Royal Pains: Notoriously Difficult Hollywood Stars

December 6, 2014  |  
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There’s no denying that Hollywood is full of larger-than-life personalities. However there’s a big difference between being fun and boisterous and being a big ol’ pain in the you know what. So in the grand traditional of on-set divas, we take a look at the actors and actresses who have developed a reputation as being difficult.

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Katherine Heigl

For all intents and purposes, Shonda Rhimes can do no wrong. She is the creator of “Scandal,” “How To Get Away with Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” So when she says someone is a pain (“There are no Heigls in this situation [on the set of Scandal]”), we believe her. Katherine Heigl has largely been criticized for her diva antics (everything from her Emmy nomination withdrawal to her ridiculous salary demands) and reigns atop of Hollywood’s pain pile.

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Lindsay Lohan

This one probably doesn’t even warrant an explanation, but we’ll provide a brief one anyway. Though she started off as a young Hollywood “It Girl,” it sadly didn’t take long for Lindsay Lohan to go off the rails and start getting into all manners of illegal substances and petty crime. Her rules-breaking extended to her life on-set, as she became unreliable and difficult to work with. Call us crazy, but there’s still a part of us that hopes Lohan gets it together one day.

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Val Kilmer

My oh my how the mighty have fallen. Val Kilmer was once a hot, young thing before he turned into a royal pain in the caboose for many of the directors he worked with, most notably Joel Schumacher. Reportedly while making “Batman Forever,” the two became physical after Kilmer was talking down to a crew member, apparently not an uncommon occurrence.

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Shannen Doherty

One of the most notoriously difficult actresses in Hollywood, Shannen Doherty has been riling feathers since her days on “Beverly Hills 90210.” For bickering with her co-stars to diva demands, Doherty’s reputation took a steep decline and only got worse as more rumblings of on-set issues in shows like “Charmed” surfaced as well. Few seem to have a nice word for Doherty, with former co-star Jason Priestley writing in his memoir about one particularly uncomfortable work trip with the star: “I could not believe my ears at Shannen’s very first words after she boarded. Her butt had barely hit her seat before she said loudly to the PR person, ‘Really? A town car? You send a town car to take me to the airport, not a limo?’”

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Chevy Chase

Who would have thought that someone who has built a career on laughter and comedy would be heralded as such a jerk in real life. Since his days on SNL, Chase has been notorious for not only his atrocious treatment of fellow cast members and co-workers, but also his deceitfulness and obnoxious tendencies.

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Teri Hatcher

And title of “Meanest Woman in the World” goes too …

If you ask Nicollette Sheridan that honor goes straight to former “Desperate Housewives” co-star Teri Hatcher. While details aren’t well known, the animosity between Hatcher and her DH co-stars ran deep and even resulted in Hatcher’s name being notably left off a gift for the crew at the end of the show’s run.

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Lea Michele

When we’re talking show tunes and dance numbers, it’s probably not surprising that there’s a little diva-ness also in the mix. Such was apparently the case of the set of “Glee” with star Lea Michele. Much like her character Rachel Berry, Michele has been rumored to have a bit of an obnoxious streak when she doesn’t get her way. In fact, a source on set told US Weekly that guest star Kate Hudson called Michele “a nightmare.”  Let’s not forget when she made young actress Hailee Steinfeld cry. Good job, Lea.

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Julia Roberts

Despite the fact that Julia Roberts has starred as some of the most loveable and adorable characters in movie history (find me one chick who doesn’t love “Pretty Woman”), she has developed a rep for being a real pain to deal with. Rumor has it that on the set of “Hook,” the cast and crew affectionately referred to Roberts as “Tinkerhell.” Awesome.

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Russell Crowe

For a man as beautiful as Russell Crowe, he sure has some ugly qualities. While he’s flown under the radar recently, there was a time when Crowe was constantly in the news for his volatile temper and penchant for drunken fights. Both on-set and off-screen, Crowe made his fair share of enemies and doesn’t seemed fazed in the slightest.

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Christian Bale

Ladies and Gentlemen, Exhibit A.

And that’s probably the only exhibit needed. To be fair Christian Bale ultimately apologized for his epic meltdown, calling into radio station KROQ and saying “I was out of order beyond belief. I acted like a punk. There is nobody who heard the tape who is hit harder than me. I make no excuses for it. It is inexcusable.”

But of course he has continued his own brand douchery since.

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Shia LaBeouf

Shia LeBeouf’s star was on the rise until he started butting heads with some of Hollywood’s biggest actors. From Alec Baldwin to Harrison Ford, LeBeouf utterly pissed off some very important people and that certainly hasn’t helped his reputation. Pile on his, at times, erratic behavior and you have a recipe for winning the crown as one of Hollywood’s most difficult to handle young stars.

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Jennifer Lopez

On more than one occasion, Jennifer Lopez has been hailed as quite the little diva. From outrageous demands to endearing little meltdowns, J Lo’s reputation has definitely steered more toward the difficult side. But we have to give her credit for admitting in an interview with Hoda Kotb that her unnecessarily large entourage “…was a big part of their [her significant others] discomfort, if there was any.”

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January Jones

Did it just plummet a few degrees in here? If January Jones just walked into the room, it probably did. The “Mad Men” star’s cold disposition came to the forefront when child actor Jared Gilmore told “TV Guide”,”She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.”

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Mariah Carey

OK, so we know that calling Mariah Carey an actress might be a little bit of a stretch, but when it comes to diva-like, difficult behavior we’d be remiss to exclude this songstress. Especially with her latest stunt: Holding up the cast and crew of the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special for three hours in the rain as she was on the phone with her lawyers. Having missed the window to pre-tape her performance, she was forced to perform live and what happened can only be described as karma.

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