Stars with really bad tempers

No one likes a Hollywood diva, yet some stars manage to have booming careers while exhibiting quite the temper. It's not their fault they're talented enough that studios sometimes let bad behavior slide — and everyone loves a heartfelt public apology.

Some A-listers have managed to rack up quite a bad reputation when their out-of-control tempers got the best of them (along with some hefty legal bills, probably). Their weapons of choice seem to be a quick Twitter tirade or an unfortunate mobile phone (why is everyone always throwing phones?). When you're making a blockbuster hit, there's a lot of pressure. It's no wonder tensions on set can get pretty high, especially when you don't show up to work (sorry, Lindsay Lohan) or crew members keep ruining your close up (is anyone ever going to forget Christian Bale's Terminator Salvation meltdown?).

Whether it's because of unfortunate family stress, a substance abuse struggle, or a flat-out ego issue, these stars who seem to have really bad tempers have all allegedly raged out on people in public. Now duck and cover before you're next!

Naomi Campbell couldn't dial down her bad temper

Naomi Campbell paved the way for people of color in the fashion industry. According to New York Magazine, the star was French Vogue's first black cover girl. Though she spent business trips working with the African National Congress and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, her massive contributions are almost overshadowed by her insatiable temper.

The model's ire appeared to rise with her fame, and she has a litany of lawsuits under her belt as a result. One of the first notable glimpses of diva behavior was in 1993 when she reportedly refused to share a runway with Tyra Banks. That same year, Elite models dropped the star claiming, "No amount of money or prestige could further justify the abuse..." Then, there was the cell phone incident.

In 2007, the supermodel pleaded guilty to assaulting an assistant with a mobile phone (thankfully, iPhone had yet to come out with the super-sized 7 Plus). Elle reports that Campbell agreed to anger management classes, but they apparently had a very minimal effect. The following year, she was banned for life from British Airways after a row over lost luggage.

Campbell has been open about her anger issues and appears shockingly self-aware. In a 2000 interview with Barbara Walters (via i-D) she said, "It's a manifestation of a deeper issue, I think, anger. And that for me I think is based on insecurity, self-esteem and loneliness."

Hasta la vista Christian Bale

Christian Bale got a pretty bad rap over his infamous Terminator Salvation meltdown which somehow leaked onto the Internet and shocked fans of the franchise. The blow-up was so bad that a film executive sent the tape to the movie's insurance company in case Bale decided to say hasta la vista, baby.

According to TMZ, the incident happened after director of photography Shane Hurlbut accidentally ruined a scene by walking on set. Bale proceeded to scream at Hurlbut and threatened to " f***ing kick [his] f***ing ass" if he didn't "shut up for a second." Hurlbut stayed calm and continued to apologize while Bale hurled profanities and threatened to quit.

Days after the full transcript was posted by The Telegraph, Bale issued a lengthy apology claiming his behavior was "inexcusable" and he was "out of order beyond belief." According to The Guardian, he partly blamed the blow-up on being stuck in character (he played a human leader of the resistance, which we imagine gets pretty rowdy and tense). He also urged fans to not "allow [his] incredibly embarrassing meltdown to overshadow this movie and to have all of those people's hard work go to waste."  

Bale was arrested shortly after his blow-up over a separate incident with his mother and sister. No charges were pressed, but there seems to be a trend here.

Taryn Manning took some notes from Pennsatucky

Taryn Manning may not be so far removed from some of her fellow Litchfield inmates on Orange Is the New Black. The Netflix star has a notable temper that's gotten her into some legal hot water — or maybe she just picks problematic pals.

In 2012, Manning was "charged with misdemeanor assault and choking" after allegedly getting into a scuffle with her assistant/makeup artist Holliann Hartman, according to The New York Daily News. Manning's attorney Joseph Tacopina claimed the pair "had a late-night argument that turned into a bit of a physical altercation" after very long hours of work. Those charges were dropped, but that wasn't the last of it.

In 2016, Manning found herself at odds with Hartman once again. According to TMZ, the makeup artist accused the actress of a brutal attack where she allegedly yelled, "Pick a knife. I'm wearing a white shirt there will be a lot of blood. You will be famous for killing Taryn Manning." Manning's legal team denied the allegations, and the judge dismissed the case after Hartman failed to show up to a hearing.

Regardless of the details in Manning and Hartman's tumultuous working-friendship, the actress still isn't known for biting her tongue. In 2018, the star donned a headline-making, $200 dress to the SAG awards. After the event, she lashed out at her stylist for dressing her in an inexpensive gown. She eventually apologized claiming she felt "used for someone else's gain."

Val Kilmer won't hold your hand

Val Kilmer may have helped Batman Forever gross a whopping $184 million, but that kind of success may have come at a price for the cast and crew who had to work with him. Hollywood has been plagued with talk of Kilmer's temper tantrums since the '90s, and few have a reputation as notorious.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher claimed the star was "childish and impossible." Schumacher also revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that the star ditched the series last minute for The Island of Dr. Moreau because it starred Marlon Brando.

Unfortunately, things didn't fair better for Kilmer on the set of his Brando blockbuster. Director Richard Stanley, who lasted three days before getting fired, claimed arguments would happen when Kilmer showed up on set. Stanley's replacement, director John Frankenheimer, also bluntly told EW, "I don't like Val Kilmer, I don't like his work ethic, and I don't want to be associated with him ever again." 

After years of rumors surrounding Kilmer's notorious attitude, the star took to Reddit to almost apologize. He claimed his bad rap was because he "didn't do enough hand holding and flattering and reassuring to the financiers." He added, "I only cared about the acting and that didn't translate to caring about the film or all that money. ... I was often unhappy trying to make pictures better." If you want it straight, Kilmer's your guy.

Kick a producer, and you'll get booted from the series

Thomas Gibson was a crucial part of Criminal Minds, but all all of Agent Hotchner's well-placed, inspirational quotes couldn't save the star from his fiery temper. According to Deadline, Gibson was booted from the CBS crime drama in 2016 after allegedly kicking co-executive producer Virgil Williams.

Following his initial suspension, the star told Deadline, "There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred." Yet, after his termination, Gibson brought it all up to the surface. Though he owned up to the verbal argument — for which he apologized — he claimed he didn't kick anyone. Gibson told People that Williams "brushed passed" him and his "foot came up and tapped him on the leg." Interesting. Regardless, Hotchner was written off the show after the alleged assault. 

As it turns out, it wasn't Gibson's first incident. In 2010, he allegedly shoved Criminal Minds assistant director Ian Woolf" and was forced to take anger management classes. He was also arrested for a DUI in 2013. Combined with the alleged assault on Williams, these incidents "weighed heavily on the studios' decision to terminate Gibson," according to Variety.

Was Lindsay Lohan practicing for a Mean Girls reboot?

With the freckles, the red hair, and the adorable smile, Lindsay Lohan was once a Disney sweetheart who starred in classic remakes like The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. Unfortunately, her reputation was derailed by two DUIs, her sketchy admission of cocaine use, an 84-minute stay in jail and three trips to rehab. And her temper certainly didn't help soften those bad vibes.

In 2010, Lohan was involved in an alleged altercation with a Betty Ford Center employee. The employee, who was later fired for violating patient confidentiality, claimed Lohan hit her with a phone and hurt her wrist after refusing to take an alcohol test. Three years later, a New York Times article about Lohan's adult film-inspired mega-flop The Canyons, painted her as an unreliable, unpredictable hot-head.

According to the Times, Lohan had a near-meltdown over getting fired from The Canyons after she failed to show up for pre-production meetings. Tracking down director Paul Schrader at his Beverly Hills hotel, Lohan reportedly pounded on doors until she found his room. She was allegedly "manically" texting him and crying, and made such a scene that the hotel manager asked if he should call the cops. Lohan was eventually rehired, but ultimately left a bad taste in star James Deen's mouth.

"There were days when she would scream and yell and cry and refuse to come out," he told The Sun (via The Huffington Post). "Lindsay was like a child lashing out."

Don't mess with Mike Myers' bagels

There are few people as happy-go-lucky as Wayne Campbell from Wayne's World, but apparently, the same can't be said for actor Michael Myers. According to Entertainment Weekly, the star frequently had dark moods on the set of the iconic flick which were compounded by his father's failing health. 

Director Penelope Spheeris claimed that in an an effort to appease her star, she put her daughter in charge of giving Meyers "whatever snack he needed," because who isn't happier with snacks, right? That would be Myers, apparently, who allegedly stormed off-set because there was no margarine — only butter — for his bagel. The horror!

"He was emotionally needy and got more difficult as the shoot went along," she told EW. "You should have heard him b—-ing when I was trying to do that 'Bohemian Rhapsody' scene: 'I can't move my neck like that! Why do we have to do this so many times? No one is going to laugh at that!'"

Myers later admitted to Rolling Stone that he actually did almost walk out over the famous scene but only because he felt so strongly about the song being included in the film. To be fair, he wasn't wrong. The scene was an instant classic. 

Russell Crowe should have held the phone

Russell Crowe's hot-headed reputation is decades in the making. According to E! News, the star's troubles began sometime in 1999 when he was "involved in a fight at the Plantation Hotel." The brawl was captured on video and later aired on Australian TV. Strike one?

His reputation didn't get any better by the early aughts. In 2002, The Guardian reported that Crowe was miffed after the BBC cut part of his speech from the BAFTA broadcast. He retaliated by pinning TV producer Malcolm Gerrie against a wall and launching into a verbal tirade, for which he later apologized (strike two). That same year, police were called when Crowe got into a bar fight with a New Zealand businessman, and he even fought his own bodyguard on the set of Cinderella Man in 2004 (strike ... we're starting to lose count).

Perhaps Crowe's most famous temper tantrum was the infamous phone incident of 2005. According to E! News, the actor "was charged with felony assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon" after allegedly throwing a phone at a Mercer Hotel employee (though his rep claimed he threw the phone at a wall). In a 2005 interview with David Letterman, Crowe claimed it was "possibly the most shameful situation I've ever got myself in ..." At least he now has something in common with Naomi Campbell. Most of us can't say the same.

It's not always laughs with Alec Baldwin

A certain one of Alec Baldwin's Saturday Night Live impressions may incite anger in a certain U.S. president, but that's par for the course. Apparently, the actor knows a thing or two about anger — just ask his daughter.

Alec famously called his then 11-year-old daughter Ireland Baldwin a "rude, thoughtless little pig" in a leaked voicemail message, according to ABC News. He later apologized on The View. Ireland ended up coming to her father's defense when he was accused of hurling a homophobic slur at a photographer and was subsequently suspended from MSNBC.

"For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously," the star wrote on Twitter (via The New York Post), adding, "Sometimes we let our tempers get the best of us. Tempers are like wildfires. Something or someone can easily fuel the fire."

If you mess with a Baldwin, consider yourself burned.

Shia LaBeouf apparently knows hitmen

Would Shia LaBeouf even be Shia LaBeouf if he wasn't surrounded by bizarre headlines? The actor reportedly has a pretty terrible temper — which you never would have guessed from his unsettling, strangely aggressive motivational speech. Do it!

In 2013, LaBeouf allegedly threatened to have a man killed during a London bar fight. Apparently, the fight broke out after LaBeouf upset a female fan who approached him at a restaurant. The fan's boyfriend swooped in to defend her, sparking the brawl. How many hitmen does LaBeouf actually know? You'll have to ask The Sun (via The New York Daily News).

This incident wasn't completely an outlier. That same year, the actor was allegedly kicked in his sensitive nether regions after trying to film a woman who was throwing up in the street. The year prior, Yahoo reported that LaBeouf got into another London bar fight after someone stole his hat. LaBeouf also famously ditched out on his Broadway debut because of creative differences with Alec Baldwin. He ended up airing the dirt on Twitter (via The Guardian), which is never a classy look.

In 2016, things continued as usual for LaBeouf, who allegedly got kicked out of a Warpaint concert. According to NME, fans on Reddit alleged he "kept pushing the envelope with his harassment towards girls." Was this performance art like his bizarre elevator punch? Do we even trust anonymous Reddit users, anyway?

Azealia Banks has egg-cellent way to deal with negativity

There are few celebs as outspoken as Azealia Banks. The star has had a couple rows with A-listers like Zayn Malik and Nicki Minaj. She's not afraid of a good Twitter rant (she reportedly had to apologize to Sarah Palin after a particularly offensive outburst) and was quick to call out Russell Crowe for allegedly spitting on her, choking her and calling her a racial slur (rapper RZA, who was there during the alleged assault, admitted that the spitting was true but claimed Banks was the one who tried to get physical).

Things came to a head for the star in 2017 when she agreed to take anger management classes after allegedly punching and biting a nightclub security guard. According to The Guardian, her charge would "be reduced to disorderly conduct" if she completed the 26-week program.

Banks does have a way to help deal with her terrible temper. She told Broadly that she actively practices witchcraft — and her favorite spell, "the egg spell," helps dispel negativity. Based on her past, the rapper must be blowing through a whole lot of eggs.