Notoriously difficult celebs
Stanley Kubrick - The famously exacting director was at the top of his difficult game when filming his adaptation of Steven King’s The Shining, apparently demanding 127 takes from star Shelley Duvall; she later claimed her hair began to fall out from the stress of working with Kubrick
Bruce Willis - Everyone’s favourite chrome-dome collaborated with director Kevin Smith on 2009’s Cop Out, after which Smith described the Die Hard hero as “soul crushing to work with”.
Lindsay Lohan - You can take your pick of difficult behaviour when it comes to Lohan, who the term “troubled” was apparently tailor made for: from diva demands to late arrivals, drug woes and flubbed lines, for a while things were so bad that her presence on any film set was considered “uninsurable.”
Christian Bale - Batman star Bale’s on-set outbursts went viral after someone recorded his threats to (among other things) “trash” the lights of Terminator Salvation’s director of photography. He has since - perhaps humbled by a techno remix of his rant - mellowed.
Shannen Doherty - Back in 1994, Beverly Hills 90210’s bad girl Doherty was ditched after her “bad attitude” drove her castmates and crew mad. "I had a few conversations with Aaron [Spelling],” Jason Priestly said. “I never said, 'You gotta fire this girl.' But I did voice my concern for her. And just let him know.
Dustin Hoffman - The famous character actor is difficult for a different reason: he gets so into his characters, and the pursuit of the perfect take, that he drives directors to distraction. Sidney Pollack, who directed Hoffman as (in delicious irony) a difficult actor in Tootsie, said “He sees every picture as what he calls a ‘silent war.’
Teri Hatcher - During legal proceedings brought against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry by former star Nicolette Sheridan, Sheridan testified that her co-star was “the meanest woman in the world”.
Lea Michele - Does playing a diva lead to art imitating life? That seems to have been the case on the set of Glee, where Michele allegedly snapped her fingers and barked, “Let’s go, I have plans!”
Russell Crowe - Old Rusty might not have thrown any phones for a few years, but according to a tell-all book about Dreamworks Pictures, Crowe allegedly threatened to kill one of Gladiator’s producers - with his bare hands.
Katherine Heigl - Despite her tendency to make airy romantic comedies, Grey’s Anatomy star Heigl gained a rep for demanding behaviour that left her - according to a Hollywood Reporter expose last year - on the outer in Hollywood. Even her publicist quit, perhaps due to the star’s tendency to sound off in interviews.
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When your stock in trade is enormous explosions and slow-motion action sequences, it must be quite a culture-shock to find yourself at the mercy of a malfunctioning autocue, but that's precisely what happened to director Michael Bay this week at tradeshow CES in Vegas.
The Transformers maestro had a tantrum when his autocue packed up, he tried to soldier on, then forgot his train of thought and stormed off stage.
Bay is, it needn't be added, rumoured to be something of a nightmare to work with: at least if you believe former Transformers franchise star Megan Fox, who described her former boss thusly: "He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. He has no social skills at all." (Anonymous crewmembers from the Transformers set fired back via open letter that Fox herself was about ungracious a person as you can ever fathom.")
The impossible-to-work-with celebrity is a trope that goes all the way back to 1952's Singin' In The Rain and beyond, but it's one thing to write a film about a difficult director or actor; it's quite another to show up to work with them every morning at 5am.
So, in celebration of those who "don't do stairs" and want their own triple-decker trailer with organic air conditioning, here are ten notoriously (if allegedly) difficult celebs.
- The Age