50 times actors hated their own movies
Actors and actresses have the unique gift of being able to embody characters who exist in a film universe that looks nothing like their own. Sometimes, however, not all creative ventures are pleasant ones, and the finished product isn’t always great. Thespians have to conceal their personal distaste for a film they star in, perhaps only admitting their unfavorable opinions about the project in interviews years after its release.
The reasons that Hollywood A-listers have detested their own work have varied widely. With “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” Channing Tatum was roped into a studio contract. Mark Wahlberg found the premise of “The Happening” silly and the material low-quality. Zac Efron came to resent the shadow his iconic role in “High School Musical” cast over his career.
Stacker compiled a list of 50 times actors hated their own films by sourcing and linking direct interview quotes from various media outlets over the years. In order to qualify for this list, actors had to have given a quote specifically saying that they disliked the movie they starred in—indirect testimonies or anonymous sources stating their opinions were not eligible. We also ensured that each actor featured on the list played a significant role within the movie they’re discussing, rather than simply acting as an extra or someone vaguely involved with its production. The list spans 52 years, providing a diverse pool of actors and genres that surveys film’s rich history and cultural impact over the previous century and into this one.
Sit back and enjoy some Hollywood gossip, from Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp in 1965’s “The Sound of Music” to Jennifer Lawrence as Mother in 2017’s “Mother!,” as we look at 50 times actors hated their own movies.
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The Sound of Music (1965)
This Oscar-winning musical may be beloved by millions, but Christopher Plummer (who played Captain von Trapp) never believed the hype. The actor reportedly referred to it as “The Sound of Mucus” in 1966, and in 2011, he told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was so awful and sentimental and gooey. You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some miniscule bit of humor into it.”
Star Wars (1977)
After a legendary acting career, English actor Alec Guinness didn’t have the same awestruck reaction to being in “Star Wars” that many actors involved with the franchise do now. He expressed regret at taking the role in his book “A Positively Final Appearance” and even agreed to give a young “Star Wars” fan an autograph on the condition that the boy never watch the film again.
Blade Runner (1982)
Although the landmark sci-fi film “Blade Runner” features one of Harrison Ford’s most famous roles (to which he returned for 2017’s “Blade Runner 2049”), he doesn’t have super-favorable feelings about Ridley Scott’s movie. “I didn’t like the movie one way or the other, with or without,” Ford admitted in 1999. “In terms of how I related to the material, I found it very difficult.”
Grease 2 (1982)
Although Michelle Pfeiffer is a three-time Oscar nominee, she still has a few regrets about her acting resume—particularly her early role as Stephanie in the musical sequel “Grease 2.” “I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was,” the actress said in a 2007 interview with Hollywood.com. “At the time, I was young and didn’t know any better.”
Back to the Future (1985)
Crispin Glover, who portrayed Marty McFly’s dad George in “Back to the Future,” didn’t like how things ended for the family. He told director Robert Zemeckis, “I think if the characters have money, if our characters are rich, it’s a bad message,” according to a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club. “That reward should not be there.”
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The New York-set musical “Newsies” eventually became a cult favorite, but star Christian Bale didn’t love the commercial flop. “At 17, you want to be taken seriously—you don’t want to be doing a musical,” he said in a 2007 Entertainment Weekly interview. “Time healed those wounds. But it took a while.”
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (2004)
In the underperforming action comedy, Sylvester Stallone played a cop who takes his mom along after she accidentally witnesses a series of murders. Stallone later told Ain’t It Cool News that the movie was “maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen.”
Batman and Robin (1997)
Critics and fans alike haven’t been kind to the campy 1997 sequel “Batman and Robin,” and although star George Clooney appreciates how it impacted his career, he also isn’t particularly happy with it. “‘Batman’ is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it,” he told SyFy Wire in 2011. “I don’t know what I could have done differently.”
The Devil’s Own (1997)
Before his 1997 thriller “The Devil’s Own” even hit theaters, Brad Pitt panned it during an interview with Newsweek. “We had no script,” the actor said. “... It was the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking—if you can even call it that—that I’ve ever seen.”
Kate Winslet doesn’t seem to hate “Titanic” so much as she hates her breakout performance in it. “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,” the actress said in a 2012 Telegraph interview.
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