10 Actors And Directors Who Absolutely Hated Each Other

For every Burton-Depp or Scorsese-DiCaprio, you've got, well, these...

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Filmmaking is a collaborative business. Between the editor, the producer, the production designer, the costume designer, the gaffer, the boom operator, and the camera operators, there are a lot of moving pieces. That means there are also a lot of personalities, and in a perfect world, those personalities would sync up, everyone would be on exactly the same page, nobody would be an a**hole, and everyone would sing Kumbaya.

Alas, the world isn't perfect, and film sets - just like every workplace - sometimes have a good deal of friction. Oftentimes, the most highly-publicized bouts of friction and tension come from the conflict between the director and one of their actors. In particularly contentious situations, directors and actors find themselves at each other's throats throughout an entire production, and sometimes even after the movie has wrapped, released, and hit home video.

The star and the director are two of the most prominent voices on any movie set, and everyone - especially creative types with a specific creative vision - can get headstrong.

And headstrong is fine, but when you don't budge for the sake of the collaborate project, then sparks start to fly.

10. Katherine Heigl & Judd Apatow

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Film: Knocked Up

Maybe "hated" is a strong word here. Perhaps there's less hate and more general disinterest and hurt feelings. Be that as it may, the falling out between Katherine Heigl and Judd Apatow was a very public one.

After the release of the hit comedy, Knocked Up, Heigl lamented that the film was "a little sexist". She also took exception to how her character - and women in general - was portrayed, arguing that the film "It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight." Rogen went on to call her crazy, while Apatow told Howard Stern that he had yet to receive an apology.

Though, to be fair, Apatow defended her, saying, "She doesn't need to apologize for anything... She didn't like it but she was so awesome in it, so it was confusing."

Though Heigl finally apologized in 2016, the damage to her career was done. Heigl has long been dogged by rumors that she's difficult to work with. Whether or not those are true, the Knocked Up fiasco certainly doesn't help dispel them.

The hatchet seems to have been buried, at least on Rogen's part. Recently, he praised Heigl's work in the film, and said that he'd "make a dozen movies with her."


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