Tuesday 27 September 2016

Star trouble: Hollywood's roll-call of bad behaviour

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

Christian Bale. Photo: Getty Images
Christian Bale. Photo: Getty Images
Jennifer Lopez. Photo: Getty Images

In fairness to John Carney, he's not the first director to have a go at a star.

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Kevin Smith once described working with the notoriously grumpy Bruce Willis as "soul-crushing", but Mr Willis is an angel compared to some. Katharine Heigl hit the big time in 2007 when she co-starred with Seth Rogen in Judd Apatow's hit comedy 'Knocked Up'. But soon after she bit the hand that fed her by calling the film "sexist", and claiming it "paints the women as shrews". Later, she said she would not be seeking an Emmy for her performance on 'Grey's Anatomy' because the writing wasn't good enough.

Jennifer Lopez will only agree to act in a film if a long and very specific list of demands are met. She's been known to argue with all around her, and her wardrobe demands would apparently impress Cleopatra. Legend has it that Val Kilmer walked off the set of his very first job: he was 12, it was a hamburger commercial, and was starting as he meant to continue. His most famous bust-up came in 1995, on the set of 'Batman Forever', when he had a huge fight with director, Joel Schumacher. "He was rude and inappropriate," Schumacher later explained. "Then we had two weeks where he did not speak to me, but it was bliss."

In 2008, while he was working on 'Terminator Salvation', Christian Bale (above) let fly at his director of photography for breaking his concentration by walking across a set. In a subsequent outburst, which was recorded on someone's phone, he swore at the poor man, belittled him, and threatened to quit the film. And this wasn't Hamlet mind, it was a stupid sci-fi adventure. Bale later apologised.

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