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So often when you're watching a movie that is legitimately terrible, you'll shun its stars for their abysmal performance. It doesn't even seem to enter our minds that the reason for this could be that they don't actually want to be there at all.

Now, I'm not saying that the below 5 actors were terrible in their roles, but their hearts were certainly not in it. From threats to fraud, each if of the following famous faces were bullied into roles they didn't want.

1. Shia LaBeouf – 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

Shia already 'wasn't impressed' with the second Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, claiming they got carried away and the meaning behind the story became clouded behind the action.

“When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did. We got lost. We tried to get bigger. It’s what happens to sequels. [Michael Bay] went so big that it became too big; you lost the anchor of the movie.”

So when it came to the third instalment, Dark Of The Moon, why did Shia return at all? Contractual obligation. Try as he might, he had to stay on for a three picture deal, although he talked openly about not being able to develop his character any further.

And how did he feel about it? Well, his reactions when watching the movie kind of say it all...

2. Channing Tatum - 'G.I. Joe'

Another star pushed in to a three-picture deal, not only did Channing Tatum not particularly want to play the character G.I. Joe, he was actually prettttty pissed about being in the movie full stop.

“Look, I’ll be honest. I fucking hate that movie. I hate that movie. I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me to a three-picture deal … They give you the contract and they go, ‘Three-picture deal, here you go.’ And as a young [actor], you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!’
“Time goes by and you get other jobs and you’re building your quote and you have a dream job you want to do. And … the studio calls up and they’re like, ‘Hey, we got a movie for you, we’re going to send it to you.’ And they send it to you, and it’s GI Joe.
“And I love GI Joe: ‘Can I play Snake Eyes?’ And they’re like, ‘No, you’re not playing Snake Eyes, you’re playing GI Joe.
The script wasn’t any good … And I didn’t want to do something that I … was a fan of since I was a kid and watched every morning growing up — and didn’t want to do something that was, one, bad and, two, I just didn’t know if I wanted to be GI Joe.”

Did he HAVE to do that role, couldn't he do something else?

“No option: ‘You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.’”

3. Keanu Reeves - 'The Watcher'

Poor, poor Keanu! You need to find better friends!

When he was offered a part in The Watcher, Keanu never had any intention of taking a role, but a 'friend' forged his signature and thus tied him to a legally binding contract he couldn't get out of.

"I never found the script interesting, but a friend of mine forged my signature on the agreement. I couldn't prove he did and I didn't want to get sued, so I had no other choice but to do the film."

That sucks...

4. Daniel Craig - 'Skyfall'

Daniel Craig did not have high hopes for the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, claiming that he'd been trying to get out of it from the very beginning. With the recent release of Spectre, we know that Craig was not successful in his attempt to escape, but at the time he seemed fairly confident that bonds would be broken...

"I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it. But they won't let me go, and I've agreed to do a couple more, but let's see how this one does, because business is business and if the shit goes down, I've got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with."


5. Emily Blunt – 'Gulliver’s Travels'

Fox twisted the cruel hand of fate against actress Emily Blunt who was lined up to play Scarlett Johansson's character The Black Widow in Iron Man 2. Blunt's The Devil Wears Prada contract stipulated that she must complete and star in a second Fox production, but they waited until the she was basically confirmed for the Marvel franchise before dropping the bomb.

Instead she had to star in Gulliver’s Travels, and not only was she the best thing about that movie by a country mile, it was a total flop. Luckily for Blunt, she's gone on to become a household name regardless, although I think she would've made an awesome Black Widow.

Always the lady, she never spoke publicly of the situation, rather simply mentioned it was an unfortunate circumstance.

“It was one of things that was conflicting… So it’s a shame the two of them couldn’t work together. It just got complicated, so I think I had to pull out for my own sanity more than anything.”

Sources: Looper, What Culture


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