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The Most Insane Requests Actors Have Had Written Into Their Contracts

Updated March 29, 2019 23.2k votes 3.8k voters 231.8k views15 items

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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.

  • Toilet Paper That Perfectly Matches Your Complexion
    Photo: JCT(Loves)Streisand* / flickr / CC-BY-ND 2.0

    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.

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  • Ability To Fire Co-Stars, Directors, And, Well, Anyone
    Photo: david_shankbone / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    Uma Thurman's contract for Eloise in Paris included a clause about Thurman's right to veto the decisions made by the movie's director or her co-stars. She also requested that she have access to three cell phones, which means she either had a burner phone for booty calls or she was working for the CIA. 

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  • Better Dressing Rooms Than Every Other Human Being Working On The Movie
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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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  • Personal Screenwriters To Keep You On Brand
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    After Universal's Mummy reboot flopped with audiences and critics, a juicy Variety piece revealed that star Tom Cruise was partly, if not mostly, to blame for the movie's failure. In addition to taking over directing duties and ordering around rookie filmmaker Alex Kurtzman, Cruise requested personal screenwriters to ensure that the film's dialogue was up to his own personal standards.

    Ultimately, Cruise's compadres rewrote the entire script, so we have them to thank for The Mummy's cryptic, convoluted story.

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