Nobody sets out to intentionally make a bad film, but it invariably does happen from time to time. Even the most legendary directors and actors have the occasional clunker on their résumés. When that happens, audiences waste no time in expressing their displeasure with how things turned out, but typically those directly involved with the production will be politically correct and speak positively of the work they did. Then there are those who are so truthful, they have no problems admitting one of their films wasn’t up to par, and when that happens, you know things have gone horribly wrong. Here are 10 actors who hate their own movies.
Star Wars became a pop culture juggernaut that enthralled generations of moviegoers, but there was one person in particular who didn’t understand the phenomenon: Alec Guinness. The actor received an Oscar nomination for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he detested the material. He called it “fairy tale rubbish” and allegedly asked to be killed off so he could stop saying George Lucas’ dialogue. As the film became more and more popular, Guinness said he would shrivel up whenever someone mentioned it and he even threw away fan mail he got from Star Wars admirers who only knew the actor as Obi-Wan. Still, Guinness remained professional on set and had a positive influence on his co-stars.
Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the industry, and just about any actor would kill to work with them. Bill Murray thought he had it made when the Garfield script came across his desk, and he happily accepted the job because it was credited to Joel “Cohen,” a complete different writer. The name mix-up led to one of Murray’s most critically derided films. During production, he was very frustrated by the poor quality of the dialogue and even he couldn’t make them better. It was then he learned the truth. He signed on with the wrong Joel Cohen. This still doesn’t explain why Murray reprised the part for the sequel.
G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra
Channing Tatum has quickly soared to the top of the A-list, but there is one film of his that he’s not particularly fond of. We speak of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, in which Tatum played Duke. The actor was a fan of the property as a kid, but that didn’t mean he enjoyed acting in the feature film adaptation. He said in an interview that he hated the final product and that he was pushed into doing it. He had harsh words for the script and wasn’t even sure if he had wanted to star in the action film during production. Luckily for Tatum, his G.I. days are well behind him and he can go off to do better things.
Iron Man 2
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is notorious for having a villain problem, and that’s an aspect of the films that annoys even the actors – especially the ones playing the antagonists. Mickey Rourke, who played Whiplash in Iron Man 2, wasn’t pleased with the way the movie turned out. In an interview following the film’s release, Rourke said that many of the complexities he brought to his character had been left on the cutting room floor, and slammed Iron Man 2 as a mindless comic book film. He felt Whiplash was one-dimensional, and it’s unlikely Rourke ever signs on for a superhero film again.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Daniel Radcliffe is of course very appreciative of the opportunities starring in the Harry Potter franchise provided him with, but that doesn’t mean he loves every film in the series. In an interview, he criticized his performance in The Half Blood Prince, calling it one-note. He noticed that he had become complacent in the role of the Boy Who Lived and felt he wasn’t very convincing. Critics and audiences didn’t seem to mind though, and Half Blood Prince was another well-received entry in WB’s prized cash cow. We think Radcliffe was just being hard on himself.