There seem to be two kinds of actors in Hollywood: Those who stand by their unpopular movies no matter how often vitriol is thrown their way, and those who throw their hands in the air and admit they've just made one hell of a stinker.
Today, we're going to look at some of the biggest stars who've admitted the final product of their labor is not exactly Oscar worthy stuff. However, we're also going to take a look at some of the comments they made while promoting the movie - comments which are almost always universally enthusiastic.
1 - Halle Berry - Catwoman
When promoting her solo superhero movie back in 2004, Halle Berry stated:
It’s a visual spectacle. It’s a summer, popcorny, fun-ride movie. Nothing more, nothing less. I believe it delivers that. It’s a great ride, it’s fun, it’s tongue-in-cheek. And it’s perfect for kids. The suit is the sexiest thing about the whole movie. There’s not too much violence, there’s no blood, there’s no sex, there’s no harsh language. We made sure of all of that when we were shooting to make this accessible to 9-year-olds and 29-year-olds.
However, following its release, it seems Berry was quick to change her mind. She even went in person to accept her Razzie Award for Worst Actress. With her Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball in hand, she said:
First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of shit, god-awful movie... It was just what my career needed.
2 - Mark Walhberg - The Happening
Prior to the release of The Happening, Wahlberg was eager to promote the horrific potential of M. Night Shyamalan horror. He claimed:
Night does an amazing job of creating the tension and it was amazing because I thought - with my being in 90 percent of the movie - that I wouldn't be affected by it when I saw it. But it was the complete opposite because the way he did was really terrifying.
The film didn't exactly receive great reviews and now Mark Wahlberg seems slightly less enthusiastic about the project. Indeed, his opinion on the whole venture can be summed up in a simple, expletive phrase:
Fuck it. It is what it is. Fucking trees, man. The plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook!
So that's "Fuck it" then?
3 - George Clooney - Batman & Robin
Back in 1997, George Clooney described playing Batman as an 'honor.' However, by watching these early interviews, you almost get the impression Clooney knows his own performance wasn't his best. Back in 1997, he stated:
This was the most demanding acting job I've ever had. First of all the costume itself limits your acting, you move like this or turn like this [moves stiffly], you can't really hear, so you have to really pay attention - number one. Number two, it's a different style of acting, I had to act differently.
Fast forward a few years and Clooney hasn't changed his tune much. Although now he does accept the entire movie was "really shit." He stated:
With hindsight, it’s easy to look back at this and go, ‘Woah, that was really shit, and I was really bad in it.' I just thought the last one had been successful, so I thought I was just going to be in a big, successful franchise movie. Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it. It was a difficult film to be good in.
4 - James Franco - Your Highness
In 2011, James Franco paired up with Pineapple Express star, Danny McBride, to appear in the historical comedy Your Highness. In fact, McBride also wrote the script for Your Highness which probably put extra pressure on Franco to praise the film. Having said that, I think Franco isn't fooling anyone (McBride included) when he said he "loves" the movie in one press junket. Check it out below:
Franco would later change this tune, claiming:
Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that.
5 - Ben Affleck - Daredevil
Now, I know Ben Affleck's Daredevil has its fans, but there are also many who are almost insulted by Mark Steven Johnson's comicbook flick. Many claim it's simply not the adaption we were promised, and even before the movie released, Affleck was building up how it's not your typical superhero movie. He explained:
This one is unique in the comic book movie adaptation pantheon in that, while it has this tonal thing of people dressing up in costumes and fighting crime and super villains and stuff, there is a dual tone. There's also an element of realism in it. That's not tongue in cheek.
It dares to ask the audience to take the characters seriously and to really get invested in their emotional journey, which could be absurd. So you have to sort of invest yourself in it, be convicted of it... One of the things I could identify with this movie was, what's at the center of it really, which is this love story. The transforming power of love and the redemptive qualities that falling in love has.
However, with Affleck's controversial Batman casting taking the internet by storm, the [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) star had to come out and derided his own performance in Daredevil. In an attempt to placate the baying crowd, he stated:
I have regrets about all the movies that I don't think were executed properly. Look, if I thought we were remaking Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself.
I'm hard on myself, and I have exacting standards and I want to do excellent work and I don't always succeed, but I think you have to start out with that drive.
6 - Nicolas Cage - The Wicker Man
Few remakes are more different than their source material than Neil LaBute's The Wicker Man. The movie is now famous for its unintentional hilarity, as well as presenting one of the most outrageous Nic Cage performances we've seen yet - and that's certainly saying something. While promoting the movie back in 2006, Cage was joined by the director to answer some fan questions. At one point Cage asked LaBute:
Don't you feel that in some ways, even though we recreated it in another direction, it's still a homage to the original?
However, following its release, Cage was eager to distance it from the original, claiming it was in fact developed as an absurdist comedy. He claimed:
The Wicker Man is probably the best example of a movie where people are mystified because they think for some reason that we did not know it was humorous. Even though I am dressed in a bear suit, doing these ridiculous things with the matriarchal society on the island. How can you not know that Neil [LaBute] and I knew that this was absurdist humor? But okay, have at it. That was a misconception.
I'm not sure if I believe him...
Which of these movies truly was the worst?