When an actor doesn't attend any promotions or press conferences for their latest film, you can usually take that as a sign that the film is not something they are very proud of. But should the buck stop there with these telltale signs, or should an actor be vocal about how much they dislike the movie they have just filmed?
Some stars tend to keep their thoughts to themselves, probably due to fear of it affecting the box-office takings. Other stars, however, are much more vocal when slamming their movie.
Let's take a look at 10 actors who publicly slated their own movies, and sound off in the comments below if you think they had a point!
1. Ben Affleck - 'Daredevil' (2003)
Academy Award winner Ben Affleck [Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997) and Best Picture for Argo (2012)] has had a pretty good career by anyone's standards.
Set to star as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) as well as The Justice League Part One (2017) and Justice League Part Two (2019), it looks like his popularity knows no limits.
But 12 years ago, he donned a rather fetching red latex body suit to play Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, in the film of the same name. With a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an IMDb score of 5.3 and a Metascore of 42, the film opened to a lukewarm reception.
In fact, Affleck went on to say that:
"The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f@*%ed up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that's part of the motivation to do 'Batman.'"
The most positive thing that came out of the film for Affleck, was that he met his future wife, Jennifer Garner, on set. Which brings us nicely to...
2. Jennifer Garner - 'Elektra' (2005)
The Golden Globe winning actress played Elektra Natchios in Daredevil (2003) and was legally bound to reprise the role in Elektra (2005).
The film only scored a 10% fresh rating Rotten Tomatoes (4.8/10 on IMDb and 34 Metascore) and it was critically panned.
The criticism that Garner made about the film did not come directly from her, however. Her then boyfriend, Michael Vartan (Bates Motel 2013–), decided to spill the beans, saying that Garner thought the film was "awful."
3. Matt Damon - 'The Bourne Ultimatum' (2007)
According to reports, The Martian (2015) star Matt Damon, was not impressed with the first (and only) draft for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Despite this, he doesn't blame screenwriter Tony Gilroy, instead pointing the finger at Hollywood suits:
"It's the studio's fault for putting themselves in that position. I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left...
...If I didn't respect Gilroy and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared. My feelings were hurt. That's all. And that's exactly why I shouldn’t have said anything."
Having a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, plus an 8.1/10 on IMDb and an 85 score on Metascore, this is the second highest rated film on this list.
4. Wesley Snipes - 'Blade: Trinity' (2004)
If there was ever a star who went to great lengths to slam their movie, it has to be Wesley Snipes. The problems that happened on-set even led to Snipes filing a lawsuit against New Line Cinema and writer/director David S Goyer. These included:
- A violation of his contract.
- That the director (Goyer), the screenplay and the supporting cast were essentially forced on him.
- Racial discrimination/prejudice against Goyer and the whole production.
On top of this, Snipes was far from pleased with the final edit of the film, and was also hacked off with the fact that the amount of time he spent on screen was lackluster compared to his co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel.
The film made a worldwide gross of $129 million (in comparison to the first installments $131 million, and the sequels $155 million) which was seen as poor, and the producers were quick to blame it on Snipes's heated disagreements.
You can read a more in depth article on the chaos here.
5. George Clooney - 'Batman & Robin' (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997) made a respectful worldwide gross of over $238 million. George Clooney was playing the Caped Crusader, who had A-MAZE-ING nipples. So what on earth was the problem?!
With an 11% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.7/10 score on IMDb and a 28 score on Metascore, the answer is clearly: a lot.
Clooney himself has said that:
"With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go, 'Woah, that was really s--- and I was really bad in it...It was a difficult film to be good in'."
The star was so worried that he even said that, "I think we might have killed the franchise."
You can see one of Clooney's many apologies in the clip from The Graham Norton Show (2007-) below.
6. Edward Norton - 'The Incredible Hulk' (2008)
If there's one thing that everyone should know by now, it's that you never, EVER, piss off The Hulk. But back in 2008, there were a variety of reports that Edward Norton was not too happy with the route that the film had taken.
This was made evident by the fact that he declined to do any press or interviews for the movie. Rumors surfaced that the reason behind Norton's refusal was down to a disagreement between him and the produces regarding the final edit.
EW.com reported that:
"in recent months, Norton and the film's director, Louis Leterrier, campaigned for a longer, more detailed film. Marvel Studios wanted a faster, leaner one. Marvel won."
7. Shia LaBeouf - 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' (2009)
Shia LaBeouf is not one to mince his words, and this was particularly evident when summing up his thoughts on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).
"There are a lot of people that liked the second one, but I hated it. I just didn't enjoy it...I thought we missed the mark. I got confused, I couldn't see what the f**k was going on, you know with certain robots... I couldn't decipher what was happening. There were storyline paths that I just wouldn't have gone down."
8. Alec Guinness - 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (1977)
With amazing reviews (94% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.7/10 on IMDb and 92 on Metascore) and a seventh film recently being released, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) has become a worldwide phenomena.
But during production, Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Sir Alec Guinness is reported to have 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."
Despite having starred in iconic films such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965), Guinness was surprised by the level of fame that came with this film.
In his autobiography (A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal), the star recalled a instance when a fan approached him seeking an autograph. Having declared to Guinness that he had seen the film over 100 times, the actor agreed to give him an autograph, but only if he promised never to watch the movie again.
9. Channing Tatum - 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' (2009)
With a worldwide gross of over $302 million, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) raked in a lot of money. Having won Channing Tatum a Teen Choice Award and co-star Sienna Miller a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress (awkward), you may have thought that its male star would be at least a little bit happy with the film. But no. Tatum went on to say:
"I'll be honest. I f*cking hate that movie. I was pushed into doing it...The script wasn’t any good. And I didn’t want to do something that I — 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 1) bad, and 2) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe."
10. Jessica Alba - 'Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer' (2007)
Could a film be so bad that one of its stars wanted to just give up altogether? If you go by what Jessica Alba's said about Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) then definitely. She said that her acting career was at a 'low point' after one of the directors actually used CGI tears due to the actress's crying not being 'pretty enough.'
Following on from this, Alba said:
"F-ck it. I don't care about this business anymore."
And who could blame her?