19 Pickiest Actors in Hollywood

Some actors come across as highly picky based on their filmography or comments about their acting choices. Someone recently asked an online forum, “Who are some uncompromising/very picky actors?” Here are the top 19 answers. 

Daniel Day-Lewis

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Daniel Day-Lewis is definitely the first name that comes to mind when I think of ‘selective actors’ and, truth be told, he may be the only truly selective actor out there in that he was willing to wait years for the right role to come along.”

“And what a remarkable career he had!”

Eric Roberts

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Eric Roberts will only do movies if they’re being filmed.”

“He’s a decent actor. I’ve only seen a handful of his films, but he’s usually fine.”

Edward Norton

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Edward Norton has become infamous for his stubbornness and unwillingness to compromise with others on projects.”

“Nah, he’s a disruptor. Some people just don’t see his genius.”

Leonardo Dicaprio

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DiCaprio seems very picky these days about his projects. He clearly only takes things that interest him and that he thinks will be good and/or interesting.”

“Absolutely! He’s only been in five films in the last decade.”

Chris Tucker

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In the past 25 years, he’s only done five films total. Three of them were the Rush Hour trilogy, and David O. Russell and Ang Lee directed the other two films.”

“I think it was like $20 million each for Rush Hour two and three.”

Matthew Modine

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Matthew Modine is one that comes to mind. He rarely takes projects that he doesn’t connect to and is super anti-military and violent and very pro-union in Hollywood, which leads to some people disliking him in the industry.”

“He won’t take roles in movies that glorify the military.”

Dwayne Johnson

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The Rock, I believe, has stipulations where he can’t lose fights.”

“Fred Williamson had the same stipulation when he used to do movies.”

Marlon Brando

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From stories on the set of Apocalypse Now and Superman, he just seems like a pretentious, overpaid dude.”

“The Island of Dr. Moreau was a nightmare of a shoot, and Brando was a big reason why.”

Billy Crudup

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He has turned down Titanic, Batman, and a bunch of other high profile, star-making roles.”

“Many thought Titanic would flop, many thought Ghost and Dirty Dancing would flop, and many turned down Ghost for that reason.”

Bill Murray

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Bill Murray doesn’t even have a phone and will actively avoid being cast. You basically have to hunt him down, and then he’s very picky about who he’ll work with and what projects he’ll take.”

George Clooney

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George Clooney has been pretty selective for 20 years or so. His filmography in the 00s was pretty impressive.”

“Clooney can be pickier about projects because he doesn’t have to worry about money. He gets to decide what projects he takes.”

James Spader

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He’s said in many interviews that he only works when he decides it’s time to make some more money, and he only does things he’s interested in.”

Cillian Murphy

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Cillian Murphy has had a great career by choosing great roles or opportunities to act alongside talented peers. Even his underseen movies feature great performances, exacerbated by Murphy’s dedication to his privacy. It’s awesome.”

Jodie Foster 

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Jodie Foster seems to be very picky. She always gives such a great performance, so it pays off for her. I think that’s one of the reasons she is a top star from her generation of stars.”

Paul Dano

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I don’t know if he’s picky or extremely tasteful in his choices, but Paul Dano is, for me, the new Daniel Day-Lewis.”

Lucas Black

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Lucas Black will only use his normal accent. He won’t even try anything different than being himself.”

John Cusack

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John Cusack is/was, for some reason, always dressed in black in his movies. I wonder if there’s a story to that. I always suspected he had that written in his contracts.”

Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson have clauses in their contracts that stipulate they’re not allowed to lose a fight on camera? I don’t know if that answers the question exactly, but that’s got to limit what movies they’re in”

“As far as I know, it’s a point-based system. It’s not that they’re not allowed to lose. It’s that they can’t look like a punk if they do lose.”

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