Actors Who Are Difficult To Work With

by The-Social-Introvert | created - 08 Apr 2015 | updated - 24 Jun 2015 | Public

Which of the following actors who have a notorious reputation in the industry would you least like to work with?

Discuss the list here

1. Val Kilmer

Actor | The Doors

Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's ...

Often described as self-centered and unwilling to co-operate. Refused to speak to Joel Schumacher for two weeks after being told off.

"He was being irrational and ballistic with the first assistant director, the cameraman, the costume people. He was rude and inappropriate. He was childish and impossible. I was forced to tell him that this would not be tolerated for one more second. Then we had two weeks where he did not speak to me but it was bliss!"

- Joel Schumacher

2. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

His method acting style had proven to be difficult for his co-actors to handle. He was also noted for having a lax attitude (sometimes even failing to show up on set) and playing pranks on members of production.

"He was like a bad boy and did what he wanted."

- Francis Ford Coppola

3. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Tootsie

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

His dedication to his craft has angered and irritated his co-stars. He also famously clashed with Sydney Pollack on the set of Tootsie due to wanting more creative control.

“Difficult (reputation)? Or meticulous? Maybe they are one in the same.”

- Dustin Hoffman

4. Edward Norton

Actor | Motherless Brooklyn

American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...

Frequently clashes with filmmakers over their vision of the movie. He snuck into the editing room and make his own cut of American History X, which is the version we know today.

5. Mike Myers

Actor | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively.

Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he ...

He once reportedly fired someone for looking at him in the eye. He is often regarded as "moody, temperamental control freak.”

6. Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress | Shakespeare in Love

A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother is of mostly German descent. When Gwyneth was eleven, the ...

7. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),...

He is known for having a violent temper and getting into drunken brawls. He once threw a phone at a hotel staff member after not being able to make a phone call to his wife.

“I have that attitude.”

- Russel Crowe

8. Steven Seagal

Actor | On Deadly Ground

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician, and Samuel Seagal, a high school math teacher. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and his mother had English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. The enigmatic ...

He is known for him temperamental outbursts. He broke Sean Connery's wrist after the actor annoyed him whilst providing martial arts training for the Scottish actor for a James Bond movie. He is thought to be a set bully and has often been outed for lying or exaggerating about his sparetime activities...such as training CIA operatives, fighting the Yakuza and being a student of the founder of Akido, who died in 1968.

“He bullied and coerced several members of the cast and crew on my film set,held up production continually and treated a particular co-star in a very disrespectful way.”

- Alexander Gruszynski

9. Sharon Stone

Actress | Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker, and her mother was a homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania, and at that same age, entered Edinboro ...

Her status ad a diva is legendary. She is rumored to have handed a fan a $5 bill in order to avoid signing an autograph. She went shopping at filming hours on the set of The Golden Boy on the producer's credit card.

“She was going shopping for her character with the production’s credit card. She had a production runner following her, at a distance, to tell Antonio which shops she was going into. When the runner called to say that she was going into Bulgari, Antonio almost fainted.”

- Cristiana Capotondi

10. Charlie Sheen

Actor | Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art ...

He is known for his bizarre rants and disrespectful behavior on set. His antics on Two and a Half Men famously led to him being fired by its creator Chuck Lorre which led to Sheen then publicly insulting his former boss, calling him a "contaminated little maggot" among other things. His constant drug use also painted him with a bad public image.

11. Lindsay Lohan

Actress | The Parent Trap

Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City, on 2 July 1986, to Dina Lohan and Michael Lohan. She began her career at age three as a Ford model, and also made appearances in over sixty television commercials, including spots for The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jell-O (opposite Bill Cosby). Lohan ...

She is known for her diva-like antics. Her alcoholism and melodramatic character make her irratable to work with.

“Tardiness, tantrums, absences, neediness and psychodrama: Lindsay feels she must be experiencing an emotion in order to play it. This leads to all sorts of emotional turmoil, not to mention on-set delays and melodrama.”

- Paul Schrader

12. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...

He is well known for having a fiery temper, and directed an infamous rant at a co-worker on the set of Terminator Salvation .

13. Shia LaBeouf

Actor | Honey Boy

Shia Saide LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, to Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, and is an only child. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while his father has Cajun (French) ancestry. His parents are divorced. He started his career by doing stand-up comedy around ...

He has a reputation for being a bit weird. He refused to bathe whilst filming Fury and pulled his own tooth out. He angered his co-stars by coming to set late. He reportedly punched Brad Pitt on the set of Fury and fought with Tom Hardy on the set of Lawless

14. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

He has been accused of shadow directing and is often described as grumpy and miserable on set

“Soul crushing to work with.”

- Kevin Smith

15. Megan Fox

Actress | Transformers

Megan Denise Fox was born on May 16, 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and raised in Rockwood, Tennessee to Gloria Darlene Tonachio (née Cisson), a real estate manager & Franklin Thomas Fox, a parole officer. She began her drama and dance training at age 5 and at age 10, she moved to Port St. Lucie, ...

She is outspoken and has been disrespectful of her Transformers director Michael Bay, likening him to Adolf Hitler, causing Steven Spielberg to have her sacked. She said "he wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it's endearing to watch him. He's vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he's a tyrant. Shia [Labeouf] and I almost die when we make a Transformers movie. He has you do some really insane things that insurance would never let you do."

“She's no Angelina [Jolie]. You see, Angelina is a professional. We know this quite intimately because we've had the tedious experience of working with the dumb-as-a-rock Megan Fox on both Transformers movies.”

- Open letter by Transformers crew member

16. Julia Roberts

Actress | Pretty Woman

Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her ...

She has been called out for her inability to work with other women and was nicknamed "Tinkerhead" on the set of Steven Spielberg's Hook for her diva-like tantrums.

17. Wesley Snipes

Actor | Blade

Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Marian (Long), a teacher's assistant, and SMSGT Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that dance and the theatre were to be his career. He attended ...

He notably "smoked weed all day" on the set of Blade III.

"He comes on and goes, 'There's only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says 'Garbage'? You racist *beep* And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer."

- Patton Oswalt

18. Gene Hackman

Actor | The French Connection

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...

He bullied the cast and director on the set of The Royal Tenenbaums. This included telling Wes Anderson to “pull up your pants and act like a man” and calling him a *beep*

“I was a lot scared but I was more concerned with protecting Wes. [He told Wes to] “pull up your pants and act like a man.””

- Anjelica Huston

19. Sean Young

Actress | Blade Runner

Mary Sean Young was born on November 20, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Lee Guthrie (née Mary Lee Kane), an Emmy-nominated producer, screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist, and Donald Young, Jr., an Emmy award winning television news producer and journalist. ...

She likes to exert “creative control” over co-workers. Famously tried to break up a meeting between Michael Keaton and a studio executive (reportedly dressed as Cat Woman) after having missed out on a part in Batman Returns. She also is known for “always getting drunk during inappropriate occasions”

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