Was Ben Stiller an enormous douche to the ‘Little Fockers’ crew?

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Ben Stiller is one of the few major celebrities that you rarely hear anything about, good or bad. Maybe he’s secretly the most wonderful man is Hollywood, and he just likes to keep that little fact on the down low. Or he’s a total diva, and he’s just got so much power you never hear any of the negative stuff. Or a little from Column A, a little from Column B. Since I’ve never really heard anything one way or the other, my general impression of Ben is that he’s probably a tough taskmaster, a perfectionist, a little neurotic, but also very talented and professional.

However, that’s not the portrait the Enquirer draws of Stiller. I think Ben really pissed someone off on the Little Fockers set, because someone is out for Ben’s blood, and they are really hacked off:

The joke’s on comic Ben Stiller – insiders on the set of his just-wrapped ‘Meet the Fockers’ sequel nicknamed the egotistical star the original ‘little focker’!

“Ben alienated most of the cast and crew on the film ‘Little Fockers’ with his vain and self-absorbed behavior,” an insider told the Enquirer.

“When he wasn’t obsessing over his looks, he was throwing temper tantrums and screaming at underlings. The crew referred to him as a ‘little focker’ because of his outrageous conduct.”

Stiller fired an assistant director, demanded star treatment for his entourage of personal chefs and hair and makeup minders, and refused to interact with underlings – unless it was to yell at them.

“Ben’s ego has gone off the charts… he flipped out on a female assistant director for some perceived mistake and then screamed at the top of his lungs, ‘I never want to work with this woman again!’ before storming off the set. He refused to come back until the poor woman was gone. She was dismissed and the next day a male replacement was brought in to appease Ben.”

“Ben wouldn’t eat the catered craft services food and insisted his assistant and two personal chefs be allowed to park right on set.”

The chefs – both stunning blondes – constantly massaged the star’s over-inflated ego, added the source.

“They were the only ones able to put a smile on Ben’s face… It was clear from day one that Ben wasn’t happy unless he was waited on hand and foot.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, March 1, 2010]

Reasons why this is most likely total bullsh-t: If Ben was this much of an a–hole, we would have heard about it before now; two, it all came from one source, who probably was this assistant director who got fired (for cause, probably), and wanted someone to blame; three, because I don’t care how talented, rich and A-list you are, you can’t act like that on a film set without someone calling you out. That last point brings me to this question: where the hell was Robert DeNiro when all of this drama was happening? You know DeNiro wouldn’t be too pleased. And you don’t want to upset DeNiro. At. All.

P.S. I really like Ben’s scruff in these photos. They make him look sexy, and I’ve never found him sexy before.

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Ben at the Berlin Film Festival, promoting ‘Greenberg’ on Valentine’s Day. Credit: WENN.

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  1. happymom says:

    I think Lainey Gossip has written similar things about him before.

  2. Malorie says:

    “The chefs – both stunning blondes – constantly massaged the star’s over-inflated ego, added the source.”

    Stupid question: The stunning blondes were males or females? If they were males, are there any pictures of them???? Because I LOVE beautiful blonde guys!

    By the way I too think the story is bullsh** invented by someone. Or best said “hope”.

  3. Lway says:

    @ Kaiser : I must agree, he does look a little hot with all that hair on his face huh?

    He looks like he could be a pain in the ass though.

  4. vale says:

    This is actually kind of old news about Ben Stiller. Remember his episode on Friends, when he would flip at “big donald dodo” or whatever hehe, yeah, well he’s known to be like that. A massive diva.

  5. may says:

    i kind of believe this, i heard he had a wicked temp and that he yelled at his wife in front of guests at their home recently

  6. Rose says:

    Blonde= female, blond= male,
    also ‘vein’ behaviour? Heh, don’t think so.

  7. Malorie says:

    @Rose

    Thanks! See, I´m spanish and some english vocabulary is missing in my knowledge of the language!

    But at least I don´t have that horrible, horrible spanglish accent of our beloved Pene =D

  8. Erin says:

    i kind of believe this, but i still think he is hilarious. also, isn’t he widely assumed to be the male half of Lainey’s blind about husband and wife neurotic eating disorders?

  9. Really? says:

    Little man with big ego.

  10. Lway says:

    @ Malorie : I think that the Spanish accent is beautiful. I especially love Penelope because she has that accent. I think it makes her even more beautiful :) Flaunt it girl!

  11. CadieBelle says:

    I have heard several reports before that he is a mean – demanding – unpleasant person.

  12. Malorie says:

    @Lway: I think she exagerates A LOT the Spanish accent when she talks in English. I don´t have that accent, americans even ask me “from which part of the States I come from” when I talk to them.

  13. UrbanRube says:

    There’s definitely been talk among the comedy writer crowd in L.A. to this effect for years. He’s supposed to be insanely egotistical and petty.

  14. clare says:

    I’ve always from way back heard he was quite nasty and a diva when he didn’t get his way.
    Is he still planning to ruin the Hardy Boys by doing a his own version with Tom Cruise- playing two vertically-challenged brothers who don’t get along anymore?

  15. Maleficent says:

    I like Stiller.

  16. ThunderC*nt says:

    At least he’s learned to hide those freakish, inbred ears of his.

  17. Snarf says:

    Actually, stories about Stiller’s diva like behavior have surfaced before, so either this is exagerating (possible) or he’s become more insufferable (also possible).

  18. sickofit says:

    and maybe marriage problems…?
    i thought he s nice because you dont hear anything about him, until now…
    spoiled brat maybee???

  19. Susette says:

    I used to work in the industry, so I used to hear a lot of the rumors first hand. While I never worked with Stiller myself, I’ve heard that he’s a total jerk. This report might well be exaggerated, but he’s well-known for doucheyness.

  20. annie says:

    These kind of things have been written about him before. It is just getting progressivly worse with time. He is ugly on the inside and the outside. I feel sorry for his wife.

  21. nikki says:

    Lainey yet wrote on him and his behaviour so it’s not new!
    and yes,he’s perfectionist! and yet,he’s still funny.Remember the Oscar story:he rewrote his speech and did his Joaquin Phoenix

  22. Embee says:

    I believe it.

    The meanest people are the insecure ones (especially true with men) and Benny sure has a lot to be insecure about…

  23. jeannified says:

    I have heard that he is in the process of getting divorced. His wife is supposedly the one who initiated it, saying that he is a workaholic. My step-sister is on a Board with Ben Stiller and has been to his house and knows him and his wife personally. She said that she hadn’t heard that they were getting divorced, until I sent her an article, and that they are very nice, but that he IS a workaholic.

    I hope he is really not the diva that he is being protrayed as in this article, but I get the feeling that he might be, and that if he IS getting divorced, that this might be why he is acting like such a jerk on the set.

  24. Chana says:

    I’ve heard that he’s a perfectionist and a workaholic. I think the “doucheyness” people speak of comes from that. He might be stressed all the time because of his work schedule.

    He should really relax and take some time off. He’s got plenty of money to do so.

  25. LolaBella says:

    So what I’m getting from this is that Ben Stiller is a docuhey Little Focker? ;-)

  26. bb says:

    I’ve always thought that it was pretty well-known that Ben Stiller is an asshole. I’ve been hearing it for YEARS.

  27. lilred says:

    I wouldn’t wait on him hand and foot, but I bet you can guess where I’d plant my foot.

  28. bill says:

    This is definitely true. I’ve worked on several of his films, and he’s a major dick.

  29. Ben says:

    Many people pain someone who’s a hard task master and a perfectionist as a diva. I don’t really believe him to be a diva, but I can definitely see him being someone who expects others to meet his standards and someone who loses his temper when he doesn’t see it happen.

  30. michelle says:

    i’ve heard for a while that he cheats on his wife.

  31. Kat says:

    He’s a dick. My best friend worked on 2 of his films, and he was a total diva nightmare.

  32. Emily says:

    @Rose, I always thought that “blond” was the American and Canadian spelling, and “blonde” was the rest of the English speaking world.

    I, too, am on the liking of the hair bandwagon. Looks like he might turn into one of those people who get better as they age.

  33. Kiki says:

    When he came to Mexico to promote that museum movie (number 2), he refused to shake the reporters’ hands because of what was happening with the influenza. That’s ok I guess, except that the rest of the cast did greet the reporters. Amy Adams was reportedly mortified. I thought the whole thing was funny but he was very rude and a total douche so that’s why I believe this report.

  34. sunnyface says:

    Why does someone who wants perfection in his craft always deemed a ‘diva’…they have to put up with all the criticism if they let things slide.
    Diva did it, the movies are funny aren’t they?

  35. Dhavy says:

    wow his skin looks great

  36. Joe says:

    this is not news. this has been known throughout hollywood for years. not a fun guy to be around on set.

  37. MooMooMoocow says:

    He does have great skin! Tell us your secrets douchebag!

  38. Jag says:

    I’ve always heard he’s a jerk, so this isn’t surprising.

  39. Melanie says:

    I have also heard tons of reports saying he is a jerk.

  40. Aussie Mama says:

    Love his movies but….
    He’s looking awfully good looking lately.
    What has he had done?
    To me it seems like a hell of a lot. Google his earlier pics, he was not attractive at all. Now though, very different story. Or… it could simply be…a lot of men get better with age and womens looks start going down hill from age 35.

  41. Canastrophy says:

    He’s a scientologistic douche, and should GTFO.

  42. Adding a little bit of a background story and a few more characters to Alice’s adventures didn’t do as much as i thought it would for the story. Truthfully i wanted to love this movie, I’m a huge Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp fan. But this just didn’t do it for me. I came out of the theater wondering if it were just the mediocre script or the director who had failed to meet my expectations. The best part of this movie is probably Johnny Depps portrayal of the mad hatter who truly is mad. However, Mia Wasikowska presents Alice in a dull manner that had me checking my watch every ten or fifteen minutes. Overall this film isn’t awful, but at the same time its no masterpiece, for an interesting film to look at I suppose this would be an alright choice, however if you want a great story and compelling acting, you might want to check out something else, because this isn’t the movie you’re looking for.

  43. Dave says:

    He goes to Alanon, not sure if he’s the addict or someone in his family is. He actually is a cool guy but a bit of a control freak.

  44. chLobear says:

    Apparently he isn’t very friendly…according to a family friend who was on the set of “Little Fockers”.

  45. juliane says:

    nao sei mas só sei que eu amo o BEN STILLER.

  46. Lee says:

    Totally true, as are all the stories over the years about his horrible personality and behavior. Believe it.

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  48. Jenna says:

    I worked with him on set and he’s really a douch bag he has psycho people working for him and it just goes on. Wish he was like his dad at least he’s normal i can right a book about him maybe i should hmmmm tbc

  49. D-MAN says:

    Update: While on set in Atlanta for the filming of Neighborhood Watch. One young admiring set builder made the fatal mistake of telling Mr. Stiller.

    “I am a really big fan” at which Mr. Stiller, not even acknowledging the staff member. turned to an assistant director and with one phrase had the set builder fired. What phrase did he say after the set builder told him he was a fan??? “Get this F*(King stalker away from me. I do not want to see him on set again.”

    So those that think the funny man is a good guy…..

  50. Meister says:

    According to last week’s Hollywood Babble-on, with Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, Stiller was at KROQ to promote a movie and Ralph (who is a personality on KROQ) says Stiller was a total douche. He acted high and mighty and spouted about how radio spots were beneath him and when he found out that Kevin and Bean we a mostly talk radio segment (as if he’d never heard of them …in L.A., he’s been there right?)he started saying things like… “so what? I say something and then you guys play some stupid sound effects? Boings and whistles and stuff…?” Don’t douche on other’s successes, K and B are some of the world’s top radio personalities, not my cup of tuna really but I wouldn’t act like a dick to them. You can be wealthy and still(er) be poor.