When promoting a movie, celebrities these days are well-trained to make it seem like everything is just peachy behind the scenes. Check out a press tour or a red carpet, and it's full of actors fawning over how great everyone got along without a peep of anything negative.
Of course, we know that this can't always be the case, and sometimes people just don't mesh well. However, it takes a pretty explosive relationship to make its way to the public, and that's exactly what leads stars to declare that they will permanently avoid formerly friendly co-stars. Here are nine major feuds that caused continuing rifts between cast (and crew) members.
1. Shonda Rhimes and Katherine Heigl
When Katherine Heigl infamously left Shonda Rhimes' show [Grey's Anatomy](tag:200746), it was just the start of a lot of bad press for her. Since then, Heigl has become notoriously difficult to work with, and Rhimes has come right out and said that she will no longer put up with that type of behavior. When speaking about how she runs the Scandal set and her "no assholes" policy, she told The Hollywood Reporter:
There are no Heigls in this situation…I don’t put up with bulls—t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.
You may be thinking that Rhimes is not a "star" in the conventional sense of the word (read: actor), but in reality she's a powerhouse that you do not want to piss off. She has her hands in the most successful shows on ABC (with a whole night devoted to her) and clearly doesn't hesitate to lay down the law. Heigl knows that and has publicly stated that she "wishes [she] wishes she could do something to change" Rhimes' mind.
2. William Shatner and George Takei
Though they were close allies onscreen, in real life Captain Kirk and Sulu can't stand each other. On Real Time with Bill Maher, George Takei didn't mince any words when discussing Shatner's ego:
Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that. Well, he is a person who is that way with himself. He is very self-centered.
Shatner was reportedly furious that he was the only Star Trek cast member who allegedly wasn't invited to Takei's wedding. When asked about the snub, he didn't hesitate to take a few shots at Takei:
There’s such a sickness there, it’s so painfully obvious that there’s a psychosis there. I don’t know what his original thing about me was, I have no idea.
With such a public beef, I don't think these two will be appearing together again.
3. Mia Farrow and Woody Allen
This feud shouldn't come as a surprise to those who know the basics of this relationship, but it's safe to say that former couple and collaborators Woody Allen and Mia Farrow will not be generating another film any time soon. Though together they made thirteen movies like the notable Crimes and Misdemeanors and Hannah and Her Sisters, their personal relationship quickly soured and turned into one of the most controversial feuds in Hollywood history.
After Farrow came forward and accused Allen of sexually abusing their adopted daughter Dylan, she filed for divorce and sued for full custody of the kids. Around this time, Farrow also discovered nude photos of another adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, who was around 20 years old at the time. Soon-Yi and Woody Allen ended up getting married, a move which disgusted Farrow and many of her children and led to the ongoing animosity between the her and Allen.
4. Jon Stewart and Hugh Grant
When Stephen Colbert interviewed Jon Stewart and asked who was the worst guest he's ever had on The Daily Show, Stewart didn't hesitate to say Hugh Grant. Apparently, Grant didn't like the choice of clip from his movie Did You Hear About the Morgans? despite the fact the movie's publicist is the one who sent it in.
The experience was so bad, Stewart proclaimed that he would never let Grant back on the show after his diva-like display:
He's giving everyone s*** the whole time, and he's a big pain in the a**.
Grant has since admitted that Stewart was right. Maybe now that there'll be a new Daily Show host, Grant might make a reappearance.
5. Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty
These two famously bickered so intensely while filming the TV show Charmed, the set just wasn't big enough for the both of them. The show's stars Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty supposedly butted heads so severely that Doherty got fired after the third season. Recently, Milano was asked about the feud, and she confirmed the tension on set:
I don't know if she got fired, we never really found out what happened. I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years and there were definitely some rough days. Holly [Marie Combs] and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started so it was very much sort of like high school. I would hope that in our thirties it wouldn't feel like that anymore
Doherty later said that the set was full of "drama" and said she never had any problems with fellow co-star Holly Marie Combs. In other words, she and Milano hated each other.
6. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
Edward Scissorhands co-stars and former couple Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder allegedly patched things up for a while, but a recent development has supposedly put them once again on opposing sides. There are rumors that Depp's recent marriage to young starlet Amber Heard has Ryder thinking her former flame needs to grow up:
She’s pulled a 180 on her opinion of Johnny and his cronies because she thinks it’s a sad cliché that he’d dump his long-term baby mama for a woman in her twenties.
Ryder is allegedly perturbed that Depp left Vanessa Paradis for Heard and has put off plans to star with him again. I, for one, hope that this celebrity feud is just a rumor because Ryder and Depp need to be back in a movie together ASAP, especially if it's as good as Edward Scissorhands.
7. Megan Fox and Michael Bay (and maybe Steven Spielberg)
She helped make the Transformers franchise the goliath success it is today, but Megan Fox was a little too vocal about her onset grievances for Michael Bay's taste. After Fox made public statements about Bay running the production like "a tyrant" and likening to Adolf Hitler, the director swiftly had her fired and replaced her with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the third movie. Later, Bay blamed none other than producer Steven Spielberg for her removal:
You know the Hitler thing. Steven (Spielberg) said, fire her right now.
According to this report, Spielberg is sensitive about flippant Nazi comments, but others speculate that Bay was just trying to deflect attention away from himself. Why he would drag one of the most well-known and well-respected names into this is beyond me, but Bay and Fox have certainly not worked together since.
8. Jennifer Aniston and Leslie Mann
Jennifer Aniston and Leslie Mann appeared together in 1996's She's the One, but supposedly that wasn't enough to secure a life-long friendship (or even a fair-weather one). According to an anonymous source at RadarOnline, Aniston desperately wants to star in a Judd Apatow comedy with her friend Elizabeth Banks, but she reportedly refuses to work with Apatow's wife Leslie Mann.
The source claims that Mann is notorious for having differences with Apatow's female leads and is allegedly the "wife from hell." Hopefully, this is either hearsay or the pair work their issues out because I would love to see this movie brought to life.
9. Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard
While filming Iron Man, co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard supposedly had an iron-clad friendship. That was put to the test when negotiations began for Iron Man 2, and Howard felt like he wasn't getting a fair paycheck. He allegedly called RDJ to go to bat for him, but what he got was a swift boot. Howard was nixed, and Don Cheadle was brought in to take over the role. On Watch What Happens Live, he blamed Iron Man himself for this:
It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to […] re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out.
RDJ hasn't commented on these allegations, but if Howard's open bitterness is any indication, these two will be going their separate ways from now on.