Being an A-Lister in Hollywood comes with a seemingly endless array of fringe benefits. Whether it is the impressive paychecks, people throwing themselves at you at every turn, an endless supply of freebies, or any number of other gifts they receive, life seems like it is sweet for them. That said, it isn’t all sunshine and roses. A major negative of the celebrity life is that resentment can rear its ugly head with great ease. In some cases, those feelings present themselves due to jealousy, but in others, the star in question may be perceived as a douchebag who doesn’t deserve or appreciate the position they’ve managed to find themselves in. It is that second grouping of celebrities, who inspire the desire to inflict pain in many onlookers, that we’re looking at today.
In order for someone to find themselves on the shortlist for inclusion on this list, the star in question needs to be a man, as we here at therichest.com don’t condone violence against women. Secondly, they need to not only be famous but renowned enough that some would refer to them as household names at one point in their lives. We only considered people who’d starred in at least one film, as musicians and sports stars could populate a list of their own. While the alleged disgusting actions of men like Woody Allen and Bill Cosby are certainly worthy of punishment, we didn’t include people like them here as they are far too frail. Finally, you need to have done something or have the type of personality that rubs a lot of guys the wrong way. So, without any further ado, let’s get to the list.
15 Joaquin Phoenix
14 Adam Sandler
For anyone who wasn’t around and old enough to understand what is going on prior to the year 1999, let us tell you something shocking. Adam Sandler was once a beloved figure. Between his years on Saturday Night Live, his popular comedy albums and movies like The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, he gave the world lots of reasons.
13 Ben Affleck
It may be the common consensus that Ben Affleck’s Batman is the best thing that the DC Extended Universe has created so far, but that doesn’t make the man who embodies this immune to this list. An actor, who was once a mainstay of Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse, Ben created an image for himself as an amusing man who was loyal to his friends and could be pretty great in movies. Then, he got involved with Jennifer Lopez, a relationship that saw his face shoved down the throats of anyone passing by a cash register and all of the goodwill his film work had earned him, seemed to evaporate.
12 Charlie Sheen
An actor who is best remembered for his work in acclaimed films like Platoon, Wall Street, Young Guns, Major League and Hot Shots, years of entertaining projects earned Charlie a lot of fans. It wasn’t until he found himself all mixed up in the Heidi Fleiss controversy that a lot of his followers began to get a view of the seedy underbelly that was his personal life.
11 James Franco
You have to give James Franco a lot of credit. Only thirty-eight years old, he has accomplished far more than many people do in their entire lives, including becoming a movie star, student, director and teacher. While he has proven that he can act with the best of them, including work in Freaks and Geeks, James Dean, Spring Breakers, 127 Hours and many popular comedies, he also has some real stinkers under his belt. Do we really need to bring up Spider-Man 3 or Your Highness?
10 Johnny Depp
Remember all of those things we said about Adam Sandler? They mostly apply to Johnny but the gigantic difference is that Adam was the star of mostly infantile comedies that we enjoyed a lot in our youths, but we thought of Johnny as a great actor and artist. Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Blow, that is the type of filmography that puts you amongst the best actors ever.
9 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is the type of figure who elicits very different reactions out of people. Cinephiles seem to be bound to respect his career after starring in so many amazing movies. If you think otherwise, then consider he starred in The Color of Money, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Magnolia, Minority Report, Collateral, Tropic Thunder and of course, Mission Impossible.
8 Russell Brand
7 Russell Crowe
6 Steven Seagal
5 Sean Penn
Another highly respected actor, Sean’s work in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Carlito's Way, Dead Man Walking, The Game, I Am Sam and Milk, has assured his legacy lasting the years. Then, there is his life off the big screen. Someone who has been dogged by accusations of beating his ex-wife Madonna for years, despite the fact that she has said that there is zero truth to them; many seem incapable of letting that perception go.
4 Mel Gibson
3 Shia LaBeouf
2 Bruce Willis
1 Christian Bale
A lot of filmgoers would definitely include Christian Bale among the best living actors. An Academy Award Winner for his work in The Fighter, he has also been in many other films that have huge fan followings. Empire of the Sun, Newsies, Velvet Goldmine, American Psycho, Reign of Fire, Equilibrium, The Machinist, The Prestige, American Hustle and The Dark Knight Trilogy all include him in major roles. That probably plays a large part in the fact that he seems to carry himself in a very self-important manner that many everyday folks may resent, considering he pretty much plays pretend for a living. Throw in the highly controversial recording of him dressing down a member of the Terminator Salvation crew during an expletive-laden tirade. Is there any question as to why he tops this list?
Sources: BBC, TheGuardian, Dailymail, EW, TheMoscowTimes
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