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It's no guarantee that an actor's going to love EVERY film they are in. Whether it's due to conflicts between the director and or film crew, incidents that occur during production or simply not appealing to the movie in general. It's bound to happen at least once during their career. And these four actors weren't any different when it came to disliking these horror movies.

4. Christopher Lee as Stefan in The Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf

In the sequel to Joe Dante's The Howling (Dante wasn't involved in the sequel), horror icon Christopher Lee accepted a role in the film due to the fact he'd never been in a werewolf movie before. The movie received generally poor reviews, and it has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Flash forward to four or five years later when he's working on Gremlins 2: The New Batch (also directed by Dante). He reportedly apologized to Dante for being in The Howling II.

3. Jennifer Anniston as Tory in Leprechaun

Back in the early 90's, Aniston was an upcoming actress when she made her film debut in The Leprechaun. Despite managing to turn out a small profit in theaters and on home video it was critically panned. Since then, it's haunted her for years with interviewers and even her friend Adam Sandler bringing it up on occasion. In a 2014 interview, she mentioned her then-fiance Justin Theroux coming across it on TV and they spent two hours watching it--much to her embarrassment.

2. Dennis Miller as Rafe in Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood

Comedian Dennis Miller didn't even want to do the movie in the first place. According to a documentary on the film's Blu-Ray DVD his condition for doing the film was he'd be paid $1,000,000. An amount he'd never been compensated before, but producer Joel Silver desperately wanted him and made it happen. During production, he improvised his entire dialogue, butted heads with the director, and was discourteous towards the cast and film crew. According to his co-star Corey Feldman, when Miller was promoting the film on late-night talk shows he'd say to the audience, “Don’t go see this film, because it sucks!” The movie ended up being a box office disaster and dismissed by critics (13% on Rotten Tomatoes).

1. Rooney Mara as Nancy in Nightmare on Elm Street

In the 2010 reboot of the 1984 classic of the same name, Mara played the film's central protagonist-Nancy and boy did she not care for this movie at ALL. The movie was a financial success, but critics bombed it (15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Similar to Miller she didn't want the role in the first place, but nonetheless, she nabbed it. And the entire experience of making this movie almost made her quit acting entirely. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she explained, "I was like, this isn't what I signed up for. If this is what my opportunities are going to be like, then I'm not that interested in acting. So I was very discouraged and disheartened."

It's understandable to see why these actors didn't like being in these films. And it's even more understandable to see why they still appeared in them (when they knew they were bad from the beginning). Trying something new, starting out in the business or money. Although, with cases like Miller and Rooney I believe they could've been more respectable and not biting the hand that fed them.



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