In the span of just a few years, Netflix has completely transformed itself from a DVD distribution service into an original content provider with a huge stable of shows and movies. Instead of delivering DVDs to people’s mailboxes, the Silicon Valley-based company is now streaming content straight to people’s phones, computers, and TVs all around the world. Media companies like Disney and Hulu have been taking notes, and though there’s a chance that things might not always be this good for the streaming juggernaut, for now they can rest comfortably as the world’s premiere streaming service.
Now that Netflix is such a big company, creators and performers of all levels are clamoring to work with them. Everyone from Brad Pitt to Robin Wright has starred in a Netflix original at this point, and the big names don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Some of their projects may be better than others, but Netflix does a great job of working with analytics teams to determine exactly what kind of content they should make and what type of audience they should market it to. Unfortunately, those fancy analytical machines haven’t caught every skeleton in actors’ closets.
Read on to rediscover 20 Creepy Things Everyone Forgets About Netflix Actors!
20. Adam Sandler’s Notes For Incoming Female Auditions
Adam Sandler’s been a Hollywood staple since the ’90s. While his Happy Madison projects weren’t doing as well in the box office as they used to, Sandler is still doing fine thanks to Netflix. Sandler and his production company now produce original movies directly for the streaming company and have already reupped on their initial contract.
Sandler may be making more money thanks to the streaming company, but that doesn’t mean his creepy behavior has subsided. Rose McGowan, who has recently come back into the media spotlight as a leader within the #MeToo movement, sent out a tweet in 2015 with casting notes for a script she read where she was asked to where “form fitting tank that shows off cleavage.” While she didn’t directly call Sandler out, she said his name rhymes with “Madam Panhandler.”
19. Danny Masterson’s Assault Allegations
There’s no denying the cult-classic status That ’70s Show has acquired over the years. The goofy characters and period-based humor has resonated with multiple generations of viewers, but even being in a fan-favorite show won’t save an actor from disturbing allegations.
Danny Masterson, who played Hyde That ’70s Show, is also one of the stars in the Netflix sitcom The Ranch. In March of 2017, it was announced that the Los Angeles Police Department were actively looking into three reports from women who claimed Masterson sexually assaulted them in the early 2000s. Masterson denied the cases even though a fourth one surfaced soon after the original three hit the news.
Netflix wrote Masterson out of The Ranch how after Andy Yeatman, a Netflix executive, was confronted by one of the women at a children’s soccer match and he was caught saying they didn’t believe the claims.
18. Stephanie Tanner: Addict
Jodie Sweetin played Stephanie Tanner, the middle child in the ’90s classic Full House. After the show left the air in 1995, Sweetin had a lot of problems adjusting back to the real world. While the show may have been picked up by Netflix recently for Fuller House, there was a big period of time where Sweetin had to figure out what kind of person she was and what kind of life she wanted to live.
Starting at a young age, she developed a substance abuse problem – despite the fact that she had married a member of the LAPD by age 20.
A low point for the actress was snorting substances at a premiere for an Olsen twin movie in 2004. Since then, she has said that she has looked at photos from the event and is surprised that she “didn’t even look strung out!”
17. Rob Schneider’s Racial controversies
Rob Schneider has a lot of skeletons in his closet. In addition to some embarrassing roles he’d likely rather forget, Schneider has been surrounded by racial controversy for years. Not only does he don brownface and use stereotypical accents for various roles in Happy Madison movies, but his real life views are similarly offensive. The actor is a quarter Filipino, but that doesn’t excuse his behavior.
In January of last year, Schneider inserted himself in the middle of a twitter confrontation between President Trump and Democratic Representative John Lewis. Lewis was in the news for protesting the inauguration and Trump, an action that spurred Schneider into criticizing Lewis’ Civil Rights tactics. Despite the fact that Rep. Lewis actually worked with Marin Luther King, Schneider lectures him by saying “Dr. King didn’t give in to his anger or his hurt,” insisting that he has a better grasp on Dr. King’s morals than Lewis.
16. Jon Bernthal’s Violent Past
Over the last few yeas, Jon Bernthal has exploded onto the Hollywood scene. After his scene-stealing stint as Shane on The Walking Dead, Bernthal has appeared in movies directed by everyone from Martin Scorsese to Edgar Wright. His rough and tumble persona on-screen captured Marvel’s attention and he was cast as the Punisher.
Not only does he play a tough guy on the silver screen, Bernthal himself has a violent past. He described himself as a trouble maker to GQ and someone who started getting in fights at 11 years old. Essentially, Bernthal was in a juvenile gang where a lot of his friends got shot or wound up in prison while he was able to escape that lifestyle.
15. Jason Mamoa’s Comic-Con Comment
Once the face of Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones and the current Aquaman, Jason Mamoa also stars in the Netflix show Frontier. The series focuses on the North American fur trade in the 1700s and all the scheming and back-stabbing that the industry’s top players participated in.
While Mamoa isn’t to blame for some of the rough things his characters are written to do, he does control what he says in real life. At a Comic-Con panel in 2011, before Game of Thrones became the phenomenon it is, Mamoa made some comments that are highly inappropriate. As the whole cast talked about their love of the show and the fantasy genre in general, Mamoa took things a little over board. Highlighting the action sequences as one of his favorite parts of the job, he took things a bit too far by also including when his character gets to assault “beautiful women.”
14. Winona Ryder Cries To Get In Character
Now that the excitement around House of Cards has faded, Stranger Things stands as Netflix’s most powerful franchise. The children actors at the heart of the series may get a lot of the attention, but Winona Ryder is another key part of the show’s success.
Ryder plays an emotional mother who, in the first season, had to try and rescue her son from a dark world underneath our own. In the second season, things were a bit easier for her because her son was back, but he was soon possessed by an evil crature.
13. Bob Saget’s Dirty Mouth
Thanks to Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos Bob Saget has a squeaky clean image. In reality, Saget is an extremely dirty comedian who often found himself in hot water due to how he acted on set of the classic sitcom.
Among other things, Saget would often mime touching himself in front of the dolls he would practice with as stand-ins for the Olsen twins. One time though, the joking behavior got him in more trouble than ever before. While the child actors may have been a few stages over when he made the gestures, he didn’t realize until it was too late that all the monitors were on, broadcasting his action to everyone on the studio lot.
Saget wasn’t the only adult-sized child on set, though, as he has said in the past that he and co-stars Dave Coulier and John Stamos would often “egg each other on […] to outburst of non-family-friendly humor.”
12. David Tennant Got His Creepy Skills From Harry Potter
When David Tennant was cast as the villainous Purple Man in Jessica Jones, Doctor Who fans were shocked that their gleeful, whimsical hero would inhabit such a dark villain.
What many Who fans forgot was that David Tennant played the villainous Barry Crouch Jr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire shortly before signing on to be the last Time Lord. While Crouch Jr. spent a lot of the movie in disguise as Mad Eye Moody, the scenes where Tennant does portray the character are particularly creepy. His performance was marked by a strange tick that saw him lick his lips during stressful moments.
Tennant’s darkness came out in full force for Jessica Jones and the character will return, as twisted as ever, in season two.
11. Will Arnett’s dating habits
Will Arnett has a stable of sleazy characters in his repertoire who have no problem dating younger women. It seems like the actor shares the latter quality with his characters.
Arnett and Amy Poelher were married for ten years, and for a while after that Arnett suffered from loneliness. But, a short time later, Arnett started dealing with the divorce like a lot of middle aged men do: dating younger women.
During the press process for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, a film Arnett appeared in, his co-star Megan Fox joked about his constant stream of young dates. Revealing that “every other week there was a new girlfriend,” Fox said she asked Arnett if she should ask craft services to have Lunchables ready for his dates.
10. Alison Brie Was Asked to Strip for Entourage Audition
Alison Brie has been in a lot of great TV shows over the years. Gracing the screen on shows like Community and Mad Men before landing the lead role in Netflix’s Glow, Brie is well on her way to becoming a household name. Glow might have been the first time the actress agreed to do a scene naked, but that wasn’t the first time she was asked to do so.
Brie recently recounted a time, earlier in her career, when she auditioned for the HBO series Entourage. Brie went in for a small role where she would have three lines and she was asked to come in wearing beach-friendly clothing. After she read her lines, Brie said she was asked if she could take off her top, even though the character wouldn’t be topless in the show.
9. Kate Mara Paid to Lie About Position in House of Cards
House of Cards has a reputation for being a shocking show, but that reputation really cemented itself as a result of how Kate Mara’s character was written out of the show.
Zoe Barnes was a journalist who became entwined in Frank Underwood’s seemingly never-ending scandals and thought she was able to keep up. In actuality, she became a hindrance for the ambitious Underwood and so he pushed her in front of a train early on in season 2 of the show.
To keep the scene a secret, Mara was paid by Netflix to keep the information to herself. She told Live with Kelly and Michael that she knew Zoe would die ever since day one; something she had to withhold from all her friends and families as they asked about the character’s future.
8. David Cross’ Racist Word Play
For many, David Cross is a comedic genius with important roles in Arrested Development and Mr. Show, but for Charlyne Yi, he’s a bit of a racist.
Yi, a poet who has appeared in a few films, took to Twitter last October to talk about the first time they met back in 2007. After he made a joke about her pants that left her speechless, Yi asserts that Cross said to her “what’s a matter? You don’t speak English? Ching-chong-ching-chong.” After recognizing she was offended, he even asked if she was going to fight him using karate. She goes on to insist that a few years later they met again and Cross claimed to have never met her.
To make things even more awkward, Cross’ wife, Amber Tamblyn, confirmed on Twitter that she believed Yi’s version of the story even though Cross said she may be misremembering things in his own tweet.
7. Andy Dick… Need We Say More
Starting out as a cast member on The Ben Stiller Show, Andy Dick has gone on to have an average career. At this point, it seems Dick is more famous for his raunchy behavior than the fact that he was a star on NewsRadio or that he used to have his own TV show on MTV. Over the years, he’s been accused of everything from indecent exposure to grand theft.
Recently, Dick was cut from the film Raising Buchanan due to accusations of sexual harassment on set. Two unnamed sources say Dick grabbed people inappropriately, tried them, and even asked at least four people on set to hook-up. Dick has since denied the grope claims, but said he “might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them.” Apparently, that’s his thing.
6. Drew Barrymore’s Colorful Childhood
Drew Barrymore is a celebrity in her own right now, after starring in movies like ET and Charlie’s Angels, but she is also the daughter of famous Western actor John Barrymore. As the daughter of a celebrity, Barrymore didn’t have much supervision or parental structure while growing up. She quickly became a regular at the mature club Studio 54 and was even smoking cigarettes, abusing substances, and drinking alcohol before even becoming a teenager. At the age of 14, Barrymore entered a rehab center and went through a whirlwind 18 month period that ended with her suing for and earning an emancipation at 15.
5. Paul Rust Relieved himself on Stage
Paul Rust may not have the most recognizable name, but he’s a Hollywood success who has appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and is even a credited story editor on the most recent season of Arrested Development. One of the stars and co-creators of Netflix’s Love, Rust is slowly building a nice level of buzz around his name.
Before he struck it big, he was a regular over at the UCB theater in Los Angeles. A comedy club that showcased both successes and newcomers to the scene, things sometimes got a bit outrageous in there. On one such outrageous night back in 2006, Rust let it all go on stage according to a Vice article. While the details of the scene are hazy in the writer’s mind, he recalls both comedians on stage stripping down and Rust going to the bathroom on stage without even a hint of being uncomfortable.
4. Nick Kroll Was Pantsed In Front of His Middle School Crush
Nick Kroll is an interesting comedic force. After starring in The League on FX and earning his own sketch show on Comedy Central, he moved over to Netflix to develop an animated show called Big Mouth. A comedic, exaggerated look at puberty set in a diverse middle school, Big Mouth is full of funny moments and raunchy gags.
When talking to Vice about the show, Kroll mentioned one of the embarrassing moments from that time in his life that still sticks with him. Hanging out with some friends in a basement, Kroll was pantsed by a girl in front of everyone. Kroll’s underpants even came down, exposing him to all of his friends and the girl he had a crush on. The worst part for Kroll was that he was embarrassed about his size “because [he] had not hit puberty.”
3. Mike Colter Gets Guff For Marrying White Woman
Mike Colter took the superhero world by storm when he debuted as Luke Cage on Netflix’s Jessica Jones series.
This isn’t necessarily a creepy fact about him, it’s just more of an unfortunate situation for the actor. Colter happens to be married to Netflix executive Ira Colter, a white woman, and some people aren’t happy about it. A TV One Poll showed that 21% of people responded that they were hurt by the fact Colter was married to a white woman.
During an interview on The Breakfast Club radio show, Colter went out of his way to explain and defend his love. Insisting that race has no input into whether or not he loves someone, he explained that they met when he was in grad school and she has “stuck with [him] for 16 years.”
2. Kevin Spacey’s On Set Allegations
It’s safe to assume Kevin Spacey’s career is essentially dead in Hollywood. After actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of accosting him when he was a young boy, a production assistant came forward and said Spacey acted in a “predatory” way on the House of Cards set. The PA went on to accuse the actor, who was also an Executive Producer on the show, of “nonconsensual touching and crude comments” toward young men. Reportedly, the PA had to drive the actor to the set and Spacey apparently put his hands down the PA’s pants.
As if all that’s not bad enough, on the 17th the UK Police confirmed that they were looking into a third allegation that dates back to 2005 when Spacey served as the artistic director at the Old Vic Theater.
1. Aziz Ansari’s “Claw”
This one is pretty hard to forget since it really just came into the news, but that doesn’t mean Aziz Ansari’s creepy allegations should disappear. Babe ran a story about a 23-year-old woman who met the actor at an after party for the Emmy’s last year. The two exchanged phone numbers and after texting back and forth for a little bit, Ansari asked to hang out the following week.
The two met for drinks at his place before running out to an Oyster Bar in New York called Grand Banks. The woman told Babe that the entire time they were at dinner it was clear he wanted to leave and that she did most of the talking. After dinner, they returned to his apartment where she said things got uncomfortably heated quickly, despiter her saying no – she notably described a creepy move she referred to as “the claw” – and she ended up storming out of the apartment in tears.
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