Studios understand the importance of media training their talent before they head out on a press tour. Fans are so anxious to learn any detail they possibly can, that even the most basic quote can be dissected beyond belief. Actors and directors have to be very careful about what they say in interviews, since maintaining secrets is typically the primary objective. Most of the time, they do a good job of avoiding any massive reveals, but they’re only human and are prone to mistakes like the rest of us. Here are 10 instances of actors who spoiled their own projects.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars fans love Harrison Ford to death, but the actor drew the ire of some moviegoers during a Twitter Q&A prior to the release of Episode 7. When asked what his favorite action scene in the film was, Ford replied with “The sword fight with Rey and Kylo Ren.” Up until that point, the only lightsaber duel hinted at was Finn against Kylo Ren, with Rey’s Force abilities being kept largely under wraps. It didn’t make the moment any less awe-inspiring, but hopefully Ford learned a few lessons for when it’s time to promote Indiana Jones 5. Sometimes, too much honesty is a bad thing.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Since their humble beginnings, Marvel has built a strong reputation and has attracted some top-notch talent to their films. It was big news when Hollywood icon Robert Redford signed on for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and many couldn’t wait to see his role in the movie. Apparently, Redford was equally as excited to talk about it. In an interview, the actor said the main appeal for him was to do something different – play a villain. When Redford was first announced, details on his part were scarce, so this is obviously something Marvel didn’t want revealed. It ruined the twist that Hydra had infiltrated SHIELD, but the film still turned out thrilling.
The Dark Knight Rises
After the record-breaking success of The Dark Knight, fans couldn’t wait to see the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. A big question during the pre-release phase was whether or not Bruce Wayne would die. While on David Letterman’s show, Anne Hathaway was mortified when the host told his audience “of course, Batman is dead in the end.” Hathaway nervously chastised Letterman for the spoiler, before Letterman laughed and said he was lying, Bruce Wayne survives. Hathaway was just stunned and apologized to Nolan on-camera for the situation. When audiences finally got to see the film for themselves, Wayne is in fact alive and well, far removed from Gotham City.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Few actors are as good at keeping a secret as Mark Hamill is, so it was surprising when he posted a Star Wars spoiler on his Twitter account. About a month before Episode 7’s premiere, Hamill confirmed that he would be returning for Episode 8, and was in the process of growing his Jedi beard back. Given that Jedi have the capability to appear as Force ghosts, this wasn’t necessarily the biggest reveal about the highly anticipated film. Still, fans took issue, feeling that he had ruined a key aspect of The Force Awakens. With Luke having a major role in Episode 8, it will be interesting to see if Hamill stays mum on Episode 9.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
As a prequel, the narrative of Rogue One is far less secretive than The Force Awakens. Still, there are aspects that Lucasfilm wants to keep under wraps. They hadn’t officially revealed any details about Madds Mikkelsen’s character when the actor confirmed in an interview that he’s playing the father of Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso. He even went as far to say that he shot scenes with Jones and a younger actress playing a child version of the character, meaning Rogue One could be the first Star Wars film to include flashbacks. The studio typically does a great job of controlling information, but they let Mikkelsen get a bit out of hand. Expect them to rein him in as the marketing campaign continues.