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Top 10 Actors Who Refused to Shoot Scenes Together

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Michael Wynands

Troubled productions, behind-the-scenes feuds, fights on set? All part of Hollywood. But these actors hated each so much, they refused to even shoot scenes together. Some names on our list might come as no surprise - Wesley Snipes, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Alyssa Milano, and Shannen Doherty among them. But Emma Watson, Julianna Margulies, and the Rock? Can’t we all just get along?! Which actor do YOU think would be the worst to work with? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 10 Actors Who Refused to Shoot Scenes Together

#10: Wesley Snipes & the Supporting Cast

“Blade: Trinity” (2004)

When you’ve got a successful franchise to your name, it can go to your head. For “Blade: Trinity”, Snipes was given support in the form of Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds as Nightstalkers Abigail Whistler and Hannibal King. It would appear however, that Snipes wasn’t too keen on these additions – or, for that matter, the script, the director or the overall story. Horror stories from set abound, but most notable is the fact that Snipes often had his stand-in do everything but the close-ups, leaving the supporting cast to pick up the slack. He also allegedly referred to Reynolds simply as “that cracker.”

#9: Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen

“Scary Movie 5” (2013)

Considering the man’s well-documented sexual history and self-professed drug use, we can’t really blame Lindsay Lohan for not wanting to film a kiss with her co-star, Charlie Sheen. Although, it’s not like her personally history is without cause for concern. Apparently the driving fear that had Lohan nervous about puckering up was cold sores, and even a legal notice from her and Sheen declaring themselves to respectively be cold-sore free wasn’t enough to put her mind at ease. In the end, the scene was reworked. Considering the wild antics of their in-film sex tape, the kiss wasn’t exactly missed.

#8: Alyssa Milano & Shannen Doherty

“Charmed” (1998-2006)

They might have played siblings on TV for years, but by the end of the third season, their working relationship had soured. That's when Doherty’s Prue Halliwell was killed off to be replaced by a new half-sister, played by Rose McGowan. Doherty had a reputation for being difficult to work with from her time on “ Beverly Hills, 90210”, and this reputation seemingly followed her on to this supernatural series. Reportedly, the two often wouldn’t talk unless the cameras were rolling. A mediator was even brought in, but to no avail; it got to the point where one of them had to go.

#7: Emma Watson & Channing Tatum

“This Is the End” (2013)

Emma Watson and Channing Tatum both have relatively small cameo roles in this film, but it seems, however, that we could’ve gotten more Watson. After making a notable in-film exit from the house she was sharing with the film’s stars, Watson apparently made another all too real departure - this time from the set – when she got a glimpse of the film’s climactic scene, which involved Tatum being on a leash in nothing but a thong, dancing. In the context of the scene, which discussed cannibalism and sexual slavery, it all proved too much for Watson to film as originally intended.

#6: Julianna Margulies & Archie Panjabi

“The Good Wife” (2009-16)

This hit CBS series was blessed with some serious talent. Unfortunately, it seems that their off-camera personalities were no less formidable, and that series lead Julianna Margulies did not play well with Archie Panjabi. The latter’s in-house investigator, Kalinda Sharma was eventually written out of the show in season 6, but even before that, despite Panjabi’s prominent role, the two hadn’t shared a scene together since the middle of season 4. The specifics remain unclear, but apparently the two actors simply could not work together. Their final scene together was actually filmed separately using a split screen. Yikes.

#5: Naya Rivera & Lea Michele

“Glee” (2009-15)

This long-running hit musical series had its fair share of dramatic storylines, but they usually had a happy ending. Unfortunately, it seems that for the drama taking place behind the scenes, no amount of singing could bring about a peaceful resolution between these two young stars. The characters that Naya Rivera and Lea Michele played might have been friends, and the actors might have started off the same, but their relationship soured to the point that they stopped speaking. Eventually, Rivera’s character, Santana Lopez, despite having gone from supporting cast to series regular, began to get written out of episodes.

#4: Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel

“The Fate of the Furious” (2017)

Did you notice anything strange about the eighth Fast and the Furious movie? Like a lack of interaction between Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, perhaps? Considering these two were the top billed actors and easily the franchise’s heaviest hitters… that’s a bit of an odd creative choice. But Johnson and Diesel apparently do not work well together – in fact, they’ve gone on record acknowledging that they can’t stand each other. According to the Rock, they managed to avoid filming so much as a single scene together, and unfortunately, the on set beef shows in the finished product.

#3: Denzel Washington & Julia Roberts

“The Pelican Brief” (1993)

Denzel Washington is a man of principles – when he says he’s not willing to shoot a particular scene… he means it. Despite being an A-lister with countless roles to his name, he’s managed to rarely, if ever, kiss a white woman on-screen. The reasoning? He’s apparently incredibly devoted to his black female fanbase, who he feels are far too rarely represented as the subject of sexual desire. Doing his own small part to combat this injustice of representation, when the script for “the Pelican Brief” called for him to kiss co-star Julia Roberts, he flat out refused and had the scene cut.

#2: Lena Headey & Jerome Flynn

“Game of Thrones” (2011-)

Considering how many plot lines are playing out simultaneously and the jaw-dropping number of notable characters who populated the world of George R.R. Martin, chances are you didn’t even notice that these two never share scenes. It could have been a simple coincidence, but in reality, this is an intentional production choice. It seems that the talents behind Queen Cersei and the ambitious sellsword, Bronn, Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn, had an off-camera romance years back. According to insiders, it clearly didn’t end on good terms, as the two apparently are not on speaking terms, and won’t even appear in the same room together.

#1: Julia Roberts & Nick Nolte

“I Love Trouble” (1994)

Julia Roberts might have been the one to get turned down while shooting “The Pelican Brief”, but this time it was her turn to express disinterest in her co-star. While filming this ill-received romcom, Roberts and Nolte, the romantic leads, seemingly couldn’t stand each other. Roberts famously called Nolte “disgusting” and the worst actor she’d ever worked with. Nolte, for his part, said that Roberts was “not a nice person.” As a result of their dislike for one another, stand-ins were used as often as possible, with various scenes being filmed separately. Unsurprisingly, the lack of chemistry translated to the big screen.


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