Celebrities are allowed to hate their jobs too. It just seems a lot less likely, considering they are rich and famous, and get to do glamorous things like go to award shows and travel the world. But when it comes down to it actors are just another cog in the wheel of a big Hollywood production like a TV series or film. They may be the face of the project, but they aren’t the only person putting in hard work to create something.
When celebrities express disappointment in their own performance, or feel like they could have done better, that is one thing. But when an actor completely disses the entire project, that disrespects all the other people who put in long hours, spent their money, and time working on the show or film. The actor is supposed to be out promoting the project so people will want to see it, not telling everyone it sucks.
One recent example is the ongoing press tour for Fifty Shades of Grey. The two stars, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have been all too eager to tell interviewers how uncomfortable it was filming some of the steamier scenes in the movie. While it may be true, they are actors, and they are kind of ruining the mood that a movie like Fifty Shades requires to be successful. Here are 10 more celebrities who dissed their own projects.
10. Joe Jonas
It may be hard to remember now that Nick Jonas has an older brother named Joe who everyone thought was going to be the brother that made it on his own. The Jonas Brothers got their start as Disney kids, and they had their own show called JONAS about a pop band trying to make it (that’s a stretch). In an interview with New York Magazine, Joe talks about what it was like growing up as a Disney kid, and how much pressure he always felt and the constant stress to be perfect. He said about the show, “some of the writing on it was terrible. It just ended up being some weird slapstick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at.” Hate to break it to you Joe, but 10-year-olds were probably the only ones watching your show anyway.
9. Katherine Heigl
Since exiting her role on Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl has been labeled as notoriously hard to work with. She took the starring role in Knocked Up, even though she had problems with how the plot portrayed women. In an interview with Vanity Fair she called the script “sexist” and “it paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bit*h; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”
8. Megan Fox
No one knew who Megan Fox was before the Transformer movies, but that didn’t stop her from biting the hand that fed her. After she was fired from the third Transformers film, she said that the director, Michael Bay “wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.” According to rumours from the rest of the cast and crew, Fox acted like she didn’t want to be there anyway. Apparently she didn’t like working on set and had better things to do than star in a huge blockbuster.
7. Robert Pattinson
The main characters of the Twilight franchise clearly have some serious character flaws, and star, Robert Pattinson never had any problem publicly pointing them out. He said “he tells her he killed forty or fifty people and he’s like, ‘You really shouldn’t [be with me]…and I want to kill you so much every single day, every moment I’m with you I’m desperately wanting to kill you.” And she’s like, “I don’t care, I love you.” And it’s like…there’s definitely something wrong with her, and there’s very obviously something wrong with me.” He also insulted the fans of the series that made him a huge star, wondering in an interview what the people obsessed with Twilight “do all day.” Sounds like Pattinson just couldn’t suspend his sense of disbelief for the franchise that made gave him his career.
6. Angus T. Jones
Maybe a case of teenage rebellion, and realizing he was already rich enough to never have to worry about working again in his life, but child star Angus T. Jones not only said he hated his show Two and a Half Men, but he told everyone to stop watching it. The exact quote was “if you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I’m on Two and a Half Men and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth.” He did apologize for his comments, but the damage was already done.
5. James Franco
James Franco isn’t exactly known for his humbleness and good judgement. He considers himself a serious actor and writer, but he has done movies he isn’t proud of too. The film 2006 Annapolis unfortunately was one of them. He said, “There was a point when I was doing a really bad movie called Annapolis … I ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie.” The director of the film, Justin Lin (who has since directed Fast and the Furious 6) took notice of Franco’s comments and said, “Well, it is very hurtful. And it’s actually not very respectful because I know a lot of the crew worked really hard on that.” Not nice, Franco.
4. Penn Badgley
While he may not have come right out and said he hated his role on Gossip Girl, Penn Badgley hinted that he is not proud of his work as Dan Humphries. While promoting a new film, he said, “to be proud of something is a really nice feeling. And it’s a new feeling, and it’s something that I wanna keep going with. I can walk a little taller feeling that I don’t have to be constantly apologizing for the work that I’ve done in the past.” Badgley has also admitted he originally turned down the role of Dan, and only took it because his other option was to become a waiter.
3. Shannen Doherty
Known originally for her role on 90210, Shannen Doherty later starred on the CW’s Charmed, a show about witches. She complained that the show was not ever taken seriously enough to showcase her incredible talent. She told Movieline magazine, “On Charmed there were a couple of moments when I gave the most brutally honest performance I ever could have given as an actor. What you saw came from my gut. And when I looked at those moments on the show I knew that they weren’t being given their proper due, because they were on Charmed. It’s a show for 12 year olds!” She left the show in its third season and went on to do… ?
2. Halle Berry
No one is going to argue with what Halle Berry said at the 25th Annual Razzie Awards about her film Catwoman. The film won her the award for Worst Actress, and she showed up at the awards ceremony to accept her statue in person, something Worst Actress winners rarely do. In her acceptance speech she said, “I’d like to thank Warner Brothers for casting me in this piece of sh*t, god-awful movie.” It’s okay, Halle, everyone makes mistakes.
1. Mark Wahlberg
M. Night Shyamalan films haven’t been well received since The Sixth Sense, but 2008’s The Happening is probably one of the worst. Even its star Mark Wahlberg thought it was terrible. During a press conference, he said “It was a bad movie … The Happening. F— it. It is what it is. F—ing trees, man. The plants. F— it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.” Audiences and critics agreed wholeheartedly.