We all have coworkers we can’t stand – whether they’re super conceited, super competitive or just super creepy, a colleague can wreak havoc on an already pressure-filled work environment. Now, imagine if your coworker was a celebrity – a very rich, very demanding, very used-to-getting-his-or-her-way celebrity. Most people would rather quit than put up with the drama.
Over the years, there have been a number of big name celebs rumoured to be terrors to work with. But because these actors are such huge stars, they’re usually allowed to get away with it. Luckily for us, these ‘stars behaving badly’ moments have been well documented. You can thank their coworkers for that!
10. Megan Fox
When Megan Fox failed to reprise her leading lady role in the third instalment of the Transformers, rumours swirled that director Michael Bay was to blame. It soon became apparent after a series of trash talking interviews in which Fox compared the movie maker to Hitler, that maybe she was the one with the problems. “The movie wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t proud about what I did….But unless you’re a seasoned veteran, working with Michael Bay is not about an acting experience,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “He thinks its funny to put his actors through Navy Seal boot camp to make a movie. And it’s not even necessary for the job! It amuses him,” she went on to say. Bay fired back, “Nobody in the world knew about Megan Fox until I found her and put her in Transformers.” After comments like that, nobody, (not even Fox) was surprised when Victoria Secret’s model Rosie Huntington-Whitley was cast in the third film.
9. Mike Myers
No one can deny that Mike Myers is funny. But if rumours are true, his behind-the-scenes tantrums are no laughing matter. The former SNL cast member was apparently so jealous of costar Dana Carvey’s popularity, that he tried to prevent him from starring in 1992’s Wayne’s World for fear of being overshadowed. And according to the New York Post, the star threw a fit on set because the only spread available for his bagel was…butter! Myers was on his car phone for hours, said the film’s director, Penelope Spheeris, “talking to (his manager) about how we didn’t have any margarine and he was going to quit.” The Post also claims Myers freaked out on a grip who dared to look him in the eye on the set of Austin Powers. And in 2006, he was slapped with a $30 million dollar lawsuit by Imagine Entertainment for backing out of a film that was based on Dieter – a German dance show host Myers created while on SNL. “He claimed he had not approved the screenplay,” the Imagine lawsuit stated. “Who wrote the screenplay – Myers.”
8. Jennifer Lopez
‘Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, I’m still Jenny from the block’ sang former Fly Girl, Jennifer Lopez. Um , some may beg to differ. Though no one would necessarily call Lopez ‘difficult’, she is known to be high maintenance. Back in 2006 while participating in a charity remake of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Lopez gave instructions on what needed to be in place. The Smoking Gun got a hold of the ‘rider’ and published it on their website. The detailed account includes the singer’s obsessive love of all things white – requests include a white room decorated with white flowers, white drapes, white candles, white sheets and white couches and her hate of certain fruits – absolutely no tomato, apple or grape juices. According to deathandtaxesmag.com, Lopez’ antisocial behaviour went a little too far while filming 2012s What to Expect While You’re Expecting – the actress refused to speak to anyone on set and those who wished to talk to her, had to go through her ‘personal handler.’
7. Christian Bale
When an audiotape of an irate Christian Bale exploding on a crew member while filming 2009s Terminator Salvation surfaced, the blowup sent shockwaves around the movie loving world. This wasn’t the good-natured actor we had come to idolize. What happened to our beloved Batman? Turns out this moment of insanity was more than a just a tantrum. According to The Enquirer, while filming the upcoming, Knight of Cups, costar Natalie Portman almost quit the film. “Natalie can’t stand him,” an insider told the mag. “She thinks he’s tedious, arrogant and a disgrace to the acting profession.” Bale’s former publicist, Harrison Cheung jumped on the ‘I hate Christian’ bandwagon in his tell-all book, Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman. Amongst the many strange claims he makes against the American Psycho star is that as a teenager he kept animal foetuses in jars in is bedroom, that he saw Leonardo Dicaprio as an enemy and that when Bale would get angry he would, “seethe and hiss like some surly snake.” It’s no wonder the poor guy ended up with post traumatic stress.
6. Katherine Heigl
In 2005, Katherine Heigl became America’s latest ‘sweetheart’ when she landed the role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. We were still smitten in 2007 as we watched her win an Emmy for her performance and cheered her on when she added film star to her resume, starring opposite Seth Rogen in the hit comedy, Knocked Up. But fame and fortune seemed to get the best of her. She soon began to bad mouth Grey’s Anatomy (she left the show in the middle of season six) and gain ‘diva’ notoriety as word of her outlandish demands began to make headlines. In 2012, the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes told Oprah Winfrey: “On some level, I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them.” And it was all downhill from there – her publicist quit, her films began to flop and she announced she wanted to return to Grey’s Anatomy – which obviously didn’t happen as Izzie never reappeared. The 27 Dresses star recently made the naughty list again, suing drug store chain Duane Reade for $6 million dollars because they tweeted an image of her carrying their shopping bags with the caption: “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favourite drugstore.” Wonder if she had been carrying a Bloomingdale’s bag, she still would have filed suit…
5. Bruce Willis
“He turned out to be the unhappiest, most bitter and meanest emo-bitch I ever met at any job I’ve held. And mind you, I worked at Domino’s,” said Kevin Smith after directing Bruce Willis in 2010s Cop Out. “He’s just a whiner,” Willis shot back in an interview with Time Out. Though it’s true that Smith has choice words for many an actor, he’s not the only one to call out the Die Hard star’s difficult behaviour. Tears of the Sun director, Antoine Fuqua told the BBC (via E! Online) that Willis was “a pain in the a**” after he filed a lawsuit against the production company seeking damages for “extreme mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering” after being struck in the forehead by a projectile while filming – he IS a whiner! Willis’ immaturity level dropped another few notches when under the pseudonym, ‘Walter B’ he took to the Ain’t It Cool message boards to take shots at his Armageddon director, Michael Bay: “Would have ruined DH4. Few people will work with him now, and I know I will never work with him again.” And if you’re still on the fence about his diva-ish behaviour, take a look at how Sylvester Stallone announced Willis’ departure from the next The Expendables film: “WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!” With that many exclamation points, can there really be any doubt?
4. January Jones
It seems like practically everyone who’s ever worked with Mad Men star, January Jones has had some choice things to say about her. Here’s what her 11-year-old on screen son told TV Guide in 2011: “Be careful around January. She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.” Funny man Zach Galiafinakas didn’t hold back either. “I was at a party, I’d never met her, and she was like, ‘Come, sit down. So I sit at her table and talk for ten minutes, and she goes, ‘I think it’s time for you to leave now.’ So I say, ‘January, you are an actress in a show and everybody’s going to forget about you in a few years, so f***ing be nice,’ and I got up and left,” he told Shortlist magazine. Lost co-creator, Damon Lindelof took to his twitter to slam her performance in X-Men: First Class: “Emma Frost’s THREE mutant powers,” he wrote. “Telepathy, Transformation to Solid Diamond and last but not least, Sucking at Acting.” Ouch. Wonder what she did to deserve that?
3. Val Kilmer
Films like Top Gun, Heat, and The Doors made Val Kilmer one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men, but his onset behaviour proved more legendary than the characters he played onscreen. Kevin Jarre, the original director for the 1993 western, Tombstone, told Entertainment Weekly, “There’s a dark side to Val that I don’t feel comfortable talking about.” He went on to recount how the actor tried to antagonize him by eating a live locust before saying, “As you know, I have a reputation for being difficult. But only with stupid people.” Despite the phenomenal success of 1995s Batman Forever, director, Michael Schumacher didn’t hold back on his troubles with Kilmer: “Val is the most psychologically troubled human being I’ve ever worked with. The tools I used to work with him – tools of communication, of patience and understanding – were the tools I use on my five-year-old godson,” he told Premiere magazine. Despite the crazy episodes, Kilmer continues to make films. According to reports, Kilmer and Tom Cruise will reprise there roles as Iceman and Maverick in the upcoming Top Gun 2 – despite the fact that the two stars reportedly got into a bloody fist fight on set the first time around. Hey, a guy’s gotta eat, right?
2. Russell Crowe
Nobody denies being a diva unless there’s some truth to it. “I like to put a lot of effort into what I do and that comes with a certain amount of energy…I certainly have a temper that can flare up, but having a temper is a completely different thing from being an angry person,” Russell Crowe explained in an interview with the Telegraph. These words of defence came after Crowe was branded ‘difficult’ while making Gladiator back in 2000. He reportedly rewrote much of the script and refused to say certain lines if he couldn’t change them. Oh, and according to www.dailymail.co.uk there was also talk that he threatened to kill one of the film’s producers – with his bare hands. On the set of 2010s Robin Hood, he butted heads with the film’s director Ridley Scott to such an extent, that the entire production was thrown into turmoil – the two reportedly stopped speaking which halted production and cost the studio millions of dollars. Now 50, the diva-ish behaviour seems to have slowed down but that hasn’t stopped his disagreeable past from being rehashed. When she was recently asked about her most awkward interview, celeb journalist Giuliana Rancic didn’t hesitate: “Russell Crowe – he was so mean to me!” Looks like the actor will have to play a few more biblical characters before we can finally forgive his past.
1. Lindsay Lohan
Whether she’s showing up late (or showing up at all), the tabloids love to tell tales of the steady decline of what used to be Lindsay Lohan’s career. Even former talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey‘s patience was tested: “This is just what everyone warned me would happen (working with her). And it is,” she said during an episode of the starlet’s reality show on the OWN Network. According to her Liz and Dick producer, Larry Thompson, Lohan was trouble in a major way: “By the time Lindsay finally walked out on set I thought the worst was over. But it had just begun,” he told The Daily Mail. “To say she is difficult is an understatement. Working with Lindsay is not for the faint at heart. I turned 50 shades of white during the production.” If that wasn’t bad enough, Thompson went on to detail accounts of getting the police to break into her apartment when she went missing for a day and having to take out ‘incarceration insurance’ – something the veteran producer didn’t even know existed. Everybody loves a good comeback story. She may learn her lesson…one day.