Channing Tatum vs. Alex Pettyfer: Breaking Down the 13 Biggest Co-Star Film Feuds of All Time

Major movie feuds

By Kendall Fisher Dec 01, 2015 6:30 PMTags
Magic mike, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Movie FeudsSnap Stills/REX Shutterstock

When you're working on set with someone 16 hours a day, every day, the one thing you hope for is to at least be able to get along with your co-star…but that's simply not the case sometimes.

For example, Alex Pettyfer just opened up and revealed the details behind the long-lasting feud with his Magic Mike co-star, Channing Tatum. The two simply couldn't make it work from the start, which eventually resulted in Pettyfer's absence from this year's sequel.

But these two sexy stars aren't the only ones who have gotten into it while filming. From The Notebook's Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (yes, the two former lovebirds actually hated each other at one point) to Charlie's Angels' Bill Murray and Lucy Liu to Star Trek's William Shatner and George Takei, here are 14 of the biggest co-star film feuds of all time:

Channing Tatum vs. Alex Pettyfer in Magic Mike

Pettyfer was known for his bad boy demeanor before he started filming Magic Mike. In an interview with Bret Easton Elis, he revealed that Tatum wasn't very fond of him for this reason and viewed him as a risk for the film. From the start it was rocky, and it only grew worse from an outside matter that involved renting a New York apartment from Channing's friends. By the time the second filming for Magic Mike XXL began, Pettyfer said Tatum had already "told everyone he didn't like me … what Channing says goes. He's a movie star. He's incredible." Pettyfer didn't make a return for the sequel.

Ryan Gosling vs. Rachel McAdams in The Notebook

Despite the fact that they eventually ended up dating, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams simply couldn't make it work on set. The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes dished on their major feud, revealing to VH1, "Ryan came to me, and there's 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, 'Nick, come here.' And he's doing a scene with Rachel and he says, 'Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off-camera with me?' I said, 'What?' He says, 'I can't. I can't do it with her. I'm just not getting anything from this.'"

So how did they move forward? According to Cassavetes, it took one big screaming match to finally get back to work.


Patrick Swayze vs. Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

While the two appeared to have incredible chemistry on the big screen, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey struggled together on set. In his 2009 autobiography (appropriately) titled Time of My Life, the actor revealed the two had many "moments of friction," adding that Grey was "particularly emotional" and would "burst into fits of tears." The actress agreed they struggled working together, telling Glamour magazine earlier this year that she simply didn't think they had chemistry.

Paramount Pictures

Robert Downey Jr. vs. Terrence Howard in Iron Man

Terrence Howard was infamously absent from the Iron Man 2 and 3, and he claims Robert Downey Jr. is to blame. After working together on the first film of the franchise—a role in which Howard claims he encouraged Downey Jr. to take—Howard said his co-star was the reason he would eventually be given a pay cut and not return for the sequel.

"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," Howard said on Watch What Happens Live in 2013.

Donners Company

Jamie Foxx vs. LL Cool J in Any Given Sunday

Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J actually ended up getting the police involved in their on-set feud after exchanging blows while filming in Miami for the 1999 flick. However, they've since moved on and even collaborated on some music together. "When you're grown, you don't really have time for all that [beefing]," Foxx told MTV in 2006. "When you're young, it's cool to have your emotions on your chest. But we're grown now."

Columbia Pictures/Getty Images

Bill Murray vs. Lucy Liu and McG in Charlie's Angels

Bill Murray criticized Lucy Liu's acting while working with her on Charlie's Angels. He explained to the Times of London, "Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me…When our relationship is professional, and you're not getting that done, forget it."

The spat led to hear breaking down in tears and a fit of anger, resulting in director McG getting involved and later claiming Murray head-butted him at one point during the incident. However, Murray swears, "That's bulls—! That's complete crap! I don't know why he made that story up. He has a very active imagination…No! He deserves to die! He should be pierced with a lance, not head-butted."

Needless to say, Murray didn't return for the film's sequel.

Touchstone Pictures

Julia Roberts vs. Nick Nolte in I Love Trouble

These two may have been forced to fake love on the big screen (and not exactly all that great at it), but Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte felt quite the opposite about each other in real life. In fact, after filming their 1994 flick Roberts described her former co-star as "completely disgusting," while Nolte reciprocated the feelings, saying, "She's not a nice person, everyone knows that." They've never worked together again.

Touchstone Pictures

James Franco vs. Tyrese Gibson in Annapolis

James Franco and Tyrese Gibson were forced to fight each other for their boxing roles in Annapolis, but there didn't seem to be anything fake about it. In fact, Gibson said Franco would often full blown hit him while filming a scene. Thus, in an interview with Playboy in 2007, Gibson frankly stated, "I never want to work with him again, and I'm sure he feels the same way. It felt very personal. It was f—ked up."

Though Franco swears it was nothing personal, he is very aware of Gibson's anger and joked about their feud to GQ magazine in 2008: "I hear he wants to blow up my hotel room!"

The Weinstein Company

Tom Hardy vs. Shia LaBeouf in Lawless

Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf played brothers in 1930s Western film Lawless, and their sibling rivalry ventured off set into a full-blown physical fight. Hardy confirmed the altercation, joking with the Den of Geek, "He knocked me out sparko. Out cold. He's a bad, bad boy. He is. He's quite intimidating as well. He's a scary dude."

LaBeouf said the spat was a one-off, telling Details magazine Hardy "never did that roughhouse stuff with me again."


William Shatner vs. George Takei in Star Trek

Star Trek's William Shatner and George Takei have been very open about their disdain for each other since the film's 1966 release, often openly speaking about their feud to the public.

In fact, in 2014—40 years later—Bill Maher asked why Takei didn't like Shatner. The actor simply responded, "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."

Keystone/Getty Images

Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Going down as one of the biggest co-star feuds in history, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford simply hated each other. From kicking each other on set to campaigning against each other for the Oscars, the two had a decades long history of feuding. Davis even went as far as saying, "The best time I ever had with Joan was when I pushed her down some stairs in Whatever happened to Baby Jane."

Though one would think they could never work together again after the 1962 film, the two attempted to reunite for Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte a few years later. However, Crawford only lasted four days, claiming illness, but the rumor mill went wild that Davis has installed a Coca-Cola machine on set when Davis' husband, Alfred Steele, was the president of Pepsi at the time.

Paramount Pictures

Richard Gere vs. Barbara Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman

Debra Winger was notorious for being hard to work with during her career explosion in the 80s, and Richard Gere wasn't immune from that. The two fought throughout the entire filming process for An Officer and a Gentleman with Winger calling Gere a "brick wall." She went as far as saying it was one of the worst experiences of her life.

However, in an interview with The Guardian in 2002, she explained, "I run in to Richard Gere quite a lot and he half jokes: 'Are you still saying terrible things about me?' We had a moment in our life which was not good, but everyone has to get it into perspective."

Paramount Pictures

Debra Winger vs. Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment

Again, Winger wasn't exactly the easiest person to work with during her peak in the 80's. She and Shirley MacLaine argued quite a bit on set while filming Terms of Endearment—so much so, Winger told The View 25 years later in 2008, "Time heals all wounds? Let's just say that it's not applicable in this case."