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Today, at 10 p.m. on Channel 5, the life of Julia Roberts will be explored by some of the “amazing celebs” in “Julia Roberts: A Hollywood Fairy Tale.” The TV show is part of a series that delves into many areas of the superstars’ work. But not every moment in the life of the Pretty Woman legend in the Hollywood legacy has been so beautiful. In fact, in 1991, she fought a raging war with Steven Spielberg in an unprecedented feud that lasted for years.
Roberts worked with Spielberg on the 1991 fantasy film Hawk. The film starred Robin Williams as Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the titular captain.
The actress played Tinkerbell, the imaginary friend of Peter. But behind the scenes, her personal life was falling apart.
At that time, actress Pretty Woman was engaged to Kiefer Sutherland of The Lost Boys and 24 celebrity. The pair have been dating for over a year after working together on Flatliners in 1990.
The couple became one of Hollywood’s hottest couples, but while filming Hawke, paparazzi snapped photos of Sutherland allegedly “spending the night” with a young dancer.
Roberts canceled her wedding with Sutherland – just days before it was due – and her life was turned upside down.
This turn of events clearly devastated Roberts and was reflected in her work. It was reportedly “difficult” to work with her on the film, and crew members dubbed her “TinkerHell.”
Eventually, she and Spielberg started butting heads on the set. The director – who won two Oscars for Schindler’s List – confirmed his feud with Roberts in a 60-minute interview. He admitted: “It was an unfortunate time for us to work together. But I think Julia is a really good actress.”
He was then asked directly if he would work with Roberts again. He answered frankly: “No.”
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Roberts later responded back to Spielberg’s comments on working with her. She confirmed that she was shocked to learn that he did not want to work with her again.
“I saw it and my eyes popped out of my head,” she admitted. “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that this person I knew and trusted was already hesitant to defend me. It was a hard lesson to learn. It was the first time I felt like a rebound between me.”
However, Spielberg was not innocent in the controversy. He has since spoken publicly about the pressure and pressure he was under to make a successful movie. Although the film grossed $300 million at the box office, it was considered a commercial failure after grossing over $70 million.
Since then, Spielberg has claimed he was a “fish out of water” making hook.
Spielberg said, “I didn’t trust the script. I had confidence in the first act and I trusted the ending. I didn’t trust his body.”
Elsewhere on the set of Hook, director Indiana Jones became close friends with star Peter Robin Williams.
They maintained a friendship that lasted for years, and Williams even called Spielberg when he was grieving to do “15 minutes of stand-up comedy.”
“I was laughing hysterically because I had to release so much,” he said.
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