Hating their own movies is not a phenomenon restricted only to movie directors. In some of the most candid confessions over the years, actors have admitted to having hated their own movies. Today, we list seven actors who absolutely loathed being part of their own movies.
Channing Tatum – G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra
The G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra star recently admitted to having hated the 2009 science fiction action flick. In a candid confession on the Howard Stern Show, Channing Tatum said he acted in the movie strictly because of a contractual obligation with Paramount Pictures.
“Look, I’ll be honest. I f******g 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!””
Halle Berry – Catwoman
When Catwoman came out in 2004, it was panned universally by critics as being a “purr-fectly ridiculous cat-astrophe,” as News Australia reported. And as MTV reported, Halle Berry was as vehement in her indictment of the movie when she received her Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece of s**t, god-awful movie”.
Alec Guinness – Star Wars
Fans of Star Wars remember it for all the right reasons. But if you ask the man who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, Alec Guinness, he will tell you he hated his own movie with a pssion. As reported by News Australia, a miserable Guinness wrote to a friend during the filming of the original sci-fi film:
“Can’t say I’m enjoying the film… new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable”.
Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music
And if you think only Guinness hated a movie which was otherwise hailed as a classic, think again. Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Von Trapp in the 1985 Academy Award-winning movie The Sound of Music, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why he hated his own movie.
“… it was so awful and sentimental and gooey. You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some miniscule bit of humor into it.”
Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
Judd Apatow may have had many of his viewers in stitches by the end of his comedy Knocked Up, but his lead actress was not impressed. Katherine Heigl spoke to Vanity Fair about why she hated her own movie.
“It was a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as loveable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight per cent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”
George Clooney – Batman and Robin
Before Christopher Nolan raised the profile of Batman in his fantastic trilogy, the superhero was on the verge of movie extinction thanks in part to George Clooney, who feared the worst for his career after the 1997 film Batman and Robin. He spoke on the Graham Norton Show about why he hated his own movie, and has never shied away from mocking himself in front of his fans.
“Let me just say that I’d actually thought I’d actually destroyed the franchise until somebody else brought it back years later and changed it. I thought at the time that this was going to be a very good career move. Um, it wasn’t.”
Matt Damon – The Bourne Ultimatum
The less we speak about it, the better, because Matt Damon hated the last film of the Bourne trilogy, with downright abhorrence for the script written by Tony Gilroy. We couldn’t have summed it up better than Damon himself, who was pretty scathing about his reasons for hating his own movie.
“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… It’s terrible. It’s really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left.”
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