Making the wrong career move is something that can happen to the best of us from time to time. Whether you discovered that you majored in the wrong field in college after getting your first post-graduation job, or you take a job that pays well even though your heart’s not in it, you know the challenges of getting everything you want professionally. It may bring you comfort to know that even your favorite celebrities have been there a time or two.
There are a few stars who admit that they’ve starred in some terrible movies before. Some thought that the movie would turn out to be a good idea. Others were simply glad to be in “the business” and didn’t want to turn down work for fear of being blackballed. Many of these celebrities have gone on to have lucrative careers in Hollywood after movies that didn’t do so well in the box office. However, die-hard fans of the celebrity (and even a few haters), often bring up the fact that the star’s resume contains a few professional mistakes.
Just like your favorite celebs, there’s a chance for you to bounce back after a career-related flub. Here are 10 actors who admitted that they’ve chosen bad movie roles before.
10. Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit)
Actor Chris Pine had no problems letting Moviefone know during an interview that there wasn’t going to be a sequel to his movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The movie was supposed to turn into a series, but when Jack Ryan didn’t get positive reviews, Pine knew he’d made a mistake. He stated that “we didn’t totally get that right” in reference to the movie, and admitted that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit didn’t make enough money to turn into a sequel or series of movies. Chris Pine did state that he loves spy movies and that he hopes the movie is “done again with a great story.” Looks like he’s not taking the risk of being the star again, though.
9. Alec Guinness (Star Wars)
Alec Guinness is best known for his role as Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. However, the English actor actually hated playing the role, even though he got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Guinness stated that aside from getting paid well for his stint as Obi Wan Kenobi, he “regretted having embarked on the film.” Alec Guinness also stated that he can’t really understand why young people like Star Wars so much, since he felt that the acting in the movie was nothing more than “dialogue—which is lamentable.” Sounds like Guinness was trying to be as shocking as possible to get attention, yet we don’t really remember him from any other roles.
8. Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer)
Most people don’t even remember this Fantastic Four movie. There are also a few people who actually went to see it, but don’t remember what happened in the movie. Jessica Alba, who played the Invisible Woman in the movie, confirms that this is a role she shouldn’t have taken. She stated that starring in the movie almost made her give up acting. She states, “I wanted to stop acting. The director was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry?” Alba said “pep talks” like these made her question her own talent, and she wasn’t motivated to keep acting for a while after that.
7. George Clooney (Batman & Robin)
Even if you ignore the terrible costume Clooney had to wear (which included unnecessarily defined nipples), the 1997 Batman & Robin movie was just awful. George Clooney has admitted that not only does he regret the role, but he had a lot to do with why the movie was so terrible. During an interview with Empire, he even came to Ben Affleck’s defense, since Affleck is the newest actor to take on the role of Batman. Clooney states that he is the “least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman” since he “terribly destroyed” the role when it was his turn. Obviously, Clooney has nothing to lose at this point, and has more than bounced back from his professional mistake.
6. Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music)
You may remember Plummer’s role as Captain Von Trapp in the classic movie The Sound of Music. Although the movie is a favorite among many, Christopher Plummer reveals that he didn’t enjoy playing one of the main characters. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Plummer stated that The Sound of Music was “awful, sentimental and gooey.” He also stated that it was really hard to add some type of “masculine humor” to the script. Even though Plummer didn’t enjoy his time as Captain Von Trapp, it became one of the roles he is best known for, and a number of his fans are especially fond of him because of this movie.
5. Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up)
Katherine Heigl has been known for being very outspoken about roles she’s played that she doesn’t like. So, according to her, there have been a few instances in which she’s regretted being cast for a role. After starring in Knocked Up, Heigl called the movie “a little sexist” and says that it was hard for her to love the movie because the women were portrayed as “kill joys” while the guys were pegged as goofy and fun-loving. Her co-star Seth Rogen and the film’s creator Judd Apatow, have held a bit of a grudge against Heigl since she made those comments, but maybe they shouldn’t be so hard on her. After all, she did say she enjoyed her time on set 98% of the time.
4. Michelle Pfeiffer (Grease 2)
There aren’t many people who don’t feel that the sequel to the legendary movie Grease was a disappointment. Moviefone has even confirmed that actress Michelle Pfeiffer, the leading lady in the film, felt the same way as fans of the original Grease. Pfeiffer admitted that she “hated the film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was.” Wow. Clearly she didn’t hold her tongue. She also states that she decided to star in the movie because she was young at the time “and didn’t know any better.” Grease 2 is actually a cult film these days, partially because of the bad acting.
3. Jim Carrey (Kick-Ass 2)
Carrey has long been one of the funniest actors in the business. When he starred in the dark comedy Kick-Ass 2, he decided to withdraw his support from the movie after the school shooting at Sandy Hook. Jim Carrey stated that he’d had a change of heart after the shooting, and didn’t want to support a movie with so much violence. He stated on Twitter that he did the movie a month before the Sandy Hook incident took place, and wanted to show support by not advocating reckless behavior. So, while he wasn’t ashamed of the film for professional reasons, he felt that its release coincided with a terrible event, and he wanted to speak out. Although the movie is questionable in terms of quality (depending on your taste), Carrey gained even more respect from his fans for this move.
2. Halle Berry (Catwoman)
When it was announced that Halle Berry would star in the modern remake of Catwoman, it seemed like a good idea. However, the movie, which was released in 2004, has earned the distinction of being one of the worst of all time. Berry even got a Razzie for her role. She stated in her speech that she wanted to thank Warner Bros. for casting her in “this piece-of-sh*t, god-awful movie.” At least Berry was a good sport about the fact that people thought the movie and her performance were terrible. At least she also has an Oscar, so it’s not like all her movie choices have been bad ones.
1. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck has appeared in several movies that weren’t exactly met with open arms at the box office. Aside from the disaster that was Gigli, Affleck appeared at the Marvel comic book character Daredevil, in the movie of the same name. Ben talked about how much he regretted the role during an interview with Playboy. He states that this is the only movie he’s actually regretted doing and that while he loves the character, he admits that the movie was “f**ked up.” He also stated that the disappointment of Daredevil may be why he was motivated to star in Batman. While he was met with some skepticism, he states that if he thought Batman would be as bad as Daredevil, he would have “picketed himself.” Maybe superhero movies are just not a good idea for Affleck.