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8 Legendary Celebrity Duos Who Hated Each Other’s Guts

From the outside looking in, it’s easy to picture the most successful of famous duos – whether it be musicians, actors, or comedians – as being best pals. After all, how could two people who produce so much memorable output not get along? Right? …Right??

Well, no, not exactly. Think about all of your coworkers for a moment. There’s likely one or two – or eighteen – that you genuinely hate and wouldn’t feel the least sad for if a rogue piano-on-wheels ran over them on the sidewalk. And just because these people are famous coworkers, they’re still not going to get along every minute of every day. Some legendary partnerships didn’t have quite as much chemistry behind the scenes.

Once they were finished filming/recording/performing together, they might have thought about punching each other in the mouth. And bless their souls, a lot of them didn’t even try to hide it…

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are each showbiz legends in their own right–Martin was the coolest member of The Rat Pack (no small feat), while Lewis became the king of physical comedy. But before their stars streaked high in opposite directions, they were together for a full decade as the comedy duo Martin and Lewis. They were incredibly successful during the early to mid ’50s, rivaling the popularity of Elvis Presley and selling out their live shows all over the country.

But the problem with a comedy duo containing one of the greatest comedic minds of all time is that, by comparison, the other guy is going to be left out in the lurch every now and again. But Dean Martin felt he was being wrongly overshadowed, with Jerry overtaking the direction of their act completely and losing sight of their “team nature” along the way. Then Martin started being cropped out of magazine covers and relegated to the B-stories in their films.

The jealousy began to intensify, with Martin putting less and less effort into his work and Lewis becoming irritated with Martin’s seemingly nonexistent work ethic. It was an unbreakable cycle that ended in an acrimonious split. Martin was the one who put the final nail in the Martin and Lewis coffin, telling his partner, “You’re nothing to me but a f*cking dollar sign.”

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Yes, The Rolling Stones are more than just Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but it’s impossible to deny that it’s been their collaboration that has yielded about 99 percent of the Stones’ musical output. When you hear the Stones, you’re hearing the creativity of Jagger and Richards (sorry Ronnie and Charlie!). They’re like brothers in a lot of ways. But brothers have a tendency to beat the hell out of each other – physically, mentally, emotionally – from time to time.

In Mick’s own words, they’ve always had a very English way of dealing with their disagreements, which is to say they hold things inside a bit more than is probably healthy. And so when those issues eventually boil over, it causes a major rift. Anyone who has been together as Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have been, whether it be personally or professionally, are bound to fight. It would be insane if they didn’t.

The reasons for their numerous squabbles are many and varied – girls, drugs, recording pressures, attempts at going solo, tell-all books – but the most impressive thing isn’t the number of falling-outs Jagger and Richards have endured, it’s the number of times they’ve been able to put it all aside for the sake of the band.

Abbott & Costello

Who’s On First? It’s the routine that, to this day, about 80% of the population has heard at least once before. But the arguments between the duo, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, weren’t always as hilariously infuriating as that skit. Most of the time, for at least one of them, it was just the regular infuriating.

Coming up on the burlesque circuit (a phrase that desperately needs to come back into frequent rotation), the two performers each had their own persona: Abbott was the cocksure straight man, Costello was the dim-witted foil. But behind the scenes, they would describe each other’s personalities just a tad differently. (Abbott was “the drunk,” and Costello was “the bastard.”) A major rift developed between them, in no small part because their early success began to fade once a hot new comedy team, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, came on the scene.

But there were also a number of personal tragedies that befell them – Abbott suffered from a nasty bout with epilepsy, Costello’s infant son drown in their family pool – that caused tensions between them to raise even further. And their personalities started genuinely clashing more and more over time, and not in that cute “Who’s On First?” way.

They eventually stopped speaking to each other when they weren’t working (which was becoming less frequent) and refused to appear on screen together in their last couple of movies, filming their scenes separately. They begrudgingly worked together until the public started to move on from them in the late ’50s.

Meg & Jack White

The contentious relationship between former husband and wife (or supposed brother and sister, if you believed their early gimmick) was all about a lack of communication. Meg and Jack White couldn’t get along in the White Stripes because, according, to the frontman, Meg was just too !*$% anti-social. And that drove him nuts.

Even at the height of the band’s success, Jack says, despite technically touring and playing alongside another person, he often felt like he was in it alone. Most of that was simply a result of Meg’s often crippling anxiety, which caused Jack to resent his bandmate’s inability to communicate with him or help shoulder the weight.

“I remember hearing Ringo Starr say, ‘I always felt sorry for Elvis, because in the Beatles we had each other to talk about what it felt like. Elvis was by himself.’ I was like, ‘Sh*t, try being in a two-piece where the other person doesn’t talk!'”

Although Jack was always quick to compliment his former wife’s drumming ability (even when most of the world was chiding her for playing like a child who’d just gotten a drum set for her birthday), he was equally quick to badger her for staying silent during joint interviews. He would go on to blame her lack of enthusiasm, in part, for the eventual breakup of the band.

Simon & Garfunkel

Nobody wants to be the Art Garfunkel in a relationship. Not even Art Garfunkel. But would you believe that the biggest rift to develop between on the biggest duos in music history stemmed from the jealousy… felt by Paul Simon.

It was Paul Simon who chose to walk away from their partnership, and the seed of his departure was first planted when both he and Garfunkel were given roles in the film adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. And then they cut Simon out of the movie. So while Art was off filming his part (for a much larger chunk of time than originally planned), Paul was back at home, growing increasingly furious with his other half for unintentionally delaying their final album, Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Up until this point, though, it was Art who was constantly feeling overshadowed by Paul. (Apparently George Harrison could see this, too, and noted to Art that “my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you.” Translation: You’re being sidelined.) So there was jealousy flowing freely from both sides. But Art would have stuck it out even though he was feeling more than a little under-appreciated in his role. In fact, 45 years later and Garfunkel is still reeling from it:

€œHow can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What€™s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?

Mulder & Scully

The X-Files was on the air for 9 seasons. And although it was ostensibly about the supernatural, paranormal phenomena, the real heart of the show was the relationship between special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. They were the center of the show at all times, and that meant they had no choice but to be stuck together for all that time. And it wasn’t all good times on the set. Just ask David Duchovny.

“Familiarity breeds contempt. It€™s nothing to do with the other person. All that fades away and you€™re just left with the appreciation and love for the people you€™ve worked with for so long. We used to argue about nothing. We couldn€™’t stand the sight of each other.”

Costar Gillian Anderson corroborates his story, admitting there were long periods of time during the show’s run when the two didn’t talk and that they could both be “pains in the arse.” The reasons for their mutual contempt doesn’t have a concrete starting point, rather it was just an eventual wearing down effect that the two stars’ personalities had on each other.

Though Anderson recalls that she felt ostracised for getting pregnant during the second season of the show, and believes that was the first rocky bit for the pair. Other issues that came between them included some hardcore gender inequalities on set – there was a sizeable pay disparity between the two actors, and Anderson used to have to walk behind her costar in a lot of the scenes because “he was the man” – which only exacerbated any other hard feelings.

Anthony Daniels & R2-D2

Rarely caught apart for the duration of most Star Wars films, these two droid pals are a major reason so many kids became engrossed in the universe George Lucas created (that and all those scenes where people fight each other with laser swords). Their misadventures often led to hilarious misunderstandings, and those misunderstandings positioned C-3PO and R2-D2 as the odd couple comic relief of the franchise.

But as adorable and lighthearted as their onscreen bickering was, the arguments they had when the metal suits were removed weren’t nearly as charming. Because, as it turns out, the two actors who play Threepio and R2 (Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, respectively) haven’t exactly been the best of friends behind the scenes. Baker has called his taller sidekick “the rudest man I’ve ever met,” saying Daniels often refers to the 3ft. 8in. actor as “little man” because he knows it gets under his skin. Daniels, in turn, has accused Baker as being uninvolved in a good chunk of the actual filming, saying Baker is rarely on set and that his name appears in the credits as “a good luck charm” or “a courtesy.”

This passive aggressive droid feud dates back to an occurrence the two had on set many moons ago, when Baker claims he went up to say hello to his costar, only to be shot down by Daniels turned his back on him and chided, “Can’t you see I’m having a conversation?” It’s clear from both of the actors’ many, many negative stories about each other that they’re not good friends.

Liam & Noel Gallagher

You’re unlikely to find another pair of brothers in the music industry who loathe each other as much as the Gallaghers, but you’re also unlikely to find a pair of brothers who loathe each other this much that are also capable of producing the kind of glorious kickassery found on Definitely Maybe.

Their sibling turmoil is widely documented by this point, with tensions between the two hot-tempered brothers rising with each ensuing album (it probably didn’t help that each ensuing album was met with less satisfaction from the critics). They constantly talked trash about each other in the press, with their not-so-playful banter often (rightfully) overshadowing their most recent musical output. Because as good as they were in the recording studio, they were at their creative peak when they were insulting each other.

Here’s a sample from Noel: “€œI read these interviews with him and I don€™’t know who the guy is who€™s in these interviews. He seems really cool. Because the guy I’€™ve been in a band with for the last 18 years is a f*cking knobhead.€” To realise just how little these two cared about keeping their infighting behind the curtain, look no further than Noel’s public statement about the band’s split in 2009: “It is with some sadness and great relief that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”

Which other famous duos actually hated each other? Share any we missed down in the comments.

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