Have you ever watched a movie and then been surprised to learn that the star of that film didn’t think very highly of it? With Hollywood releases often being publicly criticized, sometimes even the stars behind those films take part in calling it out. From comedies to dramas and beyond, here are 20 movies whose actors had such an adversarial relationship with their performances that they publicly trashed them afterwards.
1. Grease 2
One user shared, “‘I hate that movie with a vengeance. I can’t believe how bad it was.’— Michelle Pfeiffer, when asked about Grease 2.”
One added, “I need a C-O-O-L R-I-D-E-R!”
2. Batman & Robin
One Redditor posted, “‘I always apologize for Batman & Robin’—George Clooney.”
Another user commented, “I feel like B&R is what marked the transition from ‘ER’ Clooney to legitimate actor Clooney. I mean, the head bobbing that Clooney did back in those early days is infamous. You can still see it in B&R. After B&R, I feel like Clooney was able to reevaluate what he wanted his career to be like. It’s like it was a wake-up call.”
“It doesn’t get better than Pattinson trashing twilight,” posted one Redditor.
Another user commented, “‘They tell you just to stand there looking uncomfortable. So that’s basically all I did for five movies.'”
One added, “He suffered for a few years, got paid and now does passion projects most of the time and gets to be Batman now.”
One user stated, “Bill Murray in Garfield.”
Another user replied, “Made for a great final joke in Zombieland, though!”
One stated, “Yes! I laughed out loud when he said that. Watching the other actors trying to suppress their smiles is great as well.”
5. The Great Wall
An online user mentioned, “I worked on [The Great Wall] which was filmed and shot outside of Beijing. While a complete professional and incredibly pleasant to work with, it was obvious by day two that Matt Damon and Willem Defoe were disappointed with how things were going. Mainly Zhang Yimou wasn’t actually directing it, but the government higher-ups insisted his name was plastered all over it. Pedro Pascal, who was just getting off his GoT breakout role, was too happy to be in a movie of that size to care. We went out to dinner there. He was also super cool.
I felt bad for Matt and Willem, but laugh whenever he brings up the film now because he refers to it as ‘the one his daughter always makes fun of him for making.'”
6. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
One user posted, “Sylvester Stallone hated Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot . He once said if cops were interrogating a criminal just play him in that movie. He’ll commit to anything.”
One user added, “From Wikipedia:
‘He told Ain’t It Cool News that it was “maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen,” that “a flatworm could write a better script,” and that “in some countries—China, I believe—running [the movie] once a week on government television has lowered the birth rate to zero. If they ran it twice a week, I believe in twenty years China would be extinct.”
7. Dream House
One user asked and posted, “Didn’t Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig not really want to go through with hyping up Dream House?”
Another user answered, “They did not, but they both credit the movie with bringing them together and eventually getting married, so a happy ending on that one.”
8. The Italian Job
“Edward Norton hated being in Italian Job. He’d signed a three-movie deal with Paramount but rejected every role they offered him and then went off to do Fight Club. They threatened to sue Fox and finally renegotiated with Norton, telling him if he’d just do one movie he could get out of his contract. He kept turning down roles, and they essentially forced him to be in an Italian Job so that both parties could just move on,” one user commented.
9. Jaws 4
One Redditor stated, “Michael Caine, when asked about his work in Jaws 4: ‘I have never seen the film, but by all accounts, it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.'”
10. Dragonball Evolution
Another user mentioned, “James Marsters was so embarrassed by Dragonball Evolution he apparently offered to do voice work for the Dragonball Super anime free of charge as an apology to fans.”
One user replied, “The only good thing to come out of that piece of s- then, ’cause his voice work was … good in Dragon Ball Super.”
11. Snow White
“Rachel Zegler. She’s the most entitled young actress I have ever seen. After seeing all her interviews online, I get annoyed by her every time I see her,” posted one Redditor.
12. Transformers’ One
One user quoted an actor and posted, “‘I don’t like the movies I made with Spielberg. The only movie I liked that we made together was Transformers.
“You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of. You’re meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He’s less a director than he is a [hecking] company.’—Shia LaBeouf.”
One user reacted and replied, “You have to have some serious [guts] to bad mouth Spielberg in public …”
Another user then shared, “Pretty sure Spielberg has a rule never to talk negatively about a film before or during release. Even if everyone knows the movie isn’t going to be so hot. Cause at the end of the day, hundreds if not thousands of people worked on it and have their names in the credits, and it’s unfair to them.
“This might stem from an interview Richard Dreyfus gave back in the 70s, right before Jaws came out. You can see it in some of the documentaries. But it’s Dreyfus adamantly defending Spielberg and blaming the studio for messing up Jaws because he (and most of the press) believed it would bomb hard. Then the movie comes out, and it’s a smash hit.”
13. Don’t Worry Darling
“Florence Pugh did just about everything to distance herself from Don’t Worry Darling while it was being promoted and after it came out … while there are no juicy sound bites, it’s pretty clear how she felt about that project and its director,” shared one user.
One replied, “That press tour was a publicist’s nightmare … but good on her.”
14. Green Lantern
One user posted, “Ryan Reynolds with the green lantern. You know, It’s bad when it’s directly referenced in Deadpool, lol.”
Another user replied, “He kind of just plays into its reputation. He watched it for the first time, like a year or two ago, and posted his live thoughts on Twitter. In the end, he says he didn’t think it was really all that bad, I believe.”
15. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
“Sean Connery on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen s- on director Stephen Norrington ‘Have you checked the local asylums?’
“And Richard Stanley, on the Island of Dr. Moreau … he has kicked off the set and actively broke back on set and disguised himself as one of the monsters and recorded it all and released the nightmare story of the film falling apart in David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau,” posted one Redditor.
16. The Bourne Series
One user stated, “Matt Damon calling the Bourne series ‘the Bourne redundancy’ is the best I can think of.”
One Redditor commented, “Arnold Schwarzenegger commented that Commando was the film that taught him the importance of quality control because that movie didn’t have any.”
18. SUSPECT ZERO
“Aaron Eckhardt was in a miserable movie called SUSPECT ZERO, and when it came time to do the press tour, he was on The Daily Show absolutely trashed, and every time Jon tried to steer it back to talking about the movie, Aaron would change the subject again, saying ‘it is a terrible movie!’ and refusing even to set up the clip they had. It was one of the funniest interviews because Jon Stewart was trying hard and failed to keep the interview on the rails; he looked flustered by the end.
“Peter O’Toole apparently hated making the 2004 epic TROY and similarly did talk shows to promote it and then refused to talk about.” one user posted.
19. The Terminator
One user posted, “I remember reading that shortly after Conan, Arnold Schwarzenegger … asked about what he’s doing next, and he said ‘Some s- sci-fi movie for James Cameron.’ He was, of course, referring to The Terminator, which put James Cameron on the map and arguably did more than Conan to make Arnold an A-list actor.”
One user shared, “Look up Robert Webb and Olivia Coleman’s reactions to the final cut of Confetti. They play a couple who are nudists in the film and were told it would be either artfully covered up or censored in the version audiences would see—nope! I believe they tried to sue, but it never went anywhere.”
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