Hollywood's Most Arrogant Celebrities

In Hollywood, a little bit of self-confidence goes a long way — and a lot of it most of the time goes even further. An overly robust ego is practically a job requirement in the wayward world of showbiz, and the industry is crawling with stars who could benefit from a generous slice of humble pie (or two).

"I am an actor and all actors think that they are The One," Scarlett Johansson told the Daily Mail in 2013. "It's part of our huge egos and makes us so successful in some areas of our lives and not in others." Although Johansson's tongue is firmly planted in her cheek here, she may be onto something: Many Hollywood stars possess levels of arrogance that border on the pathological, and examples are never too hard to come by.

So, without further ado, here are our nominees for Hollywood's Most Arrogant Celebrities. It is humbling, no?

​Gwyneth Paltrow: Most hated, moi?

"I'm really f***ing good at my job and people who are interesting and good know that; and that's all that matters." So said Gwyneth Paltrow in 2004, thus earning side-eye from basically the whole world (per The Irish Independent). The "Shakespeare in Love" actor is notorious for spouting out hysterically haughty quotes, including such greatest hits as: "Sometimes Harvey Weinstein will let me use the Miramax jet if I'm opening a supermarket for him."

Paltrow has gone on the record to say she'd "rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can." She also once grandly proclaimed, "I am who I am; I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year." According to Radar Online, these ostentatious outbursts are the reason she's universally "despised in Hollywood." In fact, her excessive ego-tripping earned her top honors in a 2013 "Most Hated Celebrity" list published in Star magazine. Asked why she thought she'd won this dubious distinction, Paltrow told BBC World News (via Access Hollywood), "There's a perception that ... that I was sort of raised with a silver spoon in my mouth."

Paltrow didn't do herself any favors in 2014 by suggesting that Hollywood actor moms have it harder than most working moms. She told E! News, "I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."

Will Smith is an 'egomaniac'

Craving a "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" reunion? Well, we live to break your heart. If such a project ever got the green light, one former series regular would most emphatically not be taking part. Janet Hubert, the actor who portrayed Aunt Vivian on the sitcom, doesn't err on the side of nuance when discussing her overall opinion of Will Smith. "There will never be a reunion," she told TMZ, "as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith." 

To hear her say it, Smith's attitude hasn't matured at all over the years. "He is still an egomaniac," she told the tabloid, "and has not grown up." In fact, Hubert claimed the only thing in this great big crumbling world that would ever make her consider working with Smith again is "an apology, which he doesn't know the word." And she's not the only actor to accuse Smith of having an ego the size of Encino, either. Smith's "Ali" co-star, Paul Rodriguez, made similar claims, telling San Diego radio station Rock 105.3 that "I'd never work with him again. He was an a**hole" (via Us Weekly). 

No one has accused Smith of being humble, anyway. After all, this is the man who once described his son Jaden's plight as, "Your father's the biggest movie star in the world, and you're struggling for your little piece of dignity in this extreme shadow." Hey, we've all been there, right?

Faye Dunaway: A study in divadom

If the Express can be believed, Faye Dunaway is an absolute frightmare behind the scenes. She reportedly regularly shrieks at service industry employees and thinks her plane tickets should be upgraded as a matter of principle. In fact, a flight attendant once claimed Dunaway was "screaming at everyone" and saying: "Don't you know who I am?" 

While filming "Chinatown," the actor once reportedly threw a cup of urine on director Roman Polanski because he wouldn't let her use the restroom. "I am a lady and you were completely insulting," Dunaway told journalist Xan Brooks, after he boldly asked her about the incident. According to an insider, Dunaway was so demonic on the set of "Mommie Dearest" that "no one dared approach her for fear of being verbally attacked and abused." Actor Rutanya Alda, who starred opposite Dunaway in the film, once quipped, "You can enter Faye Dunaway's dressing room but first throw a raw steak in there to distract her." (Rawr!) 

Sounds like Dunaway hasn't exactly mellowed over the years, either. During a Harper's Bazaar photo shoot at Chateau Marmont in 2016, she allegedly castigated photographers for their chosen camera angles, barking out orders like, "Everybody out of my eye line!" And in case these stories sound far-fetched, an out-there voicemail has surfaced that seems to offer a terrific example of what kind of ego the actor has. In two of the more subdued moments, Dunaway described her own performances as "brilliant" and "wonderful."

​Esquire magazine vs. Miles Teller's ego

There are many ways to earn the internet's wrath, but actor Miles Teller found a particularly special one. While being interviewed for Esquire in 2015 at Atlanta's Luminary restaurant, he told journalist Anna Peele that the highball glass was modeled after his manly business. Then he allegedly tried the same material on the server. That's just one soul-bending morsel in a feature full of them. At one point, Teller is quoted as saying: "I was thinking about ... how I probably think I'm better-looking than the public thinks I am." 

Beyond that infamous Esquire feature, which Teller claimed was "very misrepresenting," the actor has demonstrated a robust sense of self-worth on plenty of other occasions. According to TMZ, the "Rabbit Hole" star was arrested in 2017 for public intoxication after nearly stumbling into traffic. He gutsily claimed the bar should be held accountable for his messiness, since they're the ones who allegedly over-served him.

Teller also likes to trash his own films, telling W in 2014 that the "Divergent" script "sucks" and claiming he only starred in the film for "business reasons." When Damien Chazelle passed on him for "La La Land," Teller apparently sent the director a text that read, "What the f***, bro?" Meanwhile, while discussing his actorly peers, he told The New York Times in 2014, "I feel like a lot of actors of my generation are not proper actors." Bold!

Katherine Heigl's 'image problem'

If actor Katherine Heigl can brag about anything, it's a knack for drumming up boatloads of bad press. A casually off-the-cuff Google-stalk draws up pages of articles dedicated solely to expressing hatred for her. Hollywood insiders have accused her of creating "difficult situations," and the story seems to check out. After working with the actor on "Grey's Anatomy," Shonda Rhimes now uses "Heigl" as shorthand for "troublesome talent." "There are no Heigls in this situation," she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 while fondly describing the cast of "Scandal." "I don't put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don't have time for it." 

Heigl's bad reputation stems largely from her decision to decline a second Emmy nomination for "Grey's Anatomy" in 2008. She released a wince-inducing public statement that claimed she simply wasn't "given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination." Then, the haughtiness goes into overdrive: "In an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention." That's so Heigl. 

Much like Miles Teller, Page Six reported Heigl will occasionally disparage her own films, saying of "Knocked Up" that "it was hard for me to love the movie." In 2010, she acknowledged that she may have something of an "image problem," and said she needs to get "a little more settled in my own skin." 

'Arrogant and manipulative': Bradley Cooper, is that you?

In her memoir, "Jennifer's Way," Jennifer Esposito described a rocky relationship with a man who was "funny, smart, cocky, arrogant, and a master manipulator." Though she didn't name names, scribes at the New York Daily News were fairly certain they'd figured out the culprit: This mystery man had to be actor Bradley Cooper, who was briefly married to Esposito from December 2006 to May 2007.

If Esposito's tidbit really is about Cooper, the relationship sounds like a disaster. She wrote that this foul fellow possessed a particularly slippery personality that could "flip on a dime." He also had a "mean, cold side." Meanwhile, rumors that Cooper can be a hardcore "diva" have dogged the actor ever since Brazilian newspaper Glamurama claimed he flagrantly ignored fans while filming "The Hangover 3" (via the Daily Mail). Also, Cooper was reportedly "quite late" and "not even a little friendly nor receptive to questions from reporters."

In case your world hasn't been completely rocked by these revelations, we'll leave you with some rather troubling footage of Cooper possibly arguing with his one-time partner, Irina Shayk, at Wimbledon 2016. However, a source close to the then-couple insisted the two weren't actually fighting, instead blaming Shayk's teary eyes on really bad allergies that day. 

Lindsay Lohan: Inside her 'exclusive world'

In a 2011 Plum Miami feature, writer Jacquelynn D. Powers tailed Lindsay Lohan through the neon swirls of South Florida as she embarked on a manic weekend rampage (via Radar Online). One of the most telling scenes involved Lohan careening through town in a "chauffeured Lincoln Navigator," eventually coming across a parking cone as they arrived at the Fontainebleau hotel. The "Herbie: Fully Loaded" star reportedly rolled down the window and shouted to no one in particular, "Move that cone. I'm Lindsay Lohan." 

Powers tagged along as Lohan raged for hours at the nightclub LIV on Saturday night, and then kept the party alive through Sunday. "It was like watching the lights come on at a nightclub after-hours," Powers wrote. "Not pretty." Sadly, Powers never got to hunker down with Lilo to find out what makes her tick. "I never got my interview," she lamented, writing that she was "exhausted from the constant demands, drama, outbursts, cancellations and tsoris."

The year before, Lohan felt entitled enough to completely redefine the term "rehab." According to TMZ, a "chemical dependency technician" caught Lohan "trying to jump over the back wall" of the Betty Ford Clinic to get back to her room after a night of drinking. Her sense of self-importance apparently remains unscathed, though. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she once launched a "subscription-based lifestyle website" where fans could pay $2.99 to gain access to her "exclusive world." 

Kanye West probably thinks he invented cockiness

Dissecting Kanye "Ye" West's arrogance could swallow your whole afternoon. Magazines like Time have dedicated entire features to cataloging the prolific exploits of his ego (which doubtlessly only feeds the beast). After all, this is a man who was once photographed for Rolling Stone garlanded in a crown of thorns and buckets of stage blood.

The artist dedicated his now-defunct blog, Kanyeuniversecity, to regularly ego-tripping in all-caps (i.e., "LOOK HOW FRESH MY SUIT IS.") During the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video, drunkenly grabbing the mic and shouting, "I'm sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!" And let's not forget the time West abruptly paused his interview with Conan O'Brien because he had to "use the bathroom really, really bad." 

When Entertainment Weekly scribe Chris Wilson gave West's 2008 "Glow in the Dark" tour a "B+," the musician went bananas on the critic, writing on Kanyeuniversecity: "What's a B+ mean? I'm an extremist, its either pass or fail! A+ or F-! You know what, f***  you and the whole f***ing staff!" And yet there's some hope for all of us. In June 2018, West took to Twitter to announce that he'd "killed" his ego. In another tweet, he revealed, "I thought my ego protected me from doubters." West's ego is still on display as of this writing, as evidenced by his reaction to Kim Kardashian's new relationship. 

Catherine Zeta-Jones isn't 'humble anymore'

A certain "Ocean's Twelve" star is fed up. According to The Mirror, Catherine Zeta-Jones won't let you shame her for being filthy rich and distractingly beautiful. "One thing I'm not is humble anymore," she revealed in June 2018. "I'm sick of being humble. I really am." So should you ever gallop up to Zeta-Jones and scorn her for marrying Michael Douglas and starring in "The Mask of Zorro," she's simply not going to take it. "So sorry I'm rich, so sorry I'm married to a movie star, so sorry I'm not so bad looking."

As Page Six reported, Zeta-Jones regularly sings her own praises and brags about the prodigious opulence she's accrued over the years. In 2003, she boasted, "A million dollars isn't a lot of money for people like us." In fact, she's proud of the fact that she collects houses like so many collect Garbage Pail Kids. "Some people collect art or lots of money. We collect houses because if we have to look at something, we prefer the view." O...kay.

Still, life is not without its challenges for the star. In 2008, she revealed that having so many mansions lying around has led to many lost shoes. "When I have an outfit and I think it's going to look great with a certain pair of shoes, I remember they're in ... some place I'm not," she lamented. "So that's why I have to buy duplicates." Nice.

​James Cameron wants to save your life

If you ever bump into James Cameron at an airport, you may want to duck into the nearest Cinnabon. In 2009, he was caught on tape at LAX telling a fan to shove off. "I don't owe you a f***ing signature," he sniped. "Just get out of my f***ing personal space." Apparently Cameron's scorn isn't reserved for fans, either. Actor Josh Brolin claimed the hotheaded director lashed out at him when he turned down a role in an "Avatar" sequel, telling Esquire, "James Cameron's f***ing calling me this name and that name. Whatever."

Cameron is a master at the art of self-aggrandizement, too. After selling scripts for "Aliens," "Rambo," and "Terminator" within a matter of months, he allegedly haughtily proclaimed, "I haven't paid for lunch in two weeks." Upon winning the Best Director Academy Award for "Titanic" in 1998, he shouted, "I'm the king of the world! Woohoo!" His ego was still a thing of wonderment in 2010 — snagging a Best Drama Golden Globe for "Avatar," he said to a roomful of Hollywood bigwigs: "We all have the best job in the world. Give it up! Give it up for yourselves!"

And let's meditate on that notorious press junket interview for the DVD release of "Avatar," when Cameron suggested he wanted to save us all from ourselves, "At this point I'm less interested in making money for the movie and more interested in saving the world that my children are going to inhabit."

Never send a town car for Shannen Doherty

According to former "Beverly Hills, 90210" heartthrob Jason Priestley, his on-screen sister, Shannen Doherty, could be quite the shambling nightmare. In his artlessly titled 2014 memoir, "Jason Priestley: A Memoir," the actor claimed Doherty's arrogance was beyond the pale during a trip to New York (via E! News). She apparently had issues with the automobile that had picked her up and deposited her at the airport, snippily asking a Fox publicist: "Really? A town car? You send a town car to take me to the airport, not a limo?" 

Priestley claimed Doherty proceeded to complain "about the short notice and the food on board and the temperature in the cabin and everything else." According to her book, "Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde," (via E! News), co-star Jennie Garth got along with Doherty like "gasoline and a match." At one point, Garth was allegedly so fed up with Doherty's bad attitude that she lost her cool and yelled: "Come on, b***ch! We're talking this outside!" Fortunately, Priestley and Luke Perry were on hand to break up the fight before it turned physical.

And if the rumors are true, Doherty's self-entitlement might have ultimately gotten her kicked off the show. Producer and writer Larry Mollin told Entertainment Weekly that Doherty didn't ask permission before getting a haircut, so her brand-new 'do wound up destroying the continuity of the Season 4 finale. Allegedly, that's what inspired fed-up producers to finally give her the boot.

Quentin Tarantino: Huge Quentin Tarantino fan

Director Quentin Tarantino doesn't consider himself a film critic on par with, say, Pauline Kael or Andrew Sarris. However, he does suspect he "can do film criticism as good as anybody." In a 2009 interview with Charlie Rose, Tarantino was kind enough to favorably critique some of his own films, and he was most effusive in his praise. "If I say so myself, that was a fun little oeuvre," he noted after watching a clip (via The New Republic). "I was kind of getting off on my own work there." He called "Reservoir Dogs" "kind of a perfect movie." When it comes to the work of Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino gives himself two thumbs up.

In 2015, he told the Hindustan Times that he's "a legit filmmaker of my generation who's leading the pack." That same year, he told Vulture: "This might come across as egotistical, but I don't really feel in competition with anybody anymore." Tarantino also admitted that "there's a little part of me that thinks everything is influenced by me, but that's just my own megalomania." 

That's not to say Tarantino's tarty arrogance can't be entertaining: His 2013 verbal sparring session with interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy is almost as entertaining as "Reservoir Dogs," and at least as brutal as the notorious ear-cutting scene. 

Don't you know who Jennifer Lopez is?

Disparaging your peers is a sure sign of arrogance — particularly if you're doing it in a Moveline profile, and your peers happen to be Madonna and Cameron Diaz. In a notorious 1998 interview, a motormouth Jennifer Lopez said of Madonna: "Do I think she's a great performer? Yeah. Do I think she's a great actress? No. Acting is what I do, so I'm harder on people when they say, 'Oh, I can do that — I can act.' I'm like, 'Hey, don't spit on my craft.'" Anyone who's ever caught a screening of "Gigli" knows that Lopez is a nuanced performer who appears skilled in the acting techniques of Stanislavski and Stella Adler.

Diaz doesn't fare much better than Madge. Lopez boldly went on the record to call her "a lucky model who's been given a lot of opportunities I just wish she would have done more with." But don't call Lopez a snob: Her ire isn't solely reserved for wealthy entertainers. She's also allegedly prickly with people who work in service positions.

In 2012, an emotionally wounded flight attendant contacted Star (via Radar Online) about his interaction with Lopez: "I just said, 'What can I get you to drink?' But Jennifer refused to even acknowledge me. She turned her head away and told her personal assistant, 'Please tell him I'd like a Diet Coke and lime.' She wouldn't even look at me. It was sad, she seems so sweet in her movies." 

Robert Downey Jr. gives arrogance a good name

Arrogance isn't necessarily a bad thing. Choice quotes plucked from various Robert Downey Jr. interviews demonstrate how to self-aggrandize with savvy, wit, and inimitable style. Speaking to South Australia's Sunday Mail in April 2008, Downey reportedly quipped (via Vulture): "I am supposedly of a stature where they call my agent and say, 'He'll need a screen test' and they will say, 'What screen test — did you ever see "Chaplin"?'" 

Downey can also get rather heady in his self-praise, as when he mused over his druggy past in an interview with USA Today: "I've outgrown a lot of things I used to think I wanted, which was to be the Dionysian maverick."

Honestly, he makes egotism sound rather charming, perhaps because his unique brand of arrogance is lightly dusted with disarming self-effacement. Speaking to Ask Men (via Vulture) in 2011, Downey quipped: "Talking about how good a shape I'm in is by far my favorite topic, and that would take up at least a half an hour that we don't have." And here's a little nugget of wisdom, courtesy of Downey's 2013 interview with GQ: "Look, even if I don't get [an Oscar] directly, eventually they're just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I'm getting one." He added that he's "probably one of the best" actors of his generation.

Christina Aguilera has a 'horrendous' reputation

Pop star Christina Aguilera reportedly got into a fight with Mickey Mouse in 2014. It's tempting to end our anecdote there, but we'll provide some context. According to TMZ, the singer was celebrating her 34th birthday at Disney California Adventure and wanted to have an impromptu photo session Mickey Mouse, however, he was going on break. Aguilera reportedly flew into a tizzy, calling the legendary Mouse an "a**hole" and even pulling the "Do you know who I am?" card.

Judging by various reports, Aguilera's penchant for divadom isn't confined to cartoon mice. According to Radar Online, she was "horrendous" to staff while filming Season 10 of "The Voice." "She showed up late and acted like she owned the shoot," a source told the tab. Aguilera allegedly insisted on "wearing her own wardrobe" and wouldn't take direction because she wanted the shoot "to center around her." Apparently, the other judges caved to her demands, collectively deciding: "Just let Christina have her way because it is much easier than arguing with her." 

For more evidence of her egotism at work, Aguilera's tour rider supposedly includes Flintstones chewable vitamins, soy cheese, Nesquik, and a police escort because "under no circumstances are the vehicles allowed to encounter any delays due to traffic." 

Adam Levine could win this whole thing

Ubiquitous Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine wants to set the record straight. "I'm not arrogant," he told GQ in 2014. "I'm cocky. It's different. Cocky is playful." To put it another way, the perpetual VMA-basher told the men's mag: "I'm confident. Some people don't like confidence. They resent confidence." 

In fact, Levine is so confident, he reportedly felt within his rights to tell GQ journalist Jessica Pressler how to frame her article about him: "You know what the gist of this article is?" he mused. "Your opening line can be: 'You don't have to like me, but I'd prefer it if you did.'" Levine thinks this megalomania is par for the course. "You wouldn't be a complete band without a slightly cocky frontman, would you?" he asked The Boston Globe in 2007 (via the Los Angeles Times). 

And if you're wondering how anyone could be this full of themselves, you've fallen right into Levine's trap. "I love attention," he told Details in 2012 (via Us Weekly). "I can't stand not having it." Perhaps that explains Levine's aversion to clothing. "I spend most of my life naked," he told Cosmopolitan UK (via E! News). "In fact, I often have to be told by the people around me that it's inappropriate to be as naked as I am." This is a lot to digest.

Can someone please carry Ariana Grande around like a baby?

Ariana Grande reportedly loathes her fans. A source told the New York Daily News that she acted like a prima donna after visiting a New York radio station: "She did autographs and pics and was all smiles until she got into the elevator," the insider dished. "As soon as the doors shut she said, 'I hope they all f***ing die.'" Grande reportedly left a photo shoot in Australia because she was displeased with the photographers. Her entourage allegedly ordered the photogs to "shoot only from the left side of her face" and "don't use natural light." Grande's life coach allegedly quit because of her attitude.

We should also mention that Grande supposedly "has to be carried — literally carried like a baby — when she doesn't feel like walking. She says that she doesn't want her precious feet to hit the floor." That's according to a source for InTouch (via Jezebel). Though Grande's rep reportedly told Gossip Cop that story is "fake," the New York Daily News has photographic evidence.

No wonder Alexander DeLeon of rock band The Cab called her the "most stuck up, disrespectful person I've ever met in this industry." After all, the little lady once licked the goods at a donut shop without paying, while declaring, "I hate America." When surveillance footage from the bakery revealed her dirty deeds, Grande reasoned that she was simply frustrated by America's obesity epidemic.

Shia LaBeouf reportedly inspires assault

It says it right there in the headline of an April 2016 story in The Washington Post: "Shia LaBeouf is so hated that someone was assaulted just for looking like him." According to that article, a certain Mario Licato was antagonized on a New York subway merely for resembling the "Transformers" star. All Licato remembers is a fist hitting him and his assailant shouting: "This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!"  

Based on the actor's uppity soundbites, the real Shia LaBeouf is cruising for a bruisin', too — particularly if your name happens to be movie director Michael Bay. While discussing "Transformers 2," the actor told FHM (via NME): "There are a lot of people that liked the second one, but I hated it. I just didn't enjoy it. I thought we missed the mark. I got confused, I couldn't see what the f*** was going on, you know, with certain robots." If you think it's arrogant to talk smack about your own projects, please note: LaBeouf doesn't even want those millions of dollars. "If I could give the money back and get all the credibility in the world that I'm seeking, I would do it tomorrow," he told USA Today.

If you don't want to feed this monster ego — which can take the form of impromptu performance art at a moment's notice — CollegeHumor has helpfully compiled a list of "10 Easy Ways to Ignore Shia LaBeouf." Refer to it often. 

​Brett Ratner: Arrogance with a side of raunch

Andrew O'Hehir described "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner with unusual succinctness: A 2011 piece in Salon referred to Ratner as "an arrogant and insensitive creep." Multiple witnesses claimed the director stunned NYU students by implying that none of them had seen "Rush Hour 3" because they were too busy watching "some f*g sh*t." Similarly, Ratner was fired as producer for the 2012 Academy Awards after claiming rehearsals are "for f*gs." 

He later wrote an arrogant non-apology — in which he referred to himself as a storyteller: "It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words."

In "Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek," Olivia Munn described a sexual peccadillo with an unnamed Hollywood director thus: "A grown man in an oversized shirt holding his undersized manhood in hands glistening with shrimp fat." Ratner acknowledged on "Attack of the Show" that he was the mystery man, but he denied the shrimp (via HuffPost). According to Reuters, Ratner also told Howard Stern he was "probably the best in the world" at a particular sex act, regaling the shock jock with gross tales that are not suitable for work. In 2017, Ratner was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, prompting Warner Bros. to cut ties with this particular storyteller. 

Lady Madonna, minions at her feet...

From the moment hits like "Think of Me" and "Like A Virgin" struck gold in the '80s, self-absorbed songstress Madonna has hinted that everything is about her. Though her status has faded somewhat, her narcissism hasn't. Take for example a 2019 show in Miami, where Madonna was two hours late, prompting one fan to launch a class action lawsuit against the musician when he couldn't get a refund. At Her Madgesty's next show in Las Vegas, she referenced the irate plaintiff, declaring, "A queen is never late," per the Daily Mail. Two years earlier, Madonna had an excuse when a crashed video delayed her Manchester show, yet she still called her impatient audience "b***hes," reported Billboard.

But live audiences aren't her only target. In 2020, she took on Canada, a country she tweeted was "boring" after learning Prince Harry and Meghan Markle planned to live in the Dominion, ruining her plans to sublet her New York apartment to the couple. Angry Canadians responded accordingly. That same year, while lounging in her opulent bathtub complete with rose petals, Madonna posted a reel on Instagram where she said that COVID-19 was "the great equalizer." Not so equalizing were her palatial surroundings, upsetting viewers who deemed her arrogant, and the post has since disappeared. 

Other snooty escapades abound, but the classic remains her 1994 appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman," where she dropped a cascade of f-bombs for no other reason than to be controversial.

Steven Seagal: The Worst Action Hero

Steven Seagal is an absolute legend — in his own mind, that is. On one occasion, the actor bragged about training CIA operatives in Japan while filming "Under Siege 2" and in another instance, he told an executive he read the most incredible script ever written: One that was penned by himself (per Vanity Fair). On the set, the megalomaniac was difficult to work with, according to actor John Leguizamo, who worked with him on "Executive Decision." He recalled Seagal declaring that he was in control of the whole set, causing Leguizamo to chortle. "I thought he was kidding," Leguizamo told Arsenio Hall, "and he Aikido-ed me against the brick wall and Pow! Knocked all the air out of me!"

Seagal also tried to pull rank when hosting "Saturday Night Live" in 1991, said "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk, a writer on the sketch comedy at the time. On Howard Stern, Odenkirk recalled Seagal wanting to alter a Hans and Franz bit where he'd beat up the bodybuilding duo and even created a sketch that turned into an eight-minute rumble involving Exxon executives. "At the very end, he turns to camera and says, 'This is what happens when you pollute the planet,'" Odenkirk said. "And the audience is mystified." 

Not surprisingly, Seagal is also close friends with another brutish egomaniac named Vladimir Putin and has been a Russian citizen since 2016. Fortunately, that means he's no longer America's problem.

Ego plus toxic temper equals Alec Baldwin

One of Alec Baldwin's most defining moments was his portrayal of a brash, arrogant, and foul-mouthed motivational salesman in the 1992 movie "Glengarry Glen Ross." However, that cameo might not have been much of a stretch for the actor, as it seems he possesses those same traits. Take that moment in 2011 at LAX when he was punted from an American Airlines flight for refusing to stop playing a game on his cellphone when passengers needed to turn off their electronic devices. "He was just crazy, he just flipped out, the guy has problems," a passenger told the New York Post

Three years later, Baldwin was a raging handful for cops who called him "arrogant and loud" after ticketing him for driving in the wrong direction of a one-way street (per ABC News). And in 2018, he pleaded guilty for second-degree harassment after fighting with a Saab driver over a parking spot he wanted for his Escalade (per the BBC). 

All of his previous actions seemingly culminated when Baldwin reportedly accidentally killed a cinematographer in 2021 with a prop gun on the set of the movie "Rust." Although not charged with a homicide when the gun turned out to have fired a real bullet, one arms expert claimed Baldwin ignored safety protocols (per the Napa Valley Register). Furthermore, critics interviewed by Fox News claimed a televised interview designed to tell Baldwin's side of the story was an attempt to absolve himself of responsibility.

Nicki Minaj is the grande dame of dissing

It helps to be arrogant in the notoriously Darwinian rap industry, and Nicki Minaj has that turf covered nicely, seemingly fully versed in how to spill her opposition's hemoglobin. 

Her most pivotal target was '90s hip-hop queen Lil' Kim, former girlfriend of the late Biggie Smalls, whose poses Minaj appropriated onto her own artwork for her 2007 mixtape, "Playtime Is Over," kicking off a lengthy feud that ended when Lil' Kim threw in the towel in 2018 (per Metro). Minaj has also thrown extensive shade at Cardi B in a lengthy on-off series of altercations that culminated at a party held in 2018 during New York Fashion Week (per Glamour). And as a judge on "American Idol," she squared off against fellow panelist Mariah Carey, no stranger to vanity herself (per TMZ).

But if there's a weakness to Minaj, it's her uncontrollable tendency to fly off the handle after an award snub. In 2015, she bickered about losing an MTV VMA award, tweeting that she would have won if she were a different type of artist. Unfortunately, the tweet caught the attention of Taylor Swift, who thought the shot was meant for her, launching another Minaj fracas (per Vox). When she lost a best new artist Grammy in 2012, Minaj went ballistic on the award show, tweeting, in part, "They gave it to the white man Bon Iver," not realizing Bon Iver is actually a band.

Sorry, sometimes Justin Bieber makes no sense

It's hard to tell whether Justin Bieber's arrogance stemmed from achieving top-pop status so early in life, or whether he believes his privileged position atop the entertainment heap makes him immune to all the drama that comes with stardom. Maybe both, but either way, his shenanigans don't exactly make for good press. But Bieber urinating in a janitor's bucket while inexplicably cursing President Bill Clinton's name in 2013 was somewhat unnerving, if not mildly amusing (per TMZ), while getting nailed for his graffiti on the wall of a historic hotel in Rio de Janeiro demonstrated how willing he was to push boundaries (per the Daily Mail). On the other hand, at Anne Frank's historic hideaway in Amsterdam, where he visited in 2014, he was quickly forgiven for scrawling in the guestbook, "Hopefully she would have been a belieber," the teen idol's colloquialism for his fan base (per the BBC).

But hefty fines for vandalizing a neighbor's house (per the Los Angeles Times) and a DUI in Florida (per CNN) showed that karma has a way of leveling the playing field. Which was why a statement he put out in 2015 was so refreshing. "I didn't want to come off arrogant or conceited or basically how I've been acting in the past year, year and a half," Bieber said, per Reuters. "I'm not who I was pretending to be." 

He's kept his word so far, and matrimony to Hailey Baldwin seems to have helped.

Rihanna's a feisty fashionista

As a musician who's received more than a million gold and platinum song certifications and the owner of a lucrative fashion operation, it's obvious Rihanna puts a lot of work into her products, which makes it an even bigger shame that she doesn't exert that effort into being more civil with her fans.

One example of that disregard took place in 2016 at a U.K. festival, when she angered fans by starting her show an hour late and allegedly lip-synced part of her set (per Metro), nuances that she repeated at a subsequent engagement in Belgium (per the Daily Mail). While the fake vocalizing can't officially be confirmed, her tardiness was most likely attributable to her being pampered extensively in her dressing room, made all the more opulent thanks to a tour rider that demanded six Archipelago Black candles, dark blue or black Icy Chiffon drapes, a large plush animal throw rug, a humidifier, and four square vases of white tulips (per Business Insider). And for fans who get too close, beware of her golden microphone, which she uses to swat them away.

Rihanna's also been known to show contempt for fans who feel inspired by her designs and share their wares online. One such admirer displaying work influenced by Rihanna's Fenty line received a frowny-face critique from the singer, compelling one follower to lament, "Why would you publicly try to humiliate one of your fans?? You succeeded and she's probably devastated ... happy??"