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Added by Leader Vladimir on 22 Feb 2014 08:19
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Actors Bossing Directors Around

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Alan Rickman only agreed to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on the condition that he could play the character however he wanted. He played the Sheriff as a comedic figure in an otherwise straight-faced Robin Hood adaptation. His character is considered the best thing in the film.
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Bruce Willis changed a lot of things during the production of Live Free or Die Hard. According to an interview with Kevin Smith, it was probably for the better, as the studio planned to add more humor and were not afraid to make the story suffer for it, which Willis refused to allow. Every time the producers argued, he finished the argument with something along the lines of "Who is your second choice to play John McClane?"

His impact on Cop Out wasn't so positive, however, as he ignored Smith's direction and displayed inappropiate behavior. This caused Smith, who previously idolized Willis, to declare he would never work with Willis again and would never work with anyone he idolized in his youth either.

Brian De Palma said Willis was difficult to work with in Bonfire of the Vanities. It did not help that he was miscast in the first place.

Meanwhile, Roger Director wrote in a novel that Willis was a unsufferable actor.

Willis wanted a large sum of money for four days work on The Expendables 3. As Willis was difficult to work with, Sylverster Stallone fired him and replaced him with the much nicer and easier to work with Harrison Ford.
Christian Bale was offered the part of Marcus in Terminator: Salvation but wanted to play John Connor instead. The role was expanded and problems began during production. Of course, the most infamous case involving Bale was the rant he delivered to the director of photography for changing the lighting levels while he was performing a scene and told director Joseph "McG" McGinty that he will not have it happen again.
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Crispin Glover attempted to do this during production of Back to the Future. His "unreasonable demands" included being given a paycheck equal to Michael J. Fox's even though he played a tertiary character.

There was also another story where Universal was only willing to pay Glover $50,000 for his role, which for a big-budgeted studio tentpole is very low. Glover wanted a more reasonable payment but was fired.
According to director Tony Kaye, during post-production of American History X, Edward Norton had the movie edited to have more screentime. Kaye resigned from the movie and the studio got a new editor. The finished product was well received and Norton earned an Oscar nomination, so he apparently won the argument.

This happened again in The Incredible Hulk. Norton was a fan of the Hulk and re-wrote the movie to be closer to the comics. Although the movie was better recieved than Ang Lee's movie, Norton's reputation as being difficult to work with was apparently one of the reasons he was replaced for The Avengers.
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While she was working on X-Men, Halle Berry refused to wear white contacts that covered her eyes, like in the comics, and wanted more lines and scenes. This continued on X2, as she had won an Academy Award, giving her more clout. She even demanded a huge paycheck in X-Men: The Last Stand, with rumors flying that she would not even cameo in the movie without it.

This led to Catwoman being greenlit. During production of Die Another Day, her demands included that she be featured in front of Pierce Brosnan, who plays James Bond, on the movie poster. After Catwoman bombed at the box office, her final paycheck in X-Men: The Last Stand (after she begged for her part back) was said to be a lot smaller than demanded.
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While he was working on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp decided to act like he was drunk the entire movie instead of being a straightforward action hero like the directors wanted. He became the most popular character in the franchise. It was later said that the creators were pleased with Depp's interpretation, not expecting that his portrayal would be so popular with audiences.
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The movie Hook has a scene where Tinkerbell, played Julia Roberts, inexplicably grows to human size and shares a semi-romantic moment with Peter Pan, played by Robin Williams. Apparently, this happened because Roberts demanded she had at least one scene in which she acted alongside Williams instead of being in front of a greenscreen. This, among things, caused Steven Spielberg to say he would never work with her again. To Roberts' credit, she later owned up to her behavior, saying she had problems after her failed marriage with Lyle Lovett.
Kevin Costner changed a lot of things during the production of Waterworld, which became the most expensive movie ever produced before the release of Titanic.
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Kirk Douglas got the first director for Spartacus fired and replaced him with Stanley Kubrick, who was a little-known director at the time. Although the film made Kubrick famous, he later claimed Douglas was really the one on the driver's seat. He was also the producer. Of course, the two were actually good friends and Kubrick only directed the movie as a favor to Douglas.
Marlon Brando became perhaps the most famous case of this. For example, he refused to memorize his lines and instead insisted that they be held off-camera on cue cards or, when technology allowed, to be fed via radio into an earpiece. During the production of Apocalypse Now, he did not read the novel and instead insisted Francis Ford Coppola read it to him onscreen.
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Meryl Streep once said that directors had no place telling an actor how to act, they simply "rented" their performance.

A screenwriter later said "Yeah, well someone should tell Meryl Streep to apply the same rule to herself and scriptwriting."
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Orson Welles became known for this. No matter how small or insignificant his role was, considering he only took the part for the paycheck, he always rewrote his lines and in some cases even insisted on directing his own scenes. This is perhaps most infamous when he did this while recording a radio commercial for frozen peas, complaining about his lines.
Sam Worthington did a major screenplay rewrite to the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. As he had become famous for his role on Avatar, he overturned much of what director Louis Leterrier wanted. Worthington made the movie more action-driven, as he wanted the movie to appeal to his nephew.
According to Chris Parry, Wesley Snipes did a lot of this during the production of Blade Trinity. Snipes did not like director David Goyer and in response decided to do the least amount of work imaginable. He was only on set when the film required him to stare directly at the camera, his stunt double had to fill in the rest of the time. When Snipes did show up on the set, he was rude to everyone involved.

Actors and directors are supposed to be in cooperation in order to produce a great film. But sometimes, actors impose their own ideas on the directors, either demanding they get more screentime, a major rewrite of the plot, etc. This might end up causing problems for the film.

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