It’s easy to think that actors will enjoy all the films that they have worked on. After all, they are living out the dream job of many people around the world, working with other great actors and filmmakers and getting paid for the privilege. After all, if they didn't enjoy the movies they had roles in, then why would they agree to appear in them in the first place? And why would they continue to work in the industry that pays them millions of dollars every year?
The truth is though, just like with every type of job out there, not every single film is a pleasure to work on. It doesn't matter how much you enjoy doing your job, there will almost certainly have been times when you just didn't enjoy doing the task assigned to you. It is the same with actors. Whether it is because they feel that their individual performance is below what they expect of themselves, or that the script was not as good as it could have been or perhaps, even that the filmmakers were difficult to work with, some actors ended up absolutely hating a particular case.
In many cases, the film in question can be very surprising because it will often be the role that an actor is most well known for, or one that launched their careers and yet they still despise them. Here, this article will look at 10 actors who, for a variety of reasons, hate the most famous films that they had roles in.
10 Jackie Chan – Rush Hour
9 Alec Guinness – Star Wars
8 Sean Connery – James Bond
Unlike many other of the entries on this list, Sean Connery is perhaps most famous for the film that gave him his big break in acting. Before that, he had only had minor bit roles in unsuccessful films. The Scottish actor though, was never fond of the James Bond movies, despite the fame and fortune they brought his way, and in particular, hated playing the spy. He also complained that the plots of the films were becoming increasingly wacky and that the franchise had become something of a parody of itself. Realizing how popular Bond was in the role, the filmmakers were determined to keep bringing him back and Connery continued to appear, simply because of the vast amounts of cash offered to him.
7 Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is a classic film that has had a huge effect on the movie industry, due its popularity and the fact that it essentially saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy after the huge budget of Cleopatra. Because of this, it is the film that Christopher Plummer is best remembered for, despite the fact that he has appeared in over 100 different films. This is enough to annoy the actor but he has also stated that he found playing his character extremely boring and disliked the entire production. While he doesn’t mind the film itself, he has consistently talked about his hatred for Captain von Trapp in interviews.
6 Kate Winslet – Titanic
5 Megan Fox – Transformers
While Megan Fox has always been open about the fact that the Transformers movies launched her career in Hollywood and brought her plenty of success, she has also been very clear that she pretty much hated working on them and in particular, disliked her relationship with director Michael Bay. She criticized his professionalism and explained how the two were constantly arguing on set. She even claimed that Bay was deliberately offensive to her and demeaned her at every opportunity, stating that he was a nightmare to work for. Not surprisingly, she subsequently did not appear in the third Transformers film.
4 Crispin Glover – Back to the Future
3 Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
While Katherine Heigl has been a relatively successful television actor, having recurring and main roles in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and State of Affairs, she has struggled to have successful major parts in movies. One of the most critically acclaimed films she has appeared in was Knocked Up, written by Judd Apatow and co-starring Seth Rogen. Heigl has since admitted that while she found filming to be pleasant and enjoyed working with both Apatow and Rogen to be enjoyable, she dislikes her character and the overall message. Her main gripes are that she believes the film is sexist for the way it portrays her character compared to the men, with her role being very uptight and less funny than others.
2 Angus T. Jones – Two and a Half Men
1 Jake Lloyd – Star Wars
You will most likely recognize the face of Jake Lloyd but might have trouble placing the name, and that is because the 25-year-old retired from acing in 2001, having appeared in just a handful of movies. You might think that getting cast as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode 1 would have launched his career, but Jake disagrees. He cites George Lucas as ruining his childhood for the constant bullying he received from classmates for appearing in the film, and the large amount of promotional work he had to carry out before and after the movie released. The former actor also complains about harassment from fans of Star Wars for ruining the movie, even though Lucas should probably get most of the blame. The experience was so bad that he quit acting altogether in 2001.