Some of the most famous actors out there got to that level because of one main role. We can all probably track our favorite actors to the movie that made them famous. You would think that these actors would be overwhelmingly grateful for these roles that brought them to the top, but in fact, several of these celebrities have a lot of hate inside when it comes to their most famous roles. There’s a reason for that: some of them believe that the roles were really awful, and others believe that roles were career killers.
It’s hard to be in the industry for years and years without being part of a flop or two, but these actors on our list wish they never took their most famous roles even though it was these roles that got them to where they are today. Many actors will sometimes wait their whole careers to get the role of a lifetime, the one role that will make a career. Some actors never get there. All these actors on our list made it big, though, bringing in millions and even winning big awards. These are the roles that they'll be linked to forever, so it’s funny to think that these are the roles that they despise, the roles that they wish they never took. At the time, some of them even thought the movies would be good, but then again, these actors weren’t famous back then. Check out these actors and their famous roles, and you may be shocked to learn that they hated these roles.
17 Robert Pattinson and Twilight
Robert Pattinson got on the map because of the Twilight franchise; he grew so big that he couldn’t leave his hotel room without getting mobbed. He described his crazy female fans screams to be "like the sound you hear at the gates of hell." He mainly got the role because Kristen Stewart was so taken by him and went on about how great their chemistry was during his audition. These days, Pattinson can pick and choose his roles and has worked with some pretty big names, and he has Twilight to thank for it. But he’s not exactly doing that; he's often said in interviews that he hated playing the character of Edward Cullen. He said he couldn’t understand why a 108-year-old vampire would want to keep replaying high school repeatedly. He hated the character because of his controlling behavior. "The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy," Pattinson said. "So that's how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself."
16 Shelley Duvall in The Shining
Shelley Duvall played the sometimes annoying wife Wendy Torrance to Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining. She said she hated the role and had a strong dislike for Kubrick, who was the director of the movie. She said that he pushed her so hard that she developed a mental illness after the movie wrapped. The scene in which she's swinging the bat at Jack when he's coming towards her on the stairs is the one that broke her. Kubrick was so unsatisfied with her performance that he made her do that crying scene over 100 times, which meant that she was crying in an emotional state for days on end. “From May until October, I was really in and out of ill health because the stress of the role was so great. Stanley pushed me and prodded me further than I’ve ever been pushed before. It’s the most difficult role I’ve ever had to play. After all of that crying, it was a real treat for me to play Olive Oyl. I loved her.”
15 Kate Winslet in Titanic
Kate Winslet was pretty young when she played Rose in Titanic, and it can be easy to look back on an old role and be critical of it. The movie helped to skyrocket not only her career but Leonardo DiCaprio’s as well. They both loved working with James Cameron, and the movie put them on the map. So, what’s wrong? It wasn’t that she necessarily hated being in the movie but more that she didn’t like how she portrayed the character at the time. It was specifically the quality and style of the performance that she regrets. "Every single scene, I'm like, 'Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God,'" Winslet once told CNN of Titanic. "My American accent, I can't listen to it. It's awful." Well, we thought she did pretty well with an American accent, and whether or not she could've done the role better is debatable.
14 Ben Affleck in Daredevil
We weren’t that impressed with Ben Affleck’s acting in Daredevil, and apparently, he wasn’t too impressed with his performance either. Affleck shot to fame after he starred in Good Will Hunting alongside his best friend, Matt Damon. Since then, though, he hasn’t always been in great movies, and although Daredevil helped him boost his fame, he didn’t like how the character was written. Although we think that Affleck had roles in many disaster films, he said that Daredevil was his only “bad movie.” During an interview with Playboy in 2013, he said this: "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." It was certainly terrible -- we can attest to that much. It didn’t seem to hurt his career any, though.
13 Sylvester Stallone Epic Fails
When Sylvester Stallone starred in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, to say it was a big mistake for him would be the understatement of the year. There’s no doubt about it -- Stallone has been in some really great movies like Rocky, but then, he’s been in some epically terrible movies like this one. At the time, he was trying to flounder his way back into Hollywood, and for some reason, he thought this would help. Stallone hated the movie. He says that the only good thing about it was that he got to work with Estelle Getty. "I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes." Now that much is definitely true.
12 Sean Connery Hates James Bond
It’s hard to believe that Sean Connery could ever hate his role as James Bond. He did it for so many years, and he made the role amazing! Many actors had to live up to his performances as they replaced him. He was playing 007 way back in the '60s, and it’s hard to believe he was in the role for that long. At the time, Connery felt that despite the popularity of the series, he wasn’t paid what he was worth for the role. It only took six appearances in the series for him to become just sick of playing Bond altogether. He went so far as to start giving away his salary from the Bond projects to charity. It’s shocking, considering the role was iconic and that it made his career. "I have always hated that damned James Bond," Connery said. "I'd like to kill him."
11 Jason Bourne, the Career Ender
Matt Damon’s career was certainly made better by his role as Jason Bourne in the Bourne Identity franchise, though after he made the movie, he was worried that the sequels would end his career. Sure, the first movie was a smash hit, but he didn’t like the books, to begin with; he found them unreadable. So, he had some concerns about the popularity of the movies. He didn’t want the multiple sequels to ruin his life. He regretted doing the third movie the most and wished he would've stopped at the second. He thought the Bourne Ultimatum script was virtually unreadable and was pissed that the producers were actually going to make the third movie. It all worked out in the end, however, and Damon is just as popular as he’s ever been. His career wasn’t ruined after all.
10 Carrie Fisher Didn’t Want to be Famous
Star Wars was another movie that made a few actors famous. Carrie Fisher is one of them. It brought her fame and fortune like most people will never see in their lifetime. Fisher, however, didn’t like how famous it made her. We think it’s kind of weird for actors to not like fame since that’s why a lot of people want to make movies in the first place. She told the Today Show in 2008 that if she had known that Star Wars would bring her so much fame, she "would have never done it." Kind of weird, don’t you think? Fame, after all, allows an actor to get better roles and a better paycheck. So, it made people question why she would ever return to her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She responded that women in Hollywood had a hard time getting work at a certain age. "It's difficult to get work after [turning] 30."
9 Marlon Brando Hated His Character
Marlon Brando was sizzling in A Streetcar Named Desire, and that's where the problem arose. For anyone who’s ever seen that classic movie, he was a major heartthrob at the time. He never wanted his character to become a sex symbol. The iconic role, however, put him on a whole new level in Hollywood. He played Kowalski as an intense man with a temper, but women all over the world were going home and having to change their panties after seeing him on the big screen. Brando hated the character of Kowalski and everything that he stood for. He didn’t think that his character was sexy at all; instead, Brando thought Kowalski was a disgusting human being. It’s hard to believe that a role can affect someone so much, but it did. He wasn't happy about it and all the acclaim that came with him portraying that character.
8 Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up
Katherine Heigl became even more popular as an actress after she played a role in Knocked Up. She wasn’t impressed with the movie in any way, though, and her opinions of it are well known in the industry, so much so that her opinion really affected her career. It wasn’t so much the movie that destroyed her career but just her opinions and attitudes about the movie. The movie was such a hit that many people couldn’t understand what her problem was. Her thoughts, however, were: "…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.” It was one movie that she always regretted starring in, though she hasn’t done much better since then. She systematically ruined her own career, and we hardly see her in anything anymore.
7 Harrison Ford Didn't Want to Do Sequels
Star Wars didn’t just make Carrie Fisher’s career skyrocket; it also did the same for Harrison Ford. He's been grateful for that role over the years. After all, it did bring him superstardom, but he’s also had some regrets about it. He played Han Solo in the original Star Wars, but he grew sick of the character and wanted George Lucas to kill him off at the end of Return of the Jedi. "Three is enough for me. I was glad to see that costume for the last time." He was pretty sick of the character, but that didn’t stop him from coming back for Star Wars: Force Awakens. He did finally get his death wish, though, and his character died in the end. Star Wars did make his career, but we can see why an actor can get sick of a role if there's one sequel after another.
6 Halle Berry in Catwoman
Catwoman was a terrible movie, and everyone knew it. Not only that, but they gave Halle Berry a ridiculous costume to wear. Why would a villain choose to slink through the night robbing people in what was essentially a bra? Michelle Pfeiffer was very sexy as Catwoman, and she had a full bodysuit, which made more sense. Berry hated the role in Catwoman, and the weird thing was that before taking on the role, she had won an Oscar for her amazing performance in Monster’s Ball, so no one could understand why she did a superhero movie right after. Her role was so awful that she won a Razzie Award for Worst Actress in 2004. She decided to go there and accept the award in person so that she could say, "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh--, god-awful movie."
5 George Clooney in Batman & Robin
It took George Clooney a long time to reach the level of fame that he now has. Batman & Robin was definitely not a movie that he enjoyed making, though at the time, his career being what it was, he thought that there was potential for the film to be really good. He was wrong, however, though acting in the movie didn’t seem to hurt his career any. Clooney actually went to a Comic-Con in 2014 and apologized for how Batman & Robin ruined the Batman series. "I think since Batman that I've been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years," Clooney joked. "I just met Adam West there, and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that." Yes, we could never understand those nipples. It was pretty weird to have them on a suit.
4 Michelle Pfeiffer in Grease 2
Michelle Pfeiffer has always been a babe. She has that unique look about her that puts her in the goddess category. Playing Sandy in Grease 2 was a huge mistake for Pfeiffer because it turned out that she was no Olivia Newton-John. It’s really hard to recreate such an iconic role. She went from her epic role in Catwoman to her role in Grease 2, and it was a big mistake. It affected her career as well as Maxwell Caulfield’s, and his never really recovered. Thankfully, she had Scarface lined up, which once again showed the world that she was an amazing actress. At first, though, Scarface director Brian De Palma wasn’t going to let Pfieffer audition for the role after her performance in Grease 2. Thankfully, he did; otherwise, her career may have been ruined as well. She was still cute as a button in her role.
3 Matthew Goode in Leap Year
Matthew Goode wasn't very happy with the movie Leap Year even though it put him on the map. He said it was probably the worst movie of 2010. “I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010. That was the main reason I took it -- so that I could come home on the weekends,” he said. “It wasn’t because of the script, trust me. I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end, it turned out to have pop music all over it. A bit like Chasing Liberty again. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time, and I got paid.” Well, maybe he learned to make better movie choices the next time.
2 Jamie Lee Curtis in The Virus
The Virus wasn’t the best decision that Jamie Lee Curtis made in her career, though she did have a few flops in her day. But she’s been a great actress who's been able to stand the test of time. Curtis hated her role in The Virus because although it helped her become more versatile as an actress, she thought it was largely a pretty lame movie. "That's a piece of s**t movie. It's an unbelievably bad movie -- just bad from the bottom. There's a scene where I'm running away from this alien, and I actually hide under the stairs. I come down some stairs and then duck up underneath them, and I'm quivering, and this big thing comes down the stairs, and I'm freaking hiding under the stairs! This is something that can open walls of steel, and I'm hiding under stairs! It was maybe the only time I've known something was just bad, and there was nothing I could do about it.”
1 Nicole Kidman in Australia
Nicole Kidman is another actress who's made some flops in her career, but for the most part, she’s done quite well in the industry. She hated her role in Australia because she thought the way her character was written and directed resulted in a lackluster role for her. Kidman is known to be someone who doesn’t watch herself in the movies that she’s in; she finds it embarrassing. But for some reason, she decided to watch Australia, and she was quite upset by the movie and wished she'd never taken the role. “I can’t look at this movie and be proud of what I’ve done… It’s just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally.” Sometimes, the actors get very little say on how they can portray the character in the best way, and in the end, it can do more harm than good to the movie.
Sources: usmagazine.com; express.co.uk