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Actors Who Treat Fellow Cast Members Like Trash

We all like to imagine that our favorite actors and actresses are great people in real life. Sure, they might play a jerk onscreen once in awhile, but that's just acting, right? It's what they do. Well, with great fame comes great entitlement, and some of Hollywood's finest are just downright jerks.

That's not to say that any of these stars are necessarily jerks, but for one reason or another, each of them got a bad rep for the way they act between takes. Maybe they talk down to the caterers, or maybe they have a reputation for getting in fights with directors. Or hey, maybe they were just having a bad day ... over and over again.

William Shatner

Over the years, several of William Shatner's former castmates have come clean about the Star Trek star's allegedly difficult attitude. He's reportedly upset plenty of co-stars and even caused some feuds along the way. Shatner and fellow Trek vet Leonard Nimoy clashed over scripts and fan mail, with Shatner said to be excessively sensitive to stories that favored Nimoy; later in life, the pair patched up their differences, but that belated reconciliation may be a rare exception. Reportedly, Shatner and Nichelle Nichols—with whom he shared a famous on-screen kiss—didn't get along well at all, and she nearly left the show until Dr. Martin Luther King convinced Nichols of the importance of her role.

Shatner later made waves when he refused to appear on stage with James Doohan at a convention event in 2004—Doohan's farewell appearance following his Alzheimer's diagnosis. There's also the long-running feud between George Takei and Shatner, who've been at odds—often publicly—for several decades.

Shannen Doherty

Although she's managed to put her public feuds with castmates behind her since her 2015 cancer diagnosis, Shannen Doherty reportedly was notoriously hard to get along with on the sets of both Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed. During the 90210 years, Doherty clashed with her co-stars Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, and Tori Spelling, the latter of whom recounted an incident when Doherty and Garth nearly got into a fistfight. Spelling has admitted that she ultimately asked her father, 90210 producer Aaron Spelling, to fire Doherty. Years after the show ended, Priestley wrote candidly about Doherty's attitude in his memoir, and Doherty responded by saying he had "brain damage" from a car accident.

On the set of Charmed, Doherty ran into problems again, this time with co-star Alyssa Milano, who described the situation as "very much sort of like high school." For her part, Doherty said "there was too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work." Whatever caused the issues, they proved to be too much for Doherty (or show producer Aaron Spelling) to handle, and she left the series after the third season.

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes has developed a bad reputation in Hollywood—due to his tax evasion conviction as well as his on-set antics, most notoriously during the production of 2004's Blade: Trinity. According to co-star Patton Oswalt, who described Snipes as "crazy," the star "wouldn't come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day." Oswalt also recounted a much more serious incident in which Snipes "tried to strangle the director, David Goyer," after which Goyer attempted to kick him off of the project entirely—which "freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note 'From Blade.'"

After filming for Blade: Trinity ended, Snipes sued Goyer and New Line Cinema, claiming they withheld part of his salary and hadn't allowed him to be part of the creative process. He was also allegedly upset because some of his screen time had been reduced in favor of Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds. The suit was later settled out of court.

Lindsay Lohan

After racking up a string of early hits as a Disney starlet, Lindsay Lohan set about compiling a record of partying hard and leaving frustrated directors and co-stars in her wake. On the set of 2007's Georgia Rule, Lohan caused so many problems with her tardiness and no-shows—reportedly costing the production $500,000 a day—that producer James Robinson sent her an ultimatum. Since 2007, she's had numerous arrests for everything from alcohol-related charges to shoplifting, and multiple stints in rehab. Her felony probation ended in 2012, but the problems have continued.

In 2012, a source from the set of Glee complained that the actress had been "a total nightmare," including being several hours late to shoot. It seems that tardiness is a bad habit of Lohan's. A year later, Anger Management co-star Charlie Sheen—who's had his own issues in the spotlight—told Jay Leno that Lohan had been late to the set by several hours, and had later "borrowed" a couple of bracelets from the production, which the show later deducted from her paycheck. The same year, New York Times Magazine published "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie," a piece chronicling some of Lohan's almost unbelievable misadventures on the set of director Paul Schrader's The Canyons.

Val Kilmer

At this point, Val Kilmer's reputation tends to show up in a room way before he does. As far as acting jerks go, Val Kilmer is right at the top of the list. Starting all the way back in 1995 with Batman Forever, Kilmer has been known for his attitude behind the camera. Actually, he's supposedly been a bit of a perfectionist since he was 12, when he quit a role in a hamburger commercial because he couldn't find "his character's motivation," according to The Telegraph.

After filming for Batman Forever wrapped, director Joel Schumacher said in an interview that Val Kilmer was "childish and impossible." This from the same guy who later directed Batman and Robin (which, coincidentally, didn't star Kilmer). But The Island of Dr. Moreau was where Val Kilmer really hit his stride, according to those who worked with him. After making that film, the director, John Frankenheimer, said, "I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again."

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf has had something of a strange career arc. From becoming Disney's wunderkind in Even Stevens to snagging minor roles in major blockbusters like Constantine and I, Robot, he seemed set for success, even before he landed the starring role in Transformers in 2007. That movie — and its sequels — kicked his career into the stratosphere.

And then ... well, nobody's really sure what happened. He started taking more avant garde roles. He staged strange publicity stunts, like wearing a paper bag that said "I am not famous anymore" and running around an art gallery ... 144 times. Clearly, he wants the world to take him seriously, even while we're finding it harder and harder to take anything about him seriously.

More recently, his penchant for over-the-top method acting has begun to rub people the wrong way. He got into a fist fight with Brad Pitt on the set of 2014's war epic Fury, although to be fair, the director allegedly told them to get into fights as a bonding experience. While filming 2012's Lawless, Shia LaBeouf tried to get into his character (who runs illegal moonshine during Prohibition) by guzzling bottles of actual moonshine. And he didn't stop there. He carved his name into co-star Mia Wasikowska's dressing room door and followed Tom Hardy (who played his character's older brother in the film) around the set fawning like his younger brother.

From an acting standpoint, Shia LaBeouf's craziness seems to be working. Both of those roles brought him praise from critics. But it can't make working with the guy any easier.

Alec Baldwin

There's no doubting that Alec Baldwin is an outspoken man. Whether he's being accused of fighting paparazzi or shouting homophobic slurs, his private life is usually shoved into the limelight on a weekly basis. And then he apologizes and we're all okay with that, because, well, he's Alec Baldwin. As a number of his co-stars have said, that's just who he is.

Does being that way make Alec Baldwin a pleasure to work with? Not always. Baldwin was allegedly part of the reason Shia LaBeouf left the Broadway show Orphans in 2013 because the two actors had clashed so often at rehearsals. On 30 Rock, his co-star Cheyenne Jackson had one thing to say about Baldwin: "What I learned from him was really good comedic timing and don't get in his light."

Steven Seagal

Love him, hate him, or just sort of put up with him, Steven Seagal was born to raise hell. Somewhere between Marked for Death and Out for Justice, he must have made an executive decision to go from churning out low-budget action films in the '90s to churning out low-budget action films all the way through the next two decades (six and counting so far in 2016 alone). It's almost like he had a fire down below, like some sort of glimmer man.

The truth is, Steven Seagal has been hard to kill for a long time now, which is surprising, because he doesn't have a reputation for being a good man. In fact, he almost seems above the law, if you can believe any of the countless allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sex trafficking that have been leveled against him over the years. That includes one by Playboy model Jenny McCarthy, who said in an interview that Seagal told her to take off her dress during a private audition for Under Siege 2, despite the absence of nudity in the film.

Then there was the incident in which John Leguizamo claims that Seagal elbowed him up against a wall with maximum conviction on the set of 1996's Executive Decision, all because Leguizamo laughed at something Seagal had said, thinking it was a joke. It wasn't a joke. "I wanted to say how big and fat he is and how he runs like a girl," Leguizamo later said, "but I couldn't because I didn't have enough air."

Edward Norton

Ed Norton has apparently become more easygoing in recent years, but it's been a hard battle to repair the damage he caused to his reputation in the past. That reputation? A supposedly impossible perfectionist who siphons creative control for himself. On the one hand, it's great to see an actor who takes pride in his or her films. On the other hand, sometimes you just go too far.

While Norton is infamous for completely re-cutting the 1998 drama American History X without director Tony Kaye's approval (and mostly to put himself in more scenes, according to Kaye), he surged back into the headlines during promo time for the 2008's The Incredible Hulk. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is generally action-packed, explosive, and witty. But when Edward Norton signed on to play Bruce Banner in Hulk, he wanted a slow burn filled with all the nuances of Bruce Banner's life. Universal put its foot down, and the "creative differences" spiraled out of control. By the time the character next appeared in 2012's Avengers movie, Banner was played by Mark Ruffalo.

Mike Myers

It's almost a cliche now that comedians often have darker sides. As Extras summarized it, "When the laughter stops ... what is left of the clown? Nothing but an empty costume." The world has seen many a comedian fall into depression, a state so at odds with their cheerful public personas that the news hits with an extra big hammer. And Mike Myers isn't immune to the pressures of being a full-time funnyman.

Between Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and The Love Guru, Myers' whole brand is over-the-top, outrageously colorful characters, most of whom he's meticulously crafted himself. He's been called a perfectionist on his good days, and on his worst he's been dubbed "emotionally needy" and "difficult." That last quote comes from none other than Penelope Spheeris, who directed Mike Myers in 1992's Wayne's World. Spheeris also told the story of how Mike Myers stormed off the set once because the caterers didn't provide margarine for his bagel.

Gwyneth Paltrow

It's easy enough for the internet to hate Gwyneth Paltrow, who's managed to outrage non-millionaire parents everywhere with her lifestyle blog "Goop" and has an unfortunate tendency to come across as aloof and entitled. As we hear all so often, Paltrow is just one of those everyday moms, the kind who allegedly refuses to touch "other people's shower water" at her gym and won't use toilet paper if the roll is already unwrapped, as an unnamed source told Life & Style magazine. So yeah, her apparently uptight mannerisms have earned her a starring role as a punching bag for celebrity gossip.

But difficult to work with? According to reports from the set of 2010's Iron Man 2, that seems to be the case. Supposedly, Gwyneth Paltrow made it a point to avoid her co-star Scarlett Johansson during the whole production and then got angry when she was upstaged by Johansson during the promotional work for the film. Of course, one of her press representatives denied those claims, so it's possible that the story was simply another piece of trumped-up gossip. When it comes to Gwyneth Paltrow, who can tell?

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase has something of a reputation as the meanest man in show business, a sentiment that's followed him all the way from his rock star beginnings on Saturday Night Live in the '70s up to his most recent recurring gig on NBC's hit show Community. In fact, Gawker put together a convenient timeline of Chevy Chase's worst moments, and some of the notes it hits are definitely cringe-worthy. Highlights include getting into a fist fight with Bill Murray and suggesting that SNL co-star Terry Sweeney, who was openly gay, do a weekly segment where he would get weighed to see if he had contracted AIDS yet.

It certainly seems like Chevy Chase has a penchant for rubbing people the wrong way. He even came clean about it in 2012, when he said, "Nobody prepares you for what happens when you get famous, and I didn't handle it well." That may be the understatement of the decade, but really, it doesn't matter, because he's Chevy Chase and you're not.

Kanye West

Kanye West isn't an actor. He tried it once, though, and it wasn't what you'd call smooth sailing. Obviously, Kanye has his own high-profile reputation as a rapper and off-and-on activist, so there's no need to get into that. This is about his cameo on Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. According to Will Ferrell, Kanye really likes his own songs. A lot. Ferrell told the Jonathan Ross Show, "He was playing the new tracks a lot — over and over. Even when you're trying to film, he's playing the tracks." The problem was, nobody really wanted to go up to him and ask him to turn the music down.

All said and done, it seemed like the cast and crew of Anchorman 2 had a good time with Kanye West on set, but as Will Ferrell reiterated about the music, "We didn't want Kanye to get upset, but at the same time, we kind of had to film."

Katherine Heigl

Few people have become the target of tabloid fodder as completely as Katherine Heigl. In 2008, she publicly bashed the Judd Apatow comedy Knocked Up as "sexist," despite — or perhaps because of — her starring role in the film. She later went on The Howard Stern Show to clarify her comments, saying, "I liked the movie a lot. I just didn't like me." She used the same interview to apologize for complaining about not getting enough "juicy, dramatic material" on Grey's Anatomy.

She's also been accused of being a prima donna on set, with an unnamed source who allegedly worked with her on 2010's Life As We Know It claiming that Heigl caused problems during the entire production: "Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day." On the flip side, Life As We Know It's director, Greg Berlanti, had nothing but praise for the actress and said that he'd definitely work with her again.

Bruce Willis

You may remember the time Kevin Smith described Bruce Willis as "f—ing soul crushing" to work with. He said it during an interview about 2010's Cop Out, a critical and box office bust with a 19 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which starred Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Smith went on to say that Bruce Willis was pretty much his hero ... until he actually worked with the guy. To be fair, Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis seem to be complete opposites in Hollywood, with Smith famous for off-beat comedies like Dogma and Clerks, and Willis for gritty action films. So maybe it was just a one-off disagreement, but then again, maybe not.

Because Bruce Willis hasn't always paddled a smooth stream in his journey to starhood. In 2003, Willis sued the producers of Tears of the Sun because he was hit in the head by a prop projectile that was meant to simulate bullets. Director Antoine Fuqua also called Bruce Willis a major "pain in the ass" to work with.

Sylvester Stallone similarly seemed to have issues with Bruce Willis during the Expendables series. He dropped Willis for Harrison Ford in Expendables 3, and immediately after announcing the switch, Stallone tweeted a vague, possible stab at Willis, seeming to say he was "greedy and lazy ... a sure formula for career failure."

Patrick Dempsey

The set of Grey's Anatomy must be the most chaotic, stressful place for an actor to work, because there is apparently no end to the drama between cast members. We already talked about Katherine Heigl's public complaints about working on the show, and it turns out Patrick Dempsey has his own bone to pick with the cast of the critically acclaimed medical drama.

Dempsey, who played Dr. Derek Shepherd since the beginning of Grey's Anatomy, was apparently suspended once for acting "like a diva," whatever that means, and was killed off on the show not long after that. The report, which originated at celebrity gossip mag Page Six, also said that Dempsey had clashed with the show's creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes.

Patrick Dempsey later denied that there was anything but goodwill between him and the cast and crew of Grey's Anatomy, so in the end it's impossible to say exactly what went on behind the scenes at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital.

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin isn't quite a household name, but you certainly know his work, probably from his unforgettable role as Inigo Montoya in 1987's The Princess Bride. ("You killed my father, prepare to die.") More recently, you may have seen him in CBS's Criminal Minds and the Golden Globe-winning Showtime series Homeland. With such success in film and television, you probably have Mandy Patinkin pegged as a pretty nice guy, if perhaps a little intense.

But by his own admission, Mandy Patinkin can be extremely difficult to work with. Before nearly destroying his television career in 2007 by suddenly walking away from Criminal Minds and never coming back, Patinkin was already behaving like a stuck-up starlet. In a 2013 interview with the New York Times, he came clean with his sordid past behind the camera. Talking about the hospital drama Chicago Hope, Patinkin said, "I never let directors talk to me, because I was so spoiled. ... I was saying, 'Don't talk to me, I don't want your opinion.' I behaved abominably." Hopefully he's turned it around since then.

Teri Hatcher

From 2004 to 2012, Desperate Housewives, a comedy/drama about four women in the suburbs, was one of the hottest shows on ABC's prime-time lineup. But behind the scenes, trouble was brewing almost from Day One. Teri Hatcher, who played Susan Mayer on the show, apparently took the brunt of the criticism from her cast mates, who felt she acted like a diva off-camera. Hatcher's co-star Nicollette Sheridan went so far as to call her the "meanest woman in the world," according to Marc Cherry, the show's creator.

Now that the show is off the air, we'll probably never know the true extent of the problems the rest of the cast had with Teri Hatcher. After the final episode of Desperate Housewives, Hatcher reportedly stated, "I will never disclose the true and complicated journey of us all." It's probably just as well. Some questions are probably best left unanswered.

Few share Jared Leto's Squad goals

Jared Leto has lived a lot of lives. His career began in earnest with his role as teen dream Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life in 1994, plus he fronts the pop-punk band 30 Seconds to Mars, and won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. But it was when he landed a role as a legendary villain in a comic book movie that he earned a reputation as an extremely intense (if dedicated) actor.

Leto took his role as an especially nihilistic version of the Joker in Suicide Squad so seriously that in the name of getting into character, he reportedly played sick jokes on the film's other actors, and sent them disgusting gifts. "He had a tech man who would come into the rehearsal room, and the henchman came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, and then he walked out," Viola Davis told Vanity Fair. "And that was our introduction into Jared Leto." He also sent along previously used prophylactics and adult toys to cast members because, as he told E! News, "The Joker is somebody who doesn't really respect things like personal space or boundaries."

Is Michael Pitt the pits?

In 2013, a source purporting to be a crew member who worked on Boardwalk Empire leaked some salacious behind-the-scenes secrets about the acclaimed 1920s-set HBO crime drama. Many of them had to do with actor Michael Pitt, who'd portrayed budding young gangster Jimmy Darmody. According to that anonymous crew member, Pitt frequently showed up late to work, often without his lines memorized, tried to change his lines, didn't like his character's direction, and even got into a fistfight with a co-star. Another veteran film set worker corroborated the story, as he'd worked with Pitt on another production, where the actor similarly would show up hours late and question the director's vision and authority.

Causing trouble on the set is one thing, but Pitt managed to get himself dropped by his own agency. According to Deadline, the high-powered United Talent Agency (UTA) released Pitt from its client rolls in 2011 because he's "really difficult on set and otherwise." Perhaps not so coincidentally, it was right around that time when Boardwalk Empire writers killed off Pitt's character.

Less than Glee-full experiences with Lea Michele

Lea Michele, the singer and actress best known for Glee, is well aware of the gossip that she's a "diva." "I came from the theater world," the Broadway veteran told Allure in 2011, "where the word 'diva' was awesome." In theater (and opera), the word connotes "female star," but in modern Hollywood it means "difficult." Just one example of that kind of behavior: One time, when some technical problems delayed shooting on the set of Glee, Michele reportedly snapped her fingers and shouted, "Let's go. I have plans!"

She also apparently developed a nasty feud with her Glee co-star Naya Rivera. In her 2016 memoir Sorry Not Sorry, Rivera says that they were once friends, but that their relationship buckled under the weight of her evolution on the show from supporting character to "one with bigger plot lines and more screen time." Rivera thinks Michele "didn't like sharing the spotlight." Rivera wrote that Michele was very "sensitive" to any criticism or notes about her work, and that "she blamed me for anything and everything that went wrong" on set. By the sixth season of the show in 2014, Michele would no longer speak to Rivera.

Charlie Sheen

CBS's Two and a Half Men was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 2000s, thanks in large part to Charlie Sheen, who portrayed hard-living jingle writer Charlie Harper. Sheen earned $1.8 million per episode at one point, but then his personal issues interfered. In 2011, Sheen, who'd long struggled with substance abuse, partied for several days straight in Las Vegas with an adult film actress, then entered rehab, which shut down production on Two and a Half Men. Then he lashed out at the show's creator, Chuck Lorre, calling him a "charlatan" and "an earthworm." CBS ultimately fired Sheen and replaced him with Ashton Kutcher.

Despite publicly blowing up his career and insulting his boss, Sheen landed a starring role on another sitcom after his acrimonious exit from Two and a Half Men. On FX's Anger Management, Sheen portrayed therapist Dr. Charlie Goodson, and Selma Blair, best known for Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, played Dr. Kate Wales, another therapist and occasional love interest to Sheen's character. Blair didn't get to stick around for the show's 100-episode run, however. According to TMZ, Blair told the show's producers that Sheen was very difficult to work with, alleging a weak work ethic and a lack of punctuality. Sheen found out that Blair complained about him, and attempted to fire her from Anger Management, telling producers that if she wasn't dismissed, he wouldn't show up to shoot. Forced to choose, the brass chose Sheen and fired Blair.

Kiefer Sutherland

A successful star of screens both big and small, Kiefer Sutherland has been a prolific actor since the early 1980s, appearing in hit movies like Stand by Me, Young Guns, and A Few Good Men and winning an Emmy Award for his work as counterterrorism operative Jack Bauer on 24. But not everyone in Hollywood enjoys the day-to-day of working with Sutherland. In 2014, his former 24 co-star Freddie Prinze Jr. told ABC News that he "hated every moment" of his time on that series, so much so that he considered quitting acting. The reason: Sutherland. "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world," Prinze Jr. said. "That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."

Shoreh Aghdashloo, who portrayed a terrorist on 24 in 2005, didn't like working with Sutherland either. "I'm afraid working with him proved to be hard. That young man was pretty angry," Aghdashloo told Fox News. She also speculated that her disagreements on the 24 set led to her character's initially unplanned death, which cut short her time on the show.

Alex Pettyfer

Alex Pettyfer broke out in 2011 and 2012 with well-received roles in I Am Number Four, Beastly, In Time, and Magic Mike. But in the years since those films, he's appeared in a handful of obscure movies and the quickly canceled Netflix series The I-Land. What happened to Pettyfer? According to an insider who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, he "was a nightmare and irrational" on the set, acting arrogantly, clashing with directors, and protesting his salary.

Pettyfer added on Bret Easton Ellis's podcast (via The Hollywood Reporter) that his Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum doesn't care for him. He thinks Tatum was skeptical of Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh's decision to use him even after hearing about his behavior on Beastly and I Am Number Four. "He probably didn't want to get into a conflict with Steven and so I was cast," he added. After the movie filmed, Pettyfer rented a New York apartment from a friend of Tatum's then left, claiming mold and dust triggered allergies to such a degree that he couldn't stay, then stiffed the owner on months of back rent. "I all of a sudden got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so," Pettyfer admitted. When he had to do reshoots for Magic Mike, Pettyfer said the cast had turned on him, because Tatum "had already told everyone he didn't like me." When Soderbergh got to work on Magic Mike XXL, Pettyfer wasn't asked back.