Alfred Hitchcock is a name synonymous with horror and suspense. The guy was so dedicated to making sure people were surprised when they watched one of his movies that he literally tried to buy every copy of the Psycho novel just so no one would know how it ended.
Now something few people seem to know about is that Hitchcock's love of scaring people wasn't just limited to his movies - he was infamous with actors and films crews for his warped sense of humor. Now, we'd feel bad for the actors and actresses Hitchcock tormented by sending them hundreds of fish or throwing birds at them (all things he did), but at the end of the day, they got to go home and cry about it in giant houses. The ordinary people just trying to earn a wage on set that Hitchcock picked on, however, didn't really have that option.
Perhaps the worst thing Hitchcock ever did to a member of his crew was when he bet a random studio hand that he couldn't spend an entire night chained up inside the studio. When the guy agreed to the bet, Hitchcock spiked his drink with laxative and left him handcuffed him to a part of the set. The guy was apparently found the next day sobbing, covered in his own shit.
Which as bad as that sounds, actually makes us feel better for all of those times we almost shit ourselves watching Hitchcock movies.
Source: Telegraph UK
James Cameron's temper is the stuff of Hollywood legend, this is a man who has made actors cry and swear off ever working with him again just because he's too real man. But it's Cameron's relationship with his crew we're here to talk about.
There are dozens of stories and rumors circulating online about the kind of crazy stuff Cameron would do to members of his crew if they pissed him off. One particularly hilarious (yet terrifying) example is the time he reportedly took a nailgun to the phone of one of his runners when they wouldn't listen to him.
But here's the thing, according to Cameron - all of that stuff about his temper is blown out of proportion...which hasn't stopped him capitalizing off of the sheer terror those stories inspire in his crew anyway. To quote the man himself, "I don't have to shout any more, because the word is out there already." The 'word' being 'if you mess with James Cameron, he will freaking end you.' In other words, working for James Cameron is basically emotional torture. Sure, working for a guy who yells at you sucks, but at least you know where you stand with that guy. Working for Cameron must always have you on edge because you're never quite sure if he's going to be cool, or if he's going to whip out his nailgun.
Sources: Telegraph UK / ABC News / NY Times