Just recently, Daniel Craig announced that he will be quitting the James Bond franchise. You can read more about the news here in an article written by Movie Pilot staff writer Elise Jost. While Daniel Craig did not say he hated playing the iconic role, he made it pretty clear that he is done with the role and wants to move on. However, it does bring up the topic of actors hating their roles. It is not unusual to see actors publicly address how much they disliked their roles, many of which are iconic and may come as a surprise. So, what are some of these cases?
NOTE: This list only contains roles that are generally liked by fans. So, George Clooney as Batman or Halle Berry as Catwoman don't quite make the cut.
1. Alec Guinness As Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi (Star Wars)
Whaaat?! You may ask yourself how this is even possible. Well, it's true; Alec Guinness hated playing the role of Ben Kenobi. Unlike most of the actors cast in Star Wars: A New Hope, Alec Guinness was already a well-known actor. Guinness was 63 years old and was an Oscar-winner for 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai. Being cast in some weird space opera directed by some upstart director wasn’t exactly the kind of thing he was used to. While filming Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness would write to his friends about how "rubbish" the dialogue was and how "none of it makes my character clear or even bearable." As Star Wars became popular, Obi-Wan Kenobi became Sir Alec Guinness's most iconic role, and he hated it. He is known to have thrown away all fan mail from Star Wars "sweaties" before opening it.
So, if Guinness hated his role so much, why did he end up playing it? The answer is the same for many of these actors: money. He struck a deal with Lucas that he would receive 2.25 percent of the profits from the film. George Lucas did this because he needed at least one well-known actor for his film and he had no idea that his film would become one of the highest grossing movies of all time. By the time Guinness died in 2000, he had accumulated over $81 million from Star Wars! What a deal he struck!
Check out his iconic entrance right here:
2. Robert Pattinson As Edward Cullen (Twilight Trilogy)
Now, I'm not a Twilight fan myself, but the series has proved to be very popular. However, it is no secret that Pattinson hated the series, and he has been very public about it. He has said things like, "it's hard to smile because you look like a complete idiot" on set, or, "there's a lot of stuff in the Twilight world that doesn't make any sense." Even though a lot of this may be true, it is a little odd to see Pattinson bash Twilight so hard. The video below really explains it all:
3. Sean Connery As James Bond (James Bond)
And yet another surprise: Sean Connery, our first James Bond, did not like his character. Before he took on the iconic role of James Bond, he was a babysitter, coffin polisher, and football player. You would think being a part of the James Bond franchise would be something to relish, but not for Connery. He stated that he is grateful for the way that the role of James Bond changed his life forever. However, he wasn’t thrilled about the actual character and playing the character himself. He has stated, “I have always hated… James Bond. I’d like to kill him.” Stone cold!
4. Idris Elba As Heimdall (Thor Movies)
Idris Elba has made a name for himself in Hollywood taking on many roles such as John Luther in Luther to Heimdall, the supporting Asgardian character in the Thor films. Most actors in Hollywood dream of becoming a part of the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apparently, it's not the same for Idris Elba. He said he did not enjoy playing Heimdall and his experience filming Thor: The Dark World. He had been in South Africa for eight months playing Nelson Mandela for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Right when he got back to England, he had to jump right back in to shoot re-shoots for Thor: The Dark World, and what he had to say is quite — interesting:
"I was like, ‘This is torture, man. I don’t want to do this.’ My agent said: ‘You have to, it’s part of the deal.’
I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out." - The Telegraph
5. Katherine Heigl As Alison Scott (Knocked Up)
Last but not least is Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up, where she co-starred with Seth Rogen. She played Alison Scott, who got pregnant after a one-night stand with Ben Stone (played by Seth Rogen). She came out and said that her role was completely sexist and that the film "paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys." She also hated her performance as the uptight Alison Scott: "I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy?" Knocked Up hit it off with fans and critics alike, stifling Heigl's complaints. She later came out and apologized for the comments she made against the film and apologized to Seth Rogen. Luckily, he forgave her.