From the outside, successful actors seem to live a blessed life. We have to get up at the crack of dawn every day and head off to work, doing the same thing all week long. They get paid to dress up and pretend to be other people for a while.
That doesn't mean they always enjoy their job any more than we do, though. If you've ever seen a film and hated it, and wondered how a self-respecting actor could even get involved in such an awful production, you can rest assured that they were also aware it was terrible.
Whether it's because people only associate them with that one character, or because the pay and conditions on set were awful, many actors have despised the roles they've played in the past, and the films in which they played them. Some of your all-time favorites might be on this list!
If you find the character of Marnie Michaels on the HBO show 'The Girls' to be a little grating and hard to love, you're not alone in that opinion. Allison Williams, who plays the role, finds her difficult to get along with, too. Admittedly, the character is designed to be irritating and obnoxious, but she's so far removed from Williams' real-life persona that she's sometimes found it difficult to reconcile with the part.
Williams has gone on record in the past to say that if she met Marnie in real life, she'd struggle to get along with her - and she'd probably go out of her way to avoid her! Williams is something of a method actor, and tries to completely put herself in the shoes of any character she's playing. In the case of Marnie, she says that sometimes makes her feel a little schizophrenic.
We think this is fairly common knowledge, but if you weren't already aware of it, then we have some bad news for you if you're a fan of the 'Twilight' movies. Although it's the part that made him a star, Robert Pattinson isn't a fan of the character, or the films in general. This won't be the last instance on this list of an actor hating the role they're best known for, but it's something of a blow for people who loved him as Edward Cullen. It's hard for us to watch the films know, knowing he hated every second of making them!
Pattinson took the role for the same reason most actors take work they're not keen on - he wanted the money. He says that as soon as he started reading through the script, he took a disliking to the character, and by the end of it, he outright despised him.
Gossip Girl was a smash hit of a TV show, and it definitely helped to kickstart the career of Blake Lively, but she never thought too kindly of her character Serena van der Woodsen. In what we suspect to be a common problem with actors, the nature of the part clashed with Lively's strongly-held beliefs and convictions, which sometimes led to difficulties with her delivering performances.
As a socially conscious performer, Lively has said that she wanted to bring positive messages to people, and van der Woodsen wasn't an ideal vehicle for her to do that. Although she's glad that people appreciated the character, and her performance, she personally felt compromised by some of the things she had to say and do. That may go some way to explaining why she appears to be much more selective about the parts she's agreed to take on since.
The fact that Megan Fox wasn't always happy on the set of the 'Transformers' movies isn't a secret. She had a very public spat with director Michael Bay when she quit prior to making the third of the films, claiming that he'd been abusive towards her. That may have soured her experience of the entire franchise, although based on earlier interviews it seems like she never thought all that much of them anyway.
Speaking at a press event before the second movie was released, Fox said that 'Transformers' films weren't really about acting, and that they're essentially just a series of action set-pieces. Elaborating on the point, she said that her part generally involved either running, screaming, or both, and that she knew she was largely just there to look pretty. We think it's safe to say she'll never do another one.
Reviews of Cher's movies haven't always been complimentary, but if we're to believe Cher, the lackluster nature of the films she appears in isn't necessarily her fault. She was attracted to playing the part of Tess Scali in 'Burlesque' by the quality of the script, but found that when the time came to shoot it, director Steve Antin's vision was completely different to hers.
Cher tried to argue the case for her own interpretation of the character on the set, but her complaints fell on deaf ears, with Antin allegedly telling her that he didn't care for her input, and that the film was really just about the dance sequences anyway. She's acknowledged that the film was a failure, and drove the nail home by labeling Antin a 'really terrible director.' We suspect that's the end of their working relationship.
There are some people within the movie industry who believe that Katherine Heigl is a little hard to work with, but is that really the case, or is she just honest about the work she does? The perception of her is largely down to an interview she gave about her part as Alison Scott in 'Knocked Up,' back in 2007. The idea of an interview is to talk up the movie you're in, and give people a reason to want to see it. Heigl took the opposite approach.
In Heigl's own words, the film was 'a little sexist.' She didn't like the fact that her character was portrayed as dull and joyless, whereas Seth Rogen was just a regular guy trying to get on with his life. Perhaps understandably, she felt like the film was unkind to women in general, and so she found it hard to enjoy the film. She's had a long time to reflect on her remarks, and issued a partial apology in 2016, saying she'd intended no disrespect to Rogen or his work. For his part, Rogen accepted the apology with grace.
If Jennifer Garner had it her own way, we'd never have found out that she didn't think much of 'Elektra,' and didn't enjoy playing her. As a model professional, she never publicly said anything about it. Her ex-boyfriend Michael Vartan, however, had other ideas. Apparently feeling it was his place to dish the dirt on his ex-partner, he once told an interviewer that he'd never even watched the film, and didn't have any urge to do so because of what Garner told him about it.
According to Vartan's account, Garner regularly called him from the set and told him that the film was 'awful,' and that she hated making it. Garner never auditioned for the part or went looking for it; apparently, she was contractually obligated to do it under the terms of her contract for 'Daredevil.'
Jamie Foxx knew that 'Stealth' was a bad movie from the moment the cameras stopped rolling, but he kept the information to himself for a long time. When he finally admitted it, he did so in the form of an apology for all the interviews he'd given in support of the movie when it was first released! All major stars are contractually obligated to do media calls in support of their films. That must be awkward when you're trying to find something positive to say about a film you know everyone's going to hate.
Foxx sat in front of multiple television cameras, and told everyone that 'Stealth' was a great film, and that people should go and watch it. According to him, he even had friends getting in touch with him after taking his advice, asking why he'd lied to them and made them subject themselves to the terrible film!
Here's a word of advice for aspiring young actors - just because there are a lot of zeroes in a contract you're being offered, it doesn't mean you should sign it before thinking very carefully. If you're in any doubt about that, just listen to Channing Tatum talk about the terrible time he had making 'G.I. Joe - Rise of The Cobra.' He's made no attempt to be subtle about his distaste for the film -he repeatedly told Howard Stern 'I hate that movie,' and threw some expletives in just to underline the depth of his feeling.
As with Jennifer Garner in 'Elektra,' Tatum never wanted to be involved in the film. He'd signed a three-movie contract when he won a part of 'Coach Carter,' and signed it because he thought, as a young actor, he was getting a great deal. What he didn't realize that he didn't have any control over what those movies would be, leading to him being committed to a part that he couldn't stand.
For the majority of her time starring in 'The Secret Life of The American Teenager,' Shailene Woodley was happy with her job. It was only when the series started to head towards a close that she felt the writing went awry, and that her character began to act in a way which wasn't consistent with everything that had gone before.
Woodley was attached to the part of Amy Juergens, and cared for both the character and the decisions the character made. By the final season, she felt like questionable morals were on display, and that the message being sent out to the audience wasn't a good one. On occasion, she says she even found it hard to bring herself to go to the set and film, because she didn't agree with anything that Juergens was doing in the script.
Unlike some of the names we've listed so far, Charlize Theron can't claim that she walked into the part of Ashley Mercer in 'Reindeer Games' without an awareness of what was likely to happen. She'd read the script, and she didn't like it. She just felt like she couldn't turn down the chance to work with director John Frankenheimer, because he'd been the man in the chair for 'The Manchurian Candidate' - which happens to be Theron's all-time favorite movie.
Like Jamie Foxx, Theron allowed a respectable amount of time to pass between making the film, and publicly slating it. When she did open up about her experience, she didn't mince her words. Here's a direct quote: "That was a bad, bad, bad movie." She still doesn't regret it, though; she got to work with her favorite director, and that's all that matters to her.
It would seem that actors deciding to take parts because they like the people making the movies might be more common than we imagined it to be. Sally Field isn't a fan of superhero movies, and so she had no great desire to play Aunt May in 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' but she agreed to do it as a favor for a friend. If it weren't for the presence of Laura Ziskin as the producer, she'd never have done it.
Field confessed her motivations to Howard Stern - who seems to have a knack for getting the truth out of celebrities - during an interview on his radio show. She didn't have a specific objection to the character of Aunt May; she just didn't feel that 'Super Man' was 'her type of film.' Ziskin was severely ill when she was producing the movie, and Field knew that it was likely to be her last film. When the call came, she couldn't say no.
'Your Highness' isn't a movie that's held in much great affection by anybody, and you can include the major players from the cast within that number. Franco was very direct about his opinion when he was asked about it by GC magazine back in 2013. 'Don't talk to me about that film,' he laughed, 'it sucks!' The general consensus is that he's right. It might have amused us briefly once or twice, but it isn't a film we'd care to sit through ever again.
At the time he made the comments, Franco could afford to blow off his past work because he was constantly inundated with offers to star in films. He's had a difficult couple of years in the spotlight since then, with unsavory allegations about his personal life, but he appears to be tidying up his act now. Hopefully, that means he won't have to lower himself to appearing in a sequel!
As you probably already know, Shia LeBeouf takes himself very seriously indeed. When he's not releasing bizarre motivational videos on YouTube, he's installing himself as an art exhibit in galleries. It's hard to imagine that he'd ever accept a part in an action movie franchise like 'Transformers' now, but he did so in the past. Needless to say, he didn't like it very much.
It wasn't so much the first of the 'Transformers' films that irritated LeBeouf so much as the second one, which he felt had a weaker script. While noting that it was popular with viewers, LeBeouf said that he hated working on it, and that it lacked heart, closing with the line 'it's just a bunch of fighting robots.' He might be right, but isn't that the point of 'Transformers?' His disdain didn't stop him taking his paycheck and coming back to play the part for a third time a few years later.
Much like every enthusiastic movie fan has a favorite actor who's played James Bond, most people have a favorite Batman. It's usually Adam West, Michael Keaton, or Christian Bale. We're fairly sure that there's no-one out there who prefers the interpretation of the character that George Clooney gave to us - and we include George Clooney in that statement.
'Batman & Robin' is legendarily bad, and regularly turns up on 'worst movie of all time' lists. Given the script he was faced with, we don't think any of the other 'Batman' stars could have done any better with the material, so we don't blame Clooney. The one-time 'ER' star has apologized for his part in the film on many occasions, and was glad when Bale as cast in a rebooted series of films, as until then he was worried he'd permanently destroyed the character!
There are many sets of twins out there who work in the field of acting, so why people keep asking Lindsay Lohan to double up and play two roles herself is beyond us - especially considering she doesn't appear to like it! There was a period of time when Lohan seemed to hate everything, so we should perhaps take her opinion with a pint of salt, but she seems sincere about this one.
'I Know Who Killed Me' was a box office bomb. It cost twelve million dollars to make - which is certainly well short of blockbuster levels of spending - but it couldn't even make that back. Considered to be the worst film of 2007 (and, to some people, the worst film of the entire decade), Lohan isn't proud of her part in it. When a fan tweeted her to say they'd watched the film twice in a single evening, Lohan's cutting response was to say it was twice too many.
At some point in the career of every action movie star, they'll try to step outside their comfort zone and do a comedy, or a drama. For some actors - Bruce Willis, for example - the transition goes very well. For others, like Sylvester Stallone, it's an unmitigated disaster. 'Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot' was that disaster, and Stallone is in no doubt whatsoever about how terrible it was.
When asked for his opinion on it in the past, Stallone felt like calling it the worst movie in the history of the world wasn't a sufficient description of its awfulness. He went a step further, stating that it was likely to be the worst film ever made in the history of our solar system, including anything made my aliens that we haven't had a chance to see yet. That's a pretty big statement!
Joining Shia LeBeouf in the camp of actors who take themselves very seriously is Christian Bale, and it isn't a recent trait for him. Very early on in his career - at the age of only seventeen - Bale took the part of Jack Kelly in the musical film 'Newsies.' It's become something of a cult classic in the years since it was released, but time hasn't healed old wounds for Bale, who didn't enjoy making it, and has never seen it since.
Even back then, Bale wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, and he felt that appearing in a musical didn't help him with that ambition. He spoke of his woes to 'Entertainment Weekly,' expressing the sentiment that it had taken years for his career to recover from his association with the film, and that he had to turn down role out of fear of being typecast.
Watching 'Elektra' and 'Daredevil' is a difficult job when you find out how much the people in the most important roles hated their jobs. Ben Affleck never truly looked comfortable in the tight suit of Daredevil, and we now know that's because he was equally uncomfortable in the part.
Neither of the films was particularly well received outside of devotees to the source material, and Affleck isn't surprised that it didn't achieve greater success. He hated the part so much that he used it as motivation when accepting the part of Batman years later - he felt like if he was doing to make a contribution to the world of superhero films, he wanted to give himself the chance to make a good one. While his interpretation of Batman might not be as popular as the Christian Bale incarnation, it's still poles apart from 'Daredevil.'
We seem to be hitting upon a theme here. Superhero movies are often bigger on spectacle than they are on plot, and nobody notices that more than the people tasked with bringing what little plot exists to life. Halle Berry got a big payday when she made 'Catwoman,' but she also picked up a notorious 'Razzie Award' for 'Worst Actress' in recognition of the part she played in the film's awfulness. Unlike most Razzie recipients, Berry turned up in person to collect the award, because she had something to say.
We can't bring you the precise text of the words she spoke that night - because they contained a lot of bad language - but the gist of it was that she was displeased with Warner Brothers for tying her to a film that was so clearly going to be abysmal from the moment it got the green light.
We still miss Carrie Fisher, and we're glad that she got to step into the shoes of Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' movies twice more before she passed away. It appeared to bring her a sense of closure with the character- a character that she'd hated for a long time because of the level of fame that came along with it.
Although it seems absurd now, nobody thought 'Star Wars' was a guaranteed hit when it was first released. It exceeded all expectations, and made Fisher a household name. She was never comfortable with that level of fame, and blamed the constant press attention for many of the personal issues she dealt with in later life. It wasn't so much the character of Leia that she hated - it was the attention that came with it. She once confessed that had she known the movie would be so big, she'd never have agreed to take the role.
With no disrespect intended to Arnold Schwarzenegger, he's appeared in a lot of terrible films. He's starred in some of the greatest action movies ever made, but there's also a whole series of duds on his resume. He isn't particularly concerned by any of them - with the exception of one. 'Red Sonja' is the one credit that Schwarzenegger has to his name that he wishes wasn't there.
The man we know best as 'Arnie' was once directly asked for his opinion on the worst film he'd ever made, and he had no hesitation in giving 'Red Sonja' as the answer. He's found a way to make the best out of a bad situation though; when his children misbehave, he forces them to watch the movie as a punishment. That's a good incentive for them to stay on the straight and narrow.
'Rock of Ages' is a very popular movie, based on a very popular musical. The musical still tours all over the world to this day, often in large venues. That's despite the fact that the film version - which starred Tom Cruise as a jaded, egotistical rock star - split the crowd when it came to reviews. One of those who had unfavorable things to say about it was Alec Baldwin - which is a bit of an issue, as he was in the film as Dennis Dupree.
Baldwin went into the making of the movie with high hopes that it would be fun. A week into filming, he started to experience regret for ever signing the contract. It started off with a creeping suspicion that the end product was going to be, in his own words, a 'horrible movie.' By the time he was finished shooting, his opinion had deteriorated to the point where he simply called it 'a complete disaster.'
It would be unfair to say that Matt Damon hates the character of Jason Bourne; he's done very well out of the 'Bourne' series of movies, and wouldn't have come back to the character so often if he hated it. It's just that he happens to despise one of the films, and he knows exactly who to blame for it. That's Tony Gilroy, and the script he provided for the third film, 'The Bourne Ultimatum.'
Damon had less-than-flattering things to say about Gilroy after the film was made, including a suggestion that Gilroy took a huge payoff from the production company and then just phoned in the script. Damon worked as hard as he could to improve what he was given - so if we're to believe Damon, what ended up on the screen was better than what was on the page - but apparently, the original Gilroy script was 'unreadable' to the point it would end Gilroy's career if Damon posted it online.
The first 'Grease' movie was everything you could ever hope for from a musical. It had great songs, a phenomenal cast, a huge sense of fun, and an enjoyable story. 'Grease 2' had very few of those things, and has such a low profile that there are still people out there that don't know there was ever a follow-up made to the original movie at all. If you haven't seen it, you're best advised to keep it that way. Michelle Pfeiffer certainly doesn't want you watching it.
With the benefit of hindsight, she'd never have agreed to appear in the film. She blames her own youth and naivety for accepting the role, going on to state that she 'hated it with a passion,' and when seeing it for the first time at the premiere 'couldn't believe how bad it was.' We're guessing something must have got lost in translation from the script to the screen.
When Miley Cyrus stopped being Hannah Montana and started her solo singing career, it didn't take long for her to begin behaving in a way that was totally contrary to everything Montana stood for. That didn't happen by accident. Cyrus hated the constraints that being Montana put on her, and when she shook them off, she shook them off with vigor.
Cyrus was a young girl when she first started playing the part that would make her famous, and for many years, she did as she was told. She feels that in the end, being made to look 'conventionally pretty' by makeup artists had a negative effect on her body image, and she eventually became tired of being told what girls are 'supposed' to look like. By the end, she feared she was losing any sense of her true identity. She's definitely recovered it in the years since.
Like his 'Star Wars' co-star Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford appears to have come to terms with playing a character that he once couldn't stand. He decided to return to 'Blade Runner' when the movie received a sequel in 2017, but had he been asked to step back into the shoes of Rick Deckard ten years earlier, he may not have agreed to do so.
It seems to be the science-fiction aspects of the script that Ford had an issue with - which is strange, considering his 'Star Wars' role - but in the case of 'Blade Runner,' he thinks all the weirdness got in the way of the story. He also found it difficult to put his finger on what Deckard was supposed to be; on the surface, he was playing a detective, but as Ford put it, Deckard doesn't really do any detective work in the film.
Sometimes, the life of an actor can become a grind. Movies don't get made quickly, and shooting can sometimes involve months away from your friends and family, working for long days, miles from home. A chance to get some time to yourself can be tempting, and that temptation was enough to persuade Matthew Goode to take the part of Declan O'Callaghan in 'Leap Year.'
Goode has been very honest about what attracted him to the part. It was the salary on offer, and the agreement that he could spend all of his weekends at home. The script didn't come into it, and he didn't particularly care for it. He views his work on the film as 'a bad job,' but at the same time, says he had fun working on it, and enjoyed the lighter schedule. It wasn't all bad!
Sometimes, a job just doesn't stack up the way you thought it would when you agreed to do it. Rooney Mara's problem wasn't anything to do with the quality of the script for 'Pan,' in which she played Tiger Lily. She didn't think it was a bad movie, and she didn't have any issue with anything that she was required to do on the set. It was the way that people reacted to the film.
What Mara hadn't thought about when she took the part was that, strictly speaking, she was the wrong race to play the character. The movie was accused of 'whitewashing' the story, and led to a broader conversation about diversity and inclusivity in Hollywood, with her part frequently being highlighted as an example of people from ethnic minorities being denied roles. She says she's learned from the experience, and will never put herself in that position again.
Over the years, there have been numerous reports that Bruce Willis can be a difficult man to work with on the set of a movie. He's notoriously surly in interviews, and when he was ejected from the sequel to 'The Expendables,' Sylvester Stallone wasn't shy about expressing various negative sentiments about his one-time co-star on Twitter. It therefore isn't a surprise to hear that Willis doesn't think much of several of the parts he's played.
Willis has never confirmed exactly which films he's talking about when he makes his remarks, only saying that there have been 'about a dozen' films that he wishes he'd never taken any part in. We know that 'Die Hard' can't be one of them - or he wouldn't keep going back to it, so we're left guessing as to what he might be talking about. We think it's safe to say that 'Hudson Hawk' has got to be on the list, though.
'Titanic' was pretty much the biggest film of the 1990s. It smashed-box office records, it launched the careers of Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio into the stratosphere, and gave the world 'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion. Even though all of us knew how the movie was going to end, it didn't stop us enjoying the story, and crying at the end. Given its success, it's a bit of a surprise to find out that Kate Winslet doesn't like it.
For once, though, this has nothing to do with the script, or the character, or how the film was received. Winslet is just hyper-critical of her own performance. She doesn't feel like she played the part well, and believes she did a particularly bad job with her American accent. For that reason, she can't watch it. That's a shame. You were great, Kate!
This is just a classic example of something becoming dull over time. Adam Brody has nothing but fond memories of playing Seth Cohen on 'The O.C.' - entrancing all of teenage America in the process - but when you're so well known for playing one part, it can become an issue when people keep stopping you in the street to talk about it. That's what Brody's found, and it's gradually led to a sense of resentment about both the part and the show.
Brody is much older now, and he's moved on with his life. He's done plenty of work since then, and he'd rather talk about that. He says he's simply run out of things to say about being Seth Cohen, and he's sick of being asked about him. Try to bear that in mind if you ever see him out anywhere!
We sort of feel for Colin Farrell with this one. 'Miami Vice' was one of the coolest television shows to come from the 1980s, but by the time 2006 rolled around, the original stars were too old to reprise their parts convincingly. That meant new blood was required, and Farrell was only too happy to be considered. Who wouldn't want to potentially become a new style icon in a revised franchise?
Sadly, the franchise wasn't to be. The movie wasn't well liked, and any prospects of a sequel were pretty much dead on arrival. Farrell partially blames himself for that, saying he feels responsible for some of that failure, but also suggests that the script contained more style than it did substance. It's hard to disagree with him about that, and It's now one of his major career regrets.
Although Brad Pitt has been a certified A-lister for more than two decades, and has a resume full of smash hits, he doesn't consider 'The Devil's Own,' to be one of them, and lists it as the lowlight of his career so far. Given that he's a little choosier with his film work these days, it seems likely that it will never move off the bottom spot (although he might have been tempted to revise his opinion after 'World War Z').
It's hard to get a handle on exactly what Pitt disliked about it so much, but he's used the curious description of 'irresponsible filmmaking' to describe what happened on the set, and his experience of making the film. It wasn't just the process either - he doesn't think the film was very good. Fortunately, he's made enough smash hits for most people to forget he was even in it.
Jim Carrey's dislike of the part he played in 'Kick Ass 2' is all down to circumstance. Like the original movie, this sequel is a blend of ultra-violence and dark humor, and Carrey was reported to have had a blast while making it. After it was made, though, he was reluctant to take part in promoting the film. Something terrible had happened in the real world, and it made Carrey think about the responsibility he has as an entertainer.
Just as filming on the movie was coming to an end, the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook occurred, and Carrey stopped to think about the effect that violence in films may have on the people who watch them. He tweeted his reasoning for withdrawing his support from the film, stating that the level of violence it displayed wasn't appropriate given what had happened. He hasn't appeared in a violent role ever since.
When a movie becomes a hit, you can be sure that the people responsible for making it will give serious consideration to a sequel, whether or not that was part of the original plan. The dark comedy 'Horrible Bosses' far exceeded people's expectations at the box office, and so a sequel was ordered, even though there was no obvious story left to tell. Despite that, Jason Bateman signed on the dotted line to reprise his role. He wished he hadn't.
It's almost never the case that a sequel is better than the original, but they're also not usually as far off the mark as 'Horrible Bosses 2.' Bateman confirmed that the movie was 'garbage' at the box office, and he couldn't say for certain that it was down to the timing of the release, or just the fact that it was nowhere near as well-written as the first film.
Playing Troy Bolton in 'High School Musical' is what turned Zac Efron into a teen icon. His poster went up on the bedroom walls of many teenagers after the first movie was released, and some of those posters have never been taken down! Efron was the perfect 'heartthrob' character, with boyish good looks and an easy charm. Everybody seemed to love Bolton - apart from Efron himself.
Efron's dislike for the character is violent, and we mean that quite literally. Asked about his feelings on the part years later, he told interviewers that if he ever came across his character in the street, he'd likely start a fight with him. To use Efron's own words, he said 'I step back sometimes and look at that character, and I still want to kick his...' well, you can probably imagine how that sentence ends.
We're going to be honest here - we don't know whether Cara Delevingne was being serious when she expressed her distaste for the character of Margo Roth Spiegelman in 'Paper Towns' during an interview, or whether she was just joking around with reporters. Actors have to do dozens - sometimes hundreds - of interviews in support of a film. Eventually, they get bored of being asked the same question, and start to give sarcastic answers.
In the case of Delevingne, she responded to a question about whether her character was much like her real-life persona with "No. I actually hate her." There was laughter in the room - albeit nervous laughter - and the interview carried on. As it turned out, the producers of the movie weren't all too pleased with Delevingne's careless answer, and let her know about it in no uncertain terms. If she didn't really dislike the part before, we bet she does now.
The Darren Aronofsky psychological horror movie 'Mother!' is about as high-brow as horror films get. It has an art-house style, and is so unconventional in its approach that none of the characters even have names. They're just known by the roles they play, and in the case of Jennifer Lawrence, that role was 'mother.' Perhaps because she was keen to display her range as a performer, she took the part in the hope that it would show her in a new light. For a while after making the movie, she regretted it.
Although she now says that she's coming to terms with the film, having had more time to think about it, her initial reaction was that she, the director, and the producers had gone 'too far' in the process of putting it together, and that the level of horror was too high. She described herself as 'shaken' after seeing the final cut.
Before you start sending hate mail to us - or to Daniel Radcliffe - we should point out that Radcliffe didn't hate the character of Harry Potter at all, and he still loves the franchise and the career it's brought him. Nor does he have any issue with the source material; he's as big a fan of the books as everyone else is. Like Kate Winslet with 'Titanic,' it's his own performance that he takes issue with.
We saw Radcliffe grow from a boy into a young man over the course of the films, and we also slowly saw him learning how to act. By the end of it all he was accomplished, but Radcliffe feels like he was at his worst in 'Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.' As perhaps his own fiercest critic, he says that his performance was 'one-note,' and that he was complacent at the time of recording. We don't think he should be so harsh on himself; there were far worse offenders within the 'Harry Potter' franchise than him!
It's a second entry on our list for Ben Affleck, and this time it's for completely different reasons. Everyone knows 'Gigli' as being the 'Bennifer' movie - the film that he and Jennifer Lopez made during the time they were dating. They also know it for being utterly terrible, and crashing miserably at the box office. It made back less than a tenth of its budget, and stalled the acting career of Lopez completely. Affleck was lucky it didn't have a worse effect on him.
That alone would be reason enough to dislike it, but for Affleck, there's more to it than that. He points out that everyone makes bad films occasionally - and that Angelina Jolie had released a bad one a few months earlier - but everyone paid more attention to 'Gigli' because he and Lopez were in it together. That took it from being a bad movie that nobody cared about to a bad movie that everyone wanted to criticize, leading to a miserable time for the actor.
Joining Ben Affleck as a two-time entrant on this list is Shia LeBeouf, and just like his 'Transformers' work, he's taken issue with his appearance in a major movie franchise. This time, it's 'Indiana Jones And the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull,' which is the most recent of the Indiana Jones movies. There are still rumblings about making another, but as Harrison Ford approaches 80, the chances decline with each passing year.
LeBeouf's task was a thankless one in the movie. With Ford in his 60s, it was decided that Jones would have a son appear from nowhere (never a popular move in television or cinema), with the idea being that LeBeouf would handle all of the action sequences that Ford could no longer do. LeBeouf tore his rotator cuff during filming, meaning he was in pain for most of the shoot, and generally feels like the movie as a whole 'dropped the ball' on the franchise.
When 'Love Actually' came out, everyone heralded it as a worthy successor to 'Four Weddings and A Funeral,' and cited it as one of the greatest romantic comedies of its era. Now, several years down the line, people have decided that they're actually not so sure about it. In light of the #MeToo movement, the actions of several of the male characters are somewhat questionable. There are whole websites devoted to picking the movie apart, but it's not just fans who are changing their minds. Andrew Lincoln, who played Mark, is doing the same.
It's those feminist issues that trouble Lincoln. The film's intention is to use the character of Mark to portray unrequited love, but given the way that he hopelessly follows Kiera Knightley's character around for the entire running time, he comes across like a bit of a stalker. He says he raised concerns about this to director Richard Curtis on set, but was ignored.
'A Streetcar Named Desire' - whether it's as a movie, a book, or a play - is regarded as one of the greatest works of fiction ever written. It was the legendary Marlon Brando who was tasked with bringing the character of Stanley Kowalski to live, and he seemed to do so with relish. Brando was at the peak of both his acting talents and his brooding good looks when the movie was filmed, and his performance is considered iconic.
Behind the scenes, though, Brando found Kowalski difficult to play. The man was brutal, aggressive, unfeeling, and totally absorbed in his own ego. Brando tried to get into the headspace of the character, and found it to be a terrifying place. His feelings on the matter are strong; he said that he detested the character, and the fact that men like Kowalski existed in the real world made him afraid.
The existence of '50 Shades of Grey' splits the crowd. Those who like the book - and the films based on it - say that the racy novels are all about female sexual empowerment and liberation. Detractors are keen to point out that the story started out as a piece of fan fiction based on 'Twilight,' and don't feel that the quality of writing is especially strong (and that's us putting it kindly). You could also argue a case for Christian Grey being abusive as opposed to assertive. Jamie Dornan certainly thinks so, and he played him.
While in Australia to promote the second of the '50 Shades' films, Dorman took the curious step of telling interviewers that he didn't like anything about the character, describing him as 'not the sort of man I'd get along with,' and that he wouldn't consider ever inviting him for a social drink, nor choose him if he was looking to meet new friends. To put it another way, he doesn't want anything to do with him.
We're often told that every little boy grows up wanting to be James Bond. The famous secret agent is considered to be the ultimate symbol of masculinity - he beats up the bad guys, he has a license to kill, he's above the law, and he always gets the girl. Only a handful of actors have ever had the chance to play 007 on film, and Sean Connery, for many people, is 'the' definitive Bond. The plot twist here is that he doesn't really want to be.
He was happy enough to get paid for playing Bond on seven separate occasions, but he once told British newspaper the Guardian that he'd 'always hated' the character. His bitterness towards the part seems to have developed in later life; no matter what else he did with his life and career, he was always James Bond to the people he met, and it affected the range of movie roles he was considered for when he retired from playing the part. To him, being Bond became 'a bit of a bore.'
The failure of 'Glitter' had to sting everyone associated with it. The whole purpose of the movie was to make Mariah Carey a bonafide film star to go with her pop diva status, and it failed miserably. People just didn't want to go and watch it, and it bombed horribly at the box office. Not only that, but despite the fact that the film was built around being a vehicle for her, Carey didn't like it either.
Speaking in a televised interview a few years ago, Carey described 'Glitter' as being the biggest regret of her whole career. She found the film to be 'kitsch,' and said it took all of the next two years for people to start taking her music seriously again. She dislikes the part so much that she forbids her staff from even mentioning it in her presence!
It's not only Sean Connery who has regrets about taking on the part of James Bond - the incumbent actor isn't overly keen on it, either! Something incredible must have happened to persuade him to take the role one more time for the forthcoming twenty-fifth installment of the franchise, because after filming wrapped on 'Spectre' in 2015, he went to great lengths to explain just how much he didn't want to be involved anymore.
It was 'Time Out' magazine who asked him whether he'd be interested in making another Bond movie, and they were surprised by his response. Craig said he'd rather 'slit his wrists' than make another Bond film, followed up by saying he was 'totally done,' and that all he wanted to do was 'move on'. We guess that all he needed to get over it was four years. Well, either that or an enormous financial offer to put the tuxedo on one last time.
One of the benefits of the #MeToo movement is that as well as highlighting harassment, it's become increasingly unacceptable for directors to say and do things to women on the set of a movie that they used to get away with in the past. Jessica Alba had a thoroughly miserable time playing the invisible woman Susan Storm-Richards in 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,' in 2007, and there's no way that director Tim Story would have kept his job in the current climate based on the way she says he treated her.
One of the scenes in the film called on Alba to cry, which the actor is able to do easily. Story's issue with her is that she was 'crying too ugly' and needed to look 'prettier' while crying. Alba was so upset that she almost walked away from the acting profession completely. She made only two movies the following year, as she looked to rediscover the passion for her craft that she'd lost on the set of the superhero film.
The 1994 movie 'I Love Trouble' was supposed to harken back to the golden age of Hollywood, with a charming pair of actors telling a gentle, feel-good love story with some laughs along the way. It might have worked, had it not been for the fact that the two actors cast in the lead roles could barely stand to be in each other's company. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte didn't get on - to say the least - on set, and Roberts therefore hated the film.
It's not known specifically what triggered the animosity between the performers, but Roberts didn't hold her tongue when speaking to the press. Sadly, she did a lot of that talking before the film was released, which meant nobody bought into the story on-screen. Roberts has described Nolte as 'disgusting,' and said that he 'goes out of his way to repel people.' We suspect that they didn't' stay in touch after their last day on set.