The entertainment industry is one that can be particularly cutthroat at times, with it often a dog-eat-dog world as actors vie for roles and projects. Even when landing a gig, an actor can soon find themselves thrust into a hostile environment for numerous reasons.
While a good portion of movies or TV shows are pleasant experiences where the cast and crew strike up an almost 'second family' feel, there are those times where frictions come to the fore and have explosive results. And it's those situations that the attention is on here.
At times, that friction can get to the point where it just becomes impossible for certain actors to work together, and it's been known for one star to outright attempt to get a castmate completely removed from a project. Whether that's using their own status to impose their will or simply pleading with a producer or director to give somebody the boot, there are countless examples of an actor doing their best to have someone fired.
With all of that in mind, then, here are ten times when actors have tried - and sometimes succeeded - in getting a co-star fired.
10. Richard Gere's Greasy Chicken Was The Last Straw For Sly Stallone
When it comes to final straws, Sylvester Stallone apparently draws the line at mustard and chicken grease.
Back when Stallone was working on 1974's The Lords of Flatbush, the Rocky icon gave the film's producers an ultimatum that ultimately saw co-star Richard Gere fired.
Both early in their respective careers, Stallone and Gere "never hit it off", as Sly detailed to Ain't It Cool News once upon a time.
In that interview, the Italian Stallion detailed how his Lords of Flatbush castmate rubbed him the wrong way, "strutting" around in an oversized biker jacket as if he was "the baddest knight at the round table".
Fight scenes would become a little too physical between the two, and Stallone's breaking point came during a lunchbreak as the picture was shooting at Coney Island.
With Sly seeking some warmth in the back of a Toyota while eating a hotdog, a chicken-carrying Gere opted to join his co-star as they took a timeout.
As Stallone brilliantly explains it:
"I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminium wrapper. I said, 'That thing is going to drip all over the place.' He said, 'Don't worry about it.' I said, 'If it gets on my pants you're gonna know about it.' He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me."