10 Terrible Celebrity Reputations That Killed Careers

In the world of Hollywood, there are plenty of actors and musicians with notoriously bad attitudes. Thanks to all the huge egos knocking around and constant positive reinforcement, these celebrities often believe they're invincible. Some celebs have such angry outbursts on set that they've made working with them a chore: Take Christian Bale for example. On the set of Terminator Salvation he went on a tirade against the film’s director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, after he accidentally walked on set when Bale was performing. His expletive-laced, furious rant made headlines just shortly after Bale was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister. Russell Crowe is another actor who's notorious for his bad attitude. In 2002, Crowe verbally abused a BBC producer after his acceptance speech for best actor in the film A Beautiful Mind was cut short at the BAFTAs. Crowe also had a run in with BBC Radio host Mark Lawson.; Crowe walked away from an interview to promote Robin Hood when Lawson said Crowe’s accent sounded more Irish than English. Despite Bale’s and Crowe’s unprofessionalism, the two actors have no problem securing movie roles and are still A-list stars.

Certain stars have become untouchable to the point that they can afford to behave badly. The same cannot be said for other celebrities who have acted strangely and unprofessionally at the eventual expense of their career. These are ten celebrities who ruined their careers with their bad attitudes, unprofessionalism, and wild antics.

10. Britney Spears

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2 Courtney Love

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Courtney Love was a rock star with a suitably reckless image and bad girl rep as the lead singer of Hole, but as she got on in years her behaviour - including heroin use and self-harm -  became increasingly problematic and contributed to the demise of the group in the early 2000s. She has made several attempts to revive her music career, to mixed critical responses. Her public image hasn't improved: Recently Love verbally attacked a fan at a concert in Australia, but it was certainly not the first time she let loose publicly. Love’s daughter with Kurt Cobain even had a restraining order taken out against her mother. Love has also, in a recent bizarre publicity stunt, tweeted photos she firmly believed showed evidence of the location of Malaysia Airlines missing flight MH370; it seems her bizarre antics never end.

8. Roseanne Barr

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7. Axl Rose

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At one point Guns N’ Roses was one of the biggest rock and roll bands on the planet, but the band's last album release, Chinese Democracy, proved extremely unsuccessful, especially compared to previous Guns N’ Roses albums. Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose’s string of bad moves, displays of unprofessional attitude and feuds no doubt played a role in the band's fall from grace. He kicked a fan out of a show in Vancouver and didn’t even bother to show up to the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a snub for which he was generally maligned by rock fans the world over.

6. Tara Reid

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Instead of focusing on her fledgling acting career after some teen movie success, Tara Reid spent much of her time partying and getting photographed by the paparazzi while doing so. Instead of being known for her acting roles she became better known for her numerous botched plastic surgeries. It could have been worse, she admits; unlike a lot her contemporaries she didn't get behind the wheel drunk or commit any crimes. Her debatable 'comeback' of late has consisted of starring in B-movies like Sharknado and its sequel.

5. Lindsay Lohan

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4. Amanda Bynes

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At one point Amanda Bynes was an up and coming comedy star with a popular sketch show on Nickelodeon, but her bizarre behaviour - particularly on social media - cost her career. She reached the peak of her career starring in the successful musical film Hairspray. By 2012 she had begun to spiral out of control. In April 2012 she was arrested for drunk driving and two separate alleged hit and run incidents. One of the hit and run incidents involved sideswiping a police cruiser. She was at one point cast in the comedy film Hall Pass, but she showed up to set unprepared and shortly after left the cast. In June of 2012 she tweeted at President Barack Obama saying he should fire the cop that arrested her...

1 Sean Young

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There was a time when Sean Young was a huge celebrity, appearing in classics like 1982's Blade Runner - but now few know who she is. Her bizarre antics on set and off made sure of that. During the filming of Wall Street she caused quite a stir, insisting she should have a more prominent role in the film. Young reportedly harassed James Woods during the filming of The Boost; Woods ended up suing her for harassment, and People Magazine reported that, according to court documents from the lawsuit, she left an iodine soaked doll in front of Woods’ home and mailed him photos of dead bodies, dead animals and other gruesome pictures. Years later she was placed under citizen’s arrest for attempting to crash an Oscar party.

2. Val Kilmer

During the 80s and 90s, Val Kilmer was on the A-list - but today he's fallen far down the celeb rankings. He may be extremely talented, having started off as a stage actor and admirably portraying Batman in 1995's Batman Forever, but he was also very difficult to work with, according to many directors. Martha Coolidge described Kilmer as difficult to work with, intellectually challenging and erratic. Joel Schumacher even called out Kilmer on the set of Batman Forever for insulting a crew member; Kilmer and Schumacher ended up having a shoving match.

1. Shia LaBeouf

For a while Shia LaBeouf was Hollywood's golden child; it seemed he was one of the few former child stars to keep his head on straight and he proved himself a formidable actor in movies like Disturbia. In recent years, however - somewhere between his turn in the commercial success (but critical flop) of The Transformers and his turn in Indiana Jones - his career fizzled. Strange behaviour included appearing in public with a bag over his head stating 'I am not famous anymore', prompting some to speculate that he was trying out some performance art. Or had he just lost it? He went on to invite guests to view him residing in a small room as an art exhibit... He's no longer starring in the Transformers movies, which many believe is in part due to his constantly and very publicly bashing his most commercially successful roles including both Indiana Jones and the Transformers series.

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