Alex Pettyfer made our list of Ten Stars To Watch For in 2011 because he’s the complete package: good-looking, talented, starring in a sure-to-be blockbuster (I Am Number Four), and boyfriend to Glee star Diana Agron. One thing he might also be is a diva. The Hollywood Reporter writes today that Pettyfer had been difficult while working on I Am Number Four, clashing with the director, D.J. Caruso, and attempting to renegotiate his contract when he learned another actor was making a higher salary. He reportedly would not cash any of his paychecks in protest when DreamWorks refused to bump his salary. (Which, sure, if that’s your form of protest that’s fine, but you’d think the guy has direct deposit, wouldn’t you?) One producer who has worked with Pettyfer has said of the young Brit “Pick your words: ambitious, hungry, cocky, very ahead of himself … But if he delivers, he’ll be worth it.” For his next project, Mortal Instruments, he reportedly asked for $10 million, a number that “outraged” the studio, although he’s still in negotiations.
The question is, will his diva-tude escalate? Will he end up being a phone-thrower like Russell Crowe and Naomi Campbell, or just a perfectionist with a rider to boot, like Jennifer Lopez? It’s too soon to tell, but it sounds like he’s well on his way.
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