Is ‘I Am Number Four’ Star Alex Pettyfer Earning a Diva Rep?

Alex Pettyfer in 'I Am Number Four'

British hunk Alex Pettyfer was listed among Anglophenia’s Top 10 UK Stars To Watch in 2011, and his role in this month’s sci-fi film I Am Number Four is attracting buzz. But the handsome actor’s washboard abs and talent could be eclipsed by his “reputation as being especially difficult and demanding,” reports today’s Hollywood Reporter.

A dispute over his pay for I Am Number Four reportedly built “tensions” between Pettyfer and the film’s director, D.J. Caruso, so much so that “DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider was forced to intervene.” Also, reports of Pettyfer’s “defiant behavior” swirled around his upcoming CBS Films release Beastly, set for a March premiere. “In mid-January, Pettyfer failed to show up for a scheduled marketing meeting at [CBS Films], leaving CEO Amy Baer and her team waiting for two hours. (A CBS Films rep says Pettyfer called to explain he was having car trouble.)”

As the Hollywood Reporter notes, “Headstrong young actors are nothing new in Hollywood. And Pettyfer’s charismatic performances in Number Four, Beastly and the October sci-fi thriller Now are said to be of star-making quality.” And supposedly, the actor has reconciled with DreamWorks, who is “developing a racing drama for him.” And certainly, if I Am Number Four is a hit, studios will be breaking down doors to work with him. Here’s the trailer for that film:

Pettyfer is certainly a charming interview. Here, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he talks about his girlfriend, Glee star Dianna Agron, and showing he’s a good sport, doffs his shirt to the screams of the audience.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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