As part of the pre-night Toronto Festivities, Michael Fassbender was the honorary guest at the TIFF Soirée, a fund-raising event where he talked about his work. One interesting tidbit about his career, is that he likes to watch films with audiences, and to share in that experience with them. As he says:
"It’s nice when the sort of nerves and excitement are at maximum and you get to experience it with a very passionate audience and they’re usually very honest as well, so you get the full effect, as it were."
More surprisingly he also took the time to throw huge shade on two of his biggest roles. When shown a clip of him and James McAvoy's Professor X arguing on a plane from X-Men: Days of Future Past he spoke that:
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However, not content with just trashing his Marvel offerings, he also talked about how he didn't want to work on Steve Jobs, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. This was largely due to working with Aaron (let's do some talking) Sorkin, who likes to write screenplays the size of phone books. Calling the script "a mountain" he says that he thought about a novel way of getting out of the part:
"I remember telling my driver, 'If I put my arm in the door, you should slam it. It should cause a break and it should get me out of this gig.'"
It's understandable for Fassbender, like any actor, to have apprehensions and feel embarrassed when watching his own work, even if his comments are bound to upset fans of the Marvel films. Yet, he is simply one of many actors who have been embarrassed by their own work. Let's have a look at five other actors who have decried their previous on-screen performances:
1. Sylvester Stallone - Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Personally I found Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot heartwarming and hilarious. Stallone thinks otherwise, pulling no punches in his description:
"The worst film I’ve ever made by far… maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen… a flatworm could write a better script then Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. In some countries – China, I believe – running Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 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."
2. Woody Allen - Manhattan
Manhattan is considered one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, aided by iconic cinematography by Gordon Willis. Allen thought otherwise, telling United Artists at the time to shelve the film, offering to make another for free. He has said regarding the film:
"I just thought to myself, at this point in my life, if this is the best I can do, they shouldn't give me money to make movies"
Thankfully they ignored him, and it went on to be tremendously successful.
3. Robert Pattinson - Twilight
Despite making him and his fellow co-star Kristen Stewart two of the most famous movie stars of the 00s, Pattinson has spent much of his time post-Twilight trashing the films, its fans, and the original writer of the novels. As he once said of the script and his own performance:
"The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that's how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he's a 108 year old virgin so he's obviously got some issues there"
There is even a tumblr page dedicated to his dislike of the franchise.
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4. Katherine Heigl - Knocked Up
Igniting a feud that has lasted a ridiculous nine years, Katherine Heigl once said in an interview with Vanity Fair that Knocked Up was "a little sexist". The insults didn't stop there:
"It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy?"
5. Shia LeBeouf - Everything With Steven Spielberg
One of the true kings of controversy Shia LeBeouf only had mean things to say when discussing his work with Steven Spielberg - a man most consider to be one of the pioneers of contemporary American cinema. Calling him "a fucking company"rather than an Academy-Award winning director, he felt personally aggrieved that due to these films:
Don't you think you're being just a little harsh Mr LeBeouf?
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