Lights, Camera, Brawl: When Actors Don’t Get Along Behind the Scenes
Do you know what makes the Red Flush a great place to play? Aside from it having a massive collection of games – the Red Flush Mobile alone has over 100 games you can play on the go – it’s also a convenient way to play them, especially for someone who doesn’t handle personal contact too well. Playing at the Red Flush is a casual and completely personal experience, with no other person involved, keeping players away from any other that might get on their nerves. If only filming could be this convenient and remote, these famous actor fights on set might not have happened, and wouldn’t have left actors and producers with bad memories about their work together.
Charlie’s Fighting Angels
The on-screen characters are usually living and working in harmony – but this is often not the case with the actors playing them. The best example would be the 2000 reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise. While everything was perfect on-screen, the process of shooting the film was clouded by a feud between actress Lucy Liu and actor Bill Murray (Bosley).
Reports speak of Murray losing it on set while filming Charlie’s Angels, telling Liu that she shouldn’t be there since she can’t act. This made the Emmy-winner angry beyond her breaking point, causing her to start throwing punches on the actor until the crew separated them. The feud between the two seemed to have not ended here, as Murray didn’t return as Bosley in the second movie.
You might remember a clip circulating online about Christian Bale losing his temper on the set of Terminator: Salvation. His words were not merely shouted into the void – they were directed on Shane Hurlbut, director of photography, who repeatedly walked through the movie’s set, breaking his concentration. Bale ended up threatening to leave the production should the interruption recur – he didn’t in the end. Still, the video of him going off made it online, triggering a series of “Are you professional” jokes.
The Infamous Feuds of Rip Torn
“I have certain flaws in my make-up. Something called irascibility. I get angry easily,” Torn told a reported in a 1974 interview. His temper led to several behind-the-scenes fights during his long career. Perhaps the most famous of them all was his fight with Norman Mailer on the set of Maidstone (1970) when he struck the actor/director on the head with a hammer. The fight went on, blood was shed, and it was all featured in the film. Another time, Torn reportedly lost a job due to his temper: apparently, a fight between him and Dennis Hopper turned serious on the set of Easy Rider (1969), when one of them pulled a knife.
NICK NOLTE & JULIA ROBERTS
To date, we struggle to think of a more bizarre screen combination for a romantic blockbuster than that of I Love Trouble. The movie, a vehicle at heart for Julia Roberts, back when she was near the peak of her box office powers, saw her co-star with Nolte as one of a pair of competing newspaper reporters who don’t get on, but then have to join forces to break a big secret. Romance then ensues.
Friendship between the two leading stars, whose chemistry would not require the brain of Walter White to decipher, did not ensue. In fact, the Los Angeles Times went a bit further, and suggested that Nolte and Roberts were equally unhappy with director Nancy Meyers and producer Charles Shyer.
But then comments since suggest that the real discord remains between Nolte and Roberts. Nearly a decade on, Roberts described Nolte as a “disgusting human being”, leading Nolte to respond that “she’s not a nice person”.
Worst of all, the movie that was spat out at the end of it all was an arduous mess. It didn’t help that at its heart, it had a romance that would only fool those who genuinely did think Adam Sandler had a twin sister by the end of Jack & Jill.
YUL BRYNNER AND STEVE MCQUEEN
Inevitably, given the powerful names involved in the all-time classic The Magnificent Seven, beds of roses were not necessarily in bountiful supply. As it turned out, it was Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner who were at loggerheads on the set of the movie, with the latter annoyed at the apparent attempts of the former to upstage him.
This is one with a sort-of-happy ending, though, for eventually the feud was put to bed a decade or two later. When Brynner was dying of cancer, McQueen called him up to thank him, for not kicking him off The Magnificent Seven when he had the chance. Brynner accepted the apology, and when he died, the pair were finally back on good terms.