Actors who are difficult to work with

Every job is stressful to some degree and making a movie is certainly a very complex undertaking that can be nerve-wrecking sometimes. So, it’s understandable that an actor loses his temper on set every once in a while, but, on the other hand, there are stars who have earned bad reputation over the years. These people are known for being quite difficult to work with. Check them out.

Teri Hatcher








Testifying during Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against him, Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry said that Sheridan told him Hatcher was the “meanest woman in the world.” Rumors about Hatcher’s on-set antics further grew when a farewell gift card from the show’s crew to the cast didn’t include Teri’s name.

Gene Hackman

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Oscar winner Gene Hackman was difficult to deal with on the set of The Royal Tenenbaums. During a Q&A after the 10th anniversary screening in New York, cast and crew members recollected how Hackman would call screenwriter Noah Baumbach a “cunt” and would tell director Wes Anderson to “pull up your pants and act like a man.” Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow both admitted they were “scared” of working with Hackman, with Anjelica Huston saying, “I was a lot scared but I was more concerned with protecting Wes.”

Bruce Willis








According to director Kevin Smith, Willis was something of a nightmare to work with. Smith branded Willis as “soul crushing to work with,” and at the Cop Out release party, the director said: “I want to thank everyone who worked on the film, except for Bruce Willis, who is a fuc**ng d**k.” But Smith isn’t the first person to call Willis out on his attitude whilst making movies: he’s earned a reputation for “shadow directing” and being grumpy.

Shannen Doherty








Doherty was famously fired from Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1994 after clashing with cast and producers. “I’m pretty happy she’s gone, actually,” Ian Ziering said at the time. “I never liked her. Just a total lack of professionalism.” Aaron Spelling told EW, “They said, ‘Enough’s enough.’ You get a call to be on the set at 6 in the morning, and if Shannen doesn’t show up until 10 or 11, you’re a little pissed, I would imagine.” Jason Priestley added, “I had a few conversations with Aaron. I never said, ‘You gotta fire this girl.’ But I did voice my concern for her. And just let him know.”

Julia Roberts








Julia has got a reputation as a diva. In 1991, on the set of Steven Spielberg’s Hook, the cast and crew nicknamed her “Tinkerhell” and the director cut down her part greatly as a result of her behavior. Roberts has also been called out for her inability to work with other women.

Val Kilmer








This troubled actor reportedly walked off the set of his first job. It was a commercial for hamburgers when he was only 12 years old. His most famous meltdown happened during the making of Batman Forever, when things got physical between director Joel Schumacher and Kilmer because of Val’s poor treatment of the crew. Screenwriter Kevin Jarre, who wrote Tombstone, said of Val Kilmer: “There’s a dark side to Val that I don’t feel comfortable talking about.”

Jennifer Lopez








On the set of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 42-year-old Jennifer Lopez refused to speak to anyone while filming. The anti-social behavior, according to one source, was an apparent response to the constant paparazzi attention she received from her split with Marc Anthony at the time.

Mandy Patinkin








Homeland star Mandy Patinkin admitted to New York Times Magazine that, in the past, he was very difficult. “I struggled with letting in other people’s opinions,” he said. “I never let directors talk to me, because I was so spoiled. I started off with people like Milos Forman, Sidney Lumet, James Lapine, unbelievably gifted people. So there I was saying, ‘Don’t talk to me, I don’t want your opinion.’ I behaved abominably. I don’t care if my work was good or if I got an award for it. I’m not proud of how I was then, and it pained me.”

Katherine Heigl








Sources on the set of Five Killers told Fox News in 2010 that Heigl was “extremely unprofessional,” “flaking on meetings and making ridiculous demands.” In 2011, an insider told Star magazine that there was friction between Heigl and New Year’s Eve co-star Sofia Vergara: “Katherine’s always complaining about having to stand outside in the cold for long periods of time, and Sofia can’t stand her whining… Finally, Sofia told her to be grateful that she has the role in the first place. That clearly didn’t go over well.”

Gwyneth Paltrow








Among her most ridiculous demands, Paltrow requires that someone dry the shower at the gym before she uses it so she doesn’t have to come in contact with the previous person’s water. At the set of Iron Man 2 she reportedly avoided Scarlett Johansson so much that the two of them never spoke a word.


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One response to “Actors who are difficult to work with”

  1. Graffy says:

    We are all people and we all have our best and negative sides. We can all get nervous and grumpy. Still, such people as actors should learn how to deal with the crew and the acing stuff and never think of themselves as stars and divas thinking the rest of the world is much lower than they are. They need to remember that we all are human and we all require respect. So, do onto others, the way you would like to be done onto yourself.