Contrary to popular belief, celebrities are fallible. This means being just as capable of making horrible career choices as the rest of us! While my regret of working in retail during high school may stay with me forever, at least my horror isn't immortalized on the silver screen.
To be fair, they were getting paid millions while I barely made minimum wage. Still, we can imagine that actors must have a hard time living with the roles they hated playing. The following 13 actors aren't quite as lucky as those of us who can pretend that our worst jobs just never really happened.
1. Chris Pine – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Allegedly Paramount had hopes of turning Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit into a new franchise, perhaps even with its own spinoff series, but when it opened with...less than stellar reviews, it became clear that these hopes were unlikely to be fulfilled. When recently talking to Moviefone, Chris Pine stated why there probably won't be a sequel to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit:
No. I don't think it made enough money for that to happen...That's one of my deep regrets, that we didn't totally get that right. It's a great franchise and if it's not me then I hope it gets a fifth life at this point. It's just great. I love the spy genre. I hope it's done again and with a great story.
It's okay, Chris. We all make mistakes! At least you're willing to fess up to it. Don't worry. I'm sure someone out there will be able to properly take on the franchise sooner or later.
2. Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music
Okay, so everyone has to love the Julie Andrews classic The Sound of Music, right? Wrong! Christopher Plummer who played the role of Captain Von Trapp found playing the Captain to be his most difficult role. While participating in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive actors roundtable interview, Plummer explained why he didn't enjoy the film:
Because it was so awful and sentimental and gooey. You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some minuscule bit of humor into it.
He has also reportedly called the overly sweet film "The Sound of Mucus." Not exactly a term of endearment.
3. Jim Carrey – Kick-Ass 2
One of America's favorite funnymen, Jim Carrey has made it clear that he's not exactly ashamed of his role in the dark-humored Kick-Ass 2, but he did make the conscious effort to withdraw his support from the film after the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting. The star took to Twitter to voice his opinions:
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.
It's cool, Jim. It's your career and your life! You can think whatever you want of them.
4. Halle Berry – Catwoman
Berry's role in the 2004 movie Catwoman is recognized as being just awful. This isn't to say it was just her fault, the movie in general was terrible. Still, major props go out to this actress who attended The Razzies to collect her award where she "proudly" proclaimed:
I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh*t, god-awful movie.
Halle Berry is one of only eight actors who have won both an Academy Award and a Razzie. The others include Laurence Olivier, Liza Minelli, Faye Dunaway, Kevin Costner, Roberto Benigni, Sandra Bullock, and Ben Affleck. Speaking of Ben Affleck...
5. Ben Affleck – Daredevil
Like Halle Berry's superhero attempt, Ben Affleck faced similar struggles when portraying the Marvel character in the title role of Daredevil. When talking to Playboy the actor expressed his regret over the role:
The only movie I actually regret is 'Daredevil.' It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that's part of the motivation to do 'Batman.'
Luckily for us, Affleck also assured fans of the Caped Crusader that they have nothing to fear.
I understand I'm at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another 'Daredevil,' I'd be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn't think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?
Some of you may still be apprehensive, but I expect that Batfleck will be fantastic in the iconic superhero role.
6. Michelle Pfeiffer – Grease 2
I'm not sure exactly when I watched this or who subjected me to Grease 2, but I do remember the feeling of intense disappointment. According to Moviefone, it seems as if the lead pink lady Michelle Pfeiffer feels the same:
"I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was. At the time I was young and didn't know any better... I hear it's a cult movie now.
Sure Michelle, it wasn't nearly as good as the original Grease (hence the disappointment), but it's alright. You were young and impressionable. How else could you rationalize wearing those giant gold hoops?
7. Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
This statement made to Vanity Fair actually landed Katherine Heigl in some hot water. She called the Judd Apatow comedy classic:
a little sexist. 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? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.
Naturally, Apatow and Heigl's costar Seth Rogan didn't take kindly to her statement and have since held a bit of a grudge against the actress. Moral of the story: You don't want to be on Judd Apatow's bad side.
8. Alec Guinness – Star Wars
Obi Wan no! Say it isn't so! The famed English actor reportedly hated playing the Jedi Master. His success in the film went on to earn him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but it also exacerbated his distaste for the franchise. During filming the actor said:
Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young.
Not an acting job? Well, that's just your opinion then, Mr. Guinness.
9. George Clooney – Batman & Robin
Bat-nipples aside, Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin is still terrible. It's hard to pin all of the many faults on one aspect or person. But , George Clooney has been pretty vocal that he was far from blameless in this post-Tim Burton flop. When talking to Empire magazine, the actor even came to the defense of Ben Affleck, the newest actor to take on the role:
I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this - let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing.
He's also admitted on a couple of occasions that the film was pretty much shit. Sorry, George, but I have to agree.
10. Jessica Alba – Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer
I'm going to be honest with you, I don't remember watching this movie at all. I know I saw it, but for the life of me I can't remember it. This leads me to believe that it wasn't a good movie (duh), but it also wasn't so horrible that it has stayed with me. It seems that the Invisible Woman, Jessica Alba, would say otherwise of the filmmaking process. According to Moviefone, it almost made her quit acting:
I wanted to stop acting. The director was like, 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.' And I'm like, But there's no connection to a human being. And then it got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work? And so I just said, 'F--k it. I don't care about this business anymore.
This is not to say that Alba hasn't been in her fair share of bad movies (Good Luck Chuck, anyone?), but it sounds like the director Tim Story nearly ran her out of Hollywood!
11. Mark Wahlberg – The Happening
As a whole, Moviepilot is pretty divided when it comes to Mark Wahlberg. But when The Happening comes up in conversation, no contest, that movie was a stinker. Walhberg agrees and in a press conference for the critically acclaimed movie, The Fighter he describes a conversation he had with a fellow actor:
We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright 'The Happening.' F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** 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.
He has a fair point. That plot was thin at best. Not to mention it comes with this hilarious gem of a line.
12. Woody Allen – Manhattan
I think, along with most movie lovers out there, that Manhattan is not only one of Woody Allen's best films, but one of the better films in recent history. But there's no pleasing a perfectionist. According Woody in Robert Weide's documentary Woody Allen - A Documentary:
I didn't like the film at all … I spoke to United Artists at the time and offered to make a film for them for nothing if they would not put it out.
He also told the Associated Press:
When I saw it, I was not crazy about it. To this day, I have memories of it as being disappointing to me. I'm not saying it wasn't beautifully filmed - it was (cinematographer) Gordon Willis, shot in black in white - and the people were good. But the writing was too preachy, too self-righteous.
Mr. Allen, while you may not have appreciated Manhattan, I certainly did. I didn't even think it was that preachy.
13. Bill Murray – Garfield
So one of the best, most sought-after actors decides to play a CGI version of a talking cat. Freakin' baffling. Why would Bill Murray subject himself to a role like this? Well, it's a pretty funny story. In an interview with GQ magazine, Murray explained:
Finally, I went out to L.A. to record my lines. And usually when you're looping a movie, if it takes two days, that's a lot. I don't know if I should even tell this story, because it's kind of mean. What the hell? It's interesting. So I worked all day and kept going, ‘That's the line? Well, I can't say that.’ And you sit there and go, ‘What can I say that will make this funny? And make it make sense?’ And I worked. I was exhausted, soaked with sweat, and the lines got worse and worse. And I said, ‘OK, you better show me the whole rest of the movie, so we can see what we're dealing with.’ So I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, ‘Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the fuck was Coen thinking?’ And then they explained it to me: it wasn't written by that Joel Coen.
Bill Murray has been far from quiet in his distain for the role, even poking fun at it in his Zombieland cameo.
Of course, many of these actors gave amazing performances, so it's interesting to hear that they weren't satisfied with the work. But these were only 13 of the crazy amount of actors that have later come out saying they regret taking on these cinematic jobs. Seriously. There are tons. Best to just deal with your mistakes head on, I guess!