Many actors feel incredibly grateful to have been granted such phenomenal success and public admiration. However, there are a select few that have simply gotten too big for their boots, and lost sight of the fact that ultimately, they are all still ordinary people, whose bullshit and spoiled behavior nobody wants to deal with.
Some of the following actors and actresses have terrible reputations for being too serious, others are reported to be intolerable divas, while others are just plain mean.
Here are 9 A-listers with the most turbulent work ethic in the industry, who have been branded an absolute pain in the ass to work with.
Take a look!
1. Russell Crowe
As well as reportedly being a bit of a drunkard on set sometimes, Crowe has a pretty bad reputation for getting angry and unleashing his fury on fellow co-stars. On the set of Gladiator, for example, he very openly criticized the script, saying:
"It was sh*t, but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even sh*t sound good.”
I honestly don't know what he's talking about because in my eyes, it's one of the best movies in recent decades. Relive the historic epic in the trailer below:
2. Bruce Willis
According to director Kevin Smith, Willis was "soul-crushing to work with" on the set of Cop Out. Apparently he is a bit of a back-seat driver on a movie set, often getting involved and attempting to over-shadow the director. And when doing the promotional tour for the movie, the actor would refuse to speak to the press or pose for photographs.
Smith had some strong words to share with cast and crew members at the release party, saying:
“I want to thank everyone who worked on the film [...] except for Bruce Willis, who is a f--king dick.”
3. Mike Myers
We all know he's totally nuts in Austin Powers, but it appears Myers has a streak of the crazy about him in real-life too. So much so, in fact, that many people downright refuse to work with him.
He has been often named a moody, temperamental, control freak and appears to be as egomaniacal as they come. Apparently, one crew guy even got fired for looking the actor in the eye while making Austin Powers.
Today, Mike has alienated so much of Hollywood, it is highly unlikely we will see him in anything big in the next few years.
4. Megan Fox
Transformers director Michael Bay and Fox fell out before the shooting of the third film. In her opinion, he wanted "to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for." In response, Steven Spielberg told him to fire her immediately.
Speaking to GQ, Bay said:
"I wasn't hurt, because I know that's just Megan. Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in kind of the wrong way. I'm sorry, Megan. I'm sorry I made you work twelve hours. I'm sorry that I'm making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy."
A couple of the crew members posted their own opinions, in defense of Bay, saying:
"And who is the real Megan Fox? She is very different than the academy nominee and winning actors we've all worked around. She's as about ungracious a person as you can ever fathom."
Since then, she's definitely cemented her reputation as being a ridiculously inaccessible actress to work with.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
As well as demanding that someone always dry her shower at the gym before she uses it, so as not to come in contact with the previous person's water, she is reportedly a bit of a nightmare on set.
While working on Iron Man 2, she reportedly avoided Scarlett Johansson like the plague out of jealousy and competitiveness.
She's also prone to making scathing comments about her actor friends:
“Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, ‘Another romantic comedy?’ You see her in something like Walk the Line and think, ‘God, you’re so great!’ And then you think, ‘Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?’ But of course, it’s for money and status.”
Is that really necessary?
6. Katherine Heigl
Once known as one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, it is no wonder that Heigl does not grace our big screens as much anymore. Notorious for publicly slamming people she's worked with and past projects she's been in, she is also no stranger to being incredibly rude and for making outrageous demands.
For example, she referred to Knocked Up as sexist and claimed she would never accept an Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy because of the "bad writing."
Re-watch Knocked Up and have a think if you see where she's coming from:
7. Teri Hatcher
Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives, has called Teri the "meanest woman anywhere in the world." Many of the other housewives, including Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan, also reported a negative vibe on set for many years.
In fact, the girls hated her so much that in the final goodbye card to the show's director, they left Teri's name out.
Ouch. I wonder what she did?
8. Christian Bale
Everyone knows that Christian Bale is a brilliant actor and takes his work incredibly seriously, as he should of course. However, in the process, he also alienates many of his co-workers and often reduces the crew to nervous wrecks. So much so, that pretty much everyone on set tends to hate him.
The reason behind his cold manner is that he simply doesn't want to forge any personal relationships with his co-workers. He even admits himself:
"I don’t want to know about the lives of other actors and I don’t want people to know too much about me. If we don’t know about the private lives of other actors, that leaves us as clean slates when it comes to playing characters. That’s the point, they can create these other characters and I can believe them. I think if you’re a good enough actor, that’s the way to longevity in the film business. Keep everybody guessing.”
Oh, and here he is ripping into the Director of Photography on the set of Terminator: Salvation back in 2009. Ouch, I wouldn't want to be in Bale's line of fire, that's for sure!
9. Shia LaBeouf
It seems that most people who have worked with Shia have something unpleasant to say about the Transformers star. In an interview, he said some pretty harsh words that show exactly why. Talking about how he is done with Hollywood, he said:
"Studios “give you the money then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months.'"
That's not really the kind of language you want to be openly using to land a leading role in the next superhero blockbuster, is it Shia?
Even Harrison Ford called his Indiana Jones co-star "a f---king idiot." And if Harrison says it, it must be true.