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What People Who Worked With Popular '80s Stars Said About Them

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Big names like Tom Hanks, Molly Ringwald, and Michael J. Fox took the movie scene by storm in the 1980s, having breakthrough performances in films like A League of Their OwnPretty in Pink, and Back to the Future

These Hollywood stars in the hit movies of the '80s portrayed characters that audiences easily fell in love with. But what did their co-stars really think of them? Vote up the best stories told by co-stars and crew about these famous '80s stars.

  • Photo: A League of Their Own / Columbia Pictures

    A League of Their Own follows two sisters as they embark on a professional baseball career during the 1940s. Geena Davis and Tom Hanks are the movie's co-stars, playing Dottie Hinson (Davis) and Jimmy Dugan (Hanks).

    Davis recalls her first encounter with Hanks, remembering the lasting impression he had on her:

    My first impression of Tom was that he’s funny as hell, up for anything and ready to go, at all times. As I’m sure anybody who’s ever worked with Tom would say, he really is just the nicest, most fun person to be around, with the biggest heart. It’s because he loves acting. He loves to work.

    Now, this is weird to admit, but my goal is for people to say, "Geena’s the nicest person I’ve ever worked with." But how the hell are you going to compete with Tom Hanks?

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  • Photo: Spin City / ABC

    Back to the Future stars Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox became lifelong friends on the set of the 1985 sci-fi classic. In the film, the two play high school student Marty McFly (Fox) and eccentric scientist Doc Brown (Lloyd). The pair are accidentally sent back in time 30 years by a machine that Doc Brown created, and must navigate their way in a past world. 

    In an interview with Looper, Lloyd discussed their friendship:

    It's a thrill whenever we get together. He has just such a loving, wonderful sense of himself in his situation in time. Really, he just has a perspective, and a sense of humor about it, and a kind of joy. He loves being who is and being able to [show] it. For me, to be involved in this made all of us feel good about what we were doing, and why we were doing it.

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  • Photo: Star Wars / 20th Century Fox

    The original Star Wars, released in 1977, was on the forefront of sci-fi movies that changed the cinematic world. Co-stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher played siblings in the trilogy, and their chemistry was as tight off-screen as it was on the screen.

    Hamill's relationship with Fisher was a deep friendship, and he recalls the love she had for life:

    She was so committed to joy and fun and embracing life. She had an Auntie Mame quality to her. I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set. Making her laugh was always a badge of honor.

    I remember during Empire we were split up storywise; it was a difficult film to shoot and there was a lot of tension on the set. I was off in the swampland with the puppets and robots, but at least Carrie and Harrison got to work with human beings.

    Once at lunchtime she said, “You should try on my jumpsuit.”

    I said, “The one-piece white jumpsuit? You’re what, 5’2"? I’ll never get in!”

    She said, “Just try.”

    I put on that Princess Leia zipper jump suit and it was so tight I looked like a Vegas lounge singer. If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, she had me put on one of those bald cap masks with the Bozo hair and glasses and nose and then she walked me around the back lot.

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  • Photo: What About Bob? / Buena Vista Pictures

    1991's What About Bob? stars Richard Dreyfuss as Dr. Leo Martin and Bill Murray as patient Bob Wiley. Dr. Martin, a successful psychotherapist, loses his mind after Bob Wiley, one of his patients, follows him on his family vacation.

    According to Dreyfuss, the off-screen relationship between him and Murray contained a lot of animosity. Dreyfuss recalled one physical encounter during filming: 

    I didn't talk about it for years... Bill just got drunk at dinner. He was an Irish drunken bully, is what he was. He came back from dinner [one night] and I said, "Read this [script tweak], I think it's really funny."

    And he put his face next to me, nose-to-nose. And he screamed at the top of his lungs, "Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!" He leaned back and he took a modern glass-blown ashtray. He threw it at my face from [only a couple feet away], and it weighed about three quarters of a pound. And he missed me. He tried to hit me. I got up and left.

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