The most bitter Hollywood feuds

Ben Arnold
Yahoo UK Movies Features

No one feuds quite like Hollywood. Well, rappers maybe. But anyway, when egos collide, sparks will fly, and frequently do. Here is a selection of the highest calibre spats.

Stephen Baldwin Vs. Kevin Costner

Never go into business with your friends. Or Hollywood movie stars.
Baldwin clan member Stephen is currently up to his eyeballs in litigation papers in a dispute with Kevin Costner. Baldwin is saying that Costner tricked him into selling out shares he owned in a company that make machines that clean up oil spills, a company which went on to make millions. Baldwin wants up to $20 million in damages from Costner.

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Zach Galifianakis Vs. January Jones

Most likely no one was more surprised than the portly, hairy comedian with the long Greek name when he was asked by the blonde bombshell with the month-based name to join her for a drink. When told Jones deemed him fabulously funny, he told this tale: “If I remember correctly, she and I were very rude to each other. I was at a party - I’d never met her - and she was like, ‘Come sit down.’ So I sit at her table and talk for 10 minutes, and she goes, ‘I think it’s time for you to leave now.’ So I say, ‘January, you are an actress in a show and everybody’s going to forget about you in a few years, so f***ing be nice,’ and I got up and left. And she thinks that’s funny?” It would seem so.

Bette Davis Vs. Joan Crawford

Davis and Crawford's hatred of each other was legendary. The rival stars fought for years over various issues. It's said that Davis rebuffed sexual advances from the bisexual Crawford, and that Crawford purposely stole the love of her life, the actor Franchot Tone, who became her second husband. The bitterness famously spilled onto the screen in 'Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?'. A violent scene where Davis was supposed to feign kicking her repeatedly resulted in a real blow to Crawford's head, causing blood and three stitches. Davis maintained it was an accident, but the animosity between them might suggest otherwise.

Megan Fox Vs. Michael Bay

No one likes being compared to Hitler. But Megan Fox did just that to Michael Bay, who launched her career by casting her in 'Transformers'. She also called him a 'nightmare to work for' and added that he had 'no social skills at all'. Bay hit back, saying: “She says some very ridiculous things because she's 23-years-old and she still has a lot of growing to do.” The tirades went back and forth, but with an underlying sense that there might actually be some fondness between the pair, despite the public barbs.

Klaus Kinski Vs. Werner Herzog

“We had a great love,” said director Herzog of actor Kinski. “But both of us planned to murder each other.” He didn't mean this figuratively either. Kinski's life was saved by his dog, who attacked Herzog as he was creeping up to set Kinski's house on fire. Herzog also pulled a gun on Kinski during the filming of 'Aguirre, Wrath Of God', saying he would shoot him and then himself after Kinski threatened to walk out.
“I don't like the term wild man, but Dennis Hopper was in the kindergarten compared with Klaus,” added Herzog. “I remember scenes where Klaus was attacked, and how the other actors used to take such pleasure in punching and kicking him. He was often quite badly hurt.”

David O. Russell Vs. Everyone

After filming 'Three Kings' with David O. Russell, when asked if he'd work with the director again, George Clooney replied: “Life's too short”. Russell, known to be difficult to work with, apparently riled Clooney with his treatment of the crew, aggressively lambasting them throughout the shoot.
When Clooney stepped in to confront Russell about his behaviour, Russell reportedly goaded Clooney into fighting him. Which he did. Clooney later called the filming 'truly, without exception, the worst experience of my life'.

This wasn't to be his first clash. Russell was filmed verbally abusing Lily Tomlin on the set of 'I Heart Huckabees', got director Christopher Nolan in a headlock until he agreed to release Jude Law from 'Memento' to star in 'Huckabees', while French actress Isabelle Huppert has called him 'very annoying'.

Peter Sellers Vs. Orson Welles

Sellers was said to be intimidated by Welles, while Welles saw Sellers as a clown for his predominantly comedic on-screen antics. The conditions for a feud were pretty much perfect. When the pair had to star in the same film together, 1967's Bond film 'Casino Royale', they couldn't stand to be in the same room. This meant they had to film the scene they shared separately, each opposite a dummy, with the performances then being stitched together in the editing suite.