I've been thinking about Edward Norton for the past few days and his reputation as a very talented, but incredibly difficult actor. I know Fincher clashed with him a bit (or maybe more than a bit) on Fight Club. There is the infamous American History X incident where he took the film away from Tony Kaye I believe? He told F Gary Gray to go fuck himself every day he shooting The Italian Job because apparently the studio forced him to do it, as he owed them a movie or something. But is that Gray's fault? And then Marvel dumped him from any Hulk sequels (including Avengers). Norton seems to be like Bruce Willis in which he tries to shadow direct movies. There's a quote from him:
"I'm incapable of engaging as an actor on something without engaging as a dramatist. And when you work with great people, they not only accept it, they welcome it. But when you work with insecure people, it's a problem."
Now you could read this a number of ways. Does Norton believe a director to be insecure for simply wanting the film his way? Which is the job of a director in the first place? Norton seems to be a package deal...you get him, you get his eagerness to try and rewrite the script, dictate some directorial and editorial choices. I wonder why Norton doesn't write and direct his own films more, since he seems so interesting in it.
I know he turned down Saving Private Ryan...did he want to rewrite the script and Spielberg told him to go fuck himself? I wouldn't doubt it.
Anyway, any other stories of difficult actors?