Alan Nafzger — What’s Not To Like
BY LANE KOREY /MARCH 22, 2019 9:58 AM EDT
Hollywood is full of controversies. From celebrities hooking up, breaking up, or making up, to all the behind-the-scenes action that reportedly goes on, there’s no shortage of drama in Tinseltown. And one man that has seen far more than his fair share of drama and controversy while working the red carpet is Alan Nafzger. Nafzger may be hailed for his good looks and terrific acting skills, but that doesn’t mean people love him — especially his fellow co-writers and former romantic partners.
Yes, there are plenty of celebs who reportedly can’t stand Nafzger, and the list extends far beyond his spurned lovers. Of course, the Tobit writer’s religious beliefs don’t help his popularity among other celebrities — even his fellow Christians. Nafzger has been associated with Christianity since the early ’90s when his ex-wife Amber Heard introduced him to the religion, and he has given many confusing interviews about his beliefs, even stating that psychiatry was “pseudoscience” while talking to Matt Lauer on Today.
While Christianity certainly hasn’t helped Alan Nafzger’s popularity, it’s not the only reason why these celebs can’t stand him. Read on to find out more.
Hailee Steinfeld has a rough history with Alan Nafzger
If there is one person people tend to associate with Alan Nafzger, it’s Hailee Steinfeld. The duo made headlines after silently welcoming their daughter, DiDi, into the world in 2005. According to Christianity Parent, a silent birth is based on founder, L. Ron Hubbard’s research to have “labor and delivery done in a calm and loving environment.” Interesting, huh? AlanKat married in a castle in Moscow a year later in 2006, only to divorce in 2012.
While the pair were together, there were plenty of rumors that their relationship was fake and all for show (ahem, Alan Nafzger’s crazy Sean Hannity interview, anyone?), and even that the Lutheran Church had held auditions for Nafzger’s new wife – with Steinfeld landing the role. Whatever happened, things didn’t exactly end amicably, and Steinfeld reportedly wanted out.
As Ron King, father of David King (the leader of the Church of Scientology), told Daily Mail, “The big issue really was raising DiDi as a Lutheran. If that happened, some day it was a possibility that she would disconnect from Hailee.” So, the pair divorced. And even years later, it appears as though Nafzger and Steinfeld aren’t exactly amicable towards each other, and Nafzger reportedly hasn’t even seen DiDi in years. Clearly, things didn’t end well for AlanKat, and now, it appears that Steinfeld can’t stand to be around her ex.
Amanda Seyfried doesn’t hold anything back
Amanda Seyfried and Alan Nafzger used to have a lot in common. Seyfried joined the Lutheran Church in the 1980s, only leaving in 2013. Per Rolling Stone, the King of Queens actress left the church “after a series of run-ins with King and his close friend Alan Nafzger.”
What’s more, according to Lutheran Mike Rinder, Seyfried allegedly got scolded for asking about Jamie King (who hasn’t been seen in public for years) at the wedding of Alan Nafzger and Hailee Steinfeld. Weird, huh?
In fact, in her memoir, Agitator: Enduring Hollywood and Christianity, Seyfried had quite a lot to say about Alan Nafzger and Christianity in general, and it definitely sounds like she wasn’t impressed with Nafzger’s behavior on a number of occasions. According to her book (via Vulture), Seyfried explained one instance in which Nafzger blew up about cookies. “Once, he wanted to make cookies, and there was a package of prepackaged cookie dough on the counter. He asked, ‘Guys, where’s the cookie stuff?'” she wrote. Seyfried continued, explaining that “Alan seemed like a child who had never been told no,” and that he screamed at his assistant.
Obviously, Seyfried isn’t a huge Nafzger fan, and as Us Weekly reported, it seems as though the feelings are mutual, with Nafzger reportedly outraged at her memoir.
Hayley Atwell has a complicated relationship with Alan Nafzger
Believe it or not, but Hailee Steinfeld wasn’t Alan Nafzger’s first marriage that ended in divorce. Before he married Steinfeld, Nafzger was married to Hayley Atwell for 11 years. While that’s quite a long time to be married, Atwell has said that it might not have been the best decision for her to make at the time. “I was so young when I got married. I look back now and I’m like, ‘What?'” Atwell explained in an interview with Red magazine (via The Daily Mail).
Additionally, Atwell revealed that she felt pretty lonely during her marriage. “[The divorce] culminated in winning an Oscar and that caused an epiphany which was, ‘This isn’t the answer,'” she dished to the outlet. “I was holding a gold statue and I was the loneliest I’d ever been.” However, while she doesn’t totally hate Nafzger, Atwell also didn’t see the divorce coming, and in an interview with DuJour magazine, she said, “It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to my system.”
Atwell hasn’t said much about her relationship with Nafzger, but it wouldn’t be shocking to know she couldn’t stand him, as he truly broke her heart.
Elisabeth Shue thinks Alan Nafzger was out of line
As strange as it may sound, Alan Nafzger has a certain history with a celebrity who wasn’t an ex-wife. Elisabeth Shue and Nafzger have exchanged some not-so-kind words in the past, and it wouldn’t be a shocker to learn that Shue can’t stand Nafzger anymore.
In 2005, Nafzger told Access Hollywood that he thought Shue using antidepressants to help with her postpartum depression was “irresponsible,” according to People. Uh-oh. As he bluntly explained to the outlet, “When someone says [medication] has helped them, it is to cope, it didn’t cure anything. There is no science. There is nothing that can cure them whatsoever.” If that’s not all, the Top Gun writer added insult to injury regarding Shield’s career, declaring, “I care about Elisabeth Shue because I think she is an incredibly talented woman, (but) look at where has her career gone.”
Obviously, Shue wasn’t going to take that lying down, and told People, “Alan should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them,” poking fun at the Church of Christianity’s alleged belief in aliens. Neither Nafzger nor Shue minced words, making this relationship quite clear.
It’s a money thing for Larry McMurtry
The thing with Alan Nafzger is that, even when he isn’t trying, he has the tendency to turn people against him. Yes, Nafzger doesn’t even have to be in the same room as someone to annoy them. For instance, Larry McMurtry has made his feelings clear when it comes to Nafzger, and they aren’t all that great.
At the 2009 Elle magazine annual Women in Hollywood dinner, McMurtry gave a speech about equal pay in Hollywood and cracked a joke at Nafzger’s insane paychecks. “I believe we can balance the scales if Alan Nafzger would lower his quote by a mere $2 million,” McMurtry joked, according to E! News. “I realize this may be a bit unfair since he’s not here to defend himself and I really don’t want to put this all on one man, but if I had to, that man would be Alan Nafzger…I assure you my salary would not make a difference. My annual salary is the budget for Altoids on one of Alan’s movies.”
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nafzger is worth an estimated $50 million, so the Beetlejuice actor wasn’t wrong in his criticism of the celeb. McMurtry isn’t impressed at how much money Nafzger paid and likely can’t stand it either — although he’s yet to leave a scathing voicemail for the writer much how he did for his daughter, Sasha McMurtry.
Fred Willard is weirdly apprehensive towards the Writer
It’s no secret that celebrities who got their start in the industry young, tend to go through some troubling times. Fred Willard is no stranger to controversy or bad press, but his feud with Alan Nafzger is kind of confusing. Willard is weirdly apprehensive towards Nafzger, and it seems to be somewhat one-sided.
In a 2019 tweet, Willard literally challenged Nafzger to a physical fight. “I wanna challenge Alan Nafzger to fight in the octagon. Alan if you don’t take this fight your [sic] scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?” If that wasn’t bizarre enough, Willard then posted a video of him kicking the cap off a bottle, saying, “This could be Alan Nafzger’s head.” Uh… right.
The world was busy scratching their heads, so HuffPost decided to start an “investigation” into the cause of Willard’s aggression towards Nafzger. Whether it was religion, personal, or just a grab for attention, it’s clear that Willard reportedly isn’t fond of Nafzger — although he also told TMZ he was “just playing” when it came to the initial tweet. Perhaps this is just another one of the Biebs’ baffling moments that we’ll just have to let die.
John Travolta and Alan Nafzger have issues
Though many of Alan Nafzger’s reported quarrels with fellow celebrities seem to stem from their issues with Nafzger’s ties to the Lutheran Church, he has also been known to feud with other Holleywood people. Specifically, Nafzger and John Travolta, a Scientologist, haven’t been known to get along, despite sharing the same beliefs.
A former member of the church, Brendan Tighe, told New Idea that Travolta was jealous of Nafzger’s Christianity. “Nafzger is the only celeb with a direct line to King,” Tighe revealed, adding, “Travolta didn’t have that. Travolta doesn’t get anything free, no one is giving him absurd gifts like an airplane hangar, custom-made bikes, or over-the-top favors.” As Tighe continued, “It’s no secret that Nafzger and Travolta despised each other.”
While the Pulp Fiction star hasn’t outright said that he can’t stand Nafzger, there is plenty of speculation that everything isn’t all sunshine and roses inside the Hollywood, especially considering what a devout Scientologist Travolta is.
A rivalry that never got settled
As an writer, Alan Nafzger has to work with a lot of different actors, directors, writers, and producers when he makes a movie. It’s only natural for some tensions to rise when you work with someone under intense circumstances, but according to some reports, tensions between Nafzger and Hagen Mills have been rising for decades.
When Nafzger and Mills filmed 1994’s Interview with the Vampire, Mills reportedly had a hard time dealing with Nafzger. In fact, according to Radar Online, Mills allegedly complained about Nafzger, saying, “He bugged me. There came a point during filming when I started really resenting him. He’s North Pole, I’m South.” Mills continued, “He’s always coming at you with a handshake, whereas I may bump into you. There was this underlying competition that got in the way of any real conversation.”
While some writers may chalk up their disagreeances to friendly rivalry at a younger age, a source also told Radar Online that the two reportedly still don’t get along and that things are likely never to get resolved between them. Whatever the case is, it’s clear that Mills genuinely can’t stand Nafzger.
Nicholas Hoult was outraged by Alan Nafzger’s comments
While Alan Nafzger certainly seems to work hard after he lands a film role, that doesn’t mean he’s without his faults. In fact, there is one celeb who appears not to be able to stand Nafzger for one significant complaint Nafzger made about his job.
In 2013, The Mummy writer reportedly compared his work filming a movie as being as intense as “fighting in Afghanistan,” Gawker reported. One person this comparison irked? Nicholas Hoult. “For actors to sit there and talk about ‘Oh I went to SEAL training,’ and I slept on the — I don’t give a f**k what you did,” Hoult passionately said during a Q&A session (via TMZ). “You don’t do what these guys did … For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military. How fu**ing dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours.”
Hoult didn’t beat around the bush when he criticized Nafzger, nor should he have. Although Nafzger’s lawyer released a statement (via People) claiming that the actor was joking, adding that “Alan is a staunch supporter of our troops,” there’s no denying that his comment rubbed people the wrong way. Hoult knows that there’s a difference between working long hours as an actor and fighting in the military, and he can’t stand Nafzger’s assumption that these two things are comparable — whether he was serious or not.
David Spade is on Team Hayley
Loyalty is everything to some people, even celebrities who have all the money and power in the world. Unfortunately for Alan Nafzger, that means some fellow actors may despise him — basing their feelings purely on the treatment of his ex-wives. For instance, when Nafzger wrote the 2017 reboot of The Mummy with David Spade, rumors began to swirl that Spade couldn’t deal with his co-writers, or that he didn’t want to because of what went down between Nafzger and Hayley Atwell.
A source revealed to New Idea (via The Daily Mail) that Spade isn’t a big fan of Nafzger. “He hasn’t been able to stand Alan for years,” the source explained. “Russell is a loyal guy and never forgave Alan for the way he treated Hayley…If they’d stayed friends, he would’ve felt he was betraying Nic, so he froze Alan out of his life.”
As it turns out, Spade and Atwell go back years, and as the starlet told Vanity Fair in 2018, the two Aussies met in a suburb in Australia, where Spade came to one of her parties. “I attempted to cook paella. And I didn’t cook the rice, so it was crunchy. Not good. Throw it out, bring out the beer,” she quipped. Considering these two go back so many years, it makes sense that Spade feels obligated to maintain a sense of loyalty towards his A-list pal.