Actors movie directors refused to work with ever again

The movie industry might be more glamorous than most, but it's really like any workplace: don't burn bridges with your colleagues and superiors if you want to stay hired. These actors so upset their directors that they ruined any chance of ever working together again.

Sean Young

After star-making turns in Blade Runner and No Way Out, Young was cast in Oliver Stone's Wall Street as Kate Gekko, wife of Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko. The part was supposed to be a major role, but was eventually cut to just a few lines. That's because the character Young really wanted to play was Darien, Gekko's girlfriend (and a larger, more interesting part). She kept suggesting herself to Stone, even though Darryl Hannah had already been cast, and he grew so irritated he cut her time on the set down to one day and eliminated the rest of her scenes.

Shortly after, Young lost the role of Vicky Vale during the early days of Tim Burton's Batman when she fell off a horse and broke her hand. She put herself in the running for the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns by showing up at the studio to confront Burton while wearing a homemade Catwoman costume. Young never appeared in another Stone or Burton movie.

Julia Roberts

Roberts showed up to play Tinkerbell on the set of Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan movie in a bad way—reportedly crying off and on and snapping at crew members. She'd just broken off an engagement with Kiefer Sutherland, and was allegedly so difficult on the first day that Spielberg is said to have gone home that night and rewritten the script so there would be less Tinkerbell in Hook.

Faye Dunaway

Roman Polanski, a director who cannot return to the U.S. because he'll be arrested for statutory rape charges dating to the '70s if he does, called Dunaway "unhinged" because of their first and last time working together on Chinatown. According to legend, during the filming of one emotionally charged scene, Polanski wouldn't allow Dunaway to run off and use the bathroom—so she peed in a cup and threw it at him.

Bruce Willis

Kevin Smith directed Willis in the 2010 action comedy Cop Out, and the two frequently clashed on set. Viewing Smith as an amateur director, Willis reportedly questioned a lot of his decisions. Smith later recalled Willis telling him, "I'm Bruce Willis and I've been doing this for 25 years very successfully. How long have you been Silent *****? Please don't put your loser stink on me." In his memoir, Smith called Willis "the unhappiest, most bitter, and meanest emo ***** I've ever met at any job I've held down. And mind you, I've worked at Domino's Pizza."

George Clooney

It seems like everybody loves Hollywood good-guy George Clooney…with the exception of his Three Kings director, David O. Russell. Back in 1998, when the movie was shooting, Clooney didn't yet have the clout to lord over a director, but he still stuck up for crew members when he felt Russell was being rude—often yelling at them to "hurry up," for example. When Russell started pushing around an extra (while directing a scuffle sequence) Clooney'd had enough. He got in Russell's face, Russell head-butted Clooney, and Clooney wrapped his hands around Russell's neck. They were quickly separated, and the movie wrapped shooting in a few days. They haven't worked together since.

Edward Norton

During the shoot of American History X, Norton and first-time feature director Tony Kaye had a prickly relationship, but it wasn't until post-production that their relationship was irreparably severed. After turning in a rough cut of the movie to the studio, Kaye wanted to keep editing until it was just under 90 minutes. Norton and some others on the production thought Kaye cut too much and ruined the movie, and Norton lobbied the studio to let him re-cut the film. The movie, as-is, was sent to film festivals, angering Kaye to the point that he asked the Director's Guild to remove his name from American History X and replace it with "Humpty Dumpty." At this point, editor Jerry Greenbert and Norton were allowed to re-cut the movie, and that's the one that was released. The star got his way, prompting Kaye to take out several ads in Hollywood trade papers criticizing Norton. Kaye also publicly labeled Norton "a narcissistic dilettante who raped the film."

Gene Hackman

Wes Anderson has built himself an unofficial troupe of actors, with most appearing in many of his films: Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, and Jason Schwartzman are just a few of the faces who've resurfaced in Anderson productions over the years. Gene Hackman, on the other hand, appeared in just one Anderson movie, The Royal Tenenbaums. Hackman was reportedly extremely rude to Anderson on the set, at one point telling the director to "pull up your pants and act like a man." He also called him an awful word that starts with a "C." Hackman didn't have a great time either and told the press that Tenenbaums would be the last movie he ever made. (He actually made a couple more, but retired in 2004.)

Val Kilmer

Hollywood legend Marlon Brando refused to learn his lines on the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau, instead insisting on wearing a radio earpiece through which a crew member could feed him lines. But his co-star Val Kilmer was allegedly even worse. Kilmer, who signed on for the movie specifically to work with Brando, didn't like director Richard Stanley's creative vision and consistently undermined him, contributing to Stanley being fired early in the shoot. His replacement, John Frankenheimer, was hired partly because his tough reputation made him a good candidate to control Kilmer and Brando, but it didn't work. Of the infamously troubled production, Frankenheimer later said, "I don't like Val Kilmer … and I don't want to be associated with him ever again."