No matter how carefully an actor or performer tries to plan their career, very few of them can actually choose what they become famous for. They might try to pick the best roles they can or use a publicist to manage their reputation but most of the time, this has little effect. It’s like a playing with a Wheel of Fortune, they can never be sure which performance is going to put them on the map, and which role people are always going to remember them for.
Once a performer gets known for playing a certain role it can pigeonhole them, for example; if they enjoy a breakout role as a villain they might have a hard time ever being chosen to play the hero. They also run the risk of picking up personas that they might struggle to cast off again – meaning that no matter what other work they do, people will always associate them with that character or performance.
Becoming famous is one thing, but it’s usually what comes afterward that people struggle with. Here are 15 celebrities who hated what they became famous for and the reasons why they loathed being associated with their own work…
15 Kate Winslet Had A Hard Time Watching Herself In Titanic
This is what she had to say about her performance: "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.’”
14 Robert Pattinson The Twilight Saga Was Creepy
Here’s what he had to say about Meyer and her work, “When I read it, I was convinced that Stephenie was convinced that she was Bella. It was like it was a book that wasn't supposed to be published, like reading her - her sort of sexual fantasy. Especially when she says that it was based on a dream, and it's like, 'Oh, then I had a dream about this really sexy guy' and she just writes this book about it, and there's some things about Edward that are just so specific that... I was just convinced that this woman is mad, she's completely mad and she's in love with her own fictional creation.”
Wonder why he took the role then?
13 Megan Fox Said The Transformers Movies Weren’t About Acting
When asked whether she would return for the third film she replied, “Sure. I mean, I can’t sh** on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting. And once you realize that, it becomes almost fun because you can be in the moment and go, ‘All right, I know that when he calls Action! I’m either going to be running or screaming or both.’"
Comparing her director to Hitler was the final straw for Fox – she was fired from the movie shortly after making this statement.
12 Miley Cyrus Despised Her Hannah Montana Alter Ego
“From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.’ Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras,” she said.
While hosting Saturday Night Live, Miley made sure everyone knew what had happened to her alter ego, saying, “She's been murdered." RIP Hannah Montana.
11 Angus T. Jones Begged People Not To Watch Two And A Half Men
During the show’s ninth season his character, Jake, was given more adult storylines. He was shown to be a heavy pot smoker and sexually active. He was uncomfortable with the new plots and later said that it was very awkward to do the “adult thing” while he was not an adult.
Shortly afterward Jones had a spiritual epiphany and joined the Seventh-day Adventists, and started denouncing Two and a Half Men. He made a video imploring people not to watch the show, and calling TV in general “bad news”.
10 Shailene Woodley Felt That The Secret Life Of The American Teenager Sent The Wrong Message
She didn’t like the character Amy, and she felt that the shows' storylines and her own personal beliefs were far from aligned.
“Towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren’t really aligned with my own integrity,” she said. “So that was a bit hard to show up to work every day knowing that we were going to project all of these themes to thousands – millions – of young adults across the country, when in fact they weren’t what I would like to be sending out.”
9 It Took Christian Bale Years To Get Over This Role
The movie Bale is most ashamed of is the musical Newsies. In the movie, he plays a struggling, turn of the century New York newspaper hawker who dreams of escaping to New Mexico. The film was a box office bomb, however, it later gained a cult following. But the initial failure devastated Bale, who was 17 at the time.
"At 17, you want to be taken very seriously," he explained. "You don't want to be doing a musical. Time healed those wounds. But it took a while.''
8 Blake Lively Wanted People To Know That She Wasn’t Anything Like Serena
"People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising—you want to be putting a better message out there," she said, speaking about the show and her desire to distance herself from Serena. "The lines become blurred. I would not be proud to be the person who gave someone the cocaine that made them overdose and then shot someone and slept with someone else's boyfriend."
7 Carrie Fisher Felt Her Part In The Star Wars Films Was Too Focused On Her Body
In her memoir Wishful Drinking, Carrie wrote about her role as Princess Leia stating, “George Lucas ruined my life. And I mean that in the nicest possible way... George is a visionary. He has transported audiences the world over, and he's provided Mark [Hamill] and Harrison [Ford] and myself with enough fan mail – and even a small merry band of stalkers – to keep us entertained for the rest of our unnatural lives."
6 Jake Lloyd Said Star Wars Turned His Childhood Into A Living Hell
But although the movie was a huge hit, fans were less than impressed with his performance and he found himself being nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor.
According to Lloyd fame turned his life upside down. "When you have something like that there's a lot of expectations for it to meet the standards of the public and I don't think George did that. Other children were really mean to me," he said. "They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad... My entire school life was really a living hell – and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day."
5 Crispin Glover Hated The Ending Of Back To The Future
To say that Zemeckis was not thrilled with the young actors’ idea is an understatement. He was livid. When he realized that he wasn’t going to get his way Glover refused to return for the second film, but the producers simply used another actor done up with prosthetic make-up to look him instead.
4 Mark Wahlberg Feels He’ll Never Be Able To Live Down Marky Mark
Since then he’s been working hard to break away from his Marky Mark persona and while he's proven that he has solid acting skills his friends still tease him about his time as a singer.
"I remember seeing this thing on VH1, some Sexy People of the '90s show," he said. "My brother Paul was watching with me and my assistant – they were just killing themselves with laughter. To top it off, I was number one! So for ages after whenever they'd call, they'd be, 'Can we speak to the Sexiest Man of the '90s please?' They keep killing me."
3 Kirk Cameron Felt The Storylines For Growing Pains Weren’t Wholesome Enough
Everyone got to know Kirk from his role as Mike on the 80s sitcom Growing Pains. During his teens, he had a spiritual awakening and became a Christian. His new-found religion caused him to question the message the show was sending out and he soon started to insist that all the storylines be wholesome. This caused major tension on the set and it wasn’t long before the show was canceled.
These days he works exclusively on Christian-themed projects.
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