The A-list and egomaniacs go together like A-Rod and steroids – you can’t have one without the other. Of course, it only makes sense that celebrities develop a high sense of self-worth – perhaps even an overinflated sense of self-worth. After all, they’re not just fawned all over by the public, they’re getting paid millions of dollars for their talents. It’s quite likely any one of us would succumb to egotitis if we were in their shoes. Sure, many celebrities still appear down-to-earth and normal, stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley who are often praised for being humble. There are stars who give off the vibe that they’re exactly like us – except that they have more money than we’ll ever make.
And then there are the celebs who let the fame and fortune go straight to their heads. They sometimes act out, throwing hissy fits when things don’t go their way. They might throw out the “Do you know who I am?” card to get out of traffic tickets. And heck, they may even bash the people who made them famous in the first place. We see this sort of behaviour from these spoiled stars time and time again and yet we never tire of anecdotes on their behaviour. Okay, in some cases we do – it just depends on who it is.
10. Jonah Hill
If there’s one thing we can say about Jonah Hill, it’s that at least he doesn’t take himself so seriously that he wouldn’t mock his own big ego on SNL. After he seemed standoffish in a Rolling Stone interview, and thanks to a few quotes attributed to him, this comedic actor is coming off a bit too serious and egotistical for some fans’ liking. Some say it’s just him growing up and transitioning, trying to move on from doing stupid comedies to more serious films. Others just think he’s just a douchebag.
9. Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl is a classic example of an actress who got too big for her britches. The former Grey’s Anatomy star owed a lot to the show that made her, yet she didn’t feel bad about publicly bashing the writers who gave life to her character and helped her make a name for herself. She’s notoriously difficult to work with and is known for making ridiculous demands that aren’t really fitting for a star of her less than A-List caliber. Maybe she thinks she’s worth it, and if so, good for her for sticking to her guns…? Even if it means her career suffers because of it.
Madonna is the epitome of fame. There are very few people alive who don’t know her name and who don’t recognize her face. Her image, her style, and her music are recognizable in most countries around the globe. But even with all this fame, the starlet has been quoted as saying she won’t be happy until she’s as famous as God. However, in her defense, Madonna doesn’t deny her talent or awesomeness – a self-satisfaction male stars get away with, while most female stars are expected to remain modest and retiring. Madonna has a right to her ego; she certainly comes across like someone who’s cooler than all of us. She knows it, and makes no apologies for it.
7. Noel Gallagher
Okay, so maybe he’s not exactly “Hollywood” since he’s a British musician, but it’s no secret that Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame thinks very highly of himself and his band – even if they’ve hardly been heard from in years (except, of course, when they make the news for something outrageous). You need confidence to survive in the music industry, but quotes like “We’re not arrogant, we just believe we’re the best band in the world,” might take things a bit too far. Then again, some of his cheeky quotes are entertaining like, “I’m not interested in making money. It’s just that with my talent, I’m cursed with it.” That’s a curse many of us would kill for, I’m sure.
6. Shia Labeouf
While some of the stars on this list are famous enough to justify their huge egos, Shia Labeouf isn’t quite there yet. Not even his role in the blockbuster Transformers franchise was able to catapult him to the level of superstardom he obviously believes he exists in. To put it simply, most of his fame has come about because of utterly ridiculous stunts, accusations of plagiarism, and generally seeking attention any way he knows how.
Either he thought he was too big of a name to get caught, or maybe it was to put his name back in the news, but Shia assumed that he, of all people, could get away with plagiarizing and could pass it off as some meta experiment in performance art. That takes guts, we have to admit. For a minute there, people were talking about an actor best known for acting in kids’ TV and alongside giant robots that weren’t really there – though most of the commentary was on how big of a jerk he was, so it wasn’t necessarily a good thing. Then again, they do have a saying in Hollywood about there being no such thing as bad publicity…
5. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is a no-brainer for a list like this, right? Driving his neighbors crazy, breaking the law, buying million dollar mansions like they’re candy – there aren’t many adults out there who can stand this guy and his ridiculous ways. Of course, the media and the fans are in part responsible for making him the way he is. Try being a cute little kid who gets thrust into the spotlight, surrounded by girls throwing their panties at you before you’re legally allowed to operate a car and record execs who think you’re the greatest discovery since sliced bread. It would be hard to experience all that and come out unscathed, and that’s all Bieber really knows. Still, it doesn’t make him any less obnoxious.
4. Michael Bay
Michael Bay likes things big – big explosions, big car chases, big robots, and of course, big boobs. And given the fact that his films, cumulatively speaking, have raked in billions upon billions of dollars, it’s difficult to say that his formula doesn’t work. And of course, with the seemingly unending stream of success – financially speaking, most definitely not critically – Transformers director Bay’s ego has swelled to the size of Optimus Prime.
The notoriously temperamental director has famously clashed with his cast members, and has often made their time on set a living hell – though, we can’t imagine having to share a set with Shia Labeouf was exactly paradise in any case. Bay’s ego is so famous, GQ did an entire article on it titled, “Blow-Up: An Oral History of the Most Explosive Director of All Time,” And given some of the crazy directors that have populated Hollywood (Hitchcock, Kubrick…) being labeled the “most explosive director of all time,” takes a special kind of psycho.
3. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen is a classic egomaniac whose career seemed to be on the downward spiral while he was in the midst of throwing a hissy fit the size of California. Sheen learned the hard way that he wasn’t irreplaceable even on a show that seemed made for him, Two and a Half Men, when he was fired for bad-mouthing the show’s creator. However, it didn’t seem to hurt him too much. He’s got plenty of money, booze and goddesses to last him a lifetime. Even if you could chalk it all up to a publicity stunt – the ‘winning’ rant, the very public and bizarre breakdown – we must admit, it got people talking about Charlie Sheen.
2. Quentin Tarantino
Perhaps it’s not entirely Quentin Tarantino‘s fault that his ego ballooned to the size of the Goodyear Blimp. Most people would have a healthy dose of, “Hey, I really am that awesome” running through our own veins if they got the massive ego stroking Tarantino did after his very first film, Reservoir Dogs, was universally acclaimed and hailed as one of the most revolutionary works in cinematic history. Following that up with Pulp Fiction, which received almost the same heaping of praise and worship, certainly didn’t help bring him down to earth any. In countless interviews, Tarantino has come off as smug and even arrogant at times. While promoting his film Django Unchained, Tarantino even had the nerve to explain his disdain for what really is a cinematic masterpiece – Roots. Tarantino said that the performances didn’t ring true and that the film didn’t move him – all the while, trying to subtly make the case that Django was more historically accurate and authentic in regard to slavery. Even the normally mild mannered Levar Burton – the star of Roots, by the way – called bulls*it on Tarantino, saying, “Too many people who look like me bled and died for you to have the opportunity to satirize the slave narrative”. Suffice it to say, if you have Levar Burton saying you’re a douchebag, you absolutely should end up on a list like this one.
1. Kanye West
Kanye West is almost painful to watch. We’re talking about the man who interrupted Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech at the Grammy’s in order to tell the world who HE thought should have won. That alone says he thinks very highly of his own opinion, and sadly, that was only the beginning. He even refers to himself as the Michael Jordan of music and the Steve Jobs of culture – though he obviously doesn’t put reading very high on the list of what’s considered “culture,” given his quote in a Reuters interview in 2009, “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.”
Heck, even MJ and Jobs were known to pick up a book now and again. It almost seems like a publicity stunt, that he’s actually trying to come off as the biggest egomaniac possible. And if so, it’s a damn good act, albeit an annoying one, because the world loves to talk about his exploits.