25 Most Difficult Actors To Work With

Posted by , Updated on September 6, 2017


Difficult actors can be a real thorn in a director’s side. Slowing down production, inflating the budget, or causing chaos on set isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. But every now and then an actor’s ego balloons, making problems for everyone else who just want to do a good job and go home. It’s an unfortunate product of Hollywood to have these kinds of actors, but who are the absolute worst? Here are 25 Most Difficult Actors To Work With.

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January Jones

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11-year-old co-star Jared Gilmore called January Jones unapproachable on the Mad Men set, though he said everyone else was very nice. She even had an off-set tiff with funny man Zach Galifianakis when she invited him to sit down at her table and ten minutes later said, “I think you can go now.”


Edward Norton

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There’s no question Edward Norton is a talented actor; he’s also a little particular about how the movies he’s in should be run. This has led to several problems in his long history in Hollywood. In Red Dragon, he came on set with a script that he wrote, demanding they shoot it rather than the one originally written. He also had huge creative control problems on the set of The Incredible Hulk, doing substantial rewrites to the movie. Marvel was so livid by Norton, they booted him from re-appearing in the Avengers and gave the role of the Hulk to Mark Ruffalo instead.


Sharon Stone

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On the set of the movie Golden Boy, the director claimed Sharon Stone made demands bordering on ridiculous. He said many of the demands made it sound like Italy was a third world country. Then, when he got her on the set, she unexpectedly left. After getting a hold of her, she demanded certain people leave the set before she would return.


William Shatner

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Pretty much everyone hated William Shatner on the set of Star Trek. He’d try to steal co-stars lines, feeling like his character wasn’t coming across as intelligent enough. Nichelle Nicoles, who played Uhura, almost quit over his antics. And his feud with George Takei continues to this day.


Marlon Brando

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Marlon Brando was one of the hottest actors of his time, but his time on the set of Apocalypse Now has tarnished some of that legacy. When he finally came on set, he was very overweight and unprepared, not knowing any of his lines. As a result, Coppola had to keep him mostly in the dark when shooting and re-write much of his scenes.

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