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Top 10 Celebrity Best Friends Who Are Enemies on Screen


Script written by Jake Bean

Don’t you just love it when enemies become friends? From Rupert Grint and Tom Felton to Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, many famous on screen nemeses actually get along in real life. WatchMojo is counting down the actors who play enemies on screen but are best friends in real life.


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Script written by Jake Bean

Top 10 Celebrity Best Friends Who Are Enemies on Screen

Don’t you just love it when enemies become friends? Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrity Best Friends Who are Enemies on Screen.

For this list, we’re looking at actors who, despite playing roles which pitted them against each other on-screen, are actually known to be friends in real life. We’re not just talking about an amicable working relationship, but rather what you would call genuine “friendship”. The roles in question can come from either film or television. We will not, however, be including couples - so Ron and Tammy need not apply.

#10: Jesse Eisenberg & Andrew Garfield

“The Social Network” (2010)

In 2010's The Social Network, a movie about the creation of Facebook, Andrew Garfield’s Eduardo Saverin sees him himself pushed out by Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg. However, that’s something we could never see these two big time actors doing to each other in real life. In fact, the two have been described as rather close friends, appearing together in many interviews and generally palling around. One time Andrew Garfield even said that he loved Jesse Eisenberg! This is certainly a friendship that goes well beyond social media.

#9: Brie Larson & Shailene Woodley

“The Spectacular Now” (2013)

The two girls compete for the affections of Miles Teller’s character, Sutter Keely, in The Spectacular Now. But when they’re not playing hurtful ex-girlfriend Cassidy and the shy Aimee respectively, these two seemingly could not be closer. They have been described as “basically sisters”, and Larson has said in interviews that “every time we see each other we cry and we hold each other and we look in each other’s eyes”. So… not exactly composed, courteous co-workers but more… BFFs. Truly these two have a spectacular friendship.

#8: Jim Parsons & Wil Wheaton

“The Big Bang Theory” (2007-)

How could these two possibly not get along? With all the tweets that Will Wheaton sends out bragging about being next to Jim Parsons and all the fun looking pictures the two take on set together, it seems like a match made in heaven? Well, not so much for Sheldon Cooper and… well, Wil Wheaton it seems. On The Big Bang Theory, Parsons’ character and Wheaton’s over the top portrayal of himself are constantly at odds, with Wheaton sometimes even getting the upper hand over the super smart Sheldon Cooper. What else is there to say except… WHEATON!

#7: Russell Crowe & Hugh Jackman

“Les Misérables” (2012)

They may have both grown up in Australia, but that isn’t the only thing these two men have in common. Not only were they both up for the role of X-Men’s Wolverine, but also they are both easy on the eyes and hugely successful. What you may not know however is that they love to sing together and pal around on and off set. In 2012’s Les Misérables however, not so much. In fact, Crowe was on Jackman’s case quite frequently as the sinister inspector Javert obsessed with finding notorious criminal and runaway Jean Valjean. While these two may have despised each other in the film, there is nothing miserable about this close friendship.

#6: Dylan O'Brien & Will Poulter

“The Maze Runner” (2014)

Imagine having to beat your best friend mercilessly… it would be kind of hard, right? Even if it was just pretend. That is exactly what Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter had to do as Thomas and Gally, when they played enemies in The Maze Runner. It was so hard for them to try and pretend to hurt each other in fact, director Wes Ball was reportedly getting very upset with them. However, what could he expect, given that their friendship has been described as a serious bromance - something that, in interviews, really shows.

#5: Rupert Grint & Tom Felton

“Harry Potter” franchise (2001-11)

Who would’ve thought that Ron Weasley could ever be friends with Draco Malfoy? From childhood to their late teens, the often awkward Gryffindor student and the conniving Slytherin pupil were constantly insulting each other, but outside the world of magic, that is not the case. The two show immense support for each other in real life and Tom even wore a "I love Ron Weasley" t-shirt one time when hanging out with Rupert. Let’s just say Rupert returned the favor. All in all, this bromance is one that is truly magical.

#4: Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston

Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-)

These real world pals play sons of the mighty norse deity Odin, with Hemsworth as the heroic Thor and Hiddleston as his trickster god and adoptive brother Loki. In both the Avengers and the Thor franchises, they are constantly at odds with each other, but off screen the two share a bromance for the ages. They reportedly compliment each other frequently, they hug, they tweet at each other and have been reported to “always have each other's back”. Not even a Hulk could come between this super friendship.

#3: Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn

“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004)

These two legendary comedians are great friends off screen and sometimes on screen too, but definitely not in 2004’s hit comedy Dodgeball, where they played bitter rivals. Starring Vaughn as the dumpy owner of Average Joe’s gym Peter La Fleur and Stiller as his polar opposite, Globo gym owner White Goodman, these two Frat Pack members pulled off some home-run performances. The two obviously enjoyed working together, as they brought the characters back for charity in 2017. They also have this in common - their respective bromances with actor Owen Wilson, with whom they have worked with on several different projects - including comedy classics like Zoolander and Wedding Crashers.

#2: Norman Reedus & Jeffrey Dean Morgan

“The Walking Dead” (2010-)

These two Walking Dead stars may be at each other’s throats as the tough hearted Daryl and the sadistic Negan respectively, but when they are not dazzling us on the small screen, they are in fact great buddies. For starters, the two have a reported “bromance” that is cemented by the fact that the two both love to ride their motorcycles, especially together. While Daryl and Negan may not have too much in common, these two actors certainly do. This is a friendship that can survive the zombie apocalypse.

Before we get to our number 1 pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Ashley Tisdale & Vanessa Hudgens

“High School Musical” franchise (2006-2008)

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson & Pedro Pascal

“Game of Thrones” (2011-)

#1: Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart

“X-Men” franchise” (2000-)

The absolutely cutest of our Hollywood best friends, these two aging Shakespearean actors could not be more adorable, at least when they’re not starring in any of the X-Men movies. They’ve had multiple appearances together as the mind-reading Professor X and his friend turned foe, the metal bending Magneto. While on screen, the tension could not be higher, off screen they love to travel the world with one and other, hold hands or exchange a friendly kiss! It seems their friendship is contagious too, as James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender became good friends when they played the two opposing mutants. Talk about truly X-trodinary friendships.

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