When an actor takes on a role, they are almost always expected to do some form of promotion for the film. Often this is built into the contract, but even when it isn't, it's usually in everyone's best interest to participate in promotional events. Be it screenings, press junkets or interviews, most people don't have a problem pitching in. Sometimes however, this doesn't take place, and an actor refuses to promote the film. Whenever this type of thing happens, people ask questions: What happened? Is there some sort of fight going on? Where's the beef?
In these situations, it's the media's job to dig in and find out the true story. Once they get the truth, they stretch it, sensationalize it, and then publish it. Scheduling conflicts become disagreements between actor and director, contract stipulations become fist fights, it's the nature of the beast. If they can't find any story whatsoever, they just make something up. Yet, sometimes, and it's rare, but sometimes, there is actually a story there. In this list are those true stories. We've gone through and collected the moments when the stars of films either refused to promote their movies or did it in such a way that the filmmakers probably wished they had done nothing instead. Here are 15 stars who failed miserably at promoting their movies.
15 Edward Norton – The Incredible Hulk
14 Bruce Willis – A Good Day to Die Hard
13 David Cross - Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
12 Robin Williams – Aladdin
11 John Cusack- Better Off Dead/One Crazy Summer
10 Katherine Heigl - Knocked Up
9 Marlon Brando – The Freshman
8 Brad Pitt – The Devil's Own
7 Shia LaBeouf – Nymphomaniac: Volume 1
6 Jim Carrey – Kick-Ass 2
5 Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz – Dream House
4 Vince Vaughn – Four Christmases
3 Mo'Nique – Precious
2 Lindsay Lohan – The Canyons
No one would expect anything less from Lindsay Lohan, but after she filmed The Canyons, she completely bailed on the film instead of promoting it. The director, Paul Schrader, who jokingly said of the experience, "Today I am a free man. For the last 18 months, I have been a hostage, of my own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress." This tongue-in-cheek humor turned to desperation when the star of the film, Lohan, refused to show up to any promotional events. Schrader took to Facebook to frame the situation:
1 David Prowse – Star Wars
In 1978, two years before The Empire Strikes Back was released, David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader's body (James Earl Jones dubbed over the voice), spoiled the ending of the film to a crowd of screaming fans. Prowse revealed that they had begun shooting the sequel to A New Hope but that fans would have to wait until 1980 to see it. However, he did confirm that a third film would follow closely behind. Prowse should have left it at that, but he finished by joking that there would be a fourth film as well because "father can't kill son, son can't kill father." While some have suggested that Prowse could not have known the ending at that point in time, it seems quite obvious that he did or he guessed well.
Sources: ScreenRant; CelebrityToob, PopCrunch
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