Actors Reveal the Movies They Hated Making
Anyone who has even a casual knowledge of films can name at least a few bad movies, but as fans, we tend to assume the actors were happy to do the work. Nope, that’s not always the case. Let’s just say it takes a supreme level of terrible to make actors who were paid handsomely risk burning career bridges to trash the movies they hated.
The reasons actors end up in bad movies vary. A few actors have been forced by binding contracts to play particular characters or make a specific number of movies. Others end up caught in situations where script rewrites or poor directing ruined what they thought would be good movies. Check out these top movies that starring actors ended up hating.
Bob Hoskins | Super Mario Brothers
Actor Bob Hoskins, best known for his role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, is infamously known for playing Mario in the 1993 Super Mario Brothers movie. He went on record with The Guardian saying it was not only the worst job he had ever done but also that it was his "biggest disappointment" as an actor.
Mark Wahlberg | Boogie Nights
Mark Wahlberg is well known for having a Hollywood career that emulates a roller coaster with many highs and lows. What may surprise cinephiles is that his biggest cinematic regret actually earned him a lot of critical praise. The movie in question is Boogie Nights.
Sylvester Stallone | Escape Plan 2: Hades
Sylvester Stallone has had a long and eclectic career that began with softcore pornography and moved into action roles like Rocky and Rambo that made him a household name. With a career dating back to the late 1960s, it’s no surprise that he has made films that he regrets.
Dennis Hopper | Super Mario Brothers
One famous actor who is also on record for being unhappy with the production of Super Mario Brothers: The Movie was Dennis Hopper. Better known for his role in Rebel Without a Cause — and for being difficult to work with — Hopper was openly vocal about why he was involved with Super Mario Brothers: a hefty paycheck.
Halle Berry | Catwoman
Catwoman is known as one of the worst movies of all time, and Halle Berry’s role is known as her worst — one she definitely regrets taking. One of the more colorful anecdotes to come out of the disaster was Berry attending the Razzie Awards to accept her "award" for Worst Actress.
Dev Patel | The Last Airbender
Dev Patel shot to international stardom, thanks to his role in the Oscar award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. As a result, a lot of attention was given to his next part, which was in M. Night Shyamalan’s production The Last Airbender.
Sylvester Stallone | Stop or My Mom Will Shoot
Stop or My Mom Will Shoot is famous for a couple of reasons. One of the main ones is how much effort Sylvester Stallone has put into distancing himself from the production. He literally called it "maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system."
Sally Field | The Amazing Spider-Man
It’s no secret that we’re living in a time when comic book movie adaptations have found mass audience appeal worldwide. This breakthrough has led to movie icons like Anthony Hopkins and Robert Redford taking on iconic roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Robert Pattinson | Twilight
It may break the hearts of legions of Twilight fans to find out that the actor who portrayed Edward, Robert Pattinson, has said in interviews that he loathed the part he played. He complained that the character lacked substance, and he had no opportunities to do any actual vampire things. Bloodthirsty much, Rob?
Daniel Radcliffe | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Daniel Radcliffe is a household name, thanks to being cast in the role of Harry Potter at 11 years old and starring in the eight movies that followed as the titular character. Radcliffe has stated that he enjoyed working on every movie up until the sixth one.
Kate Winslet | Titanic
Titanic is a film that is equally known for shattering box office records and for being a critical darling. So, it may come as a surprise that lead actress, Kate Winslet, hates her performance in the film. She has admitted to having difficulty watching her performances in general, but Titanic was the worst offender to her.
Jessica Alba | The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Jessica Alba’s experience on The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so terrible that she almost quit acting. The director, Tim Story, was so harsh in his critique of her that he caused her to doubt her ability to act and her choice of career.
Brad Pitt | The Devil’s Own
In recent years, Brad Pitt has become just as famous for his former marriage to Angelina Jolie as his acting. However, during the 1990s, he was known for being an iconic movie star who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind about the roles he played.
Shia LaBeouf | Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Indiana Jones franchise is known for being a great series of movies — except for 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. One of the frequent reasons cited for this movie being subpar in comparison to the original trilogy is the casting of lead actor Shia LaBeouf.
Jamie Lee Curtis | Virus
Jamie Lee Curtis has starred in several well received movies, but the critical and commercial blunder she hates to this day is a movie called Virus. This film is about a tugboat crew that stumbles upon an abandoned ship that later turns out to contain robots and aliens. So, not a virus?
Michelle Pfeiffer | Grease 2
Michelle Pfeiffer has had a long career in Hollywood, so it’s no surprise there are a couple of films she doesn’t look back on fondly. One of these films was her first major role as one of the leads in Grease 2.
Ben Affleck | Daredevil
Ben Affleck has had a mixed career full of controversies both on and off set, but of all the terrible movies he has been in, the 2003 film version of Daredevil is the one that he hates the most. While the movie was poorly received by critics and the public, Affleck’s hatred for the movie is personal.
Arnold Schwarzenegger | Red Sonja
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career began in the late ’60s, but he didn’t break through to the mainstream until 1982’s Conan the Barbarian. It’s no surprise that there are several movies the actor would like to forget.
Viola Davis | The Help
Viola Davis is a critically acclaimed actress who has earned many awards, including an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an Oscar and two Tony awards. With so much critical acclaim under her belt, it makes sense to pay attention when she criticizes her work.
Alec Baldwin | Rock of Ages
Alec Baldwin has never been one to keep quiet about his opinions and feelings, especially when it comes to his work. Out of all the unusual things he's done, the film he seems to hate the most is the film adaptation of the musical Rock of Ages.
Channing Tatum | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
One of Channing Tatum’s greatest movie regrets is a film that he did everything possible to get out of making. When he was first sent the script for the live-action G.I. Joe movie, he found the script so bad that he told his agent he wouldn’t do it.
Jennifer Garner | Elektra
While the movie Daredevil was nothing to be proud of, the movie studio felt that it deserved a spin-off. The result was Elektra, starring Jennifer Garner reprising her role from Daredevil. Initially, things seemed like they were going in a positive direction, with the director wanting to bring in Kevin Smith to help with screenwriting.
Mike Myers | The Cat in the Hat
Another instance of an actor being forced to take on a role he hated, thanks to contract complications, was Mike Myers playing the title role in The Cat in the Hat. After the success of the first Austin Powers film, Myers was asked to write and star in another comedy.
Edward Norton | The Italian Job
Apparently, there’s a trend in Hollywood to offer actors multiple film contracts and then using that as leverage to force them to act in movies they hate. Edward Norton only appeared in The Italian Job after a lengthy process involving threats of lawsuits.
Natalie Portman | Thor: The Dark World
Back when Natalie Portman first signed on to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it helped to add major star power to the series. When it came time for Thor: The Dark World, she used some of her star power to try and steer Marvel in a more feminist-friendly direction.
Bill Murray | Garfield: The Movie
Bill Murray has been quite vocal about how much he hates the Garfield movies, thanks to their poor writing and direction. You’re probably thinking, "But he signed on, right?" Well, the reason he ended up cast in the role of Garfield is pretty much like a comedy (of errors) itself.
Emily Blunt | Gulliver’s Travels
Emily Blunt rose to fame, thanks to her appearance in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. Due to that performance, several studios came calling on her, including Marvel, who wanted to cast her as Black Widow. Can you imagine that?
Keanu Reeves | The Watcher
Keanu Reeves was already a star when the first Matrix movie took him to new heights. However, the superstardom wasn’t able to save him from a "friend" who forged Reeves’ signature to get the actor to appear in the movie The Watcher. What?
Roy Scheider | Jaws 2
Roy Scheider skyrocketed to international stardom after his appearance in the 1975 movie Jaws. However, he hated the first movie, so he had no desire to appear in the sequel. Universal had other plans and decided to invoke the actor's contract to have him star in Jaws 2.
The Entire Cast | Movie 43
It takes a special movie for the entire cast to not only refuse to do press for it but also denounce the film as a huge regret. This terrible movie is known as Movie 43. It’s presented as a comic anthology written by 20 people and filmed over several years by 14 different directors. Sound problematic?
George Clooney | Batman & Robin
Batman & Robin, the sequel to the Tim Burton produced Batman Forever, saw George Clooney donning the cape of Gotham’s infamous vigilante. Previously, the live-action franchise had seen both Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer take a stab at playing Bruce Wayne, so Clooney had some big shoes — or boots — to fill. As Batman, Clooney faces off with Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), but, in real life, he faced the consequences of making a truly terrible film.
Sir Alec Guinness | Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope — Plus Episodes V & VI
Although many movie-goers will recognize Sir Alec Guinness from his role as the Jedi Master-turned-hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi, cinephiles know that Guinness, a lauded stage actor, made a name for himself in classics like Lawrence of Arabia and Great Expectations. In 1957, he nabbed both the BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actor thanks to his performance in The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Nicole Kidman | Australia
When Nicole Kidman teamed up with fellow Aussie filmmaker Baz Luhrmann for 2002’s Moulin Rouge!, she ended up with one of her most iconic performances. It even nabbed Kidman her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress. A few years later, Kidman starred opposite Hugh Jackman in Luhrmann’s epic Australia — and the results were decidedly not as good as the duo’s first outing.
Matt Damon | The Bourne Ultimatum
Loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel, 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which was preceded by The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004), was initially meant to close out the action-thriller trilogy. In Ultimatum, Matt Damon reprises his role as former CIA assassin (and amnesiac) Jason Bourne as he searches for information about his past — and becomes an assassination target himself.
Michael Fassbender | Assassin’s Creed
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed is one of the video game industry’s greatest success stories. As of 2019, the franchise, which has produced numerous spin-offs and sequel entries, has sold over 140 million copies, making it one of the highest selling video game franchises of all time. Looking to capitalize on that success, Ubisoft green lit a film adaptation, which landed Michael Fassbender as its star.