The faraway look on Claire Danes’ face in that picture above could either be because she just had a flashback to how orange she was at the Emmys last month or because the negative “I hate you” energy from standing between F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin is giving her a tension headache. Page Six says it’s the second one.
An insider tells Page Six that things are awkward on the set of Homeland because of F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin. The insider claims that it’s obvious to the cast and crew that there’s “jealousy” between F. Murray and Mandy, and the production assistants who deal with them feel like kindergarten teachers. So F. Murray won’t stop throwing crayons at Mandy? Not exactly. The source says that it’s more like F. Murray and Mandy refuse to speak to each other unless they’re filming a scene together. They won’t even sit near each other on set; F. Murray doesn’t want his chair anywhere near Mandy’s.
As for what started all this old man diva drama, the source says it’s F. Murray’s fault. They make it seem like the F in F. Murray stands for “FuckingHugeEgo.” F. Murray apparently makes outlandish requests that even Claire Danes doesn’t make. They don’t say what kind of requests he’s making. Until we find out, I choose to believe he demands to be carried around set in an adult-sized chinchilla-lined BabyBjorn, which is the most unreasonable request I could think of.
Of course, a rep for Homeland says there’s “no truth” to the rumor that F. Murray and Mandy. F. Murray’s manager also denies there’s a feud:
“Mr. Abraham only has praise for Mr. Patinkin. They have been friends for decades. Whoever said this is misguided.”
If this is true then, Claire Danes may have been forced to choose sides, which is a real no-win position to be in. Deciding between two legendary 80s hotties like sexy Princess Bride-era Mandy on one side vs. sexy Scarface-era F. Murray on the other? Good luck.
Here’s more of F. Murray, Claire, and Mandy at a Paley Fest event yesterday.