As anyone who shows up to work in the same place day after day can attest, tension with that one coworker who just gets under your skin with everything they say or do can be simply unavoidable. And Hollywood sets are hotbeds for high tempers. Rifts between costars are nothing new, after all. On the set of the 1959 Hollywood classic Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis was so annoyed by his costar Marilyn Monroe’s antics that he reportedly likened kissing her to “kissing Hitler” (though he later denied making the comparison). And there’s an entire series dedicated to the legendary cat fight between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, aptly titled Feud.
In the following contemporary cases, not only did costars not get along, they refused to even share the same screen. We can only imagine the pleasant working conditions that created for everyone else, but we digress. Read on to see who couldn’t bear to shoot simultaneously.
The Rock Versus the Candy Asses
Rumors of a feud between actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel made headlines in 2016 when Johnson took to Instagram in a since-removed post (via Vanity Fair) to complain about his experience filming the eighth incarnation of The Fast and The Furious franchise. He noted that his female costars are “always amazing,” though regrettably his male costars “are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals…The ones that don’t are too chicken s*** to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.” Hoo boy.
It became evident who the candy ass in question was in 2018 when Johnson confirmed to Rolling Stone that he and Diesel didn’t film any scenes together during the shooting of The Fate of the Furious. He explained, “[W]hat I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach movie making and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.” He did add, however, “I wish him all the best, and I harbor no ill will there… Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”
All clarified, and we won’t be expecting that buddy comedy anytime soon.
Game of Feuding Exes
Game of Thrones has about a million plot lines and characters, so it’s not too surprising that certain actors don’t cross paths during the show’s filming. However, eagle-eyed critics were quick to speculate on why Lena Headey, who plays evil Queen Cersie Lannister, and Jerome Flynn, who portrays her brother/lover’s guard Bronn, never shared any screen time (save one brief scene in season three, as Refinery29 notes).
The alleged reason? According to The Telegraph, Headey and Flynn were a couple off-screen way back in 2002, and in the wake of an ugly split refused to be in the same room. A source told the paper, “Jerome and Lena aren’t on speaking terms any more and they are never in the same room at the same time…It’s a pity because they appeared to have patched things up for a while, but now the word is they should be kept apart at all costs.” Sounds fun.
The Good Wife? Sure. Good friends? Not so much.
Up through season two of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi’s characters (Alicia Florrick and Kalinda Sharma respectively) were best friends, until it was revealed that Kalinda had once slept with Alicia’s husband. After that, as The Hollywood Reporter noted, “the two famously went long stretches without sharing scenes together.”
According to Vogue, a long-rumored feud between the costars may have played a role in the plot twist, and been the real reason why the actresses no longer shared screen-time. Although the actresses initially denied any problems on set, the show’s season six finale, in which the characters “reunite,” set tongues wagging when it became apparent they hadn’t in fact shot the big reunion scene together.
After Margulies confirmed that the episode had indeed been shot separately due, in her words, to Panjabi filming TV show The Fall at the same time, Panjabi tweeted, “@TheFallTV was not even in production at that time and I was in New York ready to film the scene!” Sounds like there might be a lot more to this particular split-screen story.
When Magic Mike goes too far
We’ll take this whole story with a grain of salt, but here goes. According to an anonymous extra on the set of 2013 film This is the End (who posted the account on a since-deleted Tumblr page picked up by Pop Focal), actress Emma Watson was so offended by a scene she was slated to shoot with an almost-nude Channing Tatum break dancing in a thong that she walked off set and refused to continue filming.
Per the extra, “Emma knew [Tatum] was going to be in a thong and everyone knows he used to be a stripper. So things were starting to get raunchy. Emma steps on set and looks at the scene and all of us in it and kind of has a freak out moment…Before we started to film she stormed off set with her publicist…Then she came back and filmed about 3 minutes of the scene.” The extra alleged that Watson then left the set because Tatum’s behavior was “too raunchy.”
James Franco seemed to substantiate the account in a 2013 interview with Mila Kunis for Interview, saying, “this actress—I won’t say who, but she had a smaller role in the film—walked off the movie in the middle of a scene…what was going on around her was, I guess, too extreme for her…And she said, ‘Yeah, I’ve got to leave.'”
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