15 Most Difficult Actors to Work With Ever

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON January 7th, 2016


8. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera Singer And Actress

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Better known for her amazing singing skills than acting, Christina Aguilera has paved the way for pop music and has released seven hit singles one after another. That does not hide the fact that the dazzling diva has a dark side too as evident from her frequent clashes with Adam Levine on The Voice.

The two often squared off backstage too. The menace did not stop there as the producers always had to deal with Aguilera coming late for work. In fact, they even forced a curfew on her so she can manage to come on time. The singer has often been rough with co-stars as well including Tony Lucca from The Mickey Mouse Club.


7. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan Difficult Actress To Work With

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As a child star, Lindsay Lohan was expected to be one of the biggest stars as she grew up but everything came tumbling down as the actress was dragged to the world of drugs and alcohol.

As of late, Lohan hardly finds any long-term work for herself and is more famous for her fights, drug abuse, arrests and delayed shoots. In fact, it is amazing how the actress still manages to keep herself relevant.

Once a leading star, Lohan is now reduced to minor roles and cameos and she has her attitude to blame. Known for unpredictable mood swings and being late for her shoots, the road looks dark for the actress indeed.


6. Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer Movie Actor

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Val Kilmer’s roots of being difficult to work with goes way back! Believe it or not, the actor furiously stormed out of the set of his first job – a hamburger commercial when he was just 12 years old!

Despite being one of the biggest names in Hollywood, every director has something bad to say about him. Fighting so many times with director Joel Schumacher during the shoot of Batman Forever, Kilmer was not called to reprise the role of Batman for the sequel. The actor has rightfully earned the nickname of “Psycho Kilmer” in the business.


5. Steven Seagal

Actor Steven Seagal

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It is hard to even tell the off-screen antics Steven Seagal is famous for. The actor beats up co-stars for fun and abusively scolds his own stuntmen. The actor has been sued multiple times for various accusations such as sexual harassment and breach of contract.

Seagel once stated:

“There was a time when I thought I was doing a good thing with good guys for a good cause. Looking back, I think I really wanted to be a warrior.” 

Seeing how dangerous he has been to the people around him, he should have been one.


4. Christian Bale

Christian Bale A Very Hardworker Actor

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It is no secret that Christian Bale worked hard to be the Hollywood mega-star he is today but all of that does not shun the fact that his co-workers find him extremely difficult to work with.

The actor has a really hot temper as evident from the leaked audio of Bale profusely yelling at the director of photography of Terminator: Salvation for interrupting him while shooting a scene.

Bale’s publicist Harrison Cheung has revealed that the actor suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and even wrote a book about him with a very interesting title: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman.


3. Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow Movie Actress

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Known for her snobbish ways, Gwyneth Paltrow insists that the gym shower must be dried because she does not want to be touched by the previous person’s water.

For unexplained reasons, the actress refused to even talk with Scarlett Johansson on the set of Iron Man 2. Weird indeed!


2. Edward Norton

Edward Norton Actor

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The intensity of Edward Norton’s acting skills oozes from his enactments while he performs onscreen. No doubt that the actor takes his job very seriously but is known for greatly difficult to work with as well.

The actor overreacts too much and even changes his lines during the performances. American History X showcased one of the best performances by Norton but director Tony Kaye absolutely hated working with him and even called the actor a “narcissistic dilettante.”


1. Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando Movie Actor

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Marlon Brando has not only proved himself as the greatest actor of all time but also showed that he is the most difficult actor to work with. The actor is known for insanely high salary demands in exchange for little work. Other antics include not wearing pants on the set and insisting the directors to shoot above his waist.

The madness does not stop there as Brando is infamous for refusing to memorize his dialogues and insisting to place cue cards around him in order to play his character. Much to the filmmakers’ frustrations, Brando is famous for staying in character both on-screen and off-screen.

Such an act may have cost the actor his reputation but it made him the first practitioner of method acting; a technique that is used by the biggest stars of Hollywood today. Despite being utterly unbearable and extremely demanding, Brando will forever be remembered as the greatest actor of all time.


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