So, the audio of Chevy Chase’s voicemail message for Community executive producer Dan Harmon is making the rounds today, complete with the sound of people laughing as they listen to the actor calling the showrunner a “fat f—,” “sh– stinko” and “g–damn bad writer.” This was reportedly in response to Harmon leading chants of “f— Chevy” at a wrap party, after Chase walked off the set before finishing the last episode. Such antics, by both Chase and Harmon, would have seemed a whole lot more shocking a few years ago. Before Charlie Sheen. And Christian Bale. And… well, let’s just go through our favorite examples of celebrities telling off their bosses is a way none of us would ever dare. Then vote and tell us which you think was the most outrageous.
Bill O’Reilly: At some point during his tenure on Inside Edition (1989-95), O’Reilly took issue with the TelePrompter cues for him to throw to a Sting video. And thus, “F— it! We’ll do it live!” became his most infamous catch phrase.
Lily Tomlin: A whole new generation got to know the comedian after videos surfaced of her various fights with director David O. Russell on the I Heart Huckabees set in 2004. “F– you, mother—-er. F— you, f— you, f— you,” she says as Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Huppert and Mark Wahlberg sit quietly in the car with her.
Christian Bale: The actor totally lost his cool when cinematographer Shane Hurlbut distracted him by walking around on the set during a scene of Terminator Salvation in 2009. “Am I going to walk around and rip your f—ing lights down, in the middle of a scene? Then why the f— are you walking right through? Ah da da dah, like this in the background.” One blogger actually counted and said Bale used the F word and its variations 80 times in less than 4 minutes.
Charlie Sheen: In February 2011, the feud between Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre and its star reached new heights. Sheen’s drug problems had halted production of the show, and Lorre criticized him for it in the vanity cards of his shows, bragging of his healthy habits and saying “If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I’m gonna be really pissed.” Sheen struck back on the Alex Jones radio show, calling Lorre by his Hebrew name, “OK, last I checked, Chaim, I’ve spent, I think, I don’t know, the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into gold and the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write.”
Vincent Pastore: After playing Big Pussy on The Sopranos, Pastore wasn’t above doing small films, but apparently he was very picky about how he was paid. TMZ obtained audio of him demanding his $1,000 upfront, just 10 minutes after walking onto the set of Off Limits in 2011. “You don’t know how the f— I work, buddy. … I’m leaving unless you give my pay right now.”
And that brings us to Chevy’s rather creative insults, which echo the Lorre-Sheen longevity theme. “You’re gonna live to be about 57, if you’re lucky, the way you eat. I have nothing to say to you except you can suck my c—. Is that clear?”
We listed, now you rank. Let’s do it in order of the best insults.
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