celebrities The Most Insane Requests Actors Have Had Written Into Their Contracts  

Evan Lambert
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Many actors are as famous for their diva demands as they are for their on-screen talent. Gary Busey just wouldn't be Gary Busey if he didn't once ask that all the mirrors on his film set be removed to make it look "more like heaven." 

But a lot of the time, celebrities are able to wield their awesome star power to get some pretty sweet deals - and some insane actors' contracts. For instance, did you know you can require that an entire residential complex be built for you on set? Well, you can if you're an A-list celeb. 

And that's just one of many crazy actor contract stories. Celebrities can even ask for more work-centric privileges like sweeping creative veto power, if they're so inclined. But let's be real, they usually just want million-dollar dressing rooms.

Truthfully, the ridiculous requests written into actors' contracts have to be seen to be believed. So go ahead and click through the following eccentricities if you've ever wondered, for whatever reason, what's hiding in an actor's contract. You'll be tickled - and shocked.

Custom Thongs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Insane Requests Actors Have Had Written Into Their Contracts
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Custom Thongs


Tom Cruise is somehow still a movie star even after Tom-Kat, The Mummy, and the revelation that he needs to have 50 custom-made thongs awaiting him on each of his movie sets. According to an unnamed source, Cruise wears "G-strings made of soft, stretchy material" during complicated stunts, presumably so he still has enough swimmers to father the one begotten son of Xenu. (Or like, whatever Scientologists do.) Just imagine what his Risky Business dance would have looked like had he been sporting a thong.

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Toilet Paper That Perfectly Matches Your Complexion


One day, long ago, after a presumably poor bathroom experience, Barbra Streisand decided that all future bathrooms in her life would need to have peach-colored toilet paper to match her complexion. Her acting contracts also regularly demand that rose petals be in her toilets, for lesser known reasons. These demands may be to ensure that she looks and smells her best if paparazzi ever decide to create an album of pooping celebrities.

Better Dressing Rooms Than Eve... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Insane Requests Actors Have Had Written Into Their Contracts
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Better Dressing Rooms Than Every Other Human Being Working On The Movie


Uma Thurman doesn't need new friends. That's why she requested that while filming Eloise in Paris (which never actually got made) "no other cast member [would] receive more favorable dressing rooms." 

"But Uma, your co-stars asked for 1,800 thread-count sheets"

"Then get me goddamned 1,801 thread-count sheets I SAID GODDAMN."

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More Dialogue


Being Paul Newman's co-star on The Towering Inferno wasn't enough for the hyper-competitive Steve McQueen. He also reportedly demanded that he have 12 more lines of dialogue so that he would be perceived as equal to Newman. Never mind that Newman was a living legend, or that McQueen was forgetting the cardinal rule of acting ("It's not how many lines you have; it's what you do with them. Like Norma on Orange is the New Black.") OK, we made that up, but there's definitely, probably, a rule like that.