Working on set of some of the greatest movies or television shows can mean many things for the biggest stars in the world. On one hand they get to do what they are most passionate about and you could say they have a dream job. On the other hand, working on set for so many days and hours with people you wouldn’t necessarily connect with off set, could really bring out the worst in people. This by no means, should mean that if a person is under a lot of stress and impossible expectations, they need to behave badly and and disrespectfully. Unfortunately, some actors and the biggest names in the industry feel like they might be entitled to act a certain way, just because they are rich and famous, which in return earns them the reputation of being the most unbearable people to work with.
It’s hard to tell what makes a person so intolerable to the point that studios and other fellow co-stars don’t want to work with the person or refuse to share the set with them, after all most of the stories we’ve heard are either based on anonymous sources, rumors or random interviews that were done by famous people.However, some stars and celebrities are pure divas and they know it. It could be the most unthinkable demands or requests on set, at concerts or when traveling to places for the job. It could also be just a really bad attitude. Some actors and stars have actually disappeared from the Hollywood scene just because producers will no longer hire them for any project.
Sure, everyone has had a bad day at work, even the most professional actors out there who know how to put on a different face when they are asked to, so it wouldn’t be fair to judge them based on one incident that happened unintentionally. However, some of these stories are so ludicrous that there’s no way someone made it up. With so much ego and pride that is involved in the industry, it’s hard to imagine stars like Julia Roberts or Jim Carrey ever being anything but nice and friendly. These are the stars that Hollywood has pretty much closed the door in their faces and have gained a reputation of a person nobody wants to work with or be around.
In the early 2000s, Jessica Alba was one of the biggest names around. Her leading roles in films like the Fantastic Four films, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Honey, had everyone knowing her name and loving her on-screen. However, it was some time after the Fantastic Four films that Alba felt her acting career plateau. Her roles weren’t getting her critical acclaim and she was starting to get offers for only certain kinds of roles, which she was not happy about. Alba decided to put acting as a second tier job and focus on her true passion project – The Honest Company – a toxic-free household products and beauty products. In addition to shifting her gaze to becoming a businesswoman, Alba married and became a mother twice, taking up much of her precious time. While Alba wasn’t known for being hard to work with, she was indeed typecast as the attractive female role with little substance.
Jennifer Lopez is known as a diva when it comes to her musical background, but her behind the scene film behavior is no different. Lopez comes to productions with a long list of demands that have to be fulfilled by the time she gets on set or else she becomes an increasingly impossible person to work with. We have to say that it explains why Lopez’s roles began drying up fairly quickly. Being a snob like that is something no one likes.
Josh Duhamel is a super good looking leading man who is quite a talented thespian as well. However, there are those who say that he is a very temperamental behind the scenes of his films and has a serious jealous streak with his wife, Fergie. Josh is said to be very controlling of Fergie when he thinks no one is looking and presents aggressive behaviors when on set as well.
Katherine Heigl is notorious for being one of the most difficult people to work with in Hollywood, both in television and film. Heigl has been said to be very demanding on set, cold to the other members of the cast and crew and even snobby with fans who line the streets to see her when she makes an appearance. Heigl also has a very unwise tendency to talk badly about former films and shows she has been on, thinking it won’t come back to get her. Well, it did as Heigl isn’t acting very much these days.
Sutherland was the hit star of the television show 24. Sadly, his co-star on the show Freddie Prinze Jr. said that Sutherland would come to set drunk sometimes and would proceed to go to his trailer and sleep it off, halting the entire production until he was able to work. Honestly, that kind of behavior is inexcusable and unprofessional to say the least. Sutherland has been laying pretty low lately, we wonder if it has something to do with that.
Lindsay no longer acts. That is due to the fact that she was so hard to work with when she was hired for a film that after a while it was not worth it. Lohan began to get a reputation of being a pain to work with on the set of the film Georgia Rule alongside Jane Fonda. Lohan was constantly late to set and when she did come she had a hard time remembering her lines and keeping it together. James Deen, her co-star on the film Canyons, called Lohan a “child lashing out.” Ouch.
It’s an old story that Chevy Chase is one of the hardest people to work with, which is why his career is no longer as bright as it used to be. Chevy got his start on Saturday Night Live and it was that very show where Chevy began to display inappropriate behavior and anger issues. Chase reportedly slapped Chery Oteri during a rehearsal and angered Will Ferrel which prompted him to go to the executive director and creator of SNL to complain. Chase was actually banned from SNL from that day forward.
Gwyneth is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but her roles have dried up recently due to the fact that she isn’t fun to work with. On the set of Iron Man 2, it was said that Paltrow was “not friendly to anyone, and tends to make people feel awkward and uncomfortable. She wasn’t outright rude to Scarlett [Johansson], she just didn’t ever speak to her. Gwyneth went out of her way to avoid Scarlett.” Whether she has personal beef with the actress or not shouldn’t matter. Sometimes actors forget to be professional.
Sharon Stone was one of the biggest names of the 80s and 90s. Her leading roles in Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Casino made her a household name. All of her success got to her head and she became more and more selective about the roles she decided to take. It got to a point that Stone was so selective that offers just stopped coming in, it was only then that she realized that she had become too picky.
January Jones shot to fame with the television show Mad Men. You would think she would be grateful and friendly to everyone as this was her big break. However, this was not the case. Her co-star, Jared Gilmore, who was just 13 years old when he co-starred with Jones, said “Be careful around January [Jones]. She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.”
Mischa hit it big with the show The O.C. She was the star of the show and everyone knew who she was. So much fame in so little time was enough to ruin the young woman, who began acting like a true diva, being called by co-star Tate Donovan the “biggest diva on set.” Barton has had some serious problems getting roles after her time on The O.C. for the fact that she gave out an air of entitlement and began having issues with drugs.
Elisha Cuthbert was an up and coming actress in the early 2000s. She was in the films House of Wax and Girl Next Door and then she disappeared. The reason no one wanted to work with her was a sad one – her films just bombed and she associated with cheap acts like Paris Hilton. Elisha’s career ended as fast as it began and it left us all wondering what happened. Sadly, the truth of the matter is she was considered a bad investment.
We all know Alec Baldwin has a temper on him. Besides the unfortunate moment he felt it was appropriate to leave a very hurtful message on his daughter’s phone, Baldwin has also gained a reputation for being impossible to work with. In 2013, Baldwin yelled homophobic slurs at a photographer who was trying to take his picture and as a result was fired from his gig on MSNBC. After the incident, Alec decided that he had had enough of the public life. His decision as well timed as the public also had enough of him.
Batman star Christian Bale, disappointed us immensely when we learned of his shenanigans on set. Bale is known as a very serious actor who takes his roles to heart and is very professional. However, during the filming on Terminator Salvation, Bale was caught on tape yelling at the director of photography, “You are trashing my scene. You do it one more time and I ain’t walking on this set if you’re still hired. You’re a nice guy. But that don’t cut it.”
We feel bad bringing up Shannen Doherty on this list since she is sick but her diva behavior on set was something that was a factor long before her illness. Doherty started being labeled an on-set diva during her time on Beverly Hills 90210 and continued on the set of Charmed. Doherty was actually fired from Charmed due to a dispute between the producers and herself. Doherty also has a name for being very rude to her co-stars who no longer wished to work with her.
We hadn’t realized that we haven’t seen Cybill Shepherd in anything for quite some time. Apparently, there’s a reason we haven’t seen her. Shepherd was known as a complete and utter diva on the set of her sitcom Cybill, so much so that a character was created on CSI to mimic her behavior. That character ended up being a murder victim. Ouch!
Val Kilmer was huge in the 80s and early 90s. However, he has pretty much disappeared from the world since then. Kilmer was famous for films like Batman Forever, The Prince of Egypt, Top Gun and Heat. Val ruined everything by having a serious issue with anger management on set. It got to a point where no one would touch him, not casting directors, producers or other celebrity friends whom he tried to have help him get more roles.
Between the racist and anti-Semitic remarks to his diva-like behavior behind the scenes, Mel Gibson sealed his own fate with the film and television industry. Gibson was said to have a serious temper problem and would go on rants that would make everyone feel downright scared to be around him. It’s a shame such a great actor turned out to be such a disturbed individual in real life.
In an unprecedented move, Sean Young was almost fired entirely from the 1987 movie Wall Street by director Oliver Stone. Sean, who was huge in the 80s, allowed herself to act like a pure monster on set, terrorizing the cast and crew and making it extremely difficult for others to work on the film. It’s amazing how actors forget who they are and how to work when fame rears its ugly head.
Remember Dr. Burke from the first few seasons of Grey’s Anatomy? Well perhaps you don’t know this but he was written off the show due to calling a fellow co-star a homophobic slur. The writers of the show and the production would not have any of Washington’s nonsense and fired him immediately. Since his time on the show ended in 2007, Washington has been in very few acting roles. That’ what we like to call karma.
You would think that an actress as young an inexperienced as Shenae Grimes would know better than to act like a diva on the set of 90210 the remake of the original Beverly Hills 90210. In 2008, Grimes was said to have told everyone on set that she was the star of the show and that everyone else was just there for backup. Whether she was serious or not, that’s one vapid way of seeing things and we hope she got her head back on right.
Madonna is the pop diva of the last century so it makes sense that she would have an attitude to go with it, right? Well, wrong. Industry folks don’t like Madonna’s behavior on the set of her films and her inability to listen to the director. There is a reason why her films aren’t as good as we thought they would be. She didn’t like taking cues from anyone, even when it would have benefited her greatly.
Much like Alec Baldwin, Russell Crowe has a known issue with his temper. Crowe also has a sense of entitlement so high that he was quoted as saying, “It was ****, but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even **** sound good.” Crowe was talking about his film Gladiator. His ego ended up getting the better of him and he slowly got less and less offers as directors didn’t want to work with him.
Fight Club and American History X star, Edward Norton, is the nightmare of most directors. It has come to a point now where Norton isn’t being considered for roles because no one wants to work with him. For example, Norton didn’t trust American History X director Tony Kaye so he made sure he got the final edit of the movie. We have to say that that is pretty ridiculous.
Shia is rude without him being on set so we are not so surprised to learn that he is very hard to work with on set as well. Shia is a method actor, meaning he becomes his character in order to prepare for the role. As such, Shia takes on the traits of his character and it can be rather unpleasant. The situation came to a head while Shia was filming the movie Fury alongside Brad Pitt, who said Shia disappointed him with his behavior.
We could not believe that funny man Mike Myers is actually super controlling behind the scenes, making filming with him harder than it looks. Myers is known to those in Hollywood as a total perfectionist who doesn’t let anything go by without his approval on it. Cast and crew of his films know that he is hard to handle, which is why after his hit Austin Powers films his roles were mostly voice over ones.
Lacey Chabert was one of the 90’s golden girls with a starring role on Party of Five. Eventually, she gained an even larger sense of success when Mean Girls was released and she was forever known as Gretchen Wieners. That’s exactly the problem, though; Lacey will probably never be able to separate herself from the most iconic role of her career. Granted, she has been busy making babies and being a dedicated mother to her children but all of those Hallmark Christmas movie special probably didn’t help Hollywood producers learn to take her more seriously as an actress.
Robert Pattinson should have moved past his Twilight days as Edward Cullen and ran full speed ahead for the acting career that was waiting for him. Now, though, the actor who struggles with depression issues has a hard time finding work due to his personal problems. It doesn’t help that his ex-girlfriend and former co-star embarrassed him in the press with her unexpected affair, either. Once Robert can get his private life in order and is feeling stable, maybe he’ll start getting job offers again.
Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones is an Academy Award winner and a triple threat. She can dance, sing, and act all at the same time but following her public confession of mental health issues and how she struggles with bipolar disorder, Hollywood producers have discretely chosen to not cast her anymore. The prejudice against mental health is a major dilemma in the film industry and according to the actress herself, it’s not the only reason she’s kept from the good roles these days. Zeta Jones believes that parts for older women in Hollywood are just simply few and far between.
Cameron Diaz’s dwindling career seems to be the result of poor film choices. She opted to star in projects that received less than favorable reviews such as the Annie remake and The Other Woman. Not to mention, since getting married to her rockstar beau Benji Madden, she’s dedicated a considerable amount of time to her relationship and mending its reported broken fences. She’s still a favorite in Hollywood but she needs to pursue more promising roles and actually admit that she wants to work again.
Eddie Murphy has had a few flops in the last decade, sure, but we’re also inclined to believe that his personal life is a compounding factor in his recent lack of work. The Nutty Professor star engaged in a heated legal battle with Scary Spice over the paternity status of their child and the fact that he’s fathered several children with multiple women (5 to be exact) hasn’t helped his reputation much either. Murphy has confirmed a sequel to Coming to America is in the early stages of development, so maybe he can make us adore him again.
Jessica Biel’s most popular starring role was in the CW’s 7th Heaven for pretty much all of the 90’s. When she tried to break into the movie biz she had a few 2nd leads in romantic comedies and one horror feature in the revival of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Unfortunately, Biel has never been taken seriously as a standout actress and lost the parts of both Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and Fantine in Les Miserables to Anne Hathaway. If she wants to get back in the game she may need to revamp her image or try out stage productions for a while to, you know, prove herself worthy.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr. was a 90’s heartthrob who settled down with another 90’s icon, Sarah Michelle Gellar. The truth is, Prinze Jr. never wanted to step outside of the box and play a role that was different from his usual “good guy” persona. After the release of the Scooby Doo films, which were actually fairly successful, his lack of interest in character diversity cemented his fate in the film industry. Complexity is key in show business and for this She’s All That hero, risking his sterling public image wasn’t worth a change of pace.
It’s not too surprising that Macauley Culkin makes this list but if we’re being perfectly honest, it’s sort of a shame. The child star turned train wreck is genuinely talented and if he made a turn-around for the better, we’re sure he could make a comeback. His substance use problems have stood in the way of his acting for a long time now, with the exception of a few indie films (which truly showcase his talent) like Party Monster and Saved! Obviously Hollywood won’t cast Culkin anymore because of his personal problems and consequent erratic behavior.
Rob Schneider is usually thrown a bone by his buddy Adam Sandler whenever you see him a new movie. As funny as he is, he never had what people in the biz call “star quality.” While Schneider does have the Deuce Bigalo: Male Gigolo films to be proud of (they are great after all), his off-screen opinions have given him a sour reputation. The comedian has been publicly criticized for his anti-vaccine stance and ripped to shreds for always playing ethnic stereotypes in films. For now, he’s doing voice overs for children’s flicks.
As a member of Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell’s comedy crew, you would have expected Vince Vaughn to enjoy a long and fulfilling career as a laugh machine. He has some pretty big hits to be proud of Wedding Crashers, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and The Break-Up, featuring Jennifer Aniston, but after these two films became a thing of the past, so did Vaughn. He’s been coined as a one-dimensional actor who plays the same character type consistently which has confused Hollywood casting agents on how to find new projects for him.
We had to be the voice of reason, but Hayden Christensen’s career was already on the decline following Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, and 3. Yes, nostalgia was enough to make the prequel trilogy a box-office hit (not to mention, Natalie Portman), but at the end of the day Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker was a bit too corny for audiences to appreciate the actor behind the character. The actor ended up departing from the spotlight on purpose, following the lack of interest studios had in him. But hey, he’s married to Rachel Bilson and has a some cute kids with the OC actress so then again we can’t feel too bad for him.
Hilary Swank may be one of the greatest actresses of our time. With roles like Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, she effortlessly proved just how worthy of that Oscar win she was. Now, Swank has barely made an appearances in major projects. It’s possible that she either got as far as she could a few years or back, or maybe, just maybe the Academy Award winner is satisfied with what she’s accomplished this far. Regardless, the demand for a movie starring Hilary Swank is almost non-existent.
Taylor Lautner may have peaked a bit too early in his career or perhaps he relied on his good looks and shirtless scenes in the Twilight saga a bit too much. After the vampire – werewolf series ended, he tried his hand at the action genre but fell flat. Lautner had also began making out of control monetary demands when discussing potential film contracts and at the end of the day no director or producer felt he was worth that $7 million pay day he kept insisting on.
Brendan Fraser could possibly do no better then the original Mummy sequel but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Fraser’s choice in roles were always unusually odd and to a certain extent, a bit abnormal. He lost all credibility with his former audiences following the release of 2 major flops – Extraordinary Measures and Furry Vengeance. Monkey Bone wasn’t really a good choice for the actor either. Fraser’s acting skills tend to cost more money than they actually make in return. He’s just not a safe investment anymore.
The Glee alum got a bad wrap for being a total diva on the set of the show. The fact that she was the leading actress made her feel like she had more power on set and could do whatever she saw fit. The other cast members didn’t like to be around Michele when they weren’t filming and there is still a rumor going around that Kate Hudson, who guest starred on the show, called Lea a “nightmare.”
Tobey looks so innocent and sweet, but don’t be fooled. Maguire is said to be a true pain in the rear during filming and a male diva to boot. A casting director called Maguire “the worst little monster you’ve ever met” and is said to rain terror on anyone who looks him directly in the eye behind the scenes of a film. The worst, however, was when during a poker game he told one of the hostesses to “get up on that desk and bark like a seal.” Oh no he didn’t!
The Godfather star who is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time spent most of his energy and talent on the movies he was part of rather than being social, allegedly. Towards the end of his career, it has been said that the actor was horrible to work with. He used to show up drunk to filming, not wanting to read the scripts and on top of that, refused to take directions from the film producers and director. He was probably feeling that it was the end of his career so he didn’t care as much as he used to.
The famous director who has a series of hit films under his belt including Avatar and Titanic, has a reputation that could be interpreted in both a good way and a bad way. He knows how to push the people he work with to the edge, both of their abilities and their nerves. His creative and imaginative mind could sometimes be a little too much for the cast and they might feel that he is bossing them around instead of directing them. In any case, the guy’s a genius.
The pop diva who has some of the most emotional and touching singles to her record, is, like we’ve mentioned, a real diva in every sense of the word. She might seem like the sweet artist with the soft but incredible voice but in fact when it comes to working with her, it’s a whole different story. Even fellow singer Nicki Minaj has claimed in the past that working with the singer on American Idol was in one word, a nightmare.
Probably the biggest surprise on our list, the Friends alumni isn’t everyone’s favorite after all. The star who has been in the pubic eye for many years due to her prosperous career and personal love life, is apparently more private than people think. It has been said that the actress used to isolate herself from the rest of the cast. For example, she used to eat alone at breaks on movie sets while the rest of the cast was eating together. The actress also used to demand that her private hairdresser would travel with her everywhere she went, which is not a cheap request as you can probably imagine.
It seems that other actors, especially her former co-stars, aren’t very desperate about working with the Desperate Housewives starlet. The public feud that was going on between the cast members back in 2012, was apparently deeper than people thought and Hatcher was the one who was said to have the worst attitude of them all. Apparently, the others couldn’t tolerate her and didn’t want to be seen anywhere near her besides on set. Ouch.
David O. Russell
Apparently the renowned film producer and director who is known for his intense cinema and characters, takes the characteristics of his work outside the boundaries of the camera lenses. George Clooney, who was working with the director on Three Kings, recalls how Russell was seriously acting and speaking aggressively, his words were so harsh that we can’t even cite them here. Perhaps the themes his movies are talking about got to his head, literally.
The Fight Club and Dallas Buyers Club actor belongs to a different type of club off-screen. The club where actors don’t break character, not even for a second even if they are not being filmed. When you’re working on a movie set with other actors and actresses, especially other famous ones, it could be perceived as quite annoying and even arrogant in a way. Imagine you’re playing a serious role and then staying in character when the cameras are not rolling. Not cool.
Joaquin Phoenix has always been a little different, to say the least, in terms of his stardom status and overall behavior, compared to his fellow Hollywood stars. That being said, his somewhat eccentric behavior could be interpreted sometimes as something totally wrong, however his attitude did cost him some major roles. For example, he was considered for the part of the Joker in Suicide Squad or for the leading role in Doctor Strange. He’s also known for dragging film contracts and negotiations for months and that causes delays in filming.
When you have a net worth of nearly $1 billion, we guess you get used to a certain life style that it would make sense (or not) to ask for the most ridiculous things. Beyonce got her reputation as one of the most difficult celebrities after she demanded the most absurd things at the Super Bowl in 2013. Some of her requests included water that she wanted to be chilled to a certain temperature, restrooms with new toilet seats and more.
The legendary Captain James T. Kirk was one of the biggest stars during the 60’s and the 70’s and he became a household name more quickly than he had probably imagined. The Star Trek star was apparently a big troublemaker on set and did pretty much whatever he wanted. He didn’t like to be told what to do and he used bad language quite often. He had a reputation of ruining everything for everyone’ with his bad attitude.
The retired boxer who has appeared in endless action and thrill films as the leading man, at least was aware of his questionable behavior over the years. The actor admitted more than once that he was a diffcult one to work with.When he was asked once about his chance at getting an Oscar he said:”Well, I don’t know, it’s voted for by people from the movie business and in the past I’ve hacked them all off. I was good at that. It came easy to me.’I stupidly said acting wasn’t a job for a real man. I threatened producers, raged at directors, forgot my agent’s name. I really burned my bridges. And a lot of people have long memories.”
Another big surprise comes from one Hollywood’s leading men and the double Oscar winner for his movies, Rain Man and Kramer vs. Kramer. His reputation as a ‘star who is difficult to work with’ comes from the fact that he pretty much drives everyone crazy on set. One of his biggest meltdowns was while filming the 1982 comedy-drama Tootsie when Hoffman and the film’s director clashed over who should have more creative control over the film. The actor just apparently forgets what his role is on set.
The former supermodel has been in the public eye for not the most flattering reasons, some reasons that the British model wishes would have been a bad dream. Campbell has been known for her diva-like behavior and attitude, but the most infamous incident that everyone remembers is when she reportedly threw her phone at her own personal assistant. The model was never able to erase that image off of her, no mater how many years have passed by.
The new updated version of the hit soap from the 90’s which was directed by the late Aaron Spelling back then, follows the lives of the new young adults living in the famous Melrose Place compound. Ashlee Simpson played the role of Violet Foster on Melrose Place 2.o and apparently she was a big diva on set as she would always be late to filming and her co-stars weren’t very fond of the singer-turn-actress.
From one supermodel to another, the 52-year-old stunner who started her career in the early 80’s was one of the most influential and successful models of all time. However, it seem like with fame comes shame and the model will forever be remembered as the one who coined the phrase : “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” This diva-ish saying is quite arrogant, especially for the 90’s and we can understand why many photographers or companies wouldn’t want to work with her at the time.
The actor and martial arts professional was at the top of his game in the 90’s with films like New Jack City and White Men Can’t Jump to his credit. He was also part pf the Marvel Comics success with his role as Blade. The actor, however, was less on the friendly side and was reportedly acting strange on set. According to some inside sources, Snipes would rarely leave his trailer and would smoke all the time. Doesn’t really fit the whole martial arts typecast does it?
Paz de la Huerta
The 32-year-old actress and model had a decent career in film and on the small screen. She has appeared in films including The Cider House Rules and A Walk to Remember. Sure, working on set for so many hours, days and sometimes even months can be exhausting and everyone needs to blow off some steam every once in a while. One way is by partying, a lot of partying. Apparently, the actress was doing a little bit too much of that to the point that it interfered with her work.
The second biggest surprise on this list is Pretty Woman herself, Julia Roberts. It seems like there is more going on behind that big smile of hers. One of the biggest rumors regarding Roberts’ on-set behavior goes back to the 90’s when she starred in the film Hook. The film’s director Steven Spielberg apparently nicknamed her ‘Tinkerhell’ claiming she was acting like a total turbulent diva. We still love her though.
Hugh Grant has become known as the British hottie in more than a couple chick-flick rom-coms in the 1990s and early 2000s. However, we really haven’t heard too much from him since. It turns out he’s not only super picky about his roles, but the roles he has picked over the last decade have all bombed. On top of the fact that people aren’t watching rom-coms anymore, it’s a perfect disaster to end a career.
Anna played the role of Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but has not appeared in any of the movies since. In fact, it seems as if she hasn’t appeared in any movies at all. While her part in that movie was relegated to the cutting room floor, Anna has been focusing more and more of her time and talents into TV, having played parts in Bellevue, Tru Blood, and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.
Actor Gary Oldman has starred in roles in tons of classic movies – from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Dark Knight Rises, and Robocop. However, he has been more or less blacklisted from movie studios over the past several year due to his “misogynistic outbursts” against Nancy Pelosi along with his defense of Mel Gibson when he made his racist remarks. However, he will be playing the role of Winston Churchill in the upcoming film Darkest Hour.
Jude Law never really quite made it to A-list celebrity stardom, but really came close in the 1990s and especially in the 2000s. However, after a couple of commercial flops over the last eight years, he has gone back to stage acting and acting in mini-series. Meanwhile, he has been getting out his activist itch, profiling the UN in Afghanistan as well as going to the eastern European nation of Belarus to protest for democracy in that country.
If you think that is seems as though Chris Hemsworth hasn’t really been in a lot of movies as of late, you would be correct. However, it is not because he is hard to work with or anything bad like that, but because he signed on to a multi-year, multi-movie contract with Marvel as Thor. This endeavor has taken up the vast majority of his time and he has therefore been unable to take on many other side projects. However, he was in the movie Rush as well as Blackhat. He also recently decided to move back to Australia, which makes it much harder for the US based studios to work with him.
Benedict Cumberbatch is perhaps the most well known British actor today. He was tapped for Dr. Who, played Alan Turing in the imitation game, and play the eponymous Sherlock Holmes. But it turns out that Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (who plays Dr. Watson on Sherlock Holmes), are not close, at all. They’ve been filming together for nearly a decade, and while the two are professional towards each other they don’t like to hang out off set at all.
Pierce Brosnan is known for playing James Bond throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He was in four films, and was preparing to start work on a fifth when he got a call. It was the producers, telling him that they were stopping production on the Bond film and dropping him from the role. Pierce has done a few movies since then, but many people are unwilling to cast him since he is now 64 years old.
In a slightly surprising turn of (unfortunate) events, Jim Carrey finds himself on this list as studios don’t know if Carrey will be loved or hated in a film, it’s a complete toss-up and they aren’t willing to take the risk. Carrey, who is known for being hilarious in films like Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, The Mask, Lemony Snicket, and Bruce Almighty, to name a few, has been out of the spotlight for quite a while due to personal issues.
On one hand having Tom Cruise on this list is totally unexpected, after all it seems like all he does is jump from one set to the other, but there’s a slight decline in the studios and audience’s interest in the Mission Impossible actor recently. It’s actually a mix of reasons. First and foremost producers see him as a ‘one trick pony’ with his action roles. If you look back, all he’s done in recent years were action films. In addition, his reputation of being overly-controlling on set and in his personal life did not help the actor gain back the love of his fans. His affiliation with Scientology also had some of the biggest producers sweating when it comes to signing contracts with Cruise.
The 87-year-old might have retired from the entertainment business already but when he was an active actor he was reportedly a big troublemaker. It was reported that fellow actors were scared of working with Hackman due to his antics, verbally for the most part. For example, on the set of The Royal Tenenbaum, the actor cursed the screenwriter and talked badly at the director. Well, you can’t have it all.
Keanu Reeves was one of the hottest actors of the 1990s and the early 2000s, starring in action movies such as Speed and The Matrix. However, he really hasn’t been in many movies since – and we don’t know why. Besides John Wick and 47 Ronin, Reeves just couldn’t get a break. It could just be that Hollywood just doesn’t want to have a man over 50 playing a lead role. Unless of course a new Matrix movie comes out.
This one kind of broke our hearts since we love Bruce Willis so much. Willis is said to be very hard to work with because he is very unapproachable while on set. He doesn’t like being talked to and focuses on his role entirely without distraction. Director Kevin Smith went so far as to calling Bruce “soul crushing” to film with on the set of Cop Out. We are pretty heartbroken over this revelation.
The 63-year-old actor is one of the most unique characters in Hollywood. He has actually appeared in more that 70 film including Empire of the Sun, Con Air, Being John Malkovich and more. He does have a somewhat questionable personality and a reputation of someone who is difficult to work with. In the past he has gotten into heated confrontations on set and off of it. Malkovich also has a certain typecast which makes it hard for studios to cast him in different roles.
Adam Sandler’s most recent films are all products of Happy Madison Productions, the company he founded many years ago and albeit, quite successfully. However, the comedy actor has severe difficulty finding roles outsides of his own projects. Because of his mood swings and misunderstood, abstract creative vision, Sandler’s reputation in the film industry has rapidly dwindled over the years. Besides, even his own Happy Madison pictures hasn’t been doing so hot with the critics that’ve agreed to watch them.
The action movie star who was a huge star in the 90’s with some of the most famous action films of all time, is apparently not a producers’ favorite. Seagal, who was also banned from the sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, is apparently one of those actors who is not only arrogant and self-centered but it has been rumored that he tends to lie quite often. We guess at the end of the day his fierce image is not just for the screen.
Charlie Sheen has been in the public eye for many years, most of which were for his strange behavior and most recently coming out as HIV positive. On the set of Two and a Half Men, Sheen was so impossible that he ended up getting fired from the show and replaced with Ashton Kutcher. As if one show wasn’t bad enough, during his time on the show Anger Management, co-star Selma Blair said that Sheen was “a menace to work with.”
John Travolta has been part of some of the greatest films in Hollywood history, including Pulp Fiction. He was even nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the movie. However, he was also involved in some less hit projects which kid of hurt his reputation as a well-respected actor. The Grease star has somewhat become a too big of a chance for Hollywood producers and they think twice before casting him now to different films.
Sources: Ranker, Stars.