It seems every job has at least one—the annoying coworker that everybody in the office avoids like the plague. Perhaps they like to play "pranks" that only they find hilarious, or they steal lunches out of the communal refrigerator, or maybe they like to show off for management at every possible opportunity by stealing credit for other people's work. In a lot of ways, it often turns out that working in Hollywood is just like any other job, and unfortunately, this is just one more. Over the years, some celebrities have earned a serious reputation among their co-stars—so much so that other actors don't ever want to work with them again. From simple personality conflicts to deranged name-calling and everything in between, let's take a look at some of the most infamous co-star beefs, and how they got started. These are actors who all flat out refused to work together.
James Franco and Tyrese Gibson
Much of the 2006 military drama Annapolis centers around a planned boxing tournament for the recruits and officers of the U.S. Naval Academy. But when star James Franco took method acting a bit too far, things soon turned ugly between him and co-star Tyrese Gibson. According to Gibson, Franco would actually land his punches as they rehearsed the boxing scenes. "The dude was full-on hitting me," Gibson told Elle. "I was always like, 'James, lighten up, man. We're just practicing.' He never lightened up."
For his part, Franco denies ever hitting Gibson, but admitted to GQ that "I was probably a jerk." The admission wasn't good enough for Gibson, who told Playboy in 2007, "I never want to work with him again, and I'm sure he feels the same way. It felt very personal. It was f—ed up."
Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone
For years, there's been an apparent behind-the-scenes feud between Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone. Stallone finally explained the beef between the actors during a 2006 Q&A session with Ain't It Cool News, saying Gere had originally been cast as lead character Chico in the 1974 coming-of-age drama The Lords of Flatbush. Unfortunately, Gere and Stallone clashed immediately during filming, and Gere was replaced by Perry King.
Stallone recalls Gere being a complete jerk on the set, including getting too rough during fight rehearsals and spilling greasy food all over Stallone's pants: "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. He even thinks I'm the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true… but that's the rumor."