Because film making can be considered an art, it’s hard not to expect that anyone in the biz is inspired by their own work. You’d assume that the directors are proud of the scenes, the writers feel accomplished because of their scripts and the actors are pleased with their performances.
While it’s certainly the case that some actors like the work they do, it doesn’t happen every time. There are certain actors and movies that don’t elicit those positive feelings. Instead, the actors hate everything about the movie they made. This could be because they weren’t happy with their performance. Perhaps the finished product was just way below what they were expecting it to be. Whatever the case, it’s actually a lot more common than you’d think.
Today, we’re talking about 5 actors who hate their own movies. You might be surprised by some of these big stars and high-profile films.
5. Robert Pattinson Hates Twilight
Robert Pattinson plays the romantic vampire lead in the four-movie Twilight series. His brooding, melancholic character inspires romantic feelings in all the women, young and old, who gaze upon him on the big screen. You’d think that an actor who’s invested so much time in a popular movie series would like what he does. Then again, so many people hate the Twilight movies. The lead actor might as well hate them, too!
In TV interviews, Robert has openly laughed at his Twilight role. He doesn’t even try to hide his derision for both the movie and its fans. Of his character, Edward Cullen, he said, “He’s the most ridiculous person…the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy…Plus, he’s a 108 year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.” To The Huffington Post, he said of Twilight fans, “Sometimes I ask myself what these masses of people do the whole day.”
Despite hating the movies, Robert has earned a lot from his recurring role. His net worth is $64 million and he’s won many awards, including a 2009 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for his role as Edward Cullen.
4. Sean Connery Hates The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
You’d figure that after 60 years in the film business, Sean Connery would probably have some movies that just weren’t very great. After all, he’s had almost 100 movie and TV roles in that time. Well, not only was the 2004 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen a considerable flop, he also hated it so much that he retired from acting.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was based on a comic book. In it, characters from classic literature unite to fight a great evil. While it sounds like a good idea, most people hated it. It currently has a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But the critics and regular moviegoers weren’t the only ones with something bad to say. Sean Connery said of the movie, “It was a nightmare. The director should never have been given $185 million.”
After the box office flop, Sean Connery decided to retire from acting. In the ten years since the movie, he hasn’t had any movie roles besides a few bouts of voice acting here and there. When audiences starting wondering if he’d be in the 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he shot down those ideas and told BBC News, “retirement is just too much damned fun.” Hopefully, some day he’ll get over it and make some more movies.
3. Jackie Chan Hates Rush Hour
Of all the things you could say about Jackie Chan, Chinese action star, “hard worker” has to be at the top of the list. Over the years, he’s been well known for performing all of his own stunts in his Chinese and American movies. And, considering how complicated and dangerous those stunt can be, that’s quite a feat. However, when it comes to the Rush Hour movies, he has admitted to phoning it in.
The Rush Hour movies are the main reasons why the North American public knows who Jackie Chan is. We got introduced to his infectious smile and killer kung fu moves. His funny interactions with fellow actor Chris Tucker made these a trio of popular films. The first movie alone, which came out in 1998, earned $244.4 million at the box office and several awards. Jackie and Chris even won an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo.
Despite being a popular series of movies that launched Jackie’s American film career, he’s still no fan. He said on his own blog, “When we finished filming, I felt very disappointed because it was a movie I didn’t appreciate and I did not like the action scenes involved.” He also said, “I have reasons to do each film, I have something to say. Unlike Rush Hour there was no reason [in making it], you just give me the money and I’m fine. I dislike Rush Hour the most, but ironically it sold really well in the U.S. and Europe.” He wouldn’t be the first actor to only do a film for the money, though. That’s pretty common in Hollywood.
2. Alec Guinness Hated Star Wars: A New Hope
Imagine an actor hating a movie that is one of the most beloved of all time with some of the most ravenous fans out there. That’s what happened with Alec Guinness. He starred as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. He played a very important role as Luke Skywalker’s mentor. Fans loved his wisdom. He was immortalized in the form of countless action figures.
Apparently, Alec didn’t even wait until after the release of the film to start hating it. He reportedly hated making it so much that he insisted that his character be killed in the first film so he didn’t have to be in any others. He said of convincing George Lucas to kill of his character, “And he agreed with me. What I didn’t tell him was that I just couldn’t go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I’d had enough of the mumbo jumbo.” During the filming, he said, “Can’t say I’m enjoying the film. New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper – and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable.”
For the rest of his life, Alec refused to stay quiet about his disdain for the movie. He had said, “I shrivel up every time someone mentions Star Wars to me.” Too bad that role he hated so much is one of the reasons so many Americans know his name.
1. Christopher Plummer Hates The Sound of Music
While a few of the movies on this list are understandably hated by the general public, sometimes it’s a beloved favorite that’s confusingly despised by an actor. That’s the case with Christopher Plummer and his hatred for the 1965 The Sound of Music.
Christopher plays Captain Von Trapp, father of seven gifted children in the classic movie musical. The film is based on the true story of the Von Trapp family as they escaped Nazi-occupied Austria. It also stars Julie Andrews and features songs that are still popular today. It has won many awards and is on several AFI top-100 lists.
Still, Christopher is a regular hater of the film. There’s no shortage of quotes where he throws shade on the movie and its actors. He said of the universal love for the movie, “Yeah, it drives me nuts. It has nothing to do with the movie, it’s just a relentless pursuing of this film that goes on and on and I’ve gone on and on, far above and beyond it and then to be reminded of it, God almighty what is the matter with people?” Of Julie Andrews, he said, “Working with her is like being hit over the head with a Valentine’s card.”