FEUD Trailer: Bette and Joan 'Hated Each Other... and We Loved Them for It'

If you’re not feeling very romantic this Valentine’s Day, FX has a chocolate box full of showbiz spite for you.

The first full trailer for the much-anticipated FEUD: Bette and Joan has arrived, with Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon playing Hollywood legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. And though the two old-school divas costarred together in 1962’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, there wasn’t a lot of mutual admiration between them. As Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Olivia de Havilland puts it in the trailer, “for over half a century, they hated each other… and we loved them for it.”

FEUD chronicles the on-set battles that raged between Davis and Crawford during the filming of Baby Jane, as they snipe at each other and leak unflattering info to the gossip columns. Davis even gets in a swift kick at her costar’s head during a scene. (“I barely touched her,” Davis insists.) Plus, we get a glimpse at the sexism and ageism the two actresses faced, as a studio executive gripes that they’re “a little long in the tooth” to carry a movie.

Luckily for us, Lange and Sarandon aren’t too long in the tooth to carry a TV show. FEUD: Bette and Joan debuts Sunday, March 5 at 10/9c on FX.

Press PLAY on the video above to watch the FEUD trailer, then hit the comments and give us your first impressions.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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12 Comments
  1. Nathan Everett says:

    Next season should be about Perez Hilton and everybody ever.

  2. LADY_in_MD says:

    This may have been asked already but I was wondering do I have to watch Whatever happened to Baby Jane to know what’s going on for the show?

    • Not essential,but such a great classic movie you should watch it. :)

    • Michael says:

      Not at all, however I recommend the movie. its not only a great movie, its a Hollywood classic in its own right

    • Joey says:

      Even if this wasn’t going to air, you should still watch the movie. It’s fantastic. I just rewatched it myself last week.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      It, really, is well done. Grab the popcorn and have some fun. You will enjoy The Feud, more, if you see the film, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, first. We didn’t know any of this stuff had been going on, until after the film left the movie theaters, much later. It’s been a topic of quips, barbs, speculation, and discussion ever since with families, living at the time. The husband says, “I’m on Betty Davis’ side!” as he reads this over my shoulder. See? You just can’t lose out on sharing the dynamics by not seeing the film first, which was what happened in history.

  3. Mel Greene says:

    I can’t nothing better than a cat fight.

  4. BlittleU says:

    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane is one of my favorite movies, so I have been really looking forward to this. If the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be a fun watch.

  5. Tony says:

    Camp. Easy to do.

  6. MMD says:

    Really looking forward to this. Also once you throw Stanley Tucci into the mix it will only make it better.

  7. Lisa says:

    Hey does anyone know what/who the band is **they are fabulous** in the Feud:Bette and Joan trailer? All horns….extraordinary…gotta get it! thanks