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25 Most Difficult Actors to Work With in Hollywood

Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis stand next to each other in a crowd in Gangs of New York

Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis stand next to each other in a crowd in Gangs of New York Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York | Miramax

Sometimes being an actor takes a bit of an ego. How else can one be expected to get in front of the camera for take after take, or to endure rejection after rejection in order to finally land a breakthrough part? Some of the elite Hollywood actors, however, let their egos get the best of them, forcing lowlier persons on the film food chain to carry out their demands, no matter how ridiculous.

We’ve scoured the news sites and gossip mags to compile this list of the most notoriously difficult actors to work with.

1. Shannen Doherty

Actress Shannen Doherty

Actress Shannen Doherty Actress Shannen Doherty | Brad Barket/Getty Images

As one of the breakout stars of the ’90s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, Shannen Doherty quickly earned a reputation as one of the most difficult actresses to work with. Jason Priestley, one of her costars on Beverly Hills, 90210, described her diva-like behavior in his memoir. Per The Hollywood Reporter, in his book, Jason Priestley: A Memoir, the actor recalled that Doherty “really and truly did not give a shit” and noted that she even complained when a publicist had a town car pick her up instead of a limousine.

Producer Aaron Spelling characterized her in a slightly more sympathetic light, telling People Magazine that, “She is a very honest person who wears her emotions on her sleeve. If you ask her a direct question, she’ll give you a direct answer.”

Unfortunately for Doherty, her costars didn’t appreciate her style of “honesty” and soon moved to oust the difficult actress from the show. As revealed in Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story telefilm, Doherty’s co-workers decided to vote her off the show, and her character was soon packed off to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Doherty never returned to the show, although she did later appear on The CW’s spinoff show, 90210 in 2008.

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