- Some actors have had some not-so-great things to say about some of their films.
- Stars like Charlize Theron and Jamie Lee Curtis have openly called some of their films bad.
- Other actors, like Katherine Heigl and Jim Carrey, have had a few issues with the content of some of their movies.
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Although many actors love what they do, they don’t always have affection for some of their past roles.
Whether they have called out films for negative messages or terrible plots, some stars have been pretty open about their past cinematic regrets.
Here are 16 celebrities who have some not-so-great things to say about movies they have starred in.
Charlize Theron said “Reindeer Games” (2000) was a “bad, bad movie.”
In 2008, Charlize Theron told Esquire all about her least favourite film, “Reindeer Games.”
“That was a bad, bad, bad movie,” Theron said, adding that she knew the movie might “suck” when she accepted the job.
“But … I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn’t lying to myself – that’s why I did it. I mean, he directed ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ which is like the movie of all movies,” she added.
Miriam Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout, has said she isn’t a huge fan of the “Harry Potter” movies.
Miriam Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout in “Chamber of Secrets” and “Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” said she’s not a fan of the films, nor has she ever read the books they’re based on.
The actress shared this tidbit in a personalised 30th-birthday video message to a fan on Cameo, where she introduced herself as “Professor Sprout from ‘Harry Potter.'”
“I understand that you and Chris are huge ‘Harry Potter’ fans. Well, here’s the thing. I’m not. I mean, I’m not against it. I’m just not interested,” Margolyes said. “I’ve never seen a film, I’ve never seen the books, I’ve never read them. I just pocket the money when it comes in, and I’m very grateful for it.”
She continued: “I think that JK Rowling is a terrific writer, and I’m sure that Harry Potter’s world is a good world. But it’s not my world. I have to step very gingerly over the gap between you and me, and hope that you’ll understand that despite the fact that I’m headmistress of Hufflepuff and you’re in Gryffindor, I don’t really want to talk about ‘Harry Potter.'”
She ended the video by wishing the fan a “wonderful birthday” and sending her best.
Mark Wahlberg has called “The Happening” (2008) a “bad movie.”
Mark Wahlberg perhaps includes the 2008 thriller “The Happening” – which he called a “bad movie” – on his list of regrets.
At a 2010 press conference for “The Fighter,” Wahlberg said that his co-star Amy Adams “dodged the bullet” when she didn’t get the role in “The Happening” that would ultimately go to Zooey Deschanel in the M. Night Shyamalan movie about killer trees.
George Clooney hasn’t tried to defend “Batman and Robin” (1997).
George Clooney has spoken negatively about “Batman and Robin”a few times, and in 2011 he told Total Film he wasn’t proud of the movie or his performance in it.
“With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go, ‘Woah, that was really s— and I was really bad in it,'” he said.
He’s also been pretty candid about his motivations for starring in the film in the first place – it helped jump-start his career.
He also told Total Film, “The truth is, my phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros. said ‘Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film,’ and I said, ‘Yeah!’ I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn’t believe it!”
Clooney also told The New York Times he signed onto the movie because he “was trying to not just do TV” at a time, when despite his starring role on “ER,” he was having trouble just getting auditions for movies.
Christopher Plummer has said “The Sound of Music” (1965) isn’t his “cup of tea.”
“The Sound of Music” won five Academy Awards and is considered a timeless classic, but actor Christopher Plummer can’t be counted as one of its fans.
The New York Times reported in 1966 that Plummer had referred to the film as “The Sound of Mucus,” and, on multiple occasions, the actor has publicly shared how little he thinks of the film.
In a 2010 interview with the Boston Globe, the actor admitted he was “a bit bored with the character” of Captain von Trapp, who he played in the movie.
“Although we worked hard enough to make him interesting, it was a bit like flogging a dead horse. And the subject matter is not mine. I mean it can’t appeal to every person in the world. It’s not my cup of tea,” he said.
Similarly, when speaking of the film in 2011, Plummer told The Hollywood Reporter, “[I]t was so awful and sentimental and gooey.” He added, “You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some minuscule bit of humour into it.”
Halle Berry has not been shy about her disdain for “Catwoman” (2004).
Halle Berry, who had the titular role in 2004’s “Catwoman,” has been pretty open about how bad she thinks the action film is.
In 2005, Berry actually showed up to accept her Razzie Award for worst actress and she didn’t mince any words with regard to her feelings on the film.
“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-s—, god-awful movie,” Berry said. “It was just what my career needed – I was at the top, now I’m at the bottom.”
The actress went on to describe a few ways the film could’ve been better.
“It was what it was but I know if we had a chance to do it again, I know we’d make it better,” she said. “We’ll make a better story and have a better villain. I always thought we should have had a better villain than a woman whose face cracked off, but that’s the past. I’m over it. But I would do it, I loved being Catwoman.”
The fighter-pilot film “Stealth” (2005) isn’t one of Jamie Foxx’s favourites.
While promoting his film “The Kingdom” (2007), Jamie Foxx told Hollywood.com he’s glad he didn’t have to lie and say it was good like he did with “Stealth.”
“Sometimes you do a movie and you have to go promote it, so on ‘Stealth‘ I was like, ‘Yeah, this is the greatest.’ And people would see me after seeing the movie and say, ‘I can’t believe you lied to me like that,'” he said.
Channing Tatum isn’t a fan of the military film “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” (2009).
Channing Tatum played Duke in 2009’s sci-fi military movie “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” and he’s been open about how much he hates the film.
In 2015, Tatum told Howard Stern, “I’ll be honest, I f—ing hate that movie. I hate that movie. I was pushed into doing it.”
Tatum explained that after he filmed “Coach Carter,” in 2005, Paramount signed him to a three-picture deal, which sounded like a dream at that point in his career.
By the time the studio got around to filming “G.I. Joe,” Tatum’s career had taken off and he didn’t want to make what he knew to be a terrible movie.
Sally Field hasn’t had great things to say about “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) and its sequel.
Sally Field definitely doesn’t count “The Amazing Spider-Man” among her favourite films.
“It’s not my kind of movie,” Field told Howard Stern of the 2012 superhero flick and its 2014 sequel. “It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it. You work it as much as you can, but you can’t put 10 pounds of s— in a five-pound bag.”
Field explained that she only took on the role of Aunt May because it was a chance to work one more time with producer Laura Ziskin.
“[W]e knew it would be her last film. She was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human … It was really just for my friend,” she said.
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey condemned the “level of violence” in the movie “Kick-Arse 2” (2013).
Jim Carrey spoke out against the film ahead of its release, explaining that he’d had a “change of heart” about the film in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in December 2012.
“I did Kick-Arse 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” Carrey tweeted in June 2013. “My apologies to others involve [sic] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
Brad Pitt had some issues with “The Devil’s Own” (1997).
According to New York magazine, Brad Pitt caused a “media frenzy” when he took aim at “The Devil’s Own” in a 1997 interview with Newsweek.
The cop-drama starred Pitt as an IRA terrorist and was riddled with drama from the very beginning.
Pitt went on to denounce the movie as “the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking, if you can even call it that, that I’ve ever seen.”
“We had a great script, but it got tossed,” he told Newsweek. “I couldn’t believe it … The movie was the complete victim of this drowning studio head [Mark Canton] who said, ‘I don’t care. We’re making it. I don’t care what you have. Shoot something.'”
Katherine Heigl has issues with her character in “Knocked Up” (2007) — and the film as a whole.
Katherine Heigl starred in the 2007 rom-com “Knocked Up,” but the actress has since said that the film was “a little sexist.”
Heigl told Vanity Fair in 2008 that she thought the movie “paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as loveable, goofy, fun-loving guys … “
“I had a hard time with [the film], on some days. I’m playing such a b—-; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women?” she said, adding that it was hard for her to love the film.
Shia LaBeouf has called the “Transformers” films “dated.”
In an interview with Esquire in 2018, Shia LaBeouf expressed his distaste for the “Transformers” franchise, which he starred in for years.
“My hang-up with those films was that they felt irrelevant. They felt dated as f—,” he said.
“You come up on these stories about ‘Easy Rider’ and ‘Raging Bull’ and De Niro and Scorsese and Hopper, and you find value in what they do. Meanwhile, you’re chasing energon crystals. It’s very hard to keep doing what you’re doing when you feel like it’s the antithesis of your purpose on this planet,” LaBeouf added.
Ben Affleck has used his hatred of some films to inspire him to do others.
Ben Affleck said that his hatred for 2003’s “Daredevil” inspired him to suit up as Batman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016.
“Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version,” Affleck said during an interview for the TimesTalk YouTube series in 2016. “I hate ‘Daredevil’ so much.”
Robert Pattinson has been open about disliking the “Twilight” movies and their source material.
There’s no denying that the “Twilight” franchise helped to make Robert Pattinson a star, but the actor has been pretty honest about his feelings toward the movies and their source material.
The actor also had issues with his character, Edward Cullen. Per Gizmodo, in an October 2008 interview for Empire magazine, Pattinson said he “hated” him.
“The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself,” Pattinson said. “Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.”
Jamie Lee Curtis has said “Virus” (1999) is her worst film.
Jamie Lee Curtis has made a lot of movies over the course of her career, but she’s apparently never hated one more than 1999’s “Virus.”
“That’s the only good reason to be in bad movies,” she said. “Then when your friends have [bad] movies you can say, ‘Ahhhh, I’ve got the best one. I’m bringing ‘Virus.'”
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