Faye Dunaway says bipolar disorder was ‘the reason’ for her notoriously bad behaviour: ‘It’s just part of my makeup’

Faye Dunaway says in an upcoming documentary that her bipolar disorder was partly to blame for her notoriously bad behavior on film sets.

“Throughout my career, people know that there have been difficult times,” the actress, 83, says in the film, before emphasizing that she does not want to dismiss her behavior.

“I’m not going to make an excuse about it,” she continues. “I am responsible for my actions but this is what I understood was the reason for them. It’s something you have to be aware of, you have to try to do the right thing to take care of it.”

Dunaway added that the condition, which she called a “biological physical” reality, is “part of my makeup” and she’s thankful that medication is available.

“The medicine is crucial,” she explained.

The collisions of the star “Bonnie and Clyde” on sets are legendary.

“Chinatown” director Roman Polanski called her “a giant pain in the ass,” but added that he “never knew an actress took work as seriously as she did.”

Bette Davis famously called Dunaway the worst person she had ever worked with during an interview with Johnny Carson in 1988, describing her as “completely impossible”, “uncooperative” and “very unprofessional”.

And in 2019, she was fired from the Broadway-bound play “Tea at Five” for creating a “hostile” and “dangerous” environment backstage that left production members fearing for their safety.

A performance was reportedly canceled before curtain rose because Dunaway slapped and threw things at crew members who tried to put on her wig. She also allegedly began “verbally abusing” the crew, who became fearful for her well-being.

She also clashed with hairdressers in both Los Angeles and New York.

In 2018, the “Chinatown” star reportedly proposed to the elegant Warren Tricomi salon 10 times in one day and then yelled at the staff: “Do you know who I am? … ‘I’m Faye Dunaway!’ “

Dunaway’s son Liam, who she shares with the late photographer Terry O’Neill, reveals in the documentary that his mother “hit rock bottom” a few years ago.

“So I kind of got to the point where I said, ‘Hey listen, let’s take you to this clinic in Boston,'” he recalls. “She went to lectures and classes and they got her on the right things and she came out as a whole new person.”

“The Thomas Crown Affair” star also talked about having “problems with alcohol” and added that she has been in “a program for 15 years.”

The documentary, which premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, also delves into her role as Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest,” which became a camp classic.

“Faye” premieres July 13 on HBO.

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