“We had two weeks where he didn’t speak to me, but that was bliss.”
Life on a film set can be exhausting. With on-location filming spanning weeks and sometimes even months, things can get tense. And that’s especially true for actors and directors, who are notorious for banging their heads amid strenuous filming schedules.
Even though the actors and directors have the same goal of creating a stellar film, their visions may vary slightly. While some people are able to work through their differences, others let things escalate into arguments and even physical altercations. Luckily, everything falls into place by the time filming wrapped, and many of those collaborators even made amends at the end.
Read on to find out what happened on set…
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1. Eiza Gonzalez & Michael Bay
‘Ambulance’ star Eiza Gonzalez recently admitted that she didn’t get along well with the film’s director Michael Bay while they were working together. She explained that the duo “often attacked each other, at each other’s throats”, partly because she was passionate about the proper portrayal of her paramedic character Cam Thompson.
“I felt a lot of pressure to bring a paramedic to life that felt real in the times we live in. First responders dedicated their lives to the full, forever obviously, but more than ever… And so I didn’t want any just not to make a joke or a cartoon version of who they were. I really wanted to level up and bring something that [I] would feel proud. So I was very vocal about some things that I didn’t think were right. And then he was like, ‘Leave it to me. Trust me.’ So we would clash a lot, but that’s part of the creative process,” Eiza told Screenrant.
2. Bruce Willis & Kevin Smith
Director Kevin Smith didn’t seem to get along with Bruce Willis while working on “Cop Out” in 2010. While talking about the film, Kevin alluded to how difficult it was to work with one of the stars – and made sure to note that it wasn’t the film’s other star, Tracy Morgan.
“Everyone knows who he is. In other words, do you remember the really funny guy in the movie? It’s not him. It’s a fucking dream. Tracy Morgan, I would lay in traffic jams. not for tracy, i could have killed myself or someone else in the making of this movie. it was hard. i’ve never been involved in a situation like this where, a component is not in the box at all. It was f— soul crushing,” Kevin said on “WTF with Marc Maron.”
Kevin later apologized for his comments and clarified that he had made amends with Bruce.
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3. Val Kilmer & Joel Schumacher
Prior to Joel Schumacher’s passing, he reflected on his time on the set of “Batman Forever,” where he had a less than ideal relationship with Val Kilmer. He says the two even “had a physical push match” on set at one point. He held a grudge against the actor for many years and even more than two decades after his release, he called Val “psychotic”.
“He behaved badly, he was rude and inappropriate. I had to tell him that it wouldn’t be tolerated for one more second. Then we had two weeks where he didn’t speak to me, but it was bliss,” Joel said. Weekly entertainment.
4. George Clooney & David O.Russell
After long rumors of tension between George Clooney and David O. Russell on the set of “Three Kings”, producer Charles Roven finally confirmed that there had been a drama. He explained that between George working on both “ER” and the film, and David feeling pressure from the film studio, things escalated until there was a physical fight.
“George sees David talking to extras” [assistant director], and it looks like he’s yelling at her. But he shouts to be heard. And George comes running up and says, “I told you, mother, if you want to pick on somebody, pick on me.” And David said, ‘Why don’t you remember your lines for once?’ And boom! They catch each other, and they bicker. And so I took George away. That was it. But David still only talks about the movie. And you have to respect that,” Charles told THR.
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5. Megan Fox & Michael Bay
Eiza Gonzalez wasn’t the only star to take on Michael Bay. Megan Fox also struggled to work with the director on the set of “Transformers” calling him a “tyrant.” In a rant that would have gotten her fired from the franchise, she compared Michael to Hitler and said he was a nightmare to work with.
“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous reputation as a lunatic. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So it’s a nightmare to work for, but when you take him away from the set, and he’s not in director mode, I really appreciate his personality because he’s so goofy, so hopelessly goofy. He’s got zero social skills. And it’s endearing to watch him,” Megan told the wonderland magazine.
6. Shelly Duvall & Stanley Kubrick
Although Shelley Duvall has no hard feelings against ‘The Shining’ director Stanley Kubrick, she certainly wasn’t treated well on set. Over the course of 13 months of filming, her often distraught character required her to spend 12 hours a day crying, and she was sometimes forced to do over 100 takes of a scene. The filming process became so intense and demanding that Shelley says it was “almost unbearable”. Eventually, the stress of achieving the perfection Stanley desired had physical ramifications for Shelley, and she began to lose her hair.
“From May to October, I was in really bad health because the stress of the role was so great. Stanley pushed me and pushed me further than I’ve ever been pushed before. It’s the most difficult role I’ve ever had to play,” Shelley said in the book “The Complete Kubrick.”
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7. Edward Norton & Tony Kaye
The relationship between Edward Norton and director Tony Kaye was doomed from the start, from the moment Tony unwittingly dumped Edward in “American History X.” The duo succeeded in filming, but things took a turn when the project was being put together. When the film was not received favorably by New Line Cinema, Edward decided to offer Tony some notes, which were not well received. And when the studio allowed Edward to start editing himself, Tony was furious.
“I was so stunned by what he was doing to my film, and that New Line approved, that I hit the wall and broke my hand. Every time I argued with Norton, I didn’t have a leg to stand on. He could wipe the floor with me because he’s a great articulator,” Tony wrote in an article for The Guardian.
8. Catherine Heigl & Judd Apatow
Katherine Heigl wasn’t completely happy with her role in “Knocked Up,” which ended up causing tension between her and director Judd Apatow. In fact, after calling the movie “little sexist” in an interview, she never spoke to Judd again.
“It paints the women as shrews, humorless, and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun guys. It overdid the characters, and I struggled with that on some days. I play a such a bitch; why is she such a killjoy? Why is that the way you represent women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but I struggled to love the movie,” Katherine told Vanity. Fair.
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9. Keira Knightley and John Carney
Keira Knightley admits she didn’t get along well with ‘Begin Again’ director John Carney while filming the movie. In fact, John slammed the actress after the shoot, saying he thought “being a movie actor requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis” that she wasn’t “ready for.” moment”. While John received backlash for his comments and later apologized to Keira privately, she says she understands it was just a difficult project for everyone.
“It was a very difficult shoot. We didn’t get along. It’s just a thing that happens sometimes and I say that without blame. It takes two to tango. I think we can both be very proud of us for the movie that we made because it’s hard when a lead actor and a director don’t get along. And I don’t think you can tell by watching the movie,” Keira told the Irish Times.
ten. Bill Murray & Harold Ramis
Bill Murray and Harold Ramis were longtime collaborators, but on the set of “Groundhog Day” in 1993, things turned sour. According to Violet, Harold’s daughter, Bill’s behavior became increasingly erratic during filming and he was often late to trigger and throw tantrums. At one point, things reportedly even got physical and after filming wrapped, the duo didn’t speak for many years.
“Bill was going through a tough time in his personal life, and he and my dad didn’t agree on the tone of the movie,” she described. “They had a few arguments on set, including one where my dad got uncharacteristically angry, grabbed Bill by the collar, and pushed him against a wall. Eventually, Bill completely shut out my father…for the next twenty years,” Violet wrote in her book “Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis.”
Fortunately, the friends settled their differences before Harold passed away in 2014.
11. Burt Reynolds & Paul Thomas Anderson
Burt Reynolds may have won a Golden Globe for his performance in ‘Boogie Nights,’ but he didn’t get along with director Paul Thomas Anderson. He says the duo didn’t match “on a personality level” and he even refused to be in his next movie “Magnolia.”
“I think mostly because he was young and full of himself. Every shot we made was like the first time [that shot had ever been done]. I remember the first shot we did in “Boogie Nights,” where I was driving the car to Grauman’s Theater. After he said, ‘Isn’t it amazing?’ And I named five photos that had the same type of shot. It was not original. But if you have to steal, steal the best,” Burt told GQ.