While the superhero and franchise movies are generally about the courage and rapport between various individuals working as a team to battle adversity, things are often not as calm and friendly behind the scenes. This could be due to various reasons such as personality issues, ego, and creative differences, etc. While generally the discontent remains restricted to the sets and things move on after the film’s completion, at times the hostilities continue for much longer. At times, this resentment comes out during the promotional interviews by actors and movie makers. In this article, we will look at five such behind-the-scenes clashes that nearly jeopardized the whole franchise.
1. HENRY CAVILL VS BEN AFFLECK
The hostility between Superman and Batman during the making of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was in fact, real. It probably started when both actors started getting into the superhero shape, and the media started going into a frenzy whenever either of them added a pound to his frame. Cavill mentioned in a TV interview that it was not “hard to hate Ben Affleck” as Batman, but, refused to divulge much.
After the movie’s release, they attended interviews together. Affleck was generally gloomy especially in response to the poor performance of the movie, but, Cavill talked a lot. Later on, Affleck announced that he was never going to do media interviews with Cavill in future.
2. TERRENCE HOWARD VS ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
A lot has been said about the friction between Terrence Howard and Robert Downey Jr., his costar from the original Iron-Man film. During the movie’s making, Howard boasted that he had helped Downey get the role, and he was paid higher than him. He also said that he agreed to do the movie because he would get paid more for being a part of the sequel if any was made. Later Marvel went back on that contract, and Howard felt that he was being cheated on the contract.
When he requested Downey Jr. for support, he realized there was none. Marvel Studios quickly went ahead and cast Don Cheadle, who was ready to replace Howard and ultimately became War Machine. Howard held this against Downey Jr. until very recent times, but, they have patched up now.
3. MARK RUFFALO VS BEN AFFLECK
A number of Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC fans would believe that their rivalry was due to the films they featured in. However, the real reason was Ben Affleck’s former wife, Jennifer Garner. Mark Ruffalo did the movie 13 Going On 30 with Garner, and it was a popular comedy film for both. Ruffalo talked highly of the friendship he and Garner had during the film’s making and afterward.
However, when their friendship ended due to Affleck, he took issue with him. Affleck didn’t like her being so cozy with Ruffalo. Ruffalo made efforts to stay in touch with her despite Affleck’s objection and that led to further problems.
4. SHIA LABEOUF VS TOM HARDY
There was a film Lawless where Shia LaBeouf co-starred with Tom Hardy. The film showed them as bootlegging brothers who were trying to run a distillery during ‘Prohibition Days.’ They had such on-set animosity that they almost exchanged blows.
Shia LaBeouf later said that he respects Hardy and his style of acting greatly, but, back then he confessed at having been unhappy with the number of takes it used to get the scenes perfect. As a more experienced actor, Hardy felt entitled to take more freedom and do experiments. LaBeouf thought he took himself too seriously, and the two had to be restrained from hitting each other.
5. THE ROCK VS TYRESE GIBSON VS VIN DIESEL
During the filming of Fast and the Furious 8, three men got into a feud which nearly eclipsed the whole franchise. Starting with Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram posts where he called his co-stars unprofessional “candy a**es,” the problems escalated when co-star Tyrese Gibson tried to clear his name on Instagram, eventually leading to speculation that Dwayne was talking about Diesel.
After the end of the filming, Gibson wrote a lengthy post on Instagram, stating that if The Rock joined Fast 9, he won’t because The Rock had agreed to do a solo movie featuring his Fast character, and according to Gibson that was mean. However, Diesel defended The Rock, saying that despite their past issues on set, he was okay with the expansion of the franchise.