When you’re a regular person, you almost always have the choice to opt out of a bad work project.
Or at the very least, call it a day and drown your sorrows in ice cream.
Not actors though, because once they’ve signed on the dotted line they’re stuck with a film until it’s wrapped up; something that could take months.
As the stars on this list know only too well, not every movie is a hit. And besides regretting acting in them, they’ve even gone so far as to insult them openly.
Lead performer Channing Tatum has said he was forced to star in the toy-themed movie after signing a three-picture deal early in his career.
He made his views known on Howard Stern’s radio show saying, “I’ll be honest. I f**king hate that movie”, adding that “the script wasn’t any good.” (Source)
Like Tatum, Shia LaBeouf was also roped into a three-movie deal for the Transformers franchise, much to his disdain.
Even though the series was a commercial success, he didn’t hold back on his feelings after the second movie, saying that he “wasn’t impressed with what we did.”
“There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone. We got lost…Mike went so big that it became too big. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.” (Source)
When it came to the last film in the Bourne trilogy, Matt Damon wasn’t too pleased with screenwriter Tony Gilroy’s script, and he wasn’t afraid to say it.
“I don’t blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable,” said the actor.
“This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It’s terrible. It’s really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left”, Damon added. (Source)
4. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Sylvester Stallone minced no words when talking about how bad the film was, saying,
“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.” (Source)
5. George Clooney, Batman & Robin
Yes, the film was so flawed and laughably terrible that director Joel Schumacher had to apologize for it over and over.
But for George Clooney, who starred in it, it was only ever a cause for regret.
“I actually thought I’d destroyed the franchise,” he admitted. “I thought, at the time, this was gonna be a very good career move. It wasn’t.” (Source)
Unfortunately for Robert, it was not his role as the handsome and heroic Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that made him a star, but his role as Edward the twinkly vampire in the Twilight saga.
Speaking about the source material, the British actor did not hold back on his disdain, saying, “When we first signed up for it, if it hadn’t been so successful I think people would have thought it was really weird. It’s a really weird story! But once it becomes mainstream, it’s difficult for people to see how strange a story is.” (Source)
Naturally, he was quite relieved when the teenage romance series finally came to an end in 2012, as were we.
7. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up
The Grey’s Anatomy actor had quite a few things to say about her commercially well-received film in a Vanity Fair interview, stating, “Knocked Up is a little sexist.”
“It paints women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”
Heigl said that the movie exaggerated the characters, and claimed she had a hard time with it, on some days.
“I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women?”, she added. (Source)
Dan Rad basically grew up on the sets of the Harry Potter movies, so it’s no wonder that he’s extremely critical of his performance in them, especially the 6th installment in the series.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the actor said, “It’s hard to watch a film like Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince because I’m just not very good in it. I hate it.”
“My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across”, he added. (Source)
But we won’t hold that against him, will we?