The Most Notoriously Difficult Actors to Work With
Making movies sounds like a fun career, unless you get stuck with talent known for being the worst actors to work with. Some of these public figures and famous actors are difficult to work with because they are so serious, some have a reputation for being divas, and some have terrible tempers. This list features the most notoriously difficult actors to work withm and is loosely ranked by fame and popularity.
Who is the most notoriously difficult actor to work with? Megan Fox tops was allegedly a diva on the set of Transformers and was fired after she called director Michael Bay "Hitler." Gwyneth Paltrow has a reputation for being cold to anyone she sees as competition. She refused to speak to her Iron Man 2 co-star Scarlett Johansson, which likely makes her one of the hardest actors to work with.
Bruce Willis is another of the tough actors to work with. He has a reputation for being unapproachable on a film set. Christian Bale is a very serious actor and demands perfection from everyone around him. Catherine Heigl seemingly became one of the more hated actresses after voicing criticism of her show Grey's Anatomy and the movie Knocked Up. She often comes up when you discuss the worst actresses to work with.
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Lindsay Lohan is known to be extremely difficult to work with because of her constant partying and inability to get to the set on time. Her Canyons co-star James Deen referred to Lohan as a "child lashing out."
- Born: 07-02-1986
- Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
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Jennifer Lopez is said to have a long list of demands that must be met if she is going to appear in a film, at a hotel, or at an event, like the World Music Awards in 2010. She reportedly requested having a helicopter kept on standby, a custom-fitted speed boat, and diamond-encrusted headphones to “drown out the sound of the boat’s motor,” as well as an entire floor of a hotel. She is known to throw fits if she doesn't get her way, for example, reportedly losing it at hotel staff if they don't have her favorite grapefruit and lime blossom candles by Jo Malone, which cost around $500 each.
Staff is also not allowed to speak to her, with a flight attendant once saying that when she simply asked Lopez what she would like to drink, she turned to her assistant and said, "Please tell him I'd like a Diet Coke and lime." The attendant added that the actresss "wouldn't even look at [them]. It was sad, she seems so sweet in her movies."
- Born: 07-24-1969
- Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America
Thomas Gibson was suspended, and later fired, from CBS series Criminal Minds, after kicking a writer in the shin during an argument over the show's creative direction. This wasn't the first time Gibson had an onset incident, however, as Deadline and TMZ report that he was forced to attend anger management classes in 2010, after shoving an assistant director.
- Born: 07-03-1962
- Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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Lea Michele has a reputation for being a diva on the set of Glee. Rumor has it that guest star Kate Hudson even called Michele a "nightmare."
Actress Samantha Marie Ware, who starred on the finale season of Glee, accused Michele of being racist and making her “first television gig a living hell.” After she came forward about Michele’s behavior, many others did as well, including Alex Newell and Jeanté Godlock, the latter of whom said Michele referred to background actors as “cockroaches.” The late Naya Rivera also wrote about Michele’s unprofessionalism in her book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.
- Born: 08-29-1986
- Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
Katherine Heigl has a reputation for being demanding on set. She also has no problem bad-mouthing her projects after they are released. Speaking about Knocked Up, she called the film "a little sexist," and said, "It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys."
It didn't help her reputation when she revealed in 2008 that she had withdrawn herself from Emmy contention while she was on Grey's Anatomy, saying, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”
- Born: 11-24-1978
- Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
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Easily one of the most notoriously difficult people to work with, Chevy Chase, who got his start on Saturday Night Live, has actually been banned from appearing on the show. Chase is the only cast member to have ever been banned from SNL.
After verbally abusing all the cast members from his seasons and any time he hosted from there on out, in 1997 Chase slapped Chery Oteri in the back of the head during a rehearsal, infuriating Will Ferrel, who then complained to Lorne Michaels, executive producer and creator of the show.
He was also known to throw around racial slurs on the set of Community, and was factored out of the show after repeatedly getting into public fights with series creator Dan Harmon.
- Born: 10-08-1943
- Birthplace: Lower Manhattan, New York, USA