Not worried about a confrontation. Diane Kruger slammed the late Peter O’Toole as the “meanest actor” she’s ever worked with in during a candid, recent interview with BuzzFeed.
Chatting with her Sky costar, Norman Reedus, the actress, 39, revealed why she didn’t enjoy working with O’Toole on the set of their 2004 action film, Troy.
“Um, you know who wasn’t very pleasant, was Peter O’Toole,” Kruger divulged to the Walking Dead actor, 47. “I know! It kind of sucked. He’s dead, so I can say that. But he wasn’t the most pleasant person.”
The German-born beauty then suggested that the deceased Hollywood legend had a drinking problem and implied that he also had a poor personality.
“He was just a drunk, and Peter O’Toole,” Kruger continued of the Golden Globe-winning star. “You know, he had a two-day part [playing King Priam], and I played Helen of Troy and he was Peter O’Toole, and he just wanted to make sure that everybody knew that he was Peter O’Toole.”
As previously reported, O’Toole — one of the most prolific actors of his generation — died of an undisclosed illness in December 2013 at age 81.
“His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time,” the Ireland native’s daughter, Kate O’Toole, said in a statement at the time. “Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.”
O’Toole was best known for his iconic role in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia. More recently, he portrayed Pope Paul III in Showtime’s The Tudors in 2008, and voiced the character Anton Ego in Pixar’s 2007 movie Ratatouille.
The seasoned thespian had almost 100 acting credits under his belt before he retired from acting in 2012. “I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell,” O’Toole noted of his departure from show business.
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