Like any creative discipline, film is a medium that constantly varies in approach both onscreen and off. For this reason, the personalities of actors and directors can compliment each other like salt and pepper or clash like fire and ice. When creative forces collide in Hollywood they can result in some of the most enthralling yarns you’ll find in gossip rags. Here are 15 legendary cases of an actor versus a director—some reputable, some not, all worth a look nonetheless.
George Clooney & David O. Russell
Director David O. Russell established his penchant for behaving badly on the set of Three Kings. The movie would become a breakout hit of 1999, but at a cost—a fight with star George Clooney and Russell broke out, resulting in Hollywood headlines. Reports vary—crew members say Clooney punched Russell when the director fired a crew member and kicked another. Clooney claims Russell insulted and head butted him first. Russell, finally, claims he never physically touched anyone. Bad blood has remained between the pair throughout the last decade. When asked of the altercation in a 2004 issue of Premiere, Clooney responded “Quite honestly, if he comes near me, I’ll sock him right in the f—ing mouth.”