Nothing is more heartbreaking for a director then putting their heart and soul into a film only to have it sabotaged by the actors. Everyone knows that once the film is made, the hard part is promoting it to the point where they can actually make some money off of it. This part of the film-making process does not always go as planned; in fact, it is sometimes the reason why a film becomes a flop. The movie business is a complicated mess of love/hate relationships; it relies heavily on making personal connections to get those great actors, and making a film that can ultimately be relatable to most people. Sounds impossible right? At times it can be, one of those times is when your plan of action for promotion does not supersede itself. There have been many incidents of actors turning their backs on a film that they grew to hate during the production process. George Clooney was so disappointed by the way that Oceans 13 turned out that he did not even want to talk about the film in passing. Actress Mo’Nique refused to be overworked and underpaid, so she did not promote Precious, the film that garnered her an Oscar nomination and Vince Vaughan flat out refuses to acknowledge that he even participated in the filming of Four Christmases (because that was his worst film). These incidents of actors jumping ship at the most inconvenient times is more popular in Hollywood than one would think; below is a list of some of your favorite actors who refused to promote their films.
13 Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz – Dream House (2011)
12 Mo’Nique – Precious (2009)
11 Vince Vaughn – Four Christmases (2008)
10 John Cusack – Better Off Dead (1985)
9 Nicole Kidman – Australia (2008)
8 Michael Caine – Jaws:The Revenge (1987)
7 Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights (1997)
6 Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music (1965)
5 Jim Carrey – Kick Ass 2 (2013)
4 Edward Norton – The Incredible Hulk (2008)
3 Rosie O’Donnell – Exit to Eden (1994)
2 Lindsay Lohan – The Canyons (2013)
1 Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up (2007)
Katherine Heigl may be the most popular example of someone who did the exact opposite of promoting her hit film. After the film Knocked Up came out, Katherine got up on her high horse and immediately began bashing the film that basically made her a household name, and helped her transition from TV star to sought after movie star. Katherine bashed the film for portraying her pregnant character as a “b****” and a “killjoy”. Unfortunately, she did not bank on co-star Seth Rogen and film director Judd Apatow calling her out on Howard Stern’s radio show for improvising most of the lines that made her character look like a b****.
Sources: hollywood.com, dailymail.co.uk, yahoo.com, mtv.com
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