As you go throughout your life, you may look back on some of your decisions and regret how you chose to spend your time. This may be especially true when you reflect on some of your career decisions. There may not be any career that requires the person to do as much self-reflection as an actor. They put months, if not years, into helping bring a character to life.
So you can imagine it must be incredibly hard when an actor looks back at one of their roles and finds themselves cringing throughout it. As is the case with Daisy Ridley who wishes she could film The Force Awakens again. Perhaps she'll take solace in the fact that Kate Winslet also hates her performance in Titanic. They're just 2 of the examples of actors who've hated some of their most famous roles.
There are even some who adore the roles that they've been in. Chris Hemsworth may be known as Thor, but it's 12 Strong that really stands out to him. Emma Stone also made a name for herself in Superbad, but below we talk about the disappointment she faced just before her big break.
While we're sure you're going to love and recognize most of the movies and shows on our list, we do need to include John Travolta and his shocking defense of the universally hated film, Battlefield: Earth!
These are the 10 Actors Who Loved (And Regretted) A Famous Role
20 Loves - James McAvoy For The Chronicles Of Narnia
James McAvoy has definitely played some cool characters in his past. I mean c'mon, the guy has literally been Charles Xavier! However, when he was asked in an interview what his favourite role to play was, you may be surprised that didn't respond Xavier. Instead, he gave a shoutout to his role of Mr. Tumnus in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise.
“I got to play my favourite character in children’s literature, which I loved. You don’t get the chance to do that in other jobs," said McAvoy.
You can imagine that must have been an incredibly cool experience for him!
19 Regrets - Elle Macpherson For Friends
The show Friends has been off the air for over a decade now, but due to Netflix, still remains one of the most watched shows. Especially by people who happened to grow up loving the show and get to cash in on that sweet, sweet, feeling of nostalgia. But we hope we don't ruin your enjoyment of the show too much when we share Elle Macpherson's thoughts on her short-lived character, Janine.
When talking to TV Week, Macpherson revealed:
"If I’d known how important it was in the U.S, or how long it would be on TV, I may not have chosen to do it. It was a lot of pressure if you look at it in the way that it will be around for 20 or 30 years.
[My son and his friends] know me as Janine LaCroix and they are always like, 'Oh you know, Cy's [mom] she is on Friends. They haven't figured out it was nearly 20 years ago."
18 Loves - Emma Stone For Superbad
Superbad is one of the most iconic comedies of all-time. One of the best parts of the movie is the performance put on by Emma Stone. When discussing her film career with Red Bull, Stone revealed that the role not only changed her life, but taught her something about adversity.
"At the beginning of my career, I auditioned for a part in the TV series "Heroes." Before I went in, I heard them saying to the girl ahead of me, “You’ve got the part. You’re the best fit.” It was Hayden Panettiere. A big part of me died inside right there. I thought, “Fuck, I’m just going to get rejected my whole life, and just keep hearing no, no, no.” Then I got my part in Superbad two weeks after that. That changed my life forever. It taught me to make the best out of difficult situations."
Stone is teaming up with Superbad co-star Jonah Hill for an upcoming Netflix project titled Maniac.
17 Regrets - Daisy Ridley For The Force Awakens
It may be a stretch to say that Daisy Ridley doesn't enjoy the opportunities that have been presented to her from participating in the Star Wars franchise. But if she could re-shoot all of her scenes from The Force Awakens, she would. When talking about the role with Elle U.K., Ridley admitted:
"I didn't think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that."
Ridley also revealed how she was criticized by director J.J. Abrams on the first day of the set for being too wooden in her delivery. Definitely not how you want to feel about a role that is sure to define her career. For her sake let's hope she was a much bigger fan of her performance in The Last Jedi.
16 Loves - Laura Prepon For Orange Is The New Black
Laura Prepon definitely knows that television is the medium that she excels on. While she's made some films, Orange is the New Black plus her previous experience on That '70s Show indicate that she's more comfortable on a smaller screen.
Prepon has been outspoken about her love of the role, in particular, her relationship with co-star Taylor Schilling. Considering the two needed to get real intimate, it's a good thing they get along so well! When talking about those scenes in particular, Prepon said:
"It started out like, ‘OK, Taylor, my hands are going to be here and my hands are going to be up on here,’ and she’s like, ‘OK, cool.’ And then as the season went by, I’m like, ‘OK, my hands are going to be like here’ and she’s like, ‘Put your hands wherever you want. I trust you, it doesn’t matter.”
15 Regrets - Ben Affleck For Daredevil
Ben Affleck wasn't everyone's favourite portrayal of Bruce Wayne. But he gave out an Oscar-worthy performance when you compare it to his portrayal of Matt Murdock, in Daredevil. The film which came out in 2005 was considered large in part to be one of the most disappointing superhero films of all-time.
That level of hatred didn't just extend to people who subjected themselves to watching the film. When Ben Affleck sat down with Playboy, he admitted that he wishes he had done things differently: "The only movie I actually regret is 'Daredevil.' It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f---ed up the way it did stays with me."
14 Loves - Seth Rogen For Pineapple Express
Seth Rogen has definitely embraced the role of the "stoner" in several roles throughout his career. However, none would ever beat his role in the hilarious comedy, Pineapple Express. Rogen wrote the idea for the film alongside his childhood friend Evan Goldberg back in the early 2000s.
When talking about the movie itself, Rogen stated,
"We’ve been approached about sequels to our other movies and it just didn’t feel right. But I love these characters so much and just by virtue of the fact it’s an action movie it lends itself more to that possibility." We're sure there are many people out there who would love to see it happen.
13 Regrets - James Franco For Tristan & Isolde
James Franco's most successful role to date may be his most recent with The Disaster Artist. But if you're going to watch his best film, you may as well also take the time out of your life to watch what he considers to be his worst; which would be the 2006 film Tristan & Isolde.
The film experience was particularly sour for Franco. He did 9 months of extensive sword fight training in preparation, only to have the script get changed on him at the last minute and cut out the sword scenes.
When discussing the film with The Daily Beast, Franco said:
“I learned a lot from doing the film ‘Tristan & Isolde.’ It was a big mistake. I was an overzealous young actor and wanted to make great movies. I read the script and wasn’t sure about it, but my acting teacher said it was a role that a young Brando or Olivier would do. I thought, ‘OK…I guess,'....The lesson was that I will never do a movie again that I don’t have a special feeling for."
12 Loves - Nathalie Emmanuel For Game of Thrones
There is no question that Game of Thrones is one of the most watched shows of all-time. For Nathalie Emmanuel, she was a huge fan of the show prior to getting cast. But now that she has become such an integral part of the cast, she's admitted the advantages that have come with it,
"To be a part of that show has been such a blessing, and it definitely opened up doors for me, because people wanted to talk about it when I went into auditions and it broke the ice straight away. That was the one thing that I really used to struggle with going into auditions."
Emmanuel has also praised the show for handling her nude scenes with professionalism.
11 Regrets - Kate Winslet For Titanic
Titanic is without question one of the most successful films of all-time. It's one that people would go and see in theaters again and again. But when it comes to the opinion of leading lady Kate Winslet, seeing it once is probably enough. Especially because even once may be hard for her to bear,
“Every single scene I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God… Even my American accent, I can’t listen to it. It’s awful. Hopefully, it's so much better now. It sounds terribly self-indulgent but actors do tend to be very self-critical. I have a hard time watching any of my performances, but watching Titanic I was just like 'Oh God, I want to do that again.'" said Winslet in an interview.
10 Loves - Amanda Seyfried For Jennifer's Body
Jennifer's Body definitely did not do as well as Megan Fox had hoped. The film failed to make over $50 million at the box office. As well as this, it was attacked by critics who left it with a score of 43%. One part of the movie that Fox's co-star Amanda Seyfried was very excited about, was the opportunity to lock lips with Fox.
When discussing the details of their scenes, Seyfried revealed
"We kissed really well together. We have similar kissing styles! If I watch the scene, it’s actually really sexy."
So at least there was that benefit from appearing in it!
9 Regrets - Shia LaBeouf For Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
There were many people who were skeptical about the idea of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. One thing that didn't help people's confidence in the film was the addition of Shia LaBeouf. When you read LaBeouf's thoughts on the movie, it's clear that he was perhaps even more disappointed than even the biggest die-hard fans with their rendition,
"I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished," said LaBeouf. He has also been quoted as saying, "The actor's job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn't do it. There was a reason [the film] wasn't universally accepted."
8 Loves - Chris Hemsworth For 12 Strong
Now we're sure Chris Hemsworth is as big a fan of his portrayal of Thor as you are. But when it comes to his favorite movie, it may be his most recent one 12 Strong. The movie gave him the opportunity to star opposite his wife (who also was his love interest in the movie), Elsa Pataky. During an interview on Good Morning America he stated,
"It was great, it was like a little holiday away from the kids. We left the kids with their grandparents and went off for a few weeks and shot together. We've been rehearsing that relationship and that on-screen chemistry for seven years so if we didn't have chemistry, we would've been in trouble,"
They currently have three children together, a daughter aged 5 and twins aged 3.
7 Regrets - Dean Norris For Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad was one of the most successful shows of all-time due in part to the tremendous talents of the actors involved. While Dean Norris may not have been the lead, he was influential throughout the series. But his exit from the franchise left him on a sour note as the timing prohibited him from doing another television show. Norris explained in an interview,
"I called [series creator] Vince [Gilligan] and I said, ‘Hey man, maybe Hank should die in the first eight. Wouldn’t that be a great ending?’ … When they [AMC] originally picked up the 16 [episodes] I thought, ‘Great, I can do a pilot, do the 16 and then be free to do a show.’ And then at some point f**king whoever decided they were going to split it into two eights so it cut me off from doing a pilot — and I had a pilot I wanted to do."
Thankfully for Norris, his career after Breaking Bad has still been successful including a stint on The Big Bang Theory.
6 Loves - Emma Watson For Harry Potter
There is a good chance that Emma Watson was one of the most influential actors of our childhoods. Harry Potter wasn't exactly a small franchise! She continued to impact our lives as an adult, doing so with roles like Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast. And while we're sure she loved being Belle, it's Hermione that may be her favourite character,
“I could be one hundred years old and in my rocker, but I’ll still be very proud that I was part of the ‘Harry Potter’ films," said Watson.
She also revealed that her favourite films in the franchise were the first and #7 and #8. Let's hope her future children are also going to be fans of the series.
5 Regrets - Mark Wahlberg For The Happening
Mark Wahlberg has done a lot of awful movies in his career. But it's hard to know if he knew what was happening when he decided to sign on to lead in The Happening. When ranting about the movie, Wahlberg admitted,
"F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."
Though considering the end result of the film, we're sure he definitely wouldn't have minded taking on yet another cop role! Especially because some of his best movies such as The Departed and The Other Guys have him in that role.
4 Loves - Andrew Garfield For Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson had one of the most horrific downfalls of any celebrity in Hollywood history. He has however, started his climb back to the top in part due to his talents not as an actor, but as a director. His best effort to date has to be Hacksaw Ridge.
The WW2 epic starred Andrew Garfield and along with making close to $200 million, it received a score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Garfield loved his role, but in particular, he appreciated the direction given by Gibson. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Garfield stated,
"I absolutely love working with Mel because he is so passionate and such a caring parent on set. He really creates an environment for you to reach your potential and fill all your heart and soul into the project. And that goes for all the crew members, everyone feels like they are equal,"
He went on to say,
"He is so confident in his ability to tell a story and it makes you confident in him. He keeps the set very light and punctuates the moments when it gets a bit too serious or heavy. I love working with him and for him and I am just so happy that I got to do this.”
3 Regrets - Freddie Prinze Jr. For 24
When it comes to the career of Freddie Prinze Jr., there are several movies that we're hoping he would be happy to talk about. What ended up being a touch frustrating for him was his role on 24. Though it was arguably his most iconic television role, it ended up being an awful experience for him.
Prinze Jr. also wasn't afraid to put the blame on the lead of the series, Kiefer Sutherland.
"I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped. Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that."
2 Loves - John Travolta For Battlefield: Earth
Many of the movies that are on our list are considered to be some of the best movies to ever exist. Battlefield: Earth is not like those films. It holds the title on being one of the worst movies ever made. This includes those involved with the Golden Raspberry Awards (think of it as the opposite of the Academy Awards) who gave it the title of the worst film of the decade.
One person who loved the movie, however, was leading actor John Travolta.
"I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie. It's a beautiful film. And if we had to do it over again, I would still do it," said Travolta to The Daily Beast. At least he loves it!
1 Regrets - Robert Pattinson For The Twilight Franchise
You wouldn't have to look very hard to find people who are willing to sip on some haterade and talk about the Twilight films. But you may be shocked to find out that one of the biggest actors involved with the project, Robert Pattinson, has been one of the most vocal haters of the franchise.
When talking about the character of Edward, Pattinson stated,
“He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there."
With an opinion like that, it's shocking he got the role!