Cathy Seipp has a wonderful piece up at National Review Online about Hollywood prima donnas who revel in verbal abuse. The last bit is worth filing away for future use:
Screaming actors, it seems, can be easier to deal with, perhaps because they are not always famous for their brains. Many years ago, I read a story about how Roger Moore (a nonscreamer) took a younger actor aside and suggested he stop attacking everyone on the set. “I'm not in this business to win a popularity contest,” the screamer fumed. “I just want to be a good actor.”
“Well, you've failed at being a good actor,” Moore replied reasonably. “Why not try for the popularity contest?”
I always liked Roger Moore. My father and I used to watch him play The Saint on late night reruns.