11 Actors Who Spoke Out About Directors Behaving Badly On Set
However, some actors have bravely criticized directors who mistreated them on set. We couldn't have imagined that there was so much mess behind some compelling movies. These actors have really endured some horrible experiences in a cruel industry. Some said it was a nightmare working with their abusive directors. These actors have become stars and were no longer afraid of the power of directors.
Today, we have compiled a list of 11 actors who refuse to stay silent about directors misbehaving them on set. Let's check them out!
#1 Megan Fox
Source: Francois Durand / Getty ImagesIn 2009, Megan Fox criticized Michael Bay for his unprofessional behavior behind the scenes in the Transformers movie franchise.
Source: Kevin Winter / Getty ImagesIn an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Fox revealed that Bay "wants to create this insane, mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for, but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I enjoy his personality because he's so awkward and hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. It's endearing to watch him. He's so weak in real life and then on set, he's a tyrant."
#2 Tippi Hedren
Source: Keystone / Getty ImagesIn both interviews and her autobiography, Tippi, Tippi Hedren described: What a nightmare!
Source: Keystone / Getty ImagesIn an interview with NPR following her book's 2016 release, Hedren said, "[Hitchcock's behavior] popped out such a problem for me that I demanded to get out of the contract. And he said, 'Well, you can't, you have your daughter to support, and your parents are getting older.' And I said, 'They wouldn't want me in a situation where I'm not happy.' And he said, 'Well, I'll ruin your career.' And he really did. He just kept me under contract, paying me my salary. Many directors and producers wanted me for their film, but to get to me, they had to go through him."
#3 Ray Fisher
Source: Michael Tullberg / Getty ImagesDirected Joss Whedon has been accused multiple times of on-set misconduct. In 2020, Ray Fisher, who starred in the 2017 Justice League, tweeted that Whedon's behavior during the shoot was "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable."
Source: Frazer Harrison / Getty ImagesBefore that tweet, Fisher uploaded a video of himself "praising Whedon" at the 2017 Comic-CoHitchcock subjected here a moment to retract every bit of this statement forcefully." His previous positivity was the product of "studio-supplied talking points," not his excellent opinion of the director.
#4 Isla Fisher
Source: Albert L. Ortega / Getty ImagesFisher's costar Gal Gadot spoke the same things about Whedon's inappropriate conduct during the Justice League shoot.
In the same Hollywood Reporter profile in which Fisher talked about his experience, an anonymous source said that following a disagreement between Whedon and Gadot over the direction of her character, he "told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines, and he could make her look stupid in that movie."
Source: Tim P. Whitby / Getty ImagesJust a few months following the publication of the profile, in an interview with the Israeli outlet N12, Gadot revealed, "He kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable."
#5 Charisma CarpenterBefore Justice League, Whedon made and directed Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff, Angel. Charisma Carpenter, who portrayed Cordelia Chase in both series, went public with her harrowing experience working with Whedon in 2021.
Source: Ryan Miller / Getty ImagesIn a statement released on Twitter supporting Ray Fisher, Carpenter wrote that Whedon mocked her for her weight during her pregnancy, asked her if she was "going to keep it," and fired her after she gave birth. Carpenter shared that the stress of "long and physically demanding days and the different stress of having to defend my needs as a working pregnant woman" led her to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions, which "are the body's way of preparing for true labor, but they do not indicate that labor has begun."
Carpenter added that Whedon was "casually cruel" and a "vampire" who raised the "promise and joy" of being a new parent away from her.
#6 Elliot Page
Source: Mike Coppola / Getty ImagesIn a 2017 Facebook post, Elliot Page wrote that Brett Ratner outed him as gay while filming X-Men: The Last Stand.
Still, Elliot Page shared, "I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay but did not know. I felt violated when this happened. He ‘outed’ me without regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic." Page was 18 years old at the time of the incident.
#7 Shirley MacLaine and Sally Field
Shirley MacLaine and Sally Field shared the same thing that Herbert Ross, their director in Steel Magnolias, was cruel to them and their costars during filming.
In the 2013 event, Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies, Field said that Ross "went after Julia [Roberts] with a vengeance." MacLaine recalled that Roberts would cry at her house every night after finisht the film and ask, "I think I'm terrible. What am I doing?"
Ross even had the nerve to tell Dolly Parton that she should have acting lessons. In her biography Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, Parton wrote telling him, "I'm not an actress, I'm Dolly Parton. I'm a personality who has been hired to do this movie. You're the director. It's your job to make me just look like I'm acting."
#9 Amy AdamsAmy Adams spoke about the awful environment David O. Russell created behind the scenes of 2013's American Hustle.In an email leaked in the 2014 Sony hack, a journalist called Jonathan Alter wrote to Sony CEO Michael Lynton, who also happened to be his brother-in-law, about the abuse Adams endured on set. Alter claimed, "His abuse and lunatic behavior are extreme even by Hollywood standards."
Adams added this in a 2016 GQ profile. Russell made her cry and said, "He was hard on me. I was devastated on set."
#10 Kate Winslet
Source: Ryan Miller / Getty ImagesKate Winslet told the press she wouldn't be thrilled at ever working with Titanic director James Cameron again.
In 1997, Winslet told the Los Angeles Times, "You’d have to pay me a lot of money to work with Jim again." Before that, she told the Times, "If anything were the slightest bit wrong, he would lose it. It was hard to focus when he lost it, shouting and screaming."
#11 Richard DreyfussRichard Dreyfuss, who starred as former vice president Dick Cheney in the 2008 film Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? They did not mince words when mentioning director Oliver Stone.
During an appearance on The View, Dreyfuss talked about Stone, "Imagine working for Sean Hannity. You could be a fascist, even when you're on the left."
He also claimed he starred in it for the money and that it was "six-eighths of a great film."