It seems every job has at least one—the annoying coworker that everybody in the office avoids like the plague. Perhaps they like to play “pranks” that only they find hilarious, or they steal lunches out of the communal refrigerator, or maybe they like to show off for management at every possible opportunity by stealing credit for other people’s work. In a lot of ways, it often turns out that working in Hollywood is just like any other job, and unfortunately, this is just one more. Over the years, some celebrities have earned a serious reputation among their co-stars—so much so that other actors don’t ever want to work with them again. From simple personality conflicts to deranged name-calling and everything in between, let’s take a look at some of the most infamous co-star beefs, and how they got started. These are actors who all flat out refused to work together.
Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones
When Jim Carrey starred as the Riddler in Batman Forever, he was at the height of his more “comedic” career in film. His co-star Tommy Lee Jones—who played Harvey Dent—was definitely not a fan of Carrey’s slapstick style. Director Joel Schumacher confirmed that Jones had an attitude on the set, telling Entertainment Weekly in 1996, “Jim Carrey was a gentleman, and Tommy Lee was threatened by him. I’m tired of defending overpaid, over-privileged actors.”
The night before filming a scene together, Carrey and Jones ran into each other at a restaurant. When Carrey approached Jones’ table to say hello, he didn’t get quite the greeting he expected. “He got up, kind of shaking, and hugged me and said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you,'” Carrey told Howard Stern. “And I was like, ‘Wow. What’s going on man?’ And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'” We’re going to save that line for the next time we need to tell some kids to get off of our lawn.
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte
In 1994, Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts starred together in the romantic comedy I Love Trouble. The two didn’t mesh well on the set, and their lack of chemistry definitely shows onscreen. Reportedly, the constant quarreling got so bad that director Charles Shyer resorted to filming some of their scenes separately to keep them apart as much as possible.
While filming I Love Trouble, Roberts told the New York Times that Nolte is “completely disgusting,” and that he “seems go out of his way to repel people.” Nolte later shot back, “It’s not nice to call someone ‘disgusting.’ But she’s not a nice person. Everyone knows that.” The off-screen feud wasn’t forgotten in 2009, when Roberts appeared on The Late Show and gave a profanity-laden impression of a former co-star—which turned out to be Nolte.