For the next 15 actors (and one director) on this list, there is definitely no shortage of roles in which they have been amazing. In fact, these are some of the biggest actors in the entire world. But as you’re about to read, if their career consisted of only the movies on this list, they’d probably be pretty disappointed at the end result.
These are 16 times that people involved in movies have come out and attacked their own film. It ranges from little jabs like calling it an awful and an overly sentimental experience, to actors who said they’ve destroyed iconic characters. That’s not to say that you aren’t also going to read about some of the biggest movies of all time. We have 4 superheroes on the list and 2 from a little-known series, Star Wars (one of which overdosed on set), but just because the movies made money doesn’t mean it was a good time for everyone involved.
Some of these actors are also incredibly talented, including one who had the rare distinction of receiving a Best Actress and Worst Actress Award on the same weekend.
It’s not often that actors will attack their former work, but when they do, you better believe it’s entertaining to read about.
Here are 16 movies that even those people involved would warn you to stay far away from.
16. Ben Affleck – Daredevil
Now let’s get one thing really clear, there are a lot of movies out there that Ben Affleck should be embarrassed about. Like Gigli. Are you kidding me with that one?!
But when Affleck sat down with Playboy for an interview he opened up about how much he hated Daredevil, saying “The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f****d up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.”
When asked about the negative reaction to him being cast as Batman (which was recent news) he continued to joke, “If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I can be good in it?”
15. Dwayne Johnson – Doom
The Rock is one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood right now, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t put his name on some really awful projects. It’d be easy to say he regrets some of his less critically acclaimed ones, but one that Johnson has actually opened up about was the 2005 movie Doom, saying “We are an example of trying and failing. It always just comes down to writing and material.” Johnson felt that it just wasn’t good enough to make a strong movie. Especially when you consider how hard it is to make a successful video game movie.
Unlike some movies on this list, this movie failed to be a hit both critically and financially, as it earned only $56 million on a budget of $60 million. Given that Johnson has been ripping it up as an actor since 2005, you can imagine he has the opportunity to be a lot more selective about the roles that he’s going to take on.
14. Channing Tatum – G.I. Joe
Channing Tatum was a young actor back in 2009 and after appearing in the movie Coach Carter, he was offered (and of course signed) a three-picture deal to work with Paramount. Unfortunately, what that means, as Tatum explained to Howard Stern, was “[There’s] no option. You’re doing this or we’re going to sue you.”
The first movie on his radar was G.I. Joe, to which Tatum bluntly admitted, “Look, I’ll be honest, I f*****g hate that movie.”
It didn’t help that the movie made $300 million, which Tatum said meant that he had to return for the sequel. Tatum was also frustrated that he was receiving primarily action movie role offers, but that he wanted to try hard to avoid becoming just another action star. Tatum also expressed that “The Coen brothers aren’t watching G.I. Joe” which further explains the type of director whose attention he wanted to attract.
13. Alec Guinness – Star Wars
Alec Guinness definitely earned a fair chunk of money to take on the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he also was definitely never impressed with the role. When he originally wrote about it in a letter, he admitted that he may have taken the role but that it was “Fairy-tale rubbish.”
Guinness went on to admit that the only reason he took the role was because it would earn enough money for him to work on the play Yahoo, writing “New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper – and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread which will help keep going until next April even if Yahoo collapses in a week.”
Funnily enough, he also wrote that the cast treated him as if he was 106 years old, and that he was working with little known actors. “Oh Harrison Ford – ever heard of him?” Just you wait, Guinness!
Guinness also felt that the battle scenes tended to go on for too long and said that “Some of the dialogue is excruciating and much of it is lost in noise, but it remains a vivid experience.”
While Guinness may have had fun teasing the movie, he still brought in £56million in royalties, a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and of course, became a heck of a lot more recognizable as a result.
12. Robert Pattinson – Twilight Series
There may not be an actor out there who hates a role more than Robert Pattinson hated the role of Edward Cullen. Sure, the role is why he got famous, but there is no shortage of times where he has come out and absolutely ripped the character. The most prominent may be when he described reading the script, saying “The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin, so he’s obviously got some issues there.”
When he was also asked what it was he was going to take away from his experiences now that he is done filming the movies, Pattinson replied he was getting his dignity back.
Last but not least, Pattinson described Cullen as being “A superhero moron with absolutely no superpowers. So he wears lipstick, has a little bouffant, and does little circus acts, as well. Oh, he’s so sexy.”
11. Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern
Anyone who saw Deadpool knows that Ryan Reynolds was not afraid to poke some fun at his own expense for his involvement in the 2011 movie Green Lantern. The movie was another failure in the DC cabinet, earning a score of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. Earlier this year Reynolds was asked about what went wrong with the movie, and he admitted “It was the classic studio story: ‘We have a poster, but we don’t have a script or know what we want; let’s start shooting!'”
It wouldn’t be the only time this year that Reynolds has poked fun at the movie. When talking on the talk show Plead the Fifth, and asked to rate it on a scale of 1-10, Reynolds admitted “I would give it a scant four. Three or four, it didn’t work… OK it’s a one. It’s a one.”
Reynolds has also said in the past that he didn’t get a chance to look at the Green Lantern suit until the first trailer dropped because it was all CGI in comparison to the suit used in Deadpool.
At the very least, the movie allowed Reynolds to meet his now wife, Blake Lively.
10. Bill Murray – Garfield
Bill Murray has had an incredibly long career that definitely has to be full of some roles that he probably wishes he hadn’t taken. One of the funnier stories comes from his involvement in the god awful movie Garfield. Murray has been accused in the past of signing on just for a payday, but it turns out the real reason was that he thought it was being written by the legendary screenwriter Joel Coen.
When talking about the experience with GQ, Murray said “I looked at the script, and it said So-and-so and Joel Coen. And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They’re funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I’d like to do that. I had these agents at the time, and I said, ‘What do they give you to do one of these things?’ And they said, ‘Oh, they give you $50,000.’ So I said, ‘Okay, well, I don’t even leave the f****n’ driveway for that kind of money.'”
So the studio offered more money, and Murray went to record his lines (which he said took about two days). Murray claimed he “Worked all day and kept going, ‘That’s the line? Well, I can’t say that.’ And you sit there and go, What can I say that will make this funny? And make it make sense? And I worked. I was exhausted, soaked with sweat, and the lines got worse and worse. And I said, ‘Okay, you better show me the rest of the movie, so we can see what we’re dealing with.’ So I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, ‘Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the **** was Coen thinking?’ And then they explained it to me: It wasn’t written by that Joel Coen.”
Awkward! It was instead written by Joel Cohen with an H. Looks like attention to detail is important Murray!
9. Halle Berry – Catwoman
When you receive a Razzie award for the Worst Actress of the Year, you don’t typically show up to accept the award. But when it’s as bad as Catwoman, I guess Halle Berry figured you may as well steer straight into the crash as opposed to trying to avoid it. When she took the stage, she made sure to say “I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh–, god-awful movie.”
Probably not quite the same as when Academy Award winners thank the studio and the directors. Berry was not afraid to go after her coworkers as well, saying “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”
8. George Clooney – Batman & Robin
You can understand why George Clooney would have been ecstatic to take on the role of Batman. When he was talking about it at Comic-Con, he admitted that he thought it would be a huge career move, but that it very much was not.
Clooney has apologized for his rendition of the character on numerous occasions, most prominently saying he was sorry for the bat nipples.
When he was asked about his opinion on Ben Affleck’s casting as The Dark Knight, Clooney responded “I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part.”
Clooney only got one shot to tussle with darkness as the Bat, appearing in the 1997 movie Batman & Robin. The movie may have made $238 million at the box office, but the 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes speaks volumes to the overall quality of the picture. Clooney stepped into the role because Val Kilmer was instead filming The Saint which was also poorly received. Kilmer received a nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the movie but lost out to Kevin Costner‘s role in The Postman.
7. Alec Baldwin – Rock Of Ages
Baldwin has had no lack of diversity in his past roles, so why not take the chance to play the club owner Dennis in the musical Rock Of Ages. After all, Baldwin admitted that he really wanted to work with Tom Cruise and Russell Brand and really respected the director Adam Shankman. Sadly, that doesn’t mean it is going to create a good movie and when taking about it in an interview, Baldwin admitted “It was a complete disaster. A week in you go, ‘Oh God, what have I done?’”
It was rumored back in 2011 that Baldwin had actually dropped out of the project, but clearly, that never came to fruition. We are sure Baldwin wishes there was more truth to that rumor! Let’s just hope he’ll get to collaborate with Cruise or Brand on a more successful project in the near future.
6. Michael Bay – Armageddon
Ok, he’s not an actor, but he’s close enough. In yet another example of a successful box office not equaling success with critics, the 1998 movie Armageddon went on to earn $553 million at the box office, but only received 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics attacked director Michael Bay and the producer Jerry Bruckheimer for putting out an unpolished project that, as the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes describes as being “Lovely to look at but about as intelligent as the asteroid that serves as the movie’s antagonist.”
When Michael Bay was asked about the movie in 2013, he admitted that he would like to apologize for Armageddon, explaining “…We had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie, I would redo the entire third act if I could. But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible.”
5. Sandra Bullock – All About Steve
Back in 2010 Sandra Bullock definitely had a year of mixed emotions. If you want to talk about her biggest high, it probably had to be the Best Actress Award that she took home from the Academy for her performance in The Blindside. But if you needed real proof that actors can vary from role to role, that same year she also took home the Razzie award for Worst Actress because of her performance in the God awful movie All About Steve that also starred the incredibly talented Bradley Cooper.
Bullock, like Berry, had the confidence to accept her award and when she took the podium to give her speech she said “I brought the shooting script, I’m willing to go through page by page, read the lines the way I did it in the film and, if anyone wants to give me a line-read of how I could’ve done it better … we can do this till about 4 o’clock in the morning.”
4. Christopher Plummer – Sound Of Music
I have to apologize ahead of time if reading this means you’re going to have music from The Sound of Music in your head for the entire day. The 1965 movie starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and was a monumental success. In fact, in 2014 when adjusted for inflation it would have been the fifth highest-grossing film of all time. It went on to also win Best Picture, and also Best Director for Robert Wise.
Clearly, the Academy thought Wise did a great job, but Plummer has spoken out in the past saying that this role was his most challenging role “Because it was so awful and sentimental and gooey, you had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some minuscule bit of humor into it.”
3. Tom Selleck – Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
I’ll be honest, as I write this I have the pleasure of hearing Tom Selleck’s voice as I watch his character of Richard on Friends. It’s definitely a great role and one that Selleck most definitely does not regret. That can’t be said about the 1992 movie Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. The movie saw Selleck play King Ferdinand V and also starred Catherine Zeta-Jones and Marlon Brando.
Selleck was far from his usual talented self and as a result took home a Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actor. A fact that he got to talk about when sitting down on The Chevy Chase show, where Selleck admitted it was the first time he was awarded the worst at something.
To further add humor to the situation, Chase then pulled out the award and handed it to Selleck, who remarked that it looked like a moldy raspberry. The audience then cheered for Selleck, but he was quick to correct them and said giving him a Raspberry (a teasing gesture) would be far more appropriate for his performance.
2. Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
There is little doubt that Katherine Heigl hurt her career with the 2007 movie Knocked Up. It’s not that the movie wasn’t funny, or well received (90% on Rotten Tomatoes), but Heigl elected to come out and attack the movie openly after it had come out.
When talking to Vanity Fair, Heigl said the movie “Paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys” and that the movie was also “A little sexist.” Both producer (and director, and writer) Judd Apatow and the lead Seth Rogen have come out and talked about Heigl’s comments.
Apatow joked, saying that he was shocked she used the word shrew and asked if this was the 1600s. Rogen was a little more direct, attacking Heigl’s role in The Ugly Truth (which came out in 2009) that featured Heigl’s character wearing panties with a vibrator in them, asking how on earth that would be uplifting for women.
Rogen sat down with Howard Stern earlier this month and admitted that he felt betrayed by Heigl’s comments, saying “As we were making the movie, honestly, I was like, ‘I would make a dozen movies with her, [we were ready to be] whatever the shitty version of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is.’”
Rogen also admitted that there was a very open process to making the film and that “You have the ability to say anything at any moment. I don’t like this scene. I don’t like how I’m coming across here,” but that Heigl never did this.
Furthermore, Rogen thought it was unfortunate that she has never approached Rogen or Apatow after the incident to apologize or talk about her comments.
1. Carrie Fisher – Star Wars
Considering Fisher returned to her roots in 2015, you can imagine she must not have too many hard feelings left towards George Lucas, but man oh man did she not care for him at one point. When talking in a one-woman Broadway show, Fished claimed that George Lucas ruined her life
In an interview, Fisher also admitted that she did not care for Lucas’s insistence that there would be no bras in space – let’s hope it wasn’t too chilly on the set!
While working on the set of Star Wars, Fisher also slipped deeper into her drug and alcohol addiction and even survived an overdose, once saying “Slowly, I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter.”
Fisher also harbored some bitter feelings because she signed away the likeness to her character for free, which given how incredibly huge Star Wars marketing got (as proved by Guinness’ payday), you can understand why she regrets that.