Char­lie’s An­gels

On the eve of a re­make, we find out it wasn’t all girl power on set

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Char­lie’s An­gels was the all-fe­male, butt-kick­ing movie block­buster that paved the way for girl power 18 years ago – but now it’s been re­vealed that be­hind the scenes, the cast mem­bers se­cretly de­spised each other!

On screen, Cameron Diaz, Drew Bar­ry­more, Lucy Liu and Bill Mur­ray’s char­ac­ters fought against the bad guys, but when the cam­eras weren’t rolling, the cat­ti­est fights broke out be­tween the lead­ing stars.

As the trio pre­pare to un­of­fi­cially ad­vise a new cast and crew on an up­com­ing re­make, word has fil­tered out about what re­ally went on be­tween them dur­ing film­ing in 1999.

While Lucy and Bill’s ten­sion was widely re­ported at the time, few peo­ple knew there was also a fierce ri­valry be­tween Cameron, 45, and Drew, 43, too.

CATTY COM­PE­TI­TION

“Drew and Cameron were the big­gest fe­male stars of that era and they were very com­pet­i­tive. Cameron was con­stantly com­plain­ing that Drew – who was also a pro­ducer on the film – gave all the best lines to her­self, while Drew felt in­tim­i­dated that this hot new blonde was tak­ing over and boss­ing her around,” says a source.

“Cam thought she should be front and cen­tre in pic­tures for all the pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial and Drew was fu­ri­ous when the film’s public­ity team agreed. They said it made sense based on the fact that Cameron was the tallest, but Drew knew it was re­ally be­cause every­one thought Cameron was the best look­ing.”

But if there was one thing that united Cameron and Drew, it was their mu­tual dis­like for Lucy. “They felt that Lucy never tried to gel with the cast. She would al­ways sit alone in her trailer be­tween takes rather than make any real ef­fort,” says a source. “Drew found her to be very snobby.”

Vet­eran ac­tor Bill, 67, also in­stantly clashed with Lucy. “Lucy and Bill par­tic­u­larly hated each other,” dishes a set source. “Pro­duc­tion would halt for days some­times be­cause they couldn’t agree on any­thing.”

Bill told Drew, “I get why you’re here,” then told Cameron,

“You’ve got tal­ent.” But when he got to Lucy, 49, he sniped, “But what in the hell are you do­ing here? You can’t act!”

He later took back his com­ments, in­sist­ing they had sim­ply clashed over the script.

“She got fu­ri­ous with me be­cause she thought it was a per­sonal as­sault, but the re­al­ity is she hated the lines as much as I did,” he in­sists. “I think very warmly of her now.”

By the end of pro­duc­tion, Drew and Cameron had also ironed out their dif­fer­ences, and the pair and Lucy agreed to work on the 2003 se­quel, Char­lie’s An­gels: Full Throt­tle.

SIS­TER ACT

But while Lucy van­ished from the scene once film­ing had ended, Drew and Cameron went on to be­come best friends in the years that fol­lowed – that is, un­til ru­mours of a new rift emerged last year.

For a time so close they called each other “sis­ters”, the two ac­tresses are be­lieved to have fallen out once more in a ma­jor way when Cam re­jected Drew’s of­fer of tak­ing her on hol­i­day for her h 45th hb birth­day hd – choos­ing h to spend it with her hus­band Benji Mad­den in­stead.

A US source says, “Cameron said she had al­ready planned some­thing low-key with Benji at home. Drew threw out a bunch of al­ter­na­tive dates but Cameron just kept say­ing, ‘Sorry, busy.’ Drew was so shocked and hurt.”

And d with h Cam b be­com­ing in­creas­ingly reclu­sive – and all but giv­ing up her act­ing ca­reer – there are whis­pers that her friend­ship with Drew is still on rocky ground.

“They haven’t been out to­gether in a good nine months, which is un­usual for them as they used to be joined at the hip,” our source adds.

‘Cam thought she should be front and cen­tre’

Lucy, Cameron and Drew beat the bad guys with girl power.

Bill, who played Bosley, didn’t re­turn for the se­quel.

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