Work sucks, even in Hollywood. For movie stars, this is especially true when dealing with writers, directors, producers and other actors. In extreme cases, these actors end up hating their director or the final movie. Sometimes it’s their fault, sometimes someone else’s; regardless, they aren’t happy and often let people know publicly how much they hated their latest project.
The great George Clooney gets the first honorable mention here for his work in Batman & Robin, a movie that had box office success, but was just not very good. Clooney didn’t blame anyone for this one, even stating “I think we may have killed the franchise.” Lucky for us, he didn’t and Batman has continued on. David Cross had a similar, but very different experience when he “starred” in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. He didn’t like the output and told people not to go see it. I mean, really? You did sign up for this one.
We’ve got more superheroes, young Hollywood stars and even some old Hollywood stars. Some of these actors were clearly out of control, some apologized and some still hold a grudge. Hey, can’t we all just get along?
15. Cher – Burlesque
Cher starred in Burlesque, a musical released in 2010. Three years after its release, Cher told The Guardian she believed it could have been a better film and that her character should have had a love interest, and not been so one-dimensional. Oh, and then she called director Steve Antin, “a really terrible director.” Again, I have to ask Cher, did you read the damn script? How are you surprised your character doesn’t have a love interest? Don’t get me wrong, the director may have been awful, but I believe the blame can be shared here. Most recently, Cher has shied away from the big screen, yet she remains quite active on social media, usually bashing Presidential candidate Donald Trump. While she may have been a diva for most of her career, she’s far from a pushover, and that’s a good thing.
14. Halle Berry – Catwoman
Halle Berry has made her share of “stinkers” and this one is pretty high on that list. Superhero movies typically do well regardless of whether or not they are actually any good. In that regard you could say this movie broke the mould. Catwoman, released in 2004, actually earned her the Razzie Award for Worst Actor. She agreed and gladly went on to accept her award, even ripping Warner Bros. for the “god-awful movie” she was cast in. Not only did she feel here performance was terrible, she shared the wealth adding, “To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to really have bad actors.” At least she was honest about it. Berry has been working hard on a new film titled Kidnap, where she also serves as an executive director, apart from acting in the film alongside sage Correa, Lew Temple and Chris McGinn. The film is currently in post-production.
13. Robert Pattinson – Twilight
Here is a case of an actor being bitter despite receiving much fame and a large paycheck. Robert Pattinson starred in the Twilight franchise from start to end all while constantly discussing his unhappiness with a story line that “doesn’t make any sense.” It’s not clear if there is more than just the story that upset him, but clearly he didn’t want to be there. On an appearance with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel‘s show, he showed he had no indifference once the series ended and pointed to the crowd saying they were the only ones that cared. Hey Robert, maybe next time try reading the book first! Pattinson has been keeping a low profile late, presumably chilling in lesser known places and spaces alongside his partner FKA Twigs. The actor and pop star are expected to tie the knot sometime soon, but knowing them, they may have already done so in an extremely private way.
12. John Cusack – Better Off Dead
Better Off Dead is another one of those movies that did okay upon its release and then gained steam as a cult favorite that continues to be shown today. John Cusack didn’t think too fondly of the movie though, reportedly hating it so much that he left the screening and then had words with the director, Steve Holland. “The worst thing I have ever seen” he told him and then followed it up with “I will never trust you as a director again.” So I guess he didn’t like the movie. How do you really feel John? Note: As of this post Cusack has not worked again with Holland. Cusack’s glory days may be behind him, but he’s not exactly going to disappear any time soon. His latest film, Cell, starring Samuel L. Jackson, was released at the beginning of summer. To be fair, the film completely bombed, earning terrible reviews from critics alike. It may be time for Cusack to make the transition to television.
11. Alec Baldwin – Rock of Ages
Alec Baldwin has never shied away from conflict and so when the movie Rock of Ages wasn’t quite what he expected, he made it known he was not happy with the output. The film adaption cast Baldwin as a gay nightclub owner. Baldwin said of the film “It was a complete disaster,” and also “a week in you go, Oh, God, what have I done?” Apparently he only joined the cast because he wanted to work with Russell Brand and Tom Cruise. I mean, c’mon Alec, how many red flags do you need? Of course this movie was going to suck; the movie is based on a musical named Rock of Ages! Baldwin hasn’t been involved in a huge scandal as of late, but that’s never all that far away, given his past track record. On the flip side, we can only imagine how easy it is to push his buttons, meaning his threshold for something he may not like must be extremely low.
10. Matt Damon – The Bourne Ultimatum
Even Matt Damon has his beefs with Hollywood – this one with the writer for one of his Bourne movies. As a respected Hollywood actor, it was quite shocking to hear Damon’s lashing over the last film in the Bourne series. “I don’t blame Tony Gilroy for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable.” Now that sounds harsh coming from anyone, he even added “This is a career ender…” Later, Damon apologized for his words saying it was out of respect for Gilroy’s writing that he felt that way. Ironically, another Bourne film is about to hit theatres, and quite frankly, it should be the trilogy’s swan song – but you also never know. Jason Bourne’s release date is set for July 29, and it will be interesting to see if the actor can muster up a fitting ending to the role.
9. Michelle Pfeiffer – Grease 2
Michelle Pfeiffer hated everything about this movie; the writing, the directing, even the general story line. What’s surprising is that this is considered a major film early in her career and still has a major cult following today. None of this matters because she still refuses to like it and thinks the overall movie was really bad, blaming her age for doing the movie and believing it was because she was too young to make the right decisions at that time. I don’t know I don’t see the problem with this performance, I think there’s something else to this. Regardless, don’t expect a Grease 3 revival starring Pfeiffer anytime soon. Fortunately for us, Pfeiffer was casted as Catwoman soon after, making every superhero nerd drool uncontrollably. Unfortunately, though, she wasn’t in the film all that long, and we didn’t get to see her in that outfit ever again.
8. Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Hating your work isn’t always bad; sometimes it can be considered a virtue. Young actors are forced to look back on their roles after they have matured and that has to be difficult. For Daniel Radcliffe, he is probably being a little hard on his work as he doesn’t really like his performances in the Harry Potter movies. “…”I’m just not very good in it. I hate it.” Yeah, it’s the hate that is pretty harsh; however, he does believe he got better as time went on, pointing out the fifth film, Order Of The Phoenix is better. So inside all the self-loathing, there’s that. Considering there are a plethora of Harry Potter books out there, with some new ones on the way, it will be interesting to see if Daniel changes his tune and decides to star in the roles that basically made him famous. Without those flicks, what has the actor ever done?
7. Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
Katherine Heigl clearly wasn’t cut out to be a Hollywood star. The Judd Apatow comedy, Knocked Up, was a major success in the theatres, but Heigl wasn’t happy with the way the movie turned out, believing it painted women in a negative way. She didn’t like the way the male characters could get away with being so nonchalant and crack jokes versus dealing with their issues. For the female characters, they were forced to deal with the problem head on. She has a good point, but this may be more of a reflection on society than just this movie. Not sure blasting the movie was the right move – it’s not like people really want to work with her anymore. Either way, Heigl doesn’t quite have the best reputation, as she has been labelled difficult to work with by a number of actors and filmmakers. Surely, there are always two sides to a story, yet she hasn’t been in much lately, has she?
6. Bob Hoskins – Super Mario Brothers
Super Mario Brothers is one of those movies you expected to fail, right? How do you expect a video game to translate to the big screen? Bob Hoskins was surprised, I guess, still unable to discuss this film choice in length. Hoskins feelings on this movie are summed up with his famous interview with The Guardian where he was asked three questions: “What is the worst job you’ve done? What has been your biggest disappointment? If you could edit your past, what would you change?” Hoskins answered: “Super Mario Brothers. Super Mario Brothers. I wouldn’t do Super Mario Brothers.” Got it…To be fair, this movie was perhaps the worst movie ever based on a video game, and if we could stretch it a little further, it could be one of the worst films ever made. Considering the budget they had, and all that work that went into props, it could have been a tad better.
5. James Franco – Your Highness
James Franco typically paints a positive picture regardless of what he is doing or shenanigans he’s trying to pull. That wasn’t the case with the movie, Your Highness. His response in a GQ interview was pretty straight forward: “Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that” Okay then, it’s safe to say this movie really does suck. I mean, who would have thought a medieval parody wouldn’t suck? Answer: James Franco. The surprising thing is that he didn’t somehow try to turn this into a parody of a parody which would have been very confusing, but no less bad. This lovable stoner is quite polarizing in the world of Hollywood, so here’s hoping he stays on the right side of the tracks and doesn’t go all haywire like some former lovable male actors in Hollywood.
4. Sylvester Stallone – Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Sylvester Stallone has made no less than 1 million movies (note: fact not researched) so of course he’s going to have a few movies that bomb. This was a pretty big one. Despite sharing the screen with the hilarious Estelle Getty (Golden Girls), neither could save this movie. Stallone said of the movie, “I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.” Apparently both got too far out of their comfort zone for this one. While the The Rocky films were great, and the Expendables franchise had its fans, we can’t exactly endorse Stallone for being in much else these days. The guy should just give it up.
3. Charlize Theron – Reindeer Games
Remember when Ben Affleck could do nothing right? While Matt Damon was killing it, Affleck was struggling and was more of a big screen punch line. This was during this time, a time when it looked like anything he touched turned to garbage. Theron was the female lead of Reindeer Games, a movie that never really had a chance. She kept her comments succinct, saying “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.” If you are one of the few that actually watched this monstrosity you will not agree with here. It was much worse than just not a good movie! It had that special Affleck touch…On the flip side, Theron has been in some classic films, and considering her role in Monster, this actress would be better suited for method-actor roles, instead of being another hot Hollywood blonde. But luckily for us, she isn’t going away any time soon, regardless of the movies she’s in.
2. Channing Tatum – GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
This list covers video games turned into movies, musicals that made it to the big screen and how about an action figure hitting the bright lights? Seems impossible to get this right, doesn’t it? Should be no surprise that GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra didn’t turn out as Channing Tatum had expected. His exact words during an interview with Howard Stern were “Look, I’ll be honest. I f***in’ hate that movie. I hate that movie.” Typically this is where I would point out the script should have been read; however, in this case Paramount pushed Tatum to do the movie so I’ll give him a break, this time. Tatum seems to be high in demand, acting in everything from 80s remakes to male strip-club movies…so it’s kinda hard to feel bad for him, especially when you consider who he’s married to. Oh, well…some dudes have all the luck.
1. Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music, an Academy Award-winning classic, is loved by just about everyone, except its lead star, Christopher Plummer. Playing the role of Mr. Von Trapp, Plummer even declined a reunion in 2005 and has referred the movie as The Sound of Mucas. Apparently the film was too sentimental for him and didn’t have enough humor. Okay, everyone knows this is a musical and that is a drama, correct? Actually, based on his comments, it seems Plummer was never made aware. For a guy who wanted more humor you would think he would lighten up over this movie, I mean, it’s the Sound of Music and everyone loves it…take a chill pill man! But knowing Plummer and the career he’s had, it’s almost understandable that a legend of his stature is a little high maintenance. With all the privileged actors Hollywood has on its roster, this guy started from the bottom.