ByJames Buxton, writer at
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James Buxton

Not every actor in the business is a fan of their work. In many cases, especially when the film hasn't been particularly successful, actors and actresses have been known to disown their movies to avoid bad press. On occasion, they've been known to outwardly shun the movie in interviews or profusely apologise on behalf of the entire crew.

However, for one reason or another, many actors also despise their most successful works. Usually it's down to issues behind the scenes or the amount of unwanted fame it garnered or in some cases just a disagreement with the rest of the crew. Often, the actor will make a point of trying to distance themselves from their movies, but as you'll see below, it's not always that easy.

Twilight - Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

Starting off with an easy hit, it's no secret that Robert Pattinson despised the Twilight franchise and would regularly make jokes about it in interviews. He'd criticize everything from the camera work to the writing to even his own acting ability. Over the years, Pattinson has done his best to try and distance himself from the franchise but has instead just established yet another connection, this time as it's number one hater.

And this hasn't just emerged after the series ended. Ever since day one R-Patz has made it clear the only reason he stuck around was for the paycheck. In fact, during the press tour for Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the actor admitted that had he not been cast in the first movie, he would just"mindlessly hate it." At least he's honest.

James Bond - Sean Connery as James Bond

While Robert Pattinson was already an established actor following his work in Harry Potter, Sean Connery was a complete nobody before the 007 role came calling. So you'd think, after being cast in the most sought-after role in Hollywood, that Connery would have fine memories of his big break.

Sadly not, as Connery has made it clear to everyone that he wants nothing to do with the character, claiming that he has "always hated that damned James Bond." Connery now refuses to get involved in any 007 related events and rarely speaks of his time on set.

Aside from his hatred of the character, Connery has also gone on record saying that the working conditions for him and the rest of the cast were extremely poor, citing the long hours and minimal salary as the main reasons he quit the role. It's a miracle the man didn't quit acting after his experience.

Titanic - Kate Winslet as Rose Dawson

Kate Winslet shot to fame in 1997 following her breakout role in James Cameron's Titanic. The film was a commercial and critical success, becoming the highest grossing movie ever until Avatar came along. Many critics praised the film for its excellent writing and chemistry between the two leads, but for Winslet, that was far from the truth.

Following the movie's re-release in 2012, Winslet made it clear that would not be seeing it again in cinemas as she can't stand to see herself performing. During an interview, she said: "Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God." She also stated that she hated her accent throughout the whole movie and wished that she could redo the entire thing. While Winslet is often very humble and self-critical of her roles, she has made it clear that Titanic is the biggest regret of her career.

The Bourne Ultimatum - Matt Damon as Jason Bourne

The Bourne franchise has been heralded as one of the best action series of the last few decades due to its fast paced action and interconnecting plotline. However, prior to his departure as the titular hero, Matt Damon spoke out against the third movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, stating that a poor script and a rushed production led to the creation of a poor movie.

However, Damon also stated that he didn't blame the writer, Tony Gilroy, and instead blamed the studio for cashing in a script before it could be perfected. Damon insists that he still has a great amount of respect for Gilroy.

Matt Damon stepped down from the franchise in 2006 following Ultimatum and the reigns were then handed to everyone's favorite archer, Jeremy Renner. However, it seems whatever beef Damon had with the studio has been squashed as it seems Jason Bourne will be making a comeback following a decade-long absence from the franchise. The as-yet-untitled movie, rumored to be named The Bourne Betrayal after the fifth book in the franchise, is being written by Damon himself alongside Paul Greengrass and will be released some time in 2016.

Indiana Jones 4 & Transformers - Shia LaBeouf as Mutt Williams and Sam Witwicky

Ever since he hit the big time, Shia LaBeouf hasn't had it easy. Despite becoming one of the most wanted young actors by the end of the last decade, LaBeouf has never been particularly popular with the fans. He's also been known to be very vocal about his personal opinions, often resulting in the end of his involvement with various writers and directors.

When it came to talking about the Transformers franchise, Shia was more than keen to display his regret at being a key part of the movie. Despite earning him enough money to do whatever the hell he wants and putting him on the map when it came to casting decisions, Shia really doesn't have a whole lot of respect for Transformers. But it's got nothing on his brief stint in Indiana Jones.

While the problems with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull were almost exclusively the doing of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, LaBeouf has repeatedly apologised to fans of the series for "dropping the ball." In a later interview, he admitted that he hadn't been the only one disappointed with his performance, saying that living legend Harrison Ford had also had doubts about the movie as a whole but had kept quiet. Either way, LaBeouf has made it clear that he never saw himself as a convincing action hero. Surely he's being a little bit hard on himself?

Star Wars - Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa

While Carrie Fisher (every nerd from the 70s' celebrity crush) is still a huge fan of Star Wars and has confirmed her return to the franchise for the new trilogy, her time on set wasn't a pleasant experience. In her memoir, Wishful Drinking, she said that "George Lucas ruined my life," in reference to the famous 'Star Wars Curse' that resulted in the majority of the cast getting very little work ever again.

Fisher was also not a fan of the costumes she was forced to wear, particularly the iconic side-buns and the infamous metal bikini from Return of the Jedi. She also finds it hard to watch her break out performance in A New Hope due to her unpredictable mix of British and American accents.

However, her issues with the films can't be longstanding as Fisher has been confirmed to play a reasonably large part in the upcoming blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Earlier this year, she made a joke about how she would have refused the part if it meant the return of the bikini. It wouldn't have been the same without her.

The Happening - Mark Wahlberg as Elliot Moore

When The Happening was first revealed, everyone, including the cast, seemed very enthusiastic about the idea of an R-rated Shyamalan movie. I mean, this was the guy who had directed The Sixth Sense, which was an excellent movie, so surely this was going to be on the same level right?

Sadly it was not meant to be, and The Happening came and went without leaving so much as a dent in the world of cinema. Mark Wahlberg, the star of the ill-fated movie, didn't string out his words when it came to his opinion of the movie. In an interview in 2010, Wahlberg admitted straight up that it was "a bad movie." He didn't blame it on anyone in particular, he just didn't think it was very good. He'd gone out to make a disaster movie and, in a way, he'd done just that.

Star Wars - Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi

It's no secret that Alec Guinness considered the Star Wars Trilogy to be nothing but garbage, calling it "fairy tale rubbish" upon discovering the role. However, contary to popular belief (and effectively the title of this post), Guinness didn't initially hate the character he played, but rather the way George Lucas treated the character. He claimed that the dialogue he was being given was of a very poor quality that didn't show off his acting capabilities and in the end claimed he was only around for the following two movies for the high pay check to screen time ratio.

While Guinness did later admit that "when the film was first shown, it had a freshness, also a sense of moral good and fun," he later said that he regretted ever getting involved in the franchise, saying that he felt it was having a bad influence on its grown up fans later down the line.

Despite his grumpy persona though, he was well loved on set and wrote in his memoir, "A Positively Final Appearance," that he did in fact get along with the rest of the cast very well, even if he couldn't remember half their names.

Catwoman - Halle Berry as Catwoman/Patience Phillips

If you were to read into the backstory behind the Catwoman movie, you'd understand why this movie was doomed from the start. What had begun as a spin off to Tim Burton's 1992 movie Batman Returns starring Michelle Pfeiffer slowly became the horror we ended up with, and no one, not even the star, was happy with the end product.

Considered by many to be one of the worst films ever made, Catwoman inadvertently became a prolonged sexist joke with a scantily clad Halle Berry at the helm. With virtually no connection to the beloved DC character and a terrible story to boot, it's no wonder Berry felt inclined to pick up her Razzie Award for worst actress in person. In doing so, she also reminded the world that she too hated the movie, saving her from any responsibility for the film's failure.

Fortunately, Berry had her real superhero break with Marvel, appearing as Storm in four X-Men movies so far.

Daredevil - Ben Affleck as Daredevil/Matt Murdock

Now admittedly, Daredevil isn't nearly as bad as everyone makes out. Sure, it's got nothing on the Netlfix series or certain other hit franchises of the time, but it's certainly not bad enough to warrant the hate it received. In fact, Ben Affleck's performance as the blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Daredevil isn't half bad. It's almost sad that he's since decided to completely shun the role and the character entirely.

In an interview for his upcoming role as Batman for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck declared that Daredevil was the only movie in his portfolio that he actively regretted, despite movies like Gigli and Surviving Christmas being far worse. He puts it down mainly to the fact that he loved the character and the story so much and felt that he'd let down the fans. However, he also said it was part of the motivation to do Batman, so even if you hated Daredevil, you have to admit at least one good thing came out of it.

Sources:, The Wire, LA Times


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