Many movie fans like to imagine that the stars of their favorite films also adore each other in the real world. And while it’s true that many leading men and ladies do have off-screen friendships or romances, that’s not always the case. In fact, some co-stars absolutely detest each other.
Sometimes the couples have such amazing chemistry on screen that this seems almost impossible to believe. In other cases, though, the sheer lack of apparent affection between two actors makes it painfully obvious that they aren’t fond of each other in real life, either. (Fifty Shades of Grey, anyone?) So join us as we take a look at 20 famous on-screen couples who apparently couldn’t stand each other on set.
20. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic
While Castle fans might have loved the electric tension between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, that frisson wasn’t quite so fun in real life, by all accounts. Apparently, the actors seriously disliked each other – so much so, in fact, that Katic eventually left the show because of it.
19. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are seemingly perfectly friendly now, so filming the recent X-Files revival may have been an altogether more pleasant experience for them than it was back in the day. That’s because, in the ’90s, the Mulder and Scully actors reportedly couldn’t stand each other and even argued non-stop on the set of the sci-fi series.
18. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan
For anyone who has seen the Fifty Shades movies, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan on this list. After all, though the actors themselves claim to get along well, gossip sites have suggested that they have even less chemistry in real life than they do on screen – and that’s not easy.
17. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling are so beloved in The Notebook that it may break some fans’ hearts to learn that the couple apparently fought non-stop during filming. But never fear: they eventually grew to love each other; indeed, they were an item for three whole years.
16. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey practically sizzled on screen in one of the most adored romantic films of all time, Dirty Dancing. And their seemingly perfect partnership makes it difficult to believe that Grey was apparently very troubled on the set, suffering from crying fits and mood swings while also fighting with her co-stars – including Swayze himself.
15. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio
Romeo loathes Juliet? Say it ain’t so! But yes, apparently Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t really see eye to eye during the making of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet. DiCaprio was an outgoing on-set prankster; Danes, on the other hand, was apparently much more serious and reserved behind the scenes.
14. Debra Winger and Richard Gere
An Officer and a Gentleman is an iconic love story, so it’s kind of crushing to hear that Debra Winger seemingly found acting with Richard Gere in the movie to be the equivalent of “talking to a brick wall.” Oh, well. Just crank “Up Where We Belong” and pretend you never read that…
13. Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe
Even though – or perhaps because – Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe had previously dated, they apparently had a hard time getting along during the filming of the 1959 classic Some Like It Hot. According to Curtis, Monroe was somewhat “scatterbrained” and unfocused when the iconic movie was being made.
12. Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush
TV viewers loved the pairing of real-life couple Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush on One Tree Hill. Unfortunately, things reportedly took a very sour turn when Murray cheated on Bush with – gulp – an extra from the show. They quickly divorced and, as a result of Murray’s philandering, relations between them on set understandably became less amicable.
11. Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair
Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair may have played a sexy, sparring couple on Two and a Half Men but, reportedly, there was nothing romantic about their relationship in real life. Blair apparently found Sheen to be a lazy and unprofessional actor, for one. And Sheen seemingly wasn’t too keen on Blair, either: he only told her via text that she’d been fired. Ouch.
10. Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher
Pierce Brosnan was apparently incredibly frustrated with Bond Girl Teri Hatcher during the filming of Tomorrow Never Dies. According to reports, she was constantly late, and it drove Brosnan crazy. However, it was later revealed that Hatcher had a very good excuse: she was actually pregnant and had terrible morning sickness.
9. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte
I Love Trouble wasn’t exactly a smash hit, despite it starring both Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte. Part of the problem may have been that, if rumors are to be believed, the two stars loathed each other – so much so that they actually insisted on shooting some scenes separately. Apparently, Roberts found Nolte “disgusting.” Nolte, meanwhile, has slammed his co-star as being simply “not nice.”
8. Sharon Stone and William Baldwin
Sounds like even Sharon Stone and Billy Baldwin were bored by the Joe Eszterhas bomb Sliver. Stone reportedly chose to entertain herself by teasing Baldwin non-stop, even going so far as to badly bite his tongue during a love scene. Yikes.
7. Harrison Ford and Sean Young
Blade Runner is arguably a dark and creepy film, but one of its few bright spots is the love story between Harrison Ford and Sean Young. It’s perhaps all the more ironic, then, that the two couldn’t stand each other. Such was their animosity, in fact, that the crew of the classic sci-fi flick actually referred to their love scene together as the “hate scene.”
6. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn
Allegedly, there’s a good reason why the fight scenes in 2008’s Four Christmases are believable: the real-life Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon did not get along at all. And that may have something to do with the pair’s differing work ethics. Witherspoon’s filmmaking style was to arrive on time and rehearse; Vaughn, though, had a much more laid-back manner and wanted to just roll in and improvise. Funnily enough, the two have not worked together since.
5. Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman
It’s not really a shocker that Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, the two powerhouse stars of Kramer vs. Kramer, seemingly didn’t really get along – and that’s a lot of ego in one room. And relations between the pair may not have been helped by the fact that, at one point, Hoffman threw a plate at Streep in order to elicit a “surprised” reaction from the veteran actress. In the end, though, they still managed to create a beautiful movie – and one that earned them both Oscars.
4. Jennifer Aniston and Jay Mohr
According to some, Jennifer Aniston was none too pleased when comedian Jay Mohr was cast as her romantic lead in the 1997 film Picture Perfect. Apparently, she had been lobbying for real-life boyfriend Tate Donovan to play her love interest, but the producers plumped for Mohr instead. The story goes that Aniston then proceeded to take her annoyance out on Mohr himself, making for a very tense relationship on set.
3. Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson
In the 2007 horror flick Vacancy, Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson might have looked like they were afraid of a murderer, but if the rumors are to be believed, really they wanted to murder each other. Reportedly, Wilson was constantly late and wouldn’t help Beckinsale film certain scenes, sending his stand-in to do it for him instead. And so when Wilson needed Beckinsale to stand off set for him, she responded in kind, sending him a photograph of herself with the instructions, “Read your lines to this.”
2. Shannen Doherty and Jason Lee
Rumors of Shannen Doherty being “difficult to work with” date all the way back to her Beverly Hills, 90210 days. So, it isn’t much of a shock to hear that, seemingly, Jason Lee found her incredibly spoiled and unpleasant during the making of Mallrats.
1. Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren
Marlon Brando was known for being temperamental and egotistic, but he went a step too far when he dared to grope the legendary Sophia Loren during a scene for A Countess From Hong Kong. And Loren herself made it quite clear that if he ever did such a thing again, he would be incredibly sorry. Fortunately, Brando kept his hands to himself after that but, according to Loren, the unfortunate incident made the rest of filming very awkward indeed.