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

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

“Throughout my career, people know there were tough times,” the actress, 83, says in the movie, before stressing she doesn’t want to dismiss her behavior.

“I don’t mean to make an excuse about it,” she continues. “I’m responsible for my actions but this is what I came to understand, was the reason for them. It’s something you need to be aware of, you need to try and do the right thing to take care of it.”

Faye Dunaway talks about her bipolar diagnosis in a new documentary. GC Images

She says the condition is partially to blame for her infamous on-set behavior. Getty Images

“I’m responsible for my actions but this is what I came to understand, was the reason for them,” she says. Getty Images

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

“The medication is crucial,” she explained.

The “Bonnie and Clyde” star’s clashes on sets are legendary.

“Chinatown” director Roman Polanski called her a “gigantic pain in the ass” but added that he had “never known an actress to take work as seriously as she does.”

Dunaway’s son, Liam, says his mother hit “rock bottom” a few years ago. Getty Images

He encouraged her to get professional help. WireImage

Bette Davis famously called Dunaway the worst person she had ever worked with during an interview with Johnny Carson in 1988, describing her as “totally 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 were trying to put on her wig. She also allegedly began “verbally abusing” the crew, who became scared for their wellbeing.

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

She starred in a string of hit movies in the late ’60s and ’70s. Bettmann Archive

Dunaway starred opposite Warren Beatty in “Bonnie and Clyde.” Courtesy Everett Collection

In 2018, the “Chinatown” star reportedly moved an appointment at the swanky Warren Tricomi salon 10 times in one day and then bellowed at staff, “Do you know who I am? … ‘I am Faye Dunaway!’ ”

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

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

She won acclaim for her role in “Chinatown.” Courtesy Everett Collection

The documentary also delves into Dunaway’s unintended camp classic, “Mommie Dearest.” Getty Images

“The Thomas Crown Affair” star also spoke 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 has become a camp classic.

“Faye” premieres July 13 on HBO.

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