20 Actors who have been tough on set

2011 amfAR Milano Gala, Auction & Dinner, September 23 2011


Movie actors make a lot of money, so it can be a real surprise to hear that so many of them are unprofessional, and cause problems on the set of the movies they star in.

1. Lindsay Lohan

No real surprise here. A child actor who turned into a tabloid star for her fights, arrests and constant drug abuse, Lohan is still someone hanging on in the entertainment business, getting work more because of the spectacle that she has become over having any real talent.

According to those who worked with her on various productions in the past few years, she is unpredictable in her moods, delays shoots and sometimes just doesn’t show up.

Oprah even had to set her straight in a recent interview for Lohan’s OWN network reality show called, appropriately, Lindsay.

She also recently handwrote a list of Hollywood’s leading actors that she (supposedly) slept with. James Franco is denying his place on the list, and we’re willing to be there’s a lot of actors and their wives/girlfriends that wouldn’t be happy to work with Lohan over such a list (we’re looking at you, Jessica Biel).

While Lohan has had some big-name cameos on shows like How I Met Your Mother and Glee, she has yet to turn these into a longer-running television part or a bigger movie. The good news is, she still gets paid to show up at parties and clubs to pay the bills. Until she overcomes her diva reputation, chances are this will stay the norm.

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64 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Bella December 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I expected the list to have Christian Bale. LOL. Got to love my only Batman.

  2. Jeffers Dodge August 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    What? No Tommy Lee Jones on the list. The stories about his irritability on set and in interviews are legendary!

  3. Little Poison June 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I used to work for Adam Sandler and the only and I mean only person whos name you did not mention around him was Mike Myers.

  4. Georgiapeach June 27, 2014 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Where’s Tommy Lee Jones? Had him on a flight a few years ago and he would not talk to the “help” meaning me the flight attendant. His wife did the talking for him. She was very nice.

  5. Charlene Lopez June 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Dont forget Sean Youngs drunken heckling at an award show a few years back!! that was classic!! love her!!!

  6. One Two June 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I love Charlie Sheen.

  7. One Two June 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I was wondering why I haven’t seen much of Edward Norton since “The Italian Job”.

  8. One Two June 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I love Steven Segal movies.

  9. One Two June 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I love Bruce Willis.

  10. One Two June 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I wouldn’t pay to watch anything featuring LiLo. Can’t stand her, but I do love Tommy Lee Jones.

  11. Hal O'Brien June 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Hollywood’s dirty little secret is that the worst of these actors is nowhere nearly as bad as the best-behaved studio exec.

    Seriously. The movie Swimming With Sharks, for example, is a litmus test: Over the top parody/satire, or underplayed near-documentary?

  12. Mike G June 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever liked anything J-Lo has done in movies or music.

    • Mark Z October 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Watch “An Unfinished Life” — her only worthwhile take. Nothing else (except maybe “Angel Eyes”) is worth a hoot.

  13. Kreegah Bundolo June 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Brando’s acting was over-rated. He was a terrible actor. A wooden mumbler.

    • One Two June 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      I loved him The Godfather. He was perfectly cast.

  14. Bob June 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Good Lord above Steven Segal is a low-rate actor who is now as fat as a sow. He has nothing to be arrogant about,,,,, .

    • One Two June 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Lol. Steven Segal is so fat he probably couldn’t even defend himself with his karate now, because he’s too fat to move.

    • ftw111 . October 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      You see one Segal flick you’ve seen them all. Change a few lines in the script, swap around a few props and Bingo you’ve got a movie. Even the fight scenes are all the same moves.

  15. Beezers June 2, 2014 at 5:36 am - Reply

    I wouldn’t watch Katherine Heigl in anything. She burned her bridges with her terrible attitude. There are much better actresses out there, so we don’t have to listen to some half-baked actress thinking that she’s better than anyone around her.

  16. stadalberts June 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    These Hollywood types think that they are gods. If it wasn’t for us, the movie going public, they would be NOTHING!

  17. stadalberts June 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    We can all do our part and stop going to his movies…….

  18. chevy12345 June 1, 2014 at 8:49 am - Reply

    No Joan Crawford ?

  19. Lembeck17 June 1, 2014 at 4:34 am - Reply

    To quote Max Bialystock! King of Broadway!: “Actors aren’t people! Did you ever eat with one?!”

  20. Marla May 31, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    all his movies ….

  21. barada May 31, 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

    You’ll never see Godzilla on that list. Reportedly, he is a gentleman and total professional to work with. He’s never stepped on anyone on set, or used his radioactive breath in a cast meeting, even when there were disagreements.

    Ghidrah, on the other hand…

    • Joan June 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Which hand would that be? Left or right!!

    • Joe Crowe June 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      Mothra is a diva. You should see Mothra’s requirements… The No Mothball requirement in Mothra’s contract is really difficult, because many of the costumes are vintage. So they have to re-produce everything. Also, the custom-built golf-carts must have Honda engines (which, in Hollywood, California is a contractual nightmare when dealing with the EPA). Not to mention that Mothra insists on personally interviewing her stunt doubles. Do you know how hard it is to find a good stunt-moth? Such a luddite purist, Mothra refuses to even consider GCI to circumvent these hassles. Oh! And mothra is a bit of a self-obsessed neurotic who tends to drink a bit on set in order to ‘come out of her cocoon’. This is particularly annoying because Mothra is a ‘method actor’ and, when really on the sauce, can’t seem to distinguish between actor and act.

      • Robi Akerley-McKee June 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        Don’t forget the crap she insists on if filming when schools out and Mosura is on set. Though when her friend Godzuki shows up things are a lot nicer since Godzilla taught Godzuki so well.

  22. Korian73 May 31, 2014 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Who really cares?

  23. Texan78730 May 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Why do studios waste their time with these egocentric, demanding, temperamental, petulant, nobodies? I would think it would be easier all around to buy them out of their contracts (if anyone was stupid enough to put them under contract) than it would be to put up with them.

    • Joe Crowe June 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Because we live in a culture where someone’s tongue has become ‘iconic’.

  24. Douglas Schwab May 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Katerine heidle may have a chance of a come back if she pulls her head out of her ass

  25. Samss May 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I was expecting to see charlie sheen on this list

    • K Fernstrom July 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      He was.

  26. Nicky Bocker May 17, 2014 at 1:07 am - Reply

    If I had to work with a bunch of PC intolerant left wing nut bags I would be a grumpy actor too..

    • ralph_indianapolis June 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Oh for gods sake! Everything isn’t political. You probably go to a page with a recipe for meatloaf abd post something political. Why not stick to the political pages to post politics.

  27. Patriot68Freiheit May 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Lohan is an actor – who knew?

    • PlutoSontse May 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      You’re right she isn’t an actor she is an actress.

      • Patriot68Freiheit May 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm - Reply

        Sorry, but the PC people say you have to call EVERYBODY now an “actor”. Just like there are no more chairmen or -women, they’re all “chairs”. You’re behind the times. Lohan does act up & seems to play an actress or whatever on TV.

        • David Hill May 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm -

          What PC people? Who are they and where to they congregate? A lot of people use neutral language to avoid confusion, which is how waitresses became servers. I’m telling you this as a massage therapist.

        • Joe Crowe June 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm -

          Thera-peeved, not Thera-pist. Keep it clean.

        • Gotu Pet May 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm -

          lol sheesh!

      • klaus barbie doll May 25, 2014 at 1:43 am - Reply

        oh please. i’ll bet YOU are difficult to work with…

        • Joan June 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm -

          I’m sure we all have quirks…

    • Richard Beecher May 22, 2014 at 12:26 am - Reply

      Zing!

  28. Joe_D_Messina May 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    I’ve read Brando would sometimes test directors by starting out doing an intentionally poor job. If the director had the guts to call him on it, he’d respect that and would give a good performance. But if the director didn’t say anything he’d phone in the entire production.

  29. Yvette Daly May 16, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    I used to like Bruce Willis until the Expendables thing came up, where Willis wanted big $$ / day, for filming. So, I agree. Bruce Willis is off my list. He thinks he’s all that, and he’s not! All of this stardom has gone to his head, completely! He needs to come back down to reality!!

    • Richard Beecher May 22, 2014 at 12:27 am - Reply

      Replaced with Harrison Ford, good call on Sly’s part.

  30. mohammed epstein May 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Hard on his career? Really “Rocky”? Little late for that.

  31. Mike April 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    When did Lindsay Lohan have a cameo on HIMYM?

    • gaflourgirl May 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Are they thinking about Brittney Spears? (who did a great job)

  32. peabody3000 April 23, 2014 at 2:41 am - Reply

    marlon brando never memorized his lines.. because of his acting method. he felt that he delivered lines more authentically if he was seeing them for the first time. it wasnt laziness or uncooperativeness

    • KewlDawg April 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      I wonder how many actors are still playing new roles opposite Brando?

    • Frank Nuciforo May 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      You’re totally wrong and have it backwards…..Brando consistently did take after take after take in most of his movies, and drove Sinatra crazy in Guys and Doll’s…..That’s what method actors do, they rehearse over and over again until it feels natural………Sinatra, on the other hand was truly “one take Charley”, which he got from working with the great Spencer Tracy……..

      • Lembeck17 June 1, 2014 at 4:38 am - Reply

        “Great” Spencer Tracy was a low-life child molester – specifically, Judy Garland. Look it up, Bambi.

        • TerenceL June 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm -

          Looked it up…..found nothing.

      • Little Poison June 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        In the early days Brando was a method actor, by the time he did Superman (1978) he was using cue cards. Pictures excist of it.

  33. Rebecca Hergert April 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    It was my understand JACK LORD was hard to work with as well, according to Honolulu news in the 70’s.
    BUT I THINK THAT’S WHAT MAKES A PERSON SUCCESSFUL.
    YOU BETTER KNOW/MEMORIZE YOUR LINES BEFORE YOU GET ON THE SET.
    CAUSE OTHER-WISE NO FIELD OF DREAMS FOR YOU!!!

    • JoJo April 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Why the yelling? Does this make you successful in blogs?

      • Bob June 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

        She’s trying be noticed….. like some of these in the article,,,, trying to be relevant

    • Ralph_Edmunds May 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      He was referred to as “The Lord”

      • Kenneth Spell May 31, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

        Expected to co-star again with Sean Connery in the Bond movies after Doctor No…ALL the Bond movies, with billing on the theatre marque…And that’s one reason why they had other actors play Felix Leiter over the decades…

    • ralph_indianapolis June 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Most of the local actors loved Jack Lord for helping them get jobs on TV.

  34. Ninernation February 12, 2014 at 12:29 am - Reply

    How about Dustin Hoffman and James Caan? I’ve read they are horrible to work with.

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