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40 Beloved Movie Stars Who Are Jerks in Real Life

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the biggest actors on the silver screen right now, but that doesn’t mean she’s nice. She’s been notoriously mean to fans. She actually admits it and claims that it’s a way of defending herself. We understand not wanting to cater to fans 24/7, but there’s a way to tell people “no” without being a self-entitled brat. 

Her bratty behavior is also extended to the press; in 2016, she reportedly lashed out at a reporter during a press conference for—get this—looking at his phone. Maybe she was just having a bad day though?

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Jesse James

Jesse James has a reputation of mistreating the women in his life. In 2010, it was revealed that he had cheated on Sandra Bullock with many partners, all while the couple was trying to adopt a child together. A photograph also surfaced during this time of James performing a Nazi salute.

He and Sandra Bullock divorced in June 2010. One of the women James had an affair with, Kat Von D, was later engaged to him, though she called off the wedding because (shocker) he was unfaithful during their relationship.

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Lucille Ball

Though she was best known for playing characters who were funny and down-to-earth, it seems like Lucille Ball was just a wonderful performer. Ball was notoriously rude to anyone who didn’t share her celebrity status. Once on an airplane, she completely ignored a flight attendant, instead having her assistant say, “I'm sorry, Ms. Ball doesn't speak to the help."

While she had many adoring fans, Richard Burton was not one of them. From his diaries that are soon to be published, he wrote about Lucille Ball, “She is a monster of staggering charmlessness and monumental lack of humour...She is a tired old woman and lives entirely on that weekly show which she has been doing and successfully doing for 19 years. Nineteen solid years of double-takes and pratfalls and desperate upstaging and cutting out other people’s laughs if she can, nervously watching the ‘ratings’ as she does so…"

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William Shatner

William Shatner’s Comedy Central Roast was so good because it gave stars the chance to express pent-up rage they’ve had for years. While on the set of Star Trek, most of his co-stars hated him because he was such a jerk. He garnered the name “Captain Jerk” for not showing up to Leonard Nimoy’s funeral.

While at conventions, he has a huge attitude that fans and co-stars are forced to put up with. At one point, he shouted at Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar from Star Trek) any time she tried to answer a question. After seeing the way he acts toward his co-stars, it's impossible to have respect for the man. 

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Julia Roberts

Reportedly, Steven Spielberg said he wouldn’t work with Julia Roberts again because she was an emotional wreck on the set of Peter Pan. The crew apparently nicknamed her “Tinkerhell.” Roberts’s own sister even claimed that her ego and fame destroyed their relationship.

 According to her I Love Trouble co-star Nick Nolte, the pair had to film scenes separately. They used stand-ins because they disliked each other so much.

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Ellen DeGeneres

Several stars in Hollywood hate Ellen DeGeneres. She treats her writing staff like crap because they would “write unfunny jokes.” That's pretty odd coming from a comedian that could write her own jokes. Kathy Griffin has come out and said that Ellen has a “mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about.” 

A recent Twitter thread surfaced to raise $2 for the LA Food Bank for every story that proved Ellen is one of the meanest people alive. The stories include her trying to get a waitress fired after Ellen discovered the waitress had chipped a nail, forcing everyone to chew gum because of her "sensitive nose," and getting an autistic custodian fired because he greeted her. The fundraiser rose $600.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow has given up any hope of being seen as an average person. After such stunts as eliminating "coffee, alcohol, dairy, eggs, sugar, corn, shellfish, fish, wheat, meat and soy" from her diet, Paltrow has declared herself to be a lifestyle expert. A friend of the actress has been quoted saying that she is a "rich, white woman with an eating disorder turned into a branding opportunity."

It doesn't help that her recent Goop Netflix series shows how out of touch she really is with society. While in London, she went to a Michelin-starred restaurant and insulted the chef by saying,  "I can’t eat this sh*t. Let’s just go up to my suite and order room service?" Apparently, she'd rather eat "Moondust" and seaweed.

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon—American Sweetheart or no? Apparently, no! Some say she’s pretty self-entitled, which came to light after she and her husband were stopped for weaving in and out of lanes. When the officer approached her, she said, “Do you know my name? You’re about to find out who I am.” She was arrested for disorderly conduct soon after.


 A source at Star Magazine claims that, “Reese is anything but sweet. The staff are terrified of rubbing her the wrong way, so they bend over backwards to please her! She won’t ever take off her sunglasses because she doesn’t want anyone to make eye contact. Jim doesn’t want his coworkers to see it, because he’s such a bigwig. He wants the staff to think that he has the upper hand but it’s obvious she wears the pants.”

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Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t just act like a grumpy guy; he is a grump. In fact, it’s rare to find him signing an autograph or talking to journalists. While that’s all fine and good, most journalists don’t want to have a second movie-promoting interview with him because he’s known for cutting them off and walking out. In fact, he made a reporter cry one time during an interview with GQ magazine...while literally cracking whole walnuts with his bare hands.

He also notoriously told Jim Carrey, “I hate you. I really don’t like you…I cannot sanction your buffoonery” while on the set of Batman Forever.

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Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard may seem like a good guy, but he has a dark past. In 2001, he beat his first wife, Lori McCommas, because she was talking to him “real strong.” In 2005, he punched his second wife, Michelle Ghent. There was another incident in 2010, when Ghent claimed Howard threw her across a hotel room before picking her up, taking her to the balcony, and threatening to toss her over the railing. 

Howard's attitude continues into his work life, as well. That's reportedly why he got released from Iron Man, and Don Cheadle took his place. Howard wanted more money and left when he couldn't get it. Then, he continued to complain about this "injustice" for years later, blaming Robert Downey, Jr. You know, the guy that fought for equal pay for all those on the Avengers set.

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Katherine Heigl

In a relatively short amount of time, Katherine Heigl became hugely successful in both television and film. However, her reputation quickly put a halt to her career. Heigl is known for criticizing her own projects, as well as speaking harshly about her fellow celebrities.

She once refused a nomination for an Emmy because she felt that the writing of the show (Grey's Anatomy) was undeserving of the recognition. Heigl also criticized Knocked Up for being hateful toward women. Then, in 2010, she requested $3 million to appear in Valentine's Day, which was ridiculous considering it was an ensemble film where she wouldn't be on set long. 

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Edward Norton

Edward Norton has a reputation for being extremely rude. In fact, rumors state that was why Marvel decided for him not to reprise his role as The Hulk in The Avengers. The president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, told that Norton wasn't a "team player" and that the studio was "looking for an actor willing to work side by side with a star-studded cast."

On top of that, he claimed he wrote the movie Frida and denied credit to those who wrote it within the Writer’s Guild. That’s called plagiarism where we come from.

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Christian Bale

Infamously difficult to work with, Christian Bale has been in the news more than once because of his high maintenance tantrums on set. Before Terminator: Salvation was released, the audio of one of Bale’s freakouts gained more attention than the movie did.

In the tape, Bale can be heard verbally assaulting director of photography Shane Hurlbut, as Hurlbut tries to apologize for ruining a take. Bale is notorious for forcing others to give him what he wants. That's precisely why there wasn't an official Robin in the Batman trilogy. 

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Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel may be cute and quirky, but her castmates call her “nasty, moody, and unhappy.” She “rules the roost” when it comes to controlling the set. When schedules don’t go her way, all hell breaks loose, and she consistently displays bad behavior. 

One producer claimed that she was a horrible boss. When schedules were disrupted, she would stop filming, treat others on set very poorly, and sometimes stop showing up at all. It frequently caused issues on set, which could be why she isn't in the limelight much anymore.

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Tom Cruise

Many people still love Tom Cruise, but some in Hollywood don’t understand why. Cruise notoriously set weird rules with Katie Holmes in and out of their marriage. Outside of the marriage, she wasn’t allowed to see other men right away, she couldn’t travel with her daughter, and she wasn’t allowed to talk to Nicole Kidman, Cruise’s other ex. Cruise also has regular outbursts about Scientology that are hard for anyone to deal with.

Cruise also has regular outbursts about Scientology that are hard for anyone to deal with. It isn't just his weird Scientology stuff, either. Apparently, he told Navy Sailors not to talk or even look at him while he was on set filming Top Gun 2. So much for respect for our troops, right?

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Patrick Dempsey

After becoming a fan favorite on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey became quite the diva on the set. He was so rude to the cast and crew that he got himself written off the show. He may be McDreamy in the show, but reality? He's far from it, and it's become a well-known fact. 

After working with Dempsey (and a few other notable narcissists), Shonda Rhimes (the show’s creator, head writer, executive producer, and showrunner) announced that she has adopted a “no a**holes policy.” We don't blame her there. The show already has enough drama.

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Kiefer Sutherland

We loved Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, but he apparently has issues. Along with a DUI and reports of drunken misbehavior, other stars hated working with him. Freddie Prinze, Jr. said that Sutherland was unprofessional and that he “hated every moment” of working with Sutherland.

Apparently, Kiefer was incredibly unprofessional while filming. Freddie says, "That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that." It even made Freddie want to quit the business afterward! Big yikes.

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Jonah Hill

Jonah made a living being a comedian, but don’t joke around him! In an interview, the interviewer jokingly called him Seth. Jonah responded with deadpan by saying “That’s a great way to start.” When they attempted to ask questions, he gave them very little to work with and made it nearly impossible to get the whole thing done.

Overall, anyone that's around Jonah Hill seems to notice how insufferable he could be. Just watch any of his interviews. During his Howard Stern interview, he would say things like "out of respect for myself, I'm going to finish my thought." Not that Howard Stern is any better, but the whole thing showed how arrogant they could both be. It seems like Jonah can't do an interview without putting someone in an awkward situation. 

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Chevy Chase

It hurts us to say that Chevy Chase is a nasty individual. He has a reputation for being a complete jerk, and even his co-stars from SNL hate him as host because he acts rudely toward everyone.

At one point, he made lewd remarks toward one of the female writers, which is pretty messed up. Respecting those who write your lines is apparently not on his "top priority" list. Chase also hates being polite to anyone – fans and co-workers alike. 

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Tobey Maguire

Maguire doesn’t know how to treat other people. While out one night, Maguire was speaking to a cocktail waitress when he decided that she made too much money. Instead of giving her a tip, he told her to “bark like a seal who wants a fish” for $1,000. When she laughed it off, he insisted that she bark. 

One casting director went as far as to call Maguire "the worst little monster you've ever met." On set, people are told not to look him in the eyes, and he requests people to weirdly call him "Tugboat Maguire" or "Tugboat Tobey." We can't make this up. 

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Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf is generally weird, and some claim he’s also rude. Fans state that he expects special treatment for who he is. One fan even claimed Shia attempted to look down his sister’s shirt! Other celebs have also claimed that they don’t want to work with him anymore. 

The biggest example of Shia's crappy attitude is when he plagiarized an entire screenplay. He stole comic-writer Daniel Clowes' work, word for word, and expected everyone to get over it when it was discovered. He basically photocopied the whole thing and was surprised people cared!

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Kirstie Alley

Alley may seem like a friendly woman in interviews, but that isn’t the case. After one of her good friends left Scientology, she took to Twitter to bash her. She got incredibly hateful and followed up with hurtful comments including a tweet that said, “haha I love talking smack.”

Alley has really dug a hole for herself, as many other celebs refuse to act with her. Some of her worst offenses include saying taking psychiatric drugs is a "common denominator in shooters" and tweeting "you had a good go at it...thanks for the input" with a picture of Hawking after he passed.

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Mike Myers

Because of his controlling ways, narcissism, and firing someone for making eye contact with him, Mike Myers does not have the best image in the public eye. After not signing an autograph for a company that made toys based on his characters, Myers ordered their products to be rushed to him overnight but refused to pay for the shipping. 

Myers also notoriously forced all of Shrek to be redone because he suddenly decided Shrek should have a Scottish accent. Hollywood has stopped casting him because he's such a jerk, with many of those who worked directly with the comedian calling him "insufferable."

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Spike Lee

Spike Lee is a talented writer, director, and actor, but that doesn’t excuse his behavior. He has a famously poor demeanor that comes out whether he’s meeting fans or fellow celebs. One time when visiting a university for a public lecture, he cut it short by 40 minutes and was curt to fans who came to ask questions during the scheduled Q&A. Stories say that this kind of behavior isn’t rare.

He also stormed out of the 2019 Academy Awards when his film, BlacKkKlansman, didn't take home the Best Picture award—despite the fact that he had already won Best Director for the same film. You can't win 'em all, Spike!

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Bruce Willis

Lots of stars won’t work with Bruce Willis anymore, but few came out to say why. Kevin Smith was one of the few who did, and he stated that working with Willis was a “soul-crushing” experience.

He went on to say “It was difficult. I’ve never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all.” Willis also refused to sit for promotional photos for the poster, which is kind of needed for the movie to – you know – release. 

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Cameron Diaz

Don’t ask Diaz for an autograph because you’ll regret it. She’s ranked as one of the worst celebs to approach because she not only says “no,” but she lectures fans about why asking for autographs are stupid. There’s a way to say no without acting like a jerk.

Once when Drew Barrymore threw a party, Cameron Diaz spent most of the time chain-smoking. Those guests also said she refused to share a cigarette, which they claimed was rude. We're not going to comment on that one. Not talking to others during a party, though? Super rude. 

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Zach Braff

Braff is often thought of as a lovably goofy geek, but that is apparently not the image he has of himself. On set, Braff has very specific requirements. For instance, he will only drink coffee from a certain place, and it must be left outside the door of his dressing room without any interaction. Braff also refuses to work with anyone who is too good-looking, so he looks attractive by comparison. 

Recently, Braff received a lot of backlash for starting a Kickstarter for Wish I was Here, which he requested money from fans to fund. As a note, Zach Braff has a net worth of $22 million, and he's asking broke fans to help out. Alright.

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Mel Gibson

So, Mel Gibson used to be beloved, but not so much anymore. It came to light that he was a colossal cretin. In 2006, he was arrested for a DUI and made anti-Semitic remarks that landed him in hot water.

He’s also incredibly sexist, which was revealed in a 1995 interview. Colbert even reported that Gibson is “strikingly lacking in apologies.” The list goes on and on. 

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock isn’t the sweetheart everyone thinks she is. Refusing fans an autograph is fine, but a celeb shouldn’t ever insult them. When a disabled veteran asked for her autograph, she responded by covering her face and verbally abusing him.

Jesse James did an interview saying he cheated on Bullock because he felt "inferior" because she would control all his movements. Jesse James is a known jerk (especially for cheating on anyone), so we take what he says with a grain of salt. However, given what other people have said, we can't count his statements out completely. 

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Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal is a major piece of work. He’s notoriously difficult to work with. Even the creator and producer of SNL called him one of the worst hosts the show has ever had. Seagal is also incredibly rude to his stuntmen and is known for kicking them between the legs. A little childish, no?

Seagal also abuses those who he employes. One ex-model was hired by Seagal as an "executive assistant," but her duties included giving Seagal massages and letting him touch her whenever he wanted. Other women have also accused Seagal of sexual harassment, including Jenny McCarthy, Portia de Rossi, and Julianna Margulies.

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Jared Leto

Jared Leto recently portrayed The Joker in Suicide Squad, but he’s had fans long before then. He makes this list because he was really rude to his castmates on the set. He sent each one of them a special gift including bullets, anal beads, and used condoms.

To add to this, he also alienates his fans with his bad behavior by lashing out and being hostile. Other fans have a different story.  They claim Leto treats women poorly, using them before throwing them out. One Reddit thread went into detail with several stories that claimed he had a particular eye for underaged girls. 

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Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher’s movie days are behind her, and her manners followed. Apparently, she’s notoriously had issues on set with her cast-mates. One of her co-stars told the creator of Desperate Housewives that she was the “meanest woman in the world.” It wasn't a singular event as other reports agree with this assessment of the actress. 

It isn't just on Desperate Housewives either. Over the years, she's developed a reputation for being an extreme diva. As far back as Tomorrow Never Dies, co-star Pierce Brosnan got upset with her because she never showed up on set on time, and when she did, she made filming nearly impossible. 

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Pierce Brosnan

Most recently, James Corden has labeled Pierce Brosnan one of the rudest celebrities out there. While at a U2 concert, Brosnan shoved the TV host. The story goes that Brosnan and some of his friends were there, but wanted to leave halfway through the show. Corden and his wife were in the way, and Brosnan shoved them out of the way without a glance, much less an apology. 

To add to this, Brosnan mistreats those around him. During a photo shoot, he was late and responded with, “Sorry I’m a bit late, lads. I doubt you had better things to do.” 

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Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe has quite the ego. When his name ends up in news headlines, it is usually because he is bad-mouthing other figures in show business. When he called George Clooney a “Frank Sinatra wannabe,” Clooney responded with a note saying, “Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What the f**k is wrong with you?” 

There are more than enough stores about Crowe, but for now, we'll mention one more. While on the set of Gladiator, Crowe would call the producer at 3 AM just to scream and yell at him, while also threatening to kill him with his "bare hands."  Why did he do this? Because apparently, Crowe felt like DreamWorks had low-balled one of his assistants. 

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Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has a violent reputation. There are several stories of him getting in altercations with those on set. During City of Lies, Depp was sued for "decking" the locations manager twice. In 1994, Depp also completely destroyed a hotel room and attempted to blame an armadillo. It cost him $10,000 in damages. 

Things on set are also pretty bad. Ex-managers have come out to say that Depp feels like he doesn't have to learn his lines anymore. Some of this may be because he's worked extensively with Tim Burton (who gives him creative freedom), but that doesn't excuse not working with other directors who put a lot of effort into their films. 

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Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel may star in a lot of rom-coms, but he isn’t a great husband. He supposedly cheated on his wife, Fergie, while they were together. To add to this, Duhamel also is rude to strangers.

During a flight, he refused to turn off his BlackBerry. After a lengthy delay, he was escorted off the plane. It's about time that celebs learn you can't break the rules just because you're rich and famous.

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Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is hilarious, but he’s apparently a jerk in real life. There have been reports that he’s extremely entitled. One story explains how Stiller freaked out because there weren’t exactly two ice cubes in his diet Coke.

He also makes his private assistant stand in his parking spot to ensure no one else parks there—other than him, of course. One Reddit user, who worked on the set of Tropic Thunder, said Ben Stiller was horrible to everyone. The user explained how Stiller fired one employee because he thought there wasn't enough sugar in his coffee. 

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Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler, daughter of the famous Steven Tyler, expects to be VIP everywhere. She dodges fans to avoid being bombarded, which is understandable. What isn’t understandable is cutting in line.

One time, she cut in line to see an exhibit when other people had been waiting four to five hours. After the guard refused to let her in, she threw a fit.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

It’s been reported that Catherine Zeta-Jones treats people like crap in real life. Zeta-Jones is known for not tipping at restaurants. One Reddit user explained, " I used to work at Mandalay Bay in 2002 and she expected you to wait hand and foot on her and then zero tip for anything you did. An oversight is one thing as we understand that it happens with celebrities, but not to this extent."

Zeta-Jones also shuts down gyms at hotels so that she can use them in privacy. This even happened at a condo! None of the tenants could use it the whole time she stayed. How can you shut down someone's home? That's a new kind of awful. 

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Charlie Sheen

Before being fired from Two and a Half Men in 2012 because of his erratic behavior, Charlie Sheen was the highest-paid actor on television. Sheen’s egotistical and misogynistic ways have been well-documented in various interviews, in which he taught us all about tiger blood, called Rihanna the b-word (on Watch What Happens Live in 2017), and ranked his female co-stars. 

He's also known for destructive tendencies, drug addiction, bad-mouthing other celebrities, and mistreating his romantic partners. 

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