The problem with actors and entertainers is that their literal job description is to pelt us with fantasies and make-believe. As such, even the deepest displays of on-screen camaraderie you've grown to enjoy could hide a real-life shitshow of enmity and feuding. For instance, would you have believed that ...
7The Guys Who Play R2-D2 and C-3PO Can't Stand Each Other
C-3PO and R2-D2, the two longest-running characters in the Space Disney franchise, are famous for their constant, friendly bickering that almost-but-never-quite covers their underlying decades-running friendship. Their actors, on the other hand, wouldn't lend each other a shovel if they were buried in shit. The animosity between Kenny Baker, the guy hunching inside R2-D2, and Anthony Daniels, the dude wearing one of Lady Gaga's Grammy outfits, is older than Star Wars itself, given that its seeds were sown during the shooting of the first film.
Bizarrely, Daniels, who is easy to view as a polite and harmless extension of his character, comes across as the antagonist here. Behind the scenes, he's apparently a glaring Imperial officer type who refuses to socialize with his castmates, views Baker's tenure as R2-D2 as "basically a bucket," and seems to communicate exclusively with sneers and tactical ignorance. When Baker asks him to do a convention round, Daniels replies with a "Go away, little man." When Baker says "Hi," he replies by turning his back and giving a haughty "Can't you see I'm having a conversation?" Sadly, the source doesn't indicate whether he was actually talking to anyone at the moment. I like to think that he was just nursing a tea by himself.
You can hear the mutual scoffing from miles away.
In turn, Baker -- who, it should be noted, likes to talk about their rift with the media far more often than Daniels, so perceptions may be just a little bit skewed here -- freely throws shade at his robot partner, calling him boring, infuriating, and generally the rudest man he ever met. On the other hand, I'm going to go ahead and assume he's onto something, seeing as how recent years have also seen Daniels talking shit about Mark Hamill's appearance. Isn't it a travesty that the man dared to age several decades between Star Wars and The Force Awakens?
The hamster that lives inside BB-8 could not be reached for comment, but has been known to openly fart in both Baker and Daniels's general directions.
6Robert Shaw And Richard Dreyfuss Feuded Throughout The Shooting Of Jaws
Robert Shaw was a Bond bad guy, a lifelong alcoholic, and an X-Men villain template -- in other words, the only guy believable enough to play the boozy, monster shark hunter Quint in Jaws. Richard Dreyfuss was a future Academy Award winner who would go on to have the greatest mashed potatoes scene in movie history. In hindsight, it was really just a matter of time before the two clashed. However, no one could have predicted their feud's intensity.
Shaw took a dislike to Dreyfuss early on, when he was pouring himself a whiskey and remarked that he'd give anything to be able to stop drinking. In a move that must have seemed super hilarious and clever at the time, Dreyfuss replied "OK," grabbed Shaw's drink, and threw it out of the window.
I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't use this excuse to post this photo.
Miraculously, Dreyfuss remained unmutilated after that incident. However, he was now on Shaw's radar. This wasn't an awful thing as long as he was sober -- as fellow cast member Roy Scheider points out, Shaw was a perfect gentleman as long as he was off the sauce. Unfortunately for Dreyfuss, Shaw had a tendency to get drunk between takes. And that's when he'd unleash his mischievous fury on his younger castmate.
Shaw needled Dreyfuss relentlessly and called him a coward. He dared Dreyfuss to climb the Orca's 70-foot mast and jump in the ocean for $1,000, and when he refused, Shaw kept slapping more money on the offer until director Steven Spielberg had to intervene. Other times, Shaw threatened Dreyfuss with a fire hose until the latter stormed away from the set. The bullying was constant, and while Dreyfuss did get enough jabs in to qualify it as a feud, he himself admits that Shaw won the battle: "He acted like he had my number. And he did. He made me doubt things I already knew."
Moral of the story: Never, ever fuck with a man's drink.