Jeremy Irons on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Matthew Goode on “Leap Year”
Robert Pattinson on “Twilight”
Sally Field on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Daniel Radcliffe on “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
Jude Law on “Alfie”
Kate Winslet on “Titanic”
TJ Miller on “The Emoji Movie”
Megan Fox on “Transformers”
Actors don’t always make the best decisions, and the best ones are usually not afraid to admit it. Over the years, the likes of Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and James Franco have all fessed up to hating at least one of their own movies. Click through the gallery to find out which projects 20 actors despise the most.
Wahlberg, who is a devout Catholic, joined Cardinal Blasé Cupich at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and revealed Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” was one of the film’s he regretted most.
“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg said. “‘Boogie Nights’ is up there at the top of the list.”
Fassbender starred in the video game adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed,” which barely made a dent at the box office in 2016. “For sure, it wasn’t ideal…I think we missed an opportunity there a little bit,” Fassbender said in an interview with Movie’n’co.
When asked what he would have done differently, Fassbender said: “I would make it more entertaining, that’s really the main note. The feeling of the film, I think it took itself too seriously and I would get to the action a lot quicker. I think there’s three beginnings of the film, which is a mistake.”
“I’ll be honest. I fucking hate that movie,” Tatum said of the live-action “G.I. Joe” adaptation on Howard Stern’s radio show. “I was pushed into doing it. The script wasn’t any good. And I didn’t want to do something that I — that I was a fan of since I was a kid and watched every morning growing up — and didn’t want to do something that was 1) bad, and 2) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.”
Baz Luhrmann gave Nicole Kidman one of her most iconic roles in “Moulin Rouge!,” but their follow-up “Australia” was anything but legendary. The epic romance starred Kidman opposite Hugh Jackman, but her role as English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley is one she’d rather forget.
“I can’t look at this movie and be proud of what I’ve done,” Kidman admitted on a Sydney radio station. “It’s just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally.”
Carrey had a change of heart about starring in the super-violent action film after the events of Sandy Hook. “I did ‘Kick-Ass’ a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he tweeted. “My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
Farrell is on an indie movie kick currently with titles like “The Lobster,” “The Beguiled,” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” but there was a time when major studios wanted him front and center. Such was the case for Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice” remake, which the actor has admitted to “not liking very much.” He called the movie slow and not relatable enough.
Clooney’s infamous turn as the Caped Crusader has been torn to shreds by comic book fans and movie critics alike, so much so that Clooney knows there’s no reason to defend the film.
“It was a difficult film to be good in,” Clooney admitted. “With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go ‘Woah, that was really shit and I was really bad in it.'”
The less said about John Frankenheimer’s “Reindeer Games” the better for Charlize Theron. The actress admits the crime thriller is a “bad, bad, bad movie.” Theron starred opposite Ben Affleck in the film, which couldn’t recoup its $45 million budget at the box office.
Franco’s hit-or-miss career hit a new low with David Gordon Green’s “Your Highness.” The director recruited his “Pineapple Express” stars Franco and Danny McBride to star in a medieval stoner comedy, but the magic couldn’t strike twice (not even with Natalie Portman).
“‘Your Highness’? That movie sucks,” Franco bluntly told GQ. “You can’t get around that.”
“The Bourne Ultimatum” is often cited as the strongest entry in the Damon-starring franchise, but the actor definitely doesn’t see it that way. He told GQ that he was hardly a fan of Tony Gilroy’s trilogy-ending screenplay.
“I don’t blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in,” Damon said. “It’s just that it was unreadable. 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.”
M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” adaptation is one of the most offensive examples of Hollywood whitewashing this century. Patel, who quickly entered the blockbuster world after the success of Oscar winner “Slumdog Millionaire,” has admitted to hating the experience of making it.
“I know what I’m afraid of playing: those big studio movies. After ‘Slumdog [Millionaire],’ I did a film that was not well received at all,” Dev told The Hollywood Reporter. “I completely felt overwhelmed by the experience. I felt like I wasn’t being heard. That was really scary for me, and that’s really when I learned the power of no, the idea of saying no.”
“Batman v Superman” was a disaster across the board. Although Jeremy Irons’ work as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred was one of the movie’s more favorable components, the actor knew what a dud the blockbuster was.
He responded to the film’s bad reviews by telling the Daily Mail, “Deservedly so. I mean it took $800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed … It was very muddled.”
“The main reason I took it — so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn’t because of the script, trust me,” Goode told The Telegraph about the 2010 romantic-comedy in which he starred opposite Amy Adams. “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.'”
“Twilight” made Pattinson an international superstar, but he was probably the franchise’s least supportive fan. In between making quips about the films on talk shows, the actor had this to say in one interview: “When I read it, I was convinced that Stephenie was convinced that she was Bella. It was like it was a book that wasn’t supposed to be published, like reading her — her sort of sexual fantasy.”
“Especially when she says that it was based on a dream, and it’s like, ‘Oh, then I had a dream about this really sexy guy’ and she just writes this book about it,” he continued. “I was just convinced that this woman is mad, she’s completely mad, and she’s in love with her own fictional creation.”
“It’s not my kind of movie,” Field told Howard Stern about the maligned superhero sequel. “But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film, and she was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human. It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can’t put 10 pounds of shit in a 5-pound bag.”
“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,” Radcliffe told the Daily Mail. “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.”
Jude Law stepped into the shoes made famous by Michael Caine in the 2004 “Alfie” remake, but the movie only grossed $13 million domestically opposite its $60 million budget. Law knows a box office bomb when he sees one, and he admits the film “didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted it to.”
But does Law regret taking on the role? Not at all. “Part of the reason you embark on a creative journey is to sometimes fall flat,” he said. “It can also sometimes lead to triumph.”
Winslet has fond memories of making James Cameron’s record-breaking epic “Titanic,” but her actual performance in the movie isn’t met with much appreciation. Upon the film’s 3D re-release, Winslet told The Telegraph: “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. Hopefully it’s so much better now. It sounds terribly self indulgent but actors do tend to be very self-critical. I have a hard time watching any of my performances, but watching ‘Titanic’ I was just like, ‘Oh God, I want to do that again.’”
Miller made headlines for deciding to step away from his most popular television role on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” His first movie after announcing his retirement from the series was “The Emoji Movie,” which has earned some of the worst reviews of 2017 so far. Miller knew the movie was pretty much garbage, too.
“Instead of dying, like everybody in my family would love, I go and make ‘The Emoji Movie,'” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s worse for American culture.”
Megan Fox is not a fan of her work in her breakthrough film “Transformers,” but she blames herself as much as she does director Michael Bay. “I’m terrible in it,” Fox has said of the movie. “It’s my first real movie, and it’s not honest and not realistic. The movie wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t proud about what I did… But unless you’re a seasoned veteran, working with Michael Bay is not about an acting experience.”