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Not every celebrity or superstar actor is a peach to be around. Some of the more celebrated and talented thespians in cinema history have been notoriously difficult for directors, crew members, and other cast mates. From flashing a diva attitude to picking fights and throwing fits, here are the nine of the most impossibly difficult actors of all time… except for Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, who we all know are impossible to work with. They cancel each other out.
WARNING! Some of your favorites might be on here, I know mine were.
9. Bruce Willis – This revelation that Willis is difficult to work with has been more recent as of late. Kevin Smith, who directed Willis in the comedy Cop Out, called Willis “soul crushing,” and pointed out that he had a poor attitude and was lazy on the set. He has also been fairly unpleasant to reporters trying to do their jobs in interviews.
8. Mike Myers – It seems that tantrums are this comedian’s favorite pastime. Myers allegedly threw fits behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live, and during Wayne’s World he spent hours on the phone with his manager because there was no margarine to put on his bagel. On the set of Austin Powers (and this is the worst), Myers went off on a lowly crew member who looked him in the eye. What a jerk.
7. Russell Crowe – Surely this one is no real surprise for anyone, right? The Aussie actor has admitted himself that he has anger issues and can be difficult to work with. On the set of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood in 2010, he and Scott got to where they were no longer speaking to each other, which shut down production and costed millions. Maybe Scott should have listened to Crowe’s suggestions more.
6. Sharon Stone – While shooting the dreadful Basic Instinct sequel, Stone demanded weekly payments for her bodyguards and nannies. The nannies were for her, not any children she had with her, and these nannies were mostly in charge of watching all the ridiculous jewelry and clothing Stone brought with her to the set.
5. Val Kilmer – Perhaps one of the more well-known difficult actors, Kilmer turned butting heads with directors into a hobby. Oliver Stone said he was continuously difficult on the set of The Doors. John Frankenheimer refused to ever work with him again at one point, and Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher got into physical altercations with Kilmer to the point that neither would speak to each other. I think this boils down to Kilmer being flat out weird more than anything.
4. Christian Bale – Bale is a little out there, which works great on the screen but isn’t the best for relationships off the screen. We all know about his rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation, but more recently he nearly drove Natalie Portman to the point of quitting Terrence Malick’s upcoming Knight of Cups. Natalie is said to hate him and thinks he is a disgrace to acting. Wow.
3. Chevy Chase – There is a reason very little is seen of Chevy Chase these days; the actor has burned more bridges than just about anyone in Hollywood. Chase, who has been banned from appearing on SNL ever again, is notorious for accosting cast and crew members, his wit and satire going too far for some. Additionally, he is rather free and easy with racial slurs according to some on the set of Community.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow – There are very few people who seem to think Paltrow is a nice person, and even less who consider her a friend. On sets, the actress is regularly cold to everyone, cast or crew. If she sees someone as a threat to her career, she shuts them out. Most notably, she completely ignored Scarlett Johansson on the Iron Man 2 set.
1. Katherine Heigl – This lady takes the cake. While she isn’t anything great as an actress, Heigl’s diva behavior is off the charts. She constantly meddles with scripts, throws tantrums, have her mom (who is her agent) interfere, and complains about pretty much anything and everything. She is most well known for her role in Grey’s Anatomy, though she declined an Emmy nomination, blaming the writers for giving her nothing good to work with. And she upset director Judd Apatow when bad mouthed Knocked Up AFTER she had starred in it. The worst of the worst, because she isn’t even talented enough to warrant such bad behavior.