Every so often, a role comes along that makes an actor well-known for generations to come. To most people, this would seem like a dream come true. After all, it should be easy to walk into auditions, remind casting directors of your previous work, and get the job with no problem, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Some actors hate the fact that they’re famous for certain roles. They resent the fact that no matter which other projects they become a part of, most people will always associate them with “that one role.” This can actually reduce an actor’s chances of being able to display their true talent, which can lead to frustration and poor life choices. If you need proof, you can just take a look at a few child actors who have gone off the deep end in recent years.
On the other hand, many of the actors who are still well-known for their iconic roles years later, still benefit financially from the roles they hate. This, among other things, is part of the reason why many “regular” people think celebrities are spoiled and entitled. Here are 12 actors who can’t stand the roles that made them famous.
12. Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy was part of the cult classic The Breakfast Club, which was released in 1985. Sheedy played the “basket case” in the movie, and is known for her famous line in the movie: “when you grow up, your heart dies.” As Sheedy got older, it became harder for her to find good roles, although she did appear in a few more Brat Pack movies like WarGames and St. Elmo’s Fire. However, she is still best known for being part of The Breakfast Club cast. Perhaps it was her disappointment in her career that caused Ally Sheedy to start making some negative choices. She dated Richie Sambora, the guitarist for Bon Jovi, and says that the relationship led to her drug abuse and a struggle with bulimia. Sheedy took quite some time to get over her addictions, and didn’t star in another movie until 1998, when she appeared in High Art.
11. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is a pretty successful actor these days, but Hollywood really started to take notice when he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. The film was released in 2008, and years later, Wahlberg is still trying to restore (and in some cases establish) his reputation as a talented actor. When Mark was at a press release for his movie The Fighter, he was asked about which projects he’d regretted in the past. At first, Wahlberg was reluctant to say, then he admitted that starring in The Happening wasn’t his finest moment. He stated that because of the “f**king trees” and “plants” in the movie, no one should blame him for “not wanting to play a science teacher.” Wahlberg certainly didn’t hold back. Looks like he won’t be in anymore M. Night Shyamalan movies.
10. Angus T. Jones
Remember the actor that made up the “half” of the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men? His name is Angus T. Jones, and he’s not too happy that this is the role he’s famous for. You’d think that making $350,000 a week for appearing on the sitcom would be some consolation for Jones, but that’s not the case. Angus found religion, and as a result, he wanted to leave the show which he starred on for 10 years. He said publicly that he didn’t want to be a part of the cast anymore, and even told people to stop watching the sitcom and “filling their minds with filth.” Angus also stated that the media in general is “deceptive” and refers to it as “the enemy.”
9. Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher is the actress who is famous for her role as Princess Leia from the Star Wars Trilogy. George Lucas is the mastermind behind this movie, and in her memoirs, Fisher stated that George Lucas had “ruined her life.” Carrie stated that she meant that in the best way, because Lucas was a visionary and was obviously good at what he does. Fisher has also said that because of the movie, she has enough fan mail and stalkers to last her a lifetime. George Lucas also sold products like dolls and Pez dispensers with Princess Leia’s likeness on them, which made Carrie Fisher a sex symbol, and she wasn’t too happy about that.
8. Thomas F. Wilson
Thomas F. Wilson appeared in Back to the Future as Biff Tannen, and his character was definitely “the jerk” in the film. Even though he was supposed to be hated in the film, Wilson was often overwhelmed in public when fans would ask him obsessive questions about the movie. These days, Wilson simply presents fans with an FAQ card to help answer some of their questions. This is probably a sign that the actor is pretty annoyed with the fact that his role as Biff Tannen is the one he’s best known for. Thomas F. Wilson currently works as a musician and comedian, which keeps him from getting another acting role that he may not be able to shake.
7. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is still best known as Rose Dawson from the 1997 movie, Titanic. The movie was so popular that it made $2 billion dollars worldwide and $650 million in the United States. Obviously, the movie meant that Winslet was getting more attention in Hollywood, but she wasn’t so happy with her performance in the movie. Kate stated that when she watched the movie, she was repulsed by her acting choices, and thought her voice sounded annoying. Winslet has also stated that she is pretty annoyed by the fact that the theme song from the movie My Heart Will Go On, seemed to haunt her for years, even well after the movie. She was even asked to sing the song during an interview, which she refused.
6. Crispin Glover
If you know who Crispin Glover is, you probably remember him as Marty McFly’s father in the Back To The Future movies. Glover’s character in the movies was named Robert Zemeckis, and he claimed that he ‘had a talk’ with his character to discuss the way that the movie ended. The conclusion of Back to the Future showed an alternate future, in which the McFly family was rich and Glover’s character got a new truck. Glover stated that he didn’t feel comfortable with this, and thought it sent a bad message for the characters to be rewarded with money. Crispin stated that he didn’t “dislike the entire film” and the movie included good writing, so at least he had something nice to say about the role he’s best known for.
5. Megan Fox
Hot actress Megan Fox starred in a number of films and television shows, including Holiday In the Sun and Hope & Faith. Fox also starred in the first Transformers movie, produced by Michael Bay, and wasn’t afraid to express her distaste for the movie, even though it served as the vehicle that got her lots more attention in Hollywood. Fox stated that she didn’t want to completely badmouth the movie series because she’s aware of what it did for her career. However, she also said that the movie “isn’t really about acting” and she knew that when the director yelled “action,” she’d be “running, or screaming, or both.” Fox also stated that Michael Bay was a madman, and that working for him was “a nightmare.”
4. Christian Bale
Bale, who got some bad press for losing his temper on a movie set a few years ago, doesn’t have many complaints about the roles he’s chosen during his career. He’s pretty satisfied with his performance in American Psycho, and he doesn’t have any negative things to say about his appearance in the Batman trilogy. However, Christian Bale did appear as Jack Kelly in the musical Newsies. Bale stated that at 17 (that was his age when he was in Newsies), he wanted to be “taken seriously.” He felt that starring in a musical wasn’t good for his reputation. While he may seem a little dramatic, Christian stated that “time healed the wounds” of his regret for starring in Newsies, but the process “took a while.”
3. Jake Lloyd
When Jake Lloyd was just eight years old, he got the role as the young Anakin Skywalker, in the Star Wars prequel. When Lloyd got older, he stated in an interview that he didn’t think director George Lucas met the public’s expectations with the movie. He also stated that a lot of angry fans, some of whom were his classmates, weren’t satisfied with the film and criticized him. Lloyd shared that the other children in the movie were very mean to him, and would make the noise of the light saber each time they saw him. How terrible. Eventually, things got too overwhelming for Lloyd, and he quit the movie, but it’s still the project he’s best known for.
2. Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness is the actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. However, this wasn’t the only major role he has landed as an actor. Guinness also starred in movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge On The River Kwai. It’s been said that Guinness immediately regretted taking the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, because he felt that the script was poorly written. Guinness hated playing the character so much that he was completely on board with the storyline to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi off. As Star Wars started to grow in popularity, Alec’s dislike for his role in the movie grew. A little boy asked him for an autograph, and Guinness promised to give it to the young fan as long as he never watched the movie again. Harsh.
1. Sean Connery
That’s right. The guy who played the first James Bond wishes he could kill off the character for good. Sean Connery was a babysitter, coffin polisher and footballer before he made it big in Hollywood, and even though Connery is well into his 80s, he’s still known all over the world as James Bond. After all, 007 has been an icon for quite some time, and you’d think Connery would be honored by the association. Sean Connery states that he was grateful for the way that the role of James Bond changed his life. However, he wasn’t thrilled about actually playing the character. He has stated “I have always hated…James Bond. I’d like to kill him.” Wow.