5 Most Difficult Celebrities to Work With

Forget about Kevin Spacey’s character in Horrible Bosses – you really don’t need to look to fictional characters if you’re looking for difficult people to work with. And if you thought that Stephanie from Legal was a bitch to work with, you may find some comfort in reading about these 5 celebrities who take bitchiness to a whole new level – with a touch of megalomania and a pinch of awfulness.

1. Phil Spector

Phil Spector practically takes the crown for being the most difficult celebrity to work with, and with plenty of reason, too. The 75-year-old sociopathic record producer was sentenced to prison for the 2003 murder of actress and fashion model Lana Clarkson. Prior to his sentencing, Spector was widely known for his dangerous and unpredictable personality – he reportedly even locked Celine Dion in the recording studio until she hit the perfect note he was looking for. Needless to say, their collaboration soon came to an end.

2. Katherine Heigl

Better known for playing Izzie Stevens on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is one of the most recognizable contemporary actresses, and reportedly one very difficult celebrity to work with. An unnamed source told The Hollywood Reporter that she would make “movie-star demands” that even the biggest stars wouldn’t dare, and her relationship with Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes purportedly deteriorated when she withdrew her name from the 2008 Emmy Awards “to maintain the integrity of the academy organization.”

3. Mariah Carey

Once described as the Queen of R&B, Mariah Carey has a reputation for being one of the most demanding celebrities. During a 2008 autograph signing event in London, she reportedly flew in a £50,000 antique table from New York for the occasion. More recently, the “Hero” singer allegedly refused her personal assistant meal breaks during 16-hour workdays.

4. Marlon Brando

Notoriously difficult to work with, Marlon Brando rose to fame in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, and went on to star in award-winning movies like Julius Caesar, On the Waterfront, Sayonara, and The Godfather. Brando made $3.7 million for his minor role in 1978’s Superman, and almost 12% of the film’s gross profits – for just 13 days of work, but he is perhaps best known for his antics during the filming of The Score. The late actor is said to have refused to wear trousers on the set so that he would only be filmed from the waist up in close-up shots.

5. William Shatner

William Shatner
The Flordia Theatre

Famous for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on the 1960s science fiction TV show Star Trek, the Canadian actor has been described as quite the egomaniac. George Takei, Star Trek’s Hikaru Sulu, recounted how Shatner had refused to appear at James Doohan’s farewell convention. Doohan, who played Scotty on the hit show, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was joined by the cast for the Beam Me Up Scotty… One Last Time event – everyone except Shatner, who reportedly told the promoter that he didn’t “want to do this and really don’t want to deal with all this Alzheimer’s crap.”

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