Quotes / Nice Character, Mean Actor

Live-action TV

Nicolas Cage: They probably think I'm the biggest jerk who's ever been on the show!
Lorne: (patting his back) No, no. That would be Steven Seagal.

This in turn supposedly almost got SNLer Al Franken beat up during an appearance on The Tonight Show, on which Seagal was also appearing. Jay Leno managed to distract the incensed Seagal and later crooned to Franken, 'I saved your ass!'
Jabootu on On Deadly Ground


I'm sorry, but I just don't really get Rosie O'Donnell. I've seen her in three or four movies now, and she has generally had the same effect on me as nails on a chalkboard. She's harsh and abrupt and staticco and doesn't seem to be having any fun. She looks mean.

Stand-up Comedy

"Who's the nicest celebrity you know?"
Adam Sandler!
"Who's the biggest jerk?"
Gary Busey!
Tom Wilson, "Biff's Question Song"


We were in rehearsals for Executive Decision. I’m playing his Master Sargeant, and we come in for rehearsals and he says, ‘I’m in command. Everything I say is law. Anybody doesn’t agree?’ I was like, ‘Bwahahaha.’ I started cracking up because he sounded like a retard … He came up and he Taekwondo’ed my ass against the brick wall... He’s six-foot-five and he caught me off guard and knocked all of the air out of me and I was like, ‘Why?! Why?!’ I really wanted to say how big and fat he was and that he runs like a girl, but I didn’t because all I could say was, ‘Why?!’ Why’d he slam me against the wall? We were rehearsing.
John Leguizamo on Steven Seagal, Howard Stern

Web Original

Here’s where the wheels begin to fall off. While the first two collaborations feature [Burt] Reynolds as a likable yet rough around the edges guy, here (as in the next three films we’ll examine) he’s just a moody, egotistical douche bag. I think that somewhere along the line for Reynolds, life began to imitate art.

It's almost as if Tom Baker has become so unbearable at this point the writers are instructed to keep him away from the other guest performers as long as possible (where he will inform them the script is ‘whippet shit’ whilst tossing it at their heads and make them question why they agreed to take part in the first place).

But now we've all realized that Cosby is probably a serial rapist, and this is selfish… but I really wish he wasn't. I wish he had been one of those rare examples of stage persona merging deftly with real persona… the kind of shit we always fall for when it comes to famous people. I wish the real Cosby had lived up to the fictional Cosby's example.
Drew Magary, Make It Stop

Between every line of his book, it's clear that the truth is that Dustin Diamond didn't fit in with the rest of the cast because he was a bit younger and several bits douchier. Instead of owning up to this loneliness, he went around spreading baseless rumors about everyone being involved in drunken/stoned threesomes and later published them in a book with his old co-workers' photo hovering above his dick on the cover...Interestingly, he never claims to have slept with her, but that's OK, because his huge penis has allegedly helped Diamond bang over 2,000 other women.

Real Life

It's always devastating to hear that someone you admire is a bit of a dick when the cameras stop rolling, and one report of monstrous behaviour can permanently sour you on work you've previously adored. For the same reason, I'm wary about talking to celebrities on Twitter, especially if they're of the "doesn't suffer fools" mold, lest I find cherished films or shows tainted, while trying to convince myself I caught them on a bad day. Self-described 'comedian' Alan Davies once found something vaguely negative I'd said about him by searching for his own name like a prick, and retweeted it before sending his thousands of followers after me; sniveling attack dogs with sausage fingers, all calling me a bully. When I told my mum about it, she never watched QI again.
Stuart Millard, Smoke and Mirrors & Steven Seagal

And now we’re once again being reminded that actors are not the characters they play on TV. Bill Cosby is definitely not Cliff Huxtable and Phylicia Rashad is not Clair Huxtable. Because Clair Huxtable would never, but Phylicia Rashad would.
Michael K., "Phylicia Rashad Thinks The Bill Cosby Allegations Are Part Of An Orchestrated Takedown"

I have met some famous people and they turned out to not be the nicest people which is a bit heartbreaking.
Patrick Dempsey's comment in an interview on ABC News

When he went to Columbia, I looked at the front page of the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times, and he was quoted as saying, ‘Dustin Hoffman is the most malevolent person I’ve ever worked with.’ Being the intellectual that I am, I had to look the word up.
Dustin Hoffman on David Puttnam, producer of Ishtar

I struggled with letting in other people’s opinions. During Chicago Hope, I never let directors talk to me, because I was so spoiled. I started off with people like Milos Forman, Sidney Lumet, James Lapine, unbelievably gifted people. So there I was saying, ‘Don’t talk to me, I don’t want your opinion.’ I behaved abominably. I don’t care if my work was good or if I got an award for it. I’m not proud of how I was then, and it pained me.
Mandy Patinkin

I never did get even with Al Jolson. In Hollywood, in 1947, I was playing a small club called Billy Gray's, and Al Jolson came in one night and sat through my whole performance with his back to me. (When The Jolson Story came out in the movies, there was a big sign on Sunset Boulevard that bragged, 'Jolson's Back!'' 'Right,' I said to Jeanette. 'I remember it very well.')
Alan King, Name Dropping

The worst diva moments I ever had, without a doubt — two shows that are neither Buffy nor Star Trek — I hated the ladies on Charmed. (And there's a reason why they were cast as witches.)
Armin Shimerman on his favorite guest appearance

Chevy mostly pissed me off when I was working on Conan back around '94. I had been working hard all week on a very complex desk piece. It played the segment right before Chevy came out and it did okay. After Chevy was introduced, he sat down, and the first thing he said was, 'Wow, Conan, that sure was stupid.' ...I get along with Chevy because I barely work with him and don't have him constantly ruining whole days when I'm there, like he does with the regular cast members. I view him now as a confused old man who can't really hurt me in any way. I understand why the regulars on Community and the full time writers hating him. If he wasted my time as much as much as he wasted their time, I'd hate him, too.
Dino Stamatopoulos