on Glee

Naya Rivera says it’s blown up too much, but she definitely had problems with Lea Michele on the set of Glee. As Michele’s role on the show grew, she became jealous Rivera, eventually giving Rivera a cold shoulder. Well, that’s Rivera’s side of the story. Michele has stayed surprisingly quiet about it all.

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Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road

It seems the wasteland they drove in was as harsh as the two actors. Looking in on Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, co-Star Zoe Kravitz said that they all went a little crazy after being in the desert for six months. Add in Hardy’s intense method acting and you don’t have much room for a good relationship.

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Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike

Alex Pettyfer will admit that Channing Tatum does not like him and that it’s mostly Pettyfer’s own fault. Because of Pettyfer’s rough history, Tatum didn’t trust Pettyfer before the filming of Magic Mike even began, but Pettyfer’s standoffish attitude on-set didn’t help anything. Then Pettyfer forgot to pay Tatum’s friend rent, so Tatum lashed out. Pettyfer is regretful, but the situation has not improved.

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Selma Blair and Charlie Sheen in Anger Management

While the two co-stars initially had on-set chemistry, Charlie Sheen heard enough about how Selma Blair talked about him off-set to propel them into rocky water. Add in some severe unprofessionalism, and Sheen felt forced to fire her. She made a mistake, and he wasn’t about to give her any grace.

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in X Files

Reflecting on her long relationship with David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson once said that, “There were periods where we hated each other.” She immediately backtracked and talked about how the problems were mutual. The two have now made up.

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Bea Arthur and Betty White on Golden Girls

All four Golden Girls had some level of hostility between them, but it was the worst between Bea Arthur and Betty White. They were friends who grew apart when White won an Emmy. Arthur's jealousy flared, and things were never the same.  

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall in Sex and the City

Rumors that Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker hate each other have circulated for years, and Kim Cattrall has finally admitted that she was never really friends with any of her co-stars. This comes at the tail end of a long string of distrust between the actresses on set. The feud supposedly started when Cattrall found out she was not paid as well as Parker in the Sex and the City’s final season back in 2004.

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Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte in I Love Trouble

This relationship is a prime example of how poor off-set chemistry can carry itself on-screen. Julia Roberts is known to have described Nolte as “completely disgusting,” while Nolte claims that everyone knows Roberts is not a nice person. The tension got so bad that they ended up shooting some scenes separately, and the movie ended up being odd to watch.

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Peter Sellers and Orson Welles in Casino Royale

Sellers was unhappy with the 1960’s movie Casino Royale when he started, but things only went downhill for him from there. He was forced to play a role he found humiliating, and then he had to act with an actor he found exceptionally frustrating. While it’s unclear what the source of the drama was, the co-stars eventually chose to film with a mannequin rather than have to put up with each other.

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Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

It’s believed that Bette Davis and Joan Crawford fell for the same man while filming a movie, resulting in the biggest feud in Hollywood history. They went on to compete for decades, fighting for the same roles and Oscar nominations. They hated each other so much that they were featured on the show Feud’s first season.

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