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
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
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
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
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
2 Channing Tatum - GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
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.
Sources: Hollywood.com, VH1.com, MentalFloss.com
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