We’ve all heard of these, and it never fails to amaze us. One is always left wondering – did that really happen? Did these actors really ask for that?! Well… Turns out that a lot of times it’s 100% true.
Big stars have big power, it turns out, and sadly, sometimes they can abuse it. But this time we’re talking about the quirky, funny and weird side of star power, and the sweet deals it sometimes gets them. Like, did you know that you can even demand an entire residential complex to be built – just for you – on set? Well, now you know… And damn, I should’ve been an actor!
But that’s just a drop in the bucket because there’s a lot more crazy stories about actors and their contracts out there. Today, thanks to Ranker, we’ll be looking at the top 10 craziest contract requests by famous actors. And prepare yourselves – some of these are so unbelievable they’ll leave you shocked or amazed.
1. Custom thongs
Starting with the big ones, there’s Tom Cruise, who has a rather impressive career behind him, even if his personal life hasn’t been so stellar. But get this: Cruise demands 50 custom-made thongs on each of his movie sets. If an anonymous source is to be believed, Cruise likes to wear “G-strings made of soft, stretchy material” during his typically complicated stunts. The reason being, presumably, so he doesn’t damage himself ‘down there’ and always keep his private parts safe. Hmmmm.
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2. Toilet paper that matches your skin complexion
Once upon a time, after a supposedly terrible bathroom experience, Barbara Streisand got the genius idea that all the bathrooms in her life will have to be equipped with toilet paper to match her complexion. We can only imagine… Or rather not. Barbara Streisand and her skin-toned toilet paper is a rabbit hole I’m not really keen on exploring.
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3. More dialogue
Talk about vanity. Steve McQueen starred on The Towering Inferno together with Paul Newman, and apparently, the two egos were enough to produce some hurt feelings and a lot of competitive friction. McQueen found himself offended that he had 12 lines less than Newman, and demanded equal status by having 12 extra lines of dialogue for him to speak. Ummm… Okay.
4. Better dressing rooms than everyone else
While filming Eloise in Paris (that never got made) Uma Thurman asked for the following: “No other cast member [would] receive more favorable dressing rooms.”
Or else, she’ll kill Bill.
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5. A rainbow on wheels (?)
And no one knows why. He also wanted a scooter once for every time he appeared on stage (pic related), but Will’s fond of other weird requests as well. Like, these: “One flight of stairs (approximately 6′ high) on wheels,” “One fake tree (approximately 15′-20′ tall) on wheels,” and “One rainbow (can be painted on canvas) on wheels.”
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6. Unlimited live lobsters
One day, on the set of The Other Guys, Paris Hilton suddenly had a revelation: she needed an infinite amount of live lobsters. Some moments later, she made an official request for unlimited live lobsters and a bottle of Grey Goose vodka. Ah, Paris, you’re so original!
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7. A mandatory four-way sex scene
You know all those news coming from Hollywood lately? Well, yeah, this one seems to be a part of all that. It wasn’t demanded by Lindsey Lohan – but by The Canyons director Paul Schrader. Lohan had to agree to a four-way sex scene for a stipend of just $100 a day. Surprisingly, she readily agreed to the sex scene (all in the name of art, I guess) – but she inserted a twist. When the moment finally came, she actually demanded that the entire cast and filming crew strip naked along with her. Talk about one-upping your superiors.
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8. A custom-made beach hut plus a basketball court
Honestly, this kind of fits George Clooney. He’s a super huge movie star with a lot of pull… Which he used while he was filming Gravity. And he used the mass of his fame to pull an entire beach hut and a basketball court into his movie contract. Congrats, you’re literally a star!
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9. An endless supply of Evian water
And not for drinking… But for washing her hair. There’s something about Evian’s H2O that makes Kim Basinger prefer it more than whatever water’s coming out of the shower.
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10. The power to end a whole franchise
What if you get stuck starring in a crappy movie franchise you actually hate? Why, of course, you insert a clause into your actor’s contract demanding a guarantee that there will never be another of those movies – ever again. That’s exactly what the famous Bollywood actor Aamir Khan did with his contract for Dhoom 3 – he requested that it will be the very last one. Smooth move, Aamir!