Nick Nolte addresses ‘absurd’ Julia Roberts drama on set
It seems they’ve put the “trouble” behind them.
After nearly three decades, actor Nick Nolte is addressing the alleged behind-the-scenes beef he had with Julia Roberts while filming the ’90s flick “I Love Trouble.”
“It was absurd what we went through,” Nolte, 81, admitted to Insider while promoting his new drama “Rittenhouse Square.”
In a 1993 interview with the New York Times ahead of the release of “I Love Trouble,” Roberts accused Nolte of exhibiting off-putting behavior during production.
“From the moment I met him we sort of gave each other a hard time, and naturally we get on each other’s nerves,” Roberts said when asked about her co-star’s reputation for behaving crudely on set. While he can be “completely charming and very nice,” she said, “he’s also completely disgusting.”
The “Pretty Woman” star added, “He’s going to hate me for saying this, but he seems [to] go out of his way to repel people. He’s a kick.”
Nolte reportedly responded in an interview with the Los Angeles Times at the time, “It’s not nice to call someone ‘disgusting.’ But she’s not a nice person. Everyone knows that.”
It was a lot of drama for a critically-panned romantic comedy about rival Chicago reporters who join forces to investigate corruption.
It appears Nolte no longer harbors ill will toward his former co-star. When asked if he’d “buried the hatchet,” the Nebraska native said, “No, I haven’t. Though it’s buried.”
He also took part of the blame for the supposed on-set feud. “It was partly my fault and a little bit of hers,” Nolte admitted. “Julia got married at the beginning of that film, and it was one of those things where I just approached it all wrong.”
He was referencing Roberts’ highly-publicized 1993 marriage to Lyle Lovett, which ended in divorce less than two years later.
The “Runaway Bride” star is married to Danny Moder, a cameraman she met on the set of “The Mexican” in 2000, and with whom she shares three children: twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, who turn 18 this month; and 15-year-old Henry.
Roberts recently claimed her secret to maintaining a successful marriage is copious smooching. “I always say the same thing, and I’m sticking with it,” the Academy Award winner told E! News in October. “It’s making out. Lots of making out.”