The Most Notoriously Difficult Actors to Work With

Who is the most notoriously difficult to work with? Megan Fox tops our list. She was allegedly a diva on the set of Transformers and was fired after she called director Michael Bay “Hitler.” Gwyneth Paltrow has a reputation of being cold to anyone she sees as competition and refused to speak to her Iron Man 2 co-star Scarlett Johansson.

Bruce Willis has a reputation of being unapproachable on a film set. Cop Out director Kevin Smith stated that Willis was “soul crushing” to work with. Christian Bale is a very serious actor and demands perfection from everyone around him.

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.”

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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.”

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Bruce Willis has a reputation for being unapproachable on a film set. Cop Out director Kevin Smith stated that Willis was “soul crushing” to work with.

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Easily one of the most notoriously difficult people to work with, Chase, who got his start in Saturday Night Live, has actually been banned from appearing on the show.

After verbally abusing all the cast members from his seasons and any time he hosted from there on out, in 1997 Chevy 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.

Chase is the only cast member to have ever been banned from SNL.

He’s also been known to throw around racial slurs on the set of Community and has been factored out of the show after repeatedly getting into public fights with series creator Dan Harmon.

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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. She is known to throw fits if she doesn’t get her way.

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Mike Myers is hilarious in his film and TV roles, but he has a reputation for being a control freak and a perfectionist, making it difficult for his cast and crew.

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Megan Fox was allegedly a diva on the set of Transformers. Director Michael Bay fired Fox, a move encouraged by Steven Spielberg, after she called Bay “Hitler.”

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Jennifer Aniston is rumored to be an on-set diva. Several sources reported the “Friends” star to be cold to the cast and crew.

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Madonna is used to being in charge of everything she does, which makes her a very difficult actress to work with. She has a reputation for not taking direction, often to the detriment of her films.

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Perhaps more musician/fashion designer than actor, Kanye is still known to be difficult when he finds himself on a set. Will Ferrell had this to say about the egotistical rapper while filming Anchorman 2:

“It was very surreal to have Kanye – who’s such a big fan of comedy – in our movie hanging out for two days. He was playing the new tracks a lot – over and over. Even when you’re trying to film, he’s playing the tracks. They’re loud, too. We got a scared 18-year-old intern to ask him to turn them down.” “He hung out, even after we said: ‘You’re done.’ He was like, ‘no, no’ and stayed in the background, hanging out and fighting with people.“

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Gwyneth Paltrow has a reputation of being cold to anyone she sees as competition. According to a source on the set of Iron Man 2, “Gwyneth is not friendly to anyone, and tends to make people feel awkward and uncomfortable. She wasn’t outright rude to Scarlett [Johansson], she just didn’t ever speak to her. Gwyneth went out of her way to avoid Scarlett.”

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Charlie Sheen was fired from “Two and a Half Men” after he had severe creative differences with the show’s creator. More recently, he allegedly asked to have his “Anger Management” co-star, Selma Blair, fired after she complained that he was “a menace to work with.”

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Julia Roberts may be America’s sweetheart, but she is rumored to be a diva on set.  She was nicknamed “Tinkerhell” by the crew on the film Hook.

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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 said, “It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

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Sharon Stone is known to throw fits if she doesn’t get her way on set. She is rumored to be so terrible to work with that nobody will hire her.

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January Jones’s 13-year-old Mad Men co-star, Jared Gilmore, told reporters, “Be careful around January [Jones]. She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.”

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Mischa Barton’s “The O.C.” costar, Tate Donovan, said that she was the “biggest diva on-set.”

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Alec Baldwin is a loose cannon, making him very difficult to work with. In 2013, he was fired from MSNBC after he used homophobic slurs while yelling at a photographer.  He has since said “goodbye to public life.”

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Teri Hatcher has a bit of a diva reputation. Rumor has it that her “Desperate Housewives” co-star, Nicollette Sheridan, referred to Hatcher as “the meanest woman in the world.”

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From the stage to the screen, Beyonce is known to be a difficult star. Queen B was named “Most Difficult Celebrity” for her crazy demands during the Super Bowl 2013. Her rider included a laundry list of ridiculous demands like a $22,000 cedar crib for her daughter and $6,000 worth of cigars for Jay Z. One source said, “She’s by far one of the most difficult celebrities we’ve ever dealt with. The list is as long as my arm. She may be a superstar, but this day is about football not her.”

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Evan Rachel Wood was rumored to be “a bully” by a source on the set of the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”

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Steven Seagal is known to have a military-like disposition on set. He apparently brought that energy with him when he was set to host “Saturday Night Live” in 1991.  Cast member Tim Meadows recalls, “The biggest problem with Steven Seagal was that he would complain about jokes that he didn’t get, so it was like – you can’t explain something to somebody in German if they don’t speak German. He just wasn’t funny and he was very critical of the cast and the writing staff. He didn’t realize that you can’t tell somebody they’re stupid on Wednesday and expect them to continue writing for you on Saturday.”

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Christian Bale is a very serious actor and he demands perfection from everyone around him. The world got to hear what it is like to work with Bale when audio of him yelling at a director of photography on the set of Terminator Salvation was released.  Bale yelled, “You are trashing my scene. You do it one more f—ing time and I ain’t walking on this set if you’re still hired. You’re a nice guy. But that don’t f—ing cut it.”

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Marlon Brando was known to be extremely difficult to work with, especially later in his career. He showed up drunk on the set of Apocalypse Now, refused to read the script, and demanded to be shot in a way that hid his weight.

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Shannen Doherty was fired from both “Beverly Hills, 90210 and “Charmed for her bad attitude and inability to get along with her fellow castmates.

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Shia LaBeouf is allegedly a serious method actor. While this technique produces a great end result, it can lead to tension on set. Brad Pitt reportedly was disappointed by LaBeouf’s energy on the set of their upcoming film Fury.

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In addition to constantly clashing with fellow “mentor” Nicki Minaj, TMZ reported that Carey was a “nightmare to work with” on American Idol.

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Russell Crowe has a reputation of having a big temper. On the set of Gladiator, he was rumored to have a big ego and bad attitude. He allegedly criticized the script saying, “It was sh*t, but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even sh*t sound good.”

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William Shatner’s “Star Trek” co-star, George Takai, said that Shatner is “very self-possessed, self-involved, everything revolves around The Captain.”

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Edward Norton has a reputation for being difficult to work with, especially for directors. He clashed with director Louis Letterier on the film The Incredible Hulk, and he distrusted his American History X director Tony Kaye so much that Norton got final edit on the film.

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Dustin Hoffman has a reputation for being difficult to work with because he is so dedicated to his craft that he demands creative control over his performance.

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Another reason to be nice to the writers: Apparently Shepherd’s diva behavior was so bad during her ’90s sitcom Cybill, that 10 years later, the writers created an episode of CSI where a character based on the actress is brutally murdered.

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Gene Hackman has a demanding and intimidating personality. On the set of The Royal Tenenbaums,he reportedly called co-writer Noah Baumbach a “c*nt” and he told director Wes Anderson to “pull up his pants and act like a man.”

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Val Kilmer is known to have a terrible temper on set, which ruined his once promising career.

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Wesley Snipes has a reputation for being difficult to work with. Patton Oswalt, who worked with Snipes on Blade Trinity, says, “Wesley [Snipes] was just f—ing crazy in a hilarious way. He wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day.”

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According to Radar Online, not only was Minaj always late to the set of American Idol, but “she always had a huge entourage with her and was rude to the contestants and their families, refusing to talk with them. And she wouldn’t allow anyone to take pictures of her, or with her.”

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According to one screenwriter who worked with him, Gibson was prone to scary outbursts that involved anti-Semitic rants, threats about killing his ex-girlfriend, and “hate-filled diatribes” about everyone from John Lennon to Walter Cronkite.

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Die Antwoord

Afrikaans rap duo Die Antwoord reportedly caused a ton of trouble on the set of the 2015 blockbuster CHAPPIE. A crew member called Ninja, aka Watkin Tudor Jones, (one half of the group) “pure evil” and another called him a “pile of shit.” Even fellow actor Brandon Auret couldn’t stand him.

“Everyone knows the relationship that I have with Waddy,” Auret said. “I don’t care much for him. I don’t care much for his band, I don’t care much for anything that he does. I did, very much so, I was very excited to meet the guy, I was a massive fan of Max Normal, but… you know, when somebody comes and feels that they have the right to tell you how to do your job? Yeah, it became an issue. But the kind of tension that we had off set was great for the film.”

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Not only did she make headlines for throwing a phone at her assistant in the ’90s, Campbell’s The Faceco-star Kira Dikhtyar told TMZ that the model-turned-actress’s on-set antics forced her into therapy.

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Paz de la Huerta reportedly prioritizes partying over her career, causing her to get fired from the hit HBO show “Boardwalk Empire.”

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Jessica’s little sister was reportedly kicked off of the Melrose Place reboot because “she was a total diva on set, late all the time, and deeply disliked by fellow cast members.”

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Samantha Morton reportedly got her River Queen director, Vince Ward, fired from the movie, although he was eventually brought back. He told the Sydney Morning Herald that he saw Morton make grown men cry on set.

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Sean Young is so difficult to work with that Oliver Stone all but fired her from his 1987 film Wall Street.

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Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Burke was fired from the show in 2007, after calling fellow cast member T.R. Knight a f****t.

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New 90210, same problems. Instead of Shannen Doherty causing problems on set, the 2008 reboot had to head with Shenea Grimes. Reports said the actress “tormented everyone on set,” was rude to guest stars, and said things like, “this is my show – everyone else is riding my coattails.”