We love film and television so much that we devour every bit of entertainment news we can get our hands on. Sometimes, this news makes us love the film and the TV stars even more than we already did. Other times, our feelings go in a different direction. As we’re all experiencing on a daily right now, there is information about stars that sour our opinions. Look at the Kevin Spacey stuff; Louis CK too. That’s got to be a big blow for the people who idolized these men. There are plenty of other horror stories from sets. You’ve heard or seen evidence of many of the ugliest ones—the Christian Bale rant, the Stanley Kubrick stories, and Russell Crowe, pretty much every day. But it’s impossible for you to have heard all of them, right? What other celebs have proven to be jerks on set?
What about the nice ones? How come we don’t hear about those more often? Sure, we know Tom Hanks is a sweetheart, Will Smith, and even the alien, Tom Cruise, as well. But who else? Well, we wanted to go through some of the stories from film and television sets over the years. Some of these stories have been discussed many times but people have forgotten them. Some have been kept quiet or slid under the radar. We’re focusing on the extremes here; the people who have abused their status and the people who have become better by way of it. Now, on both sides, we may be reducing some stars into a few standalone events. Since we can only go by the evidence we have available to us, some stars might be judged a little unfairly (for good and bad). Such is the life of a star. You can be perfect your entire life and then have just one slip-up in public and never live it down. You can also be an a*s in private and a prince in public. We only go by what we know, and here’s what we know. Here are 10 Celebs Known To Be Rude On Set (5 So Nice It’s Nauseating).
15. Rude: Michael Bay
Michael Bay has been known to make some pretty terrible films, but more importantly, he’s been known to employ some shady tactics on set, especially with women. We all remember the Megan Fox and Bay spat after Transformers. She left the franchise, called him a Nazi, and people raised their eyebrows at her. It seems that people forgot that Bay had Fox audition at his home, filming her as she washed his Ferrari while in a bikini. Oh, and he “lost” the footage. Shia LaBeouf made a nice observation about why Fox left the franchise, saying, “Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old s*xuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think she never got comfortable with it.” This is nothing new for Bay. Back when Pearl Harbor was being released, Bay spoke about why he hired actress Kate Beckinsale. He said, “I didn’t want someone who was too beautiful. Women feel disturbed when they see someone’s too pretty.” This might be confusing considering Beckinsale was and still is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. The lineup of actors who despise Bay is awfully long and isn’t getting shorter anytime soon. Don’t be surprised if all this recent Hollywood drama ends up revealing some interesting information about Bay.
14. Rude: Chevy Chase
Yeah, we’ve all heard that Chevy Chase is a total jerk on set. He fought with Bill Murray, insulted Cheri Oteri, and even got Will Ferrell feral. He mocked Robert Downey, Jr’s father’s death by asking, “Didn’t your father use to be a successful director? Whatever happened to him? Boy, he sure died, you know, he sure went to hell.” In Joel McHale‘s book, he talks about some of Chase’s offenses on the set of Community. Chase, who often claimed he was “joking,” said some insanely offensive things to the other actors. He told a female co-star, “I want to kill you and then r*pe you.” When he was fighting against his character, Pierce, being racist, he asked, “Well if my character is this much of a racist, then why don’t I just put Donald and Yvette on my knees and call them n—-s?”
13. Nice: Tom Hiddleston And Chris Hemsworth
Over the years, we’ve seen Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth work together in the Thor and Avengers franchises. By all accounts, these two are basically a cast and crew’s dream come true. They come to set in cheerful moods, learn the crew members’ names, and treat everyone with respect. In their down time, they both give themselves off to charity, visiting hospitals on their breaks, and spending time with fans whenever they can. Their interviews and press conferences are also some of the best in the industry (you should check them out), and both men seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company.
12. Rude: William Shatner
If you ever watched Galaxy Quest, you already know more about the real William Shatner than you think you do. The character of Jason Nesmith, played by Tim Allen, was based on Shatner. In fact, the scene in which Nesmith overhears fans badmouthing him at a convention actually happened to Shatner in real life. He avoided fan conventions for years, claiming they were well beneath him. He demanded that many of Spock’s lines be given to Kirk in fear that Spock was becoming more likable than him, and Shatner and co-star George Takei, had a famous spat that has lasted many years. Hell, Wil Wheaton has a story about meeting Shatner, one of his idols, on the set of The Next Generation, and Shatner basically just made fun of him and claimed he would “never let some kid on my bridge.” Never meet your heroes.
11. Rude: Paz De La Huerta
There are a lot of weird stories surrounding Paz de la Huerta, especially from the set of Boardwalk Empire, but so many of them are impossible to verify. One 4Chan user did, however, provide information from the set of that show that seemed to be incontrovertibly true. Plot details and spoilers were unleashed that always played out, so when this user spoke about de la Huerta’s antics, people took it as gospel. One of those stories is savage. Apparently, de la Huerta got her period on set and called for a napkin in a disgustingly vile way. She then used it and threw the bloody napkin on the floor for someone else to clean it up. There’s also a story about a tampon string being visible during a nude scene, and de la Huerta was asked to hide it. She got angry and threw the whole thing on the ground. We believe this to be an exaggerated version of the true story. Neither are very flattering, though.
10. Rude: Julia Roberts
Most of the criticism of Julia Roberts comes from the set of Hook. Yes, Steven Spielberg hinted that she was difficult, that the crew nicknamed her “Tinker Hell,” and that nearly everyone said she was a huge prima donna. But she had an excuse. Her life was crazy at that time. She called off her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland a few days before it was set to happen and started dating his best friend and former co-star, Jason Patric. But Roberts had issues after that as well. She was roasted for leaving the cast and crew of Shakespeare in Love high and dry after she quit suddenly. After filming I Love Trouble with Nick Nolte, Roberts called him “disgusting.” Nolte responded by saying, “It’s not nice to call someone ‘disgusting.’ But she’s not a nice person. Everyone knows that.”
9. Nice: Keanu Reeves
Go online and read all the wonderful stories about Keanu Reeves. We only have the space for a fraction of them. He would buy breakfast for the crew on the set of Chain Reaction long before he was a huge star. He allegedly wrote a personal check for $20,000 for a set builder from The Matrix when he heard that his family was struggling. Rather than kick up a fuss, act like a megastar, and demand quick entrance to a party, Keanu waited in line in the rain with the rest of the civilians to get in. It turns out that the party was being thrown for him! There’s also that video of him giving his seat to a woman on the subway. But, above all else, Keanu Reeves is just said to be a sweet guy by everyone who meets him. When a crew member from The Matrix was asked about the legend that Reeves gave millions of his cut to the crew, she denied it, but she added in a simple summary of who Reeves is, saying, “I mean, he’s very nice. He plays with my kids. We love working with him, but no, no checks.”
8. Rude: David O. Russell
Since David O. Russell makes great movies, people tend to overlook that he’s a maniac. We have video of him freaking out at Lily Tomlin and throwing things like a little baby on the set of I Heart Huckabees. He tried to fight George Clooney on the set of Three Kings and was almost killed for it. He also made Amy Adams‘ life a living hell on the set of American Hustle. The Academy Award-winning actress spoke about her time on that movie, saying, “I was really just devastated on set,” she told the mag. “I mean, not every day, but most. Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon. But I also don’t like to see other people treated badly. It’s not OK with me. Life to me is more important than movies.”
7. Rude: Bruce Willis
You’ve almost certainly heard about Bruce Willis‘ and Kevin Smith‘s battle on the set of Cop Out. Smith criticized Willis for refusing to do any promotional work and just being a jerk everyday. Willis is not a stranger to bad press, especially while promoting a film. He has done some of the most awkward and embarrassing interviews ever for films like Live Free Die Hard and RED 2. This behavior isn’t new either. Willis and the director of Tears of the Sun famously clashed as well. Antoine Fuqua, the director, said that Willis was a “pain in the a*s.” He went on to say, “We just didn’t get along. We got along off camera, but shooting, we just didn’t get along.” Add in Stallone‘s criticism of the action star and you’ve got yourself a pretty open-and-shut case against Willis.
6. Rude: James Cameron
Stories have come out from the sets of many of James Cameron‘s films; stories that paint the director in an unattractive light. There were claims that he lost his temper too many times on Titanic and would flame crew members, extras, and even the stars. Some actors from Titanic have defended him, but no one from The Abyss defends Cameron. The entire crew and cast hated being apart of that movie, calling it “Son of Abyss,” “The Abuse,” and “Life’s Abyss and Then You Dive.” Ed Harris famously punched Cameron in the face after the director refused to stop filming even as Harris was drowning. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio had a mental breakdown. Cameron was a crazed dictator. He even asked that the cast and crew relieve themselves in their wet suits to save time. People got sick and injured on set regularly and few have ever forgiven Cameron.
5. Rude: Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman was long known as a grumpy sour-faced jerk, but he was perhaps at his worst on the set of The Royal Tenanbaums. The entire cast and crew admits they were scared of Hackman (including Angelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Wes Anderson). Hackman resented Anderson for whatever reason and would bully him, calling him nasty names and telling him to “pull up [his] pants and act like a man.” Anderson reportedly even had Bill Murray supervise some of the shots that had Hackman in them because the comedian was the only one who was actually not intimidated by him.
4. Nice: Drew Barrymore
Every person who has ever worked or been in a relationship with Drew Barrymore has nothing but nice things to say about her. It’s weird when ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands only speak well of you, so that counts as extra points. Toni Collette, Barrymore’s co-star in Miss You Already, said, “Drew is so easy going. She’s open and warm… I know Drew has been many things in her life… but she gives her all. She’s altruistic and always thinks of other people first.” It’s amazing to see this from Barrymore because we all know that her childhood was rocky. It’s inspiring to see who she’s become, a woman who is sweet and caring and giving. Now, Barrymore is trying to pass that on to her daughter. When talking about Olive, her little one, the actress said, “She’s a sweet person, which is all I care about. I am obsessed with nice. That’s the most important thing.”
3. Rude: Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes is a weird guy. He has apparently always been that way. Since Snipes’ co-star from Blade Trinity, Patton Oswalt, gave such a great interview on what Snipes was like during that film, we thought we will just let his words do the explaining here:
“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. Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on. We were in Vancouver, and it was always raining. I kept the door to my trailer open to smell the evening rain while I was watching a movie. Then I remember one day on the set—they let everyone pick their own clothes—there was one black actor who was also kind of a club kid. And he wore this shirt with the word “Garbage” on it in big stylish letters. It was his shirt. And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him. But he comes on and goes, “There’s only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says ‘Garbage?’ You racist mother***ker!” And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer.”
2. Nice: Eddie Redmayne
To hear Eddie Redmayne‘s co-stars talk about him as a person and a colleague, it’s clear that he is almost too nice. He only ever speaks of others when asked about a film he’s working on, and people beam when talking about him in return. But Redmayne’s good deeds often go unnoticed. One of these, we thought we would highlight. It got out that Redmayne had been secretly paying some drama students’ tuition. When asked about it, Redmayne spoke about how he had the good fortune of living with his parents when he was in school. He says that since London is impossibly expensive, he likes to help out some drama students who are forced to pay their own way. No, this isn’t a story from the set, but how nice is this guy?
1. Nice: Ryan Gosling
There are countless stories of Ryan Gosling being a good person, from breaking up city fights to saving a woman from being hit by a car. But, we like this one from the set of Nice Guys. Before the casting crew settled on Angourie Rice for the part of Gosling’s daughter, Holly, the actor would participate in the casting process. “It was really wonderful,” said Shane Black, the film’s director, “…because [Ryan] showed up, and he actually knew about each of these kids. He knew what they’d done and some of their history. He had actually taken the time to get to know the kids he was auditioning with. I thought that was pretty remarkable.”
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