Megan Fox's public dissing of Michael Bay, which later led to her getting fired from 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' is hardly the first time an actor and director have clashed on- or off-set. When big budgets and big egos are at stake, major blow-ups are almost inevitable.

While some of these famous players go head-to-head, the results are often just as explosive as any blockbuster, but very few of these run-ins actually do permanent damage to either star or filmmaker.

For example, David O. Russell was involved in two infamous incidents, then bounced back with 'The Fighter.' But how weird is it that on a film called 'The Fighter,' starring another notorious tantrum-thrower (Christian Bale), the results were Oscar nominations all around and no blow-ups at all?

Faye Dunaway vs. Roman Polanski, 'Chinatown'


How bad did it get between this diva and this director on the set of this 1974 classic? According to Peter Biskind's book 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls,' when Dunaway asked for her character's motivation, Polanski would shout, "'Say the f*cking words. Your salary is your motivation.' Things came to a head, literally, when Polanski objected to a wayward hair of hers that was ruining a shot and instead of asking her to tuck it out of the way, simply plucked it from her head.

Their enmity escalated into one of the most infamous on-set incidents of all time: Polanski wouldn't let the actress take a break during a scene in her car, although she desperately needed to pee, so Dunaway threw a coffee cup full of urine in Polanski's face.

Edward Norton vs. Tony Kaye, 'American History X'


When a hot, young, Oscar-nominated actor goes head to head with a director who considers himself "the greatest English filmmaker since Alfred Hitchcock,'' sparks are going to fly. Kaye maintained that Norton was "a narcissistic dilettante," who, along with New Line cinema, "raped" his film, as he told EW at the time.

After the fact, Kaye said he never wanted the "privileged, educated" Norton for the part but didn't have time to recast. Norton's take: "If Tony Kaye hadn't wanted to make the movie with me, the studio wouldn't have made the movie with Tony Kaye."

Everything started off great, with Norton, as he would go on to do with films like 'The Score,' polishing the script, with Kaye's blessing. Kaye's methods were hardly typical, like paying a homeless man to take notes on the script. Out of the 200 hours he shot, he assembled a cut that delighted New Line. Kaye, however, hated it, and cut the film down to a shockingly short 87 minutes. That's when Norton stepped in as editor and Kaye demanded that his name be removed from the film.

The fallout: Norton received his second Oscar nomination, but also a reputation for being difficult. Kaye has directed since, but nothing you've seen at your local cineplex.

David O. Russell vs. George Clooney, 'Three Kings'

In one of the most famous on-set throwdowns in movie history, an actor who was exhausted from juggling a movie shoot with his TV commitments on a hit show and an over-his-head director who was under enormous pressure from the home office to keep costs under control came to blows.

On the Arizona desert set, tempers flared when Russell demonstrated how he wanted an extra to throw an actor to the ground. He did it with such enthusiasm that Clooney stepped in in the actor's defense.

In a Playboy interview the following year, Clooney said he attempted to cool down the situation, which led to Russell exploding: "Why don't you just worry about your f*cing acting?! ... You want to hit me? Come on, hit me." Russell then grabbed Clooney by the throat, and the actor admitted he "went nuts" on the director.

Filming continued after Russell apologized, but Clooney said it was "... the worst experience of my life." Asked if he'd work with Russell again, Clooney answered, "Life is too short," although he acknowledged that he thinks Russell is "tremendously talented" and "should be nominated for Oscars."

David O. Russell vs. Lily Tomlin, 'I Heart Huckabees'

You've probably seen a clip of the infamous tongue-lashing Russell gave Tomlin, although those clips keep getting taken down. Try this one.

He doesn't just yell at her, he throws a full-scale hysterical tantrum, sweeping props off a desk, kicking a wastebasket and generally losing his sh*t. Everyone else stands by awkwardly, with no Clooneys rushing in to come to Tomlin's defense.

Believe it or not, Tomlin says she's patched it up with Russell. "I just have great affection and regard for David," she told Extra. "There was a lot of pressure in making the movie."

Jake Gyllenhaal vs. David Fincher, 'Zodiac'

Was our favorite doe-eyed actor too sensitive to work with perfectionist Fincher? Or is Fincher a cruel taskmaster who borders on sadism? Gyllenhaal recounted Fincher's less-than-friendly digital directing style. "We'd do a lot of takes, and he'd turn, and he would say, because he had a computer there, 'Delete the last 10 takes,' according to Gyllenhaal. "And as an actor, that's very hard to hear."

With Fincher, there were always plenty of takes to delete. "You get a take, five takes, 10 takes, some places 90 takes," the actor said. "But there is a stopping point."

Fincher's response to Gyllenhaal's critique didn't help: "I hate earnestness in performance," he said. "Usually by take 17 the earnestness is gone." The director later admitted that his approach was, according to Gawker, "a Pavlovian experiment in talent manipulation" -- one designed to drive Gyllenhaal to tears.

Gyllenhaal skipped the Los Angeles premiere. So did Fincher.