13 Popular Movies That Were Almost Ruined by Explosive On-Set Fights

Posted on May 11, 2016

During the making of these 13 classic movies, huge arguments erupted between actors, directors, and other staff. These feuds almost ruined the release of these 13 films. These movies would have never been released if the crew didn't reach a compromise.

1. Zodiac: A Classic Actor-Director Argument

Zodiac: A Classic Actor-Director Argument
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Jake Gyllenhaal had an extremely hard time during the filming of this movie. David Fincher, the director, made him perform exhausting, multiple takes of many scenes. As many as 10 takes were shot and discarded on purpose, and Gyllenhaal was humiliated by Fincher.

2. Gone Girl: Baseball Cap Logo

Gone Girl: Baseball Cap Logo
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David Fincher also had an argument with Ben Affleck in Gone Girl. In one scene, Affleck wore a cap to disguise himself. During the filming, he was given a Yankees cap, and he refused to do the scene with it since he supported the Red Sox. Fincher didn't want to make the compromise, and the production was delayed. As a solution, Affleck wore a Mets cap.

3. Napoleon Dynamite: The Title Sequence

Napoleon Dynamite: The Title Sequence
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Even though Napoleon Dynamite was filmed in just 22 days, Fox Searchlight, the distributor, pushed the release date because of a bizarre error. They ordered the crew to re-do the ID card shot in the title sequence because a hangnail was seen on Jon Heder's finger. They considered it to be unhygienic, and the release was delayed for two weeks.

4. The Shining: Stanley Kubrick vs. Shelley Duvall

The Shining: Stanley Kubrick vs. Shelley Duvall
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Kubrick put Duvall in a stressful position on purpose. She was horribly treated during the filming because Kubrick wanted her character to seem extremely hysteric. She had to shoot as many as 150 takes for several scenes, and Kubrick made her suffer. She broke down, but she stayed until the movie was completed.

5. The Sound of Music: German Farmer Delays the Filming

The Sound of Music: German Farmer Delays the Filming
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When the filming of this iconic scene from The Sound of Music began, an angry German farmer arrived on the set, and he started screaming at the crew. He claimed that they were upsetting his cows. He sabotaged the set, destroying valuable props and filming equipment. He delayed the expensive scene by two days.

6. The Shawshank Redemption: Worm Abuse?

The Shawshank Redemption: Worm Abuse?
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The production was delayed because of a scene which showed a worm being eaten by a bird. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stopped the filming because they considered this to be animal cruelty. The filming was delayed, and the crew had to find a worm that was already dead.

7. Charlie’s Angels: Bill Murray Hated Lucy Liu

Charlie’s Angels: Bill Murray Hated Lucy Liu
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Murray wasn't in the sequel because of a feud with Lucy Liu. In the first film, he stopped in the middle of a scene and told the actress: "I get why you’re here (Barrymore). And you’ve got talent (Diaz). But what in the hell are you doing here? You can’t act (Liu)." She was infuriated, and she punched him several times.

8. Airplane! Dispute Over the Actual Plane

Airplane! Dispute Over the Actual Plane
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The original aircraft in Airplane! was supposed to be a 1950s propeller plane, and the owner of Paramount did not like the idea. The project was almost abandoned because the writers did want to use the passenger plane that Paramount suggested.

9. Transformers: Michael Bay Vs Megan Fox

Transformers: Michael Bay Vs Megan Fox
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According to Fox, Bay made her work 12 hours a day and he behaved like Hitler on the set!

10. Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr. Hated Terrence Howard

Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr. Hated Terrence Howard
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Terrence Howard stated that Robert didn't like his performance in the original Iron Man film and that he wanted to push him out of the sequel. According to Howard, Robert reduced his salary for the sequel, and Howard refused to appear in Iron Man 2.

11. Casino Royale: Rewritten at Peter Sellers' Request

Casino Royale: Rewritten at Peter Sellers' Request
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During the filming of this movie, Peter Sellers went to a party disguised as Woody Allen, and Leo Jaffe, the chairman of Columbia Pictures, complained to him about Peter Sellers' horrible behavior. The actor was insulted, and he fled to Sweden, the filming was delayed, and Sellers returned when the crew agreed to rewrite and reshoot some scenes. The movie lost an incredible sum of money.

12. Terminator Salvation: Christian Bale Freaks Out

Terminator Salvation: Christian Bale Freaks Out
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Shane Hurlbut apparently broke Bale's concentration during an emotional scene. Bale was furious, and his temper exploded. For 4 minutes, Bale screamed at the director, and this outraged the public when the video was released on the Internet.

13. Batman Forever: Angry Val Kilmer

Batman Forever: Angry Val Kilmer
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During the filming of this movie, Kilmer behaving violently to the assistant director and Joel Schumacher caught him. They had a huge physical fight and did not speak until the filming was finished.
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