By now, you might have heard about the epic Tom Hardy vs. Robert Pattinson feud. The Two Lone Raccoons put into words what we’re all thinking: “I feel like the rivalry between these two has kind of put the ‘Roar’ in ‘Roar’ lion. We’re just waiting to see which one of these big cats wins the power struggle.”

It all began when the ‘Great Gatsby’ actor shared an Instagram story from the set of ‘Joker’ — which features him in a tiger costume — tagging a photo of his co-star, the ‘Wonders of New York’ star. Cronenberg, who directed ‘Joker,’ quickly responded, stating that he thought the costume was “a bit much.”

And so it began. In an attempt to one-up each other, both stars uploaded several bizarre outfits to their Instagram feeds. The pair has even gone so far as to film themselves wearing identical suits while singing “This Is Us,” a throwback to their ‘Won’ derivative, “Shawn vs. Gus.”

While they’re at it, why not make it a hat trick? ‘The Loved One’ actor Woody Allen, the ‘Venice,’ ‘Black Panther,’ and ‘Transformers’ star Shia LaBeouf all got in on the action, too. The most recent episode, which was uploaded just this week, shows Allen in a tiger suit, while LaBeouf and Pattinson share a scene in a coffin.

What does all this mean? Well, it’s complicated. Not only do these two actors have a professional relationship, but they’re also close friends. So, who is the leader of this pack? Why, it’s David Cronenberg — and he’s not going down without a fight. Here, we’ll explore the fascinating dynamics and hilarious public fights that are emblematic of this golden era of celebrity feuds.

David Cronenberg: The Director Who Has A Take-No-Prisoners Attitude

When it comes to fighting back, few filmmakers are as tenacious as the great Canadian director, David Cronenberg. Known for his dark, giallo films like ‘Don Juan’ (1981) and ‘The Fly’ (1986), Cronenberg is also the man behind ‘Cronenberg vs. Cronenberg’ (1999), one of the nastiest and most talked about celebrity feuds of the past 25 years. The winner of three Academy Awards and the recipient of many other prestigious honors, Cronenberg is most recently famous for directing Woody Allen in ‘Alessandro Nivola’s Short Stories.’

In case you’re wondering, this is what David Cronenberg looks like:

Casting himself as an outsider, Cronenberg often presents his characters with a no-nonsense attitude. Take, for example, the title character of ‘Crash,’ who questions authority and refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer. (And in case you’re wondering, this is how Woody Allen’s character in ‘Alessandro Nivola’s Short Stories’ looks:)

Cronenberg’s characters are rarely nice, which makes his movies ideal for multiple viewings. In ‘Crash,’ for example, the main character’s name is ‘Valentine.’ He’s a successful businessman who drives a glamorous lifestyle — and a flashy car. Yet, beneath the surface, he’s a bit of a monster.

If you’ve never seen Cronenberg’s work, why not? There’s a good reason why ‘Crash’ is one of the most popular movies among millennials: It’s the type of film that refuses to be tied down by traditional notions of good and evil. Valentine may be a wealthy and ruthless tycoon, but he’s also a self-confessed mass murderer.

One of the reasons why Cronenberg’s work has resonated with audiences is that he doesn’t sugarcoat the darkness of the human condition. It’s easy to see why, as he says in an interview about the influence of Nietzsche on his work, “There is no such thing as a ‘nice’ movie. A movie is either good or bad — there’s no such thing as a halfway good movie.”

Publicly Defending ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Robert Pattinson’s Costuming Feud With Tom Hardy

Let’s take a little trip back in time to the dawn of the 21st century. It’s September 2001 and the world is on the cusp of a new era, one where terrorism is a threat and uncertainty loomed large. On this morning, several Hollywood stars gathered to defend ‘The Great Gatsby’ against what was then a rampant rumor that it was going to be banned in Boston due to its vulgar language and violence. The film, which starred Matt Damon and J. Jonah Jameson, was being criticized by some conservative Christian groups for its supposed “blasphemy.”

While Jameson’s newspaper, the “New York Daily News,” had declared the story “lame,” the internet was abuzz with chatter about a potential ‘Gatsby’ boycott.

And what did these stars have to say about the matter? Why, they all had something to say. Here’s a roundup of what they had to offer, and you can decide for yourself which opinions ring true.

Tom Hardy

One of the most polarizing and recognizable faces in contemporary cinema — and the one people were heaping most scorn upon — was British actor, Tom Hardy. Hardy first became a star in the United Kingdom in the early 2000s for his work in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992) and ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008). He then went on to appear in a string of underwhelming Hollywood movies — including ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015) and ‘A Few Days in June’ (2018)—that only enhanced his already-fierce popularity.

Hardy took the debate to Twitter, tweeting: ‘The Great Gatsby’ will never be banned in this country because it is a cultural treasure. People who want ban it are simply bigots.'” This was in response to one of the critics who’d raised the alarm. Although there was no formal ban at the time, many cinemas decided to self-regulate and show only movies that had received an “R” rating from the MPAA — effectively banning ‘The Great Gatsby,’ along with other violent films. The controversy gave Hardy’s career a minor push and soon enough, he was back in the news for all the right reasons — this time, for his heroic role as Billy the Kid in the western TV series, ‘The Twilight Zone.’ (Yes, that ‘Twilight Zone’: one of the greatest anthology series of all time.)

After ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Hardy next took on the villainous role of Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ In the former, he donned a bald cap, which is now a permanent fixture on his head, and donned a bizarre mask to conceal his identity. For his role as Max Scherzer in the latter, Hardy was praised for his uncanny resemblance to the villainous businessman from ‘The Great Gatsby’ — and he didn’t even have to don a mask for that role.

Robert Pattinson

Like Hardy, Robert Pattinson made a name for himself in the United Kingdom for his work in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992) and ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008). Since then, he’s mainly worked in smaller budget films and indie dramas, though he did star in the box office hit, ‘The Lost City of Z’ (2019).

Pattinson’s biggest break came when he was cast as the hunk in ‘Twilight’ (2008), which became a phenomenon and launched his film career as an A-lister. His performance as Edward Cullen in the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books won him the New York Film Critics Award for best actor that same year, as well as a host of other prestigious honors, including a BAFTA and an ALFS Award. Since then, he’s starred in a number of successful films, including the upcoming ‘The Loved Ones’ — the story of a couple (Pattinson and ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ actress Mia Wasikowska) struggling with infertility. Wasikowska recently revealed that she and Pattinson are expecting their first child together.