13 Actors Who Crossed The Line On Set
Actors often go to great extremes for a role, but the following eight dudes’ crazy on-set behavior gives new meaning to the term “too far.” From on-set meltdowns to physical altercations, you won’t believe some of the lines they crossed. Well, except for maybe Shia LaBeouf—when it comes to that guy, anything is possible.
We understand how important it can be for an actor to stay in character on set, but every story we’ve heard about Jared Leto’s Method acting while filming his scenes as the Joker for Suicide Squad has sounded less awe-inspiring than, well, simply gross. Case in point: his confession to E! News that he sent various castmembers used condoms and anal beads. “I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there,” Leto said. “The Joker is somebody who doesn’t really respect things like personal space or boundaries.” Seriously, dude. What?
Fortunately for Leto, he didn’t mess with Viola Davis, whose reaction to his on-set antics perfectly summed up our own. “I did not receive any personally or else I would have got my husband, who was called the Headache Ball back in the day when he played football,” she told E! News. “I would have said, ‘Take care of the Joker.'”
Of all the film set freak-outs in Hollywood history, none will ever equal the expletive-filled rant Christian Bale fired off at cinematographer Shane Hurlbut during the making of Terminator: Salvation in 2009. While the outburst led to some pretty hilarious internet parodies, including this now-infamous remix, it painted a horrible picture of Bale, who came off looking like a rage-filled blowhard. “Am I going to walk around and rip your f****** lights down, in the middle of a scene? … ” Bale shouted at Hurlbut, who apparently distracted Bale by walking through his line of sight. “What the f*** is it with you?”
Listening to Bale’s tantrum years after it leaked, it’s easy to understand why he was quick to apologize. “There is nobody that has heard that tape that is hit harder by it than me,” he told KROQ-FM’s “Kevin and Bean” show (via CNN). “I make no excuses for it. It is inexcusable.” Bale went on to say that he and Hurlbut made up very shortly after, although—shocker!—they haven’t worked together since.
Katherine Heigl is one of those actresses who’s reportedly so difficult to work with, entire lists are made about her alleged on-set behavior. Just how bad can things get? In the case of the 2010 movie Life as We Know It, it depends who you believe. While the film’s director and executive producer praised Heigl’s work on the movie to The Hollywood Reporter, some insiders claimed they witnessed “desperately difficult situations” involving the Emmy-winning star. “She can cost you time every single day of shooting,” the insider revealed. “Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day. Even getting her deal closed at Warners was hard. She hit that point of ‘no.'” When you start to remember that Heigl reportedly made $12 million for the movie, you can’t help but roll your eyes.
Rumors have persisted for years that Gene Hackman was a nightmare to work with on the set of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. Those stories were finally confirmed by Anderson and Tenenbaum stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston during a 10th anniversary screening of the film at the New York Film Festival in 2011. In fact, all three of them admitted to being scared to work with Hackman in the first place. “I was a lot scared but I was more concerned with protecting Wes,” Huston said during a Q&A panel, adding there was a moment when Hackman told Anderson to “pull up your pants and act like a man.” “[None of us have] heard or seen of Gene since this movie,” she said.
Later in the Q&A, Anderson vaguely confirmed a longstanding rumor that, yes, Hackman really did call him the C-word. Still, he did his best to downplay the whole situation. “He’s a huge force and I really enjoyed working with him. Even though he was very challenging with me, it was very exciting seeing him launch into these scenes,” Anderson said, according to IndieWire. If it’s any consolation, at least their experiences weren’t as painful as Hackman’s final film to date, Welcome to Mooseport.
He may be funny while the cameras are rolling, but in between takes, Mike Myers is reportedly incredibly difficult to work with. His ridiculous antics on the set of Wayne’s World have been agonizingly detailed by the film’s director, Penelope Spheeris, who later told Entertainment Weekly (via Gawker) that she “hated that bastard for years.” “You should have heard him bitching when I was trying to do that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ scene,” she vented. “‘I can’t move my neck like that! Why do we have to do this so many times? No one is going to laugh at that!'”
Even worse, Spheeris recalled a moment (via ABC News) when Myers spent hours on the phone with his manager threatening to quit because the set didn’t provide margarine. A meltdown over margarine? That’s not funny—that’s just sad.
If there’s one director in Hollywood you shouldn’t piss off, it’s Steven Spielberg. That’s allegedly what Julia Roberts did while filming Hook in 1991. Reportedly heartbroken over the end of her relationship with Kiefer Sutherland, Roberts was rumored to have been notoriously difficult to work with, to the point where some tabloids referred to her as “Tinkerhell,” according to the New York Times. Even Spielberg himself confirmed tensions on the set in an interview with 60 Minutes (via People), saying flat-out, “It was an unfortunate time for us to work together.”
If tabloid rumors are to be believed, Jennifer Lopez may have experienced her own “Julia Roberts moment” while filming the romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting. According to the New York Daily News, Lopez—who had just split from her husband of 10 years, Marc Anthony—”wouldn’t talk to anyone directly” on the film’s Atlanta set. In fact, the only way she allegedly would communicate was “through her handler.” So much for still being Jenny from the block.
Isaiah Washington was fired from the set of Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 amid rumors that he directed a homophobic slur at co-star T.R. Knight during a heated fight with Patrick Dempsey on the set the previous fall. In the lead-up to getting 86-ed, Washington repeatedly denied the allegations, most famously during a press conference at the 2007 Golden Globes, even though Knight contradicted his account. Washington finally copped to his offense in an interview with Larry King, claiming he meant to use the offending word in the context of “somebody who is being weak.” Which … Ugh.
On the positive side, Knight later told Ellen DeGeneres that Washington’s on-set nonsense inspired him to come out, according to People magazine.
The exact details of how and why Shia LaBeouf threw a punch at Tom Hardy while filming their 2012 movie Lawless is unclear. LaBeouf first alluded to it in an interview with Details (via Fandango); Hardy confirmed the altercation in a subsequent chat with Den of Geek. “He just attacked me,” Hardy laughed. “He was drinking moonshine. I was wearing a cardigan, and er, went down.”
The actual punch has since been downplayed. LaBeouf later told MTV News that it was brotherly love, not moonshine, that caused the fight. Meanwhile, director John Hillcoat told Reddit that, while the fight did happen, Hardy wasn’t actually knocked out. Instead, the two of them simply had to be restrained. So what actually happened? Honestly, given LaBeouf’s recent string of bizarre-o behavior, it’s probably best not to ask.
Lindsay Lohan’s bad behavior on the set of Georgia Rule is the stuff of Hollywood legend. According to the Los Angeles Times, things eventually got so bad that the studio chief of Morgan Creek Productions actually sent her a letter in which he claimed she was “acting like a spoiled child.”
Lohan, who was often late to the set or missed filming days altogether, even ticked off various castmembers, including none other than two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda. Amid rumors of an on-set blow-up, Fonda confirmed to CBS News that, yes, she once cursed Lohan out in her trailer. “She was late one day,” Fonda said, “and I got mad, and went in and said, ‘Get your (blank) out here!’ I raised my voice, and she said to her makeup person, ‘Barbarella, she just yelled at me!'”
If it’s any consolation for Lohan, her feud with Fonda was limited to just that incident. “Hey, when she showed up on the set, she was always great … I loved working with her,” Fonda said. But, yeah. Memo to future stars: never mess with Barbarella.
If Patton Oswalt is to be believed, Wesley Snipes was a terror to work with on the set of Blade: Trinity. Speaking to The A.V. Club in 2012, Oswalt described as an off-the rails diva who only came to set to film his close-ups. “He wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day,” Oswalt claimed. Even worse, Oswalt claims that Snipes at one point “tried to strangle” the film’s director, David Goyer. Yeah, that’s about 50 lines crossed right there.
Rumors that Lea Michele was a diva with a capital D on the set of Glee plagued the show for years. She reportedly made enemies with co-star Naya Rivera in a series of on-set feuds, according to multiple reports from TMZ in 2014. Apparently, Michele’s behavior didn’t sit well with some of Glee’s famous guest stars, either. According to sources for Us Weekly in 2012, Kate Hudson felt that Lea was a “nightmare” to work with on set and that she was “keeping her distance” from the Emmy-nominated starlet.
The source continued: “Once, during a technical delay, Lea snapped her fingers and said, ‘Let’s go. I have plans!'” Yikes.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J’s alleged improvising on the set of Oliver Stone’s football drama Any Given Sunday reportedly got so violent, the Miami-Dade Police Department had to get involved. According to MTV News, Cool J pushed, then punched co-star Jamie Foxx—who was wearing a helmet—during an unscripted moment. Foxx reportedly tried to reason with LL, and when that didn’t work, sources said Foxx threw a punch in his face. Both were said to have suffered minor injuries.
Cool J allegedly claimed he was trying to make the scene “more believable since they were acting.” Whatever the case, Foxx told MTV News in 2006 that they ended their feud after running into each other at a Miami Heat game. By that point, he said, they had both grown up. “When you’re grown, you don’t really have time for all that [beefing],” he said. “When you’re young, it’s cool to have your emotions on your chest. But we’re grown now.”