Actors are considered to have idylic lives. Every life-obstacle seems easier to defeat if you’re rich, famous and beautiful. But nevertheless they don’t always agree with where their image appears and how it’s used. But for instance, once a movie they had played in is released, there’s nothing they can do to stop the avalanche of opinions, critique and second thoughts. Here are 10 actors who hate some of their own films.
1. George Clooney – Batman & Robin
George Clooney has said that his biggest acting regret was the 1997 film “Batman & Robin.” This is understandable, because it was terrible. He commented that it was a “difficult film to be good in,” and that he got carried away with the prospect of playing a famous superhero and agreed to do the film before reading the script. “I think we might have killed the franchise,” Clooney said.
2. Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was: “…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”
3. Matt Damon – The Bourne Ultimatum
Matt Damon reportedly regrets the entirety of the Bourne franchise, but his most vocal outburst came against the third part, The Bourne Ultimatum. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said that he thought the script was a phone-in by screenwriter Tony Gilroy in an attempt to earn quick money. Damon commented that the first draft was “career-ending” and that a threequel of the series probably shouldn’t have existed at all.
4. Sean Connery – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Well, not only was the 2004 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen a considerable flop, he also hated it so much that he retired from acting. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was based on a comic book. In it, characters from classic literature unite to fight a great evil. While it sounds like a good idea, most people hated it. It currently has a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But the critics and regular moviegoers weren’t the only ones with something bad to say. Sean Connery said of the movie, “It was a nightmare. The director should never have been given $185 million.”
5. Charlize Theron – Reindeer Games
The famous Hollywood actress reportedly hates her 2000 movie, Reindeer Games, co-staring Ben Affleck. When asked about the schlocky thriller, Theron simply stated: “That was a bad, bad, bad movie.”
6. Marlon Brando – A Streetcar Named Desire
Brando’s great contribution and personal touch to his role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire turned him into a worldwide known sex symbol. The idea of Kowalski as a sex symbol actually made him sick. He couldn’t stand the character. He said: “He had the kind of brutal aggressiveness that I hate.” Despite disliking the guy so much, Brando agreed to play him again in the film version of the movie. Instead, they gave him an Oscar nomination and turned him into a screen legend.
7. Robert Pattinson – Twilight
Even way back in 2008, Pattinson made zero effort to hide his opinion of the character in an interview with Empire magazine, poking fun at him for being century-old virgin. Pattinson also admitted that the trick to portraying Edward is just looking “slightly constipated and stoned.”
8. John Cusack – Better Off Dead
John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was “the worst thing I have ever seen” and he would “never trust you as a director again.”
9. Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film’s own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, isn’t ready to sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.
10. George Reeves – Superman
Everyone loved Reeves as Superman, except for Reeves himself, who considered the part “beneath his dignity.” They couldn’t even afford colors for the Superman costume, which was gray and brown to better show up on black-and-white screens. Reeves thus called it a “monkey suit.”
Well life is not perfect, is it? Even sexy, talented, rich, and adored actors have their dramas. What would our lives be without them? Without their drama and without the actors…