Part of being an actor means portraying characters that millions of people adore. For better or worse, these memorable roles have a way of defining that person’s career.
In fact, some movie stars have garnered so much attention from their famous roles that they actually claim to hate them. From Brad Pitt to Jennifer Garner, there are hundreds of actors who feel this way.
Here we’ve gathered 22 such actors. You’re not going to believe who hated filming your favorite movies!
1. Kate Winslet (Titanic): While it should be noted that Winslet did not hate the film itself, she just didn’t like the way she played the iconic role of Rose. “Every single scene I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God… Even my American accent, I can’t listen to it. It’s awful,'” she recalled in an interview.
2. Adam Brody (The O.C.): Portraying Seth Cohen on the teen drama series was all fine while it was happening, but Brody wished people would stop asking him questions about his character. “It gets boring, that’s all… I’ve exhausted the conversations about it, in my mind,” he told reporters.
3. Colin Farrell (Miami Vice): Farrell once said that he wasn’t too keen about the 2006 film that was a spinoff of the ’80s cop show. He openly admitted, “I thought it was style over substance and I accept a good bit of the responsibility.”
4. Brad Pitt (The Devil’s Own): Pitt has gone on record to say that this film wasn’t very good, and he wished he’d never been a part of it. “[It was] the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking, if you can even call it that, that I’ve ever seen,” he explained.
5. Blake Lively (Gossip Girl): Lively has stated that she didn’t like being compared to her alter-ego and ultimate Manhattan society girl, Serena van der Woodsen. “It’s weird when people feel like the know you really well and they don’t,” she explained in an interview.
6. Jim Carrey (Kick-Ass 2): Unfortunately for Carrey, he filmed his role in the violent thriller in close proximity to the timeline of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. “I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he tweeted.
7. Katherine Heigel (Knocked Up): Heigel has openly admitted that she was not entirely a fan of the Judd Apatow comedy. “It was a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight. I had a hard time with it, on some days. Why is she being such a b*tch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie,” she recalled.
8. Jennifer Garner (Elektra): While Garner never actually publicly expressed her disdain for this film, her ex-boyfriend Michael Vartan has. “I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful. She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract,” he told reporters.
9. Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull): LaBeouf felt like he didn’t live up to the original Indiana Jones film standards in his role. “I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” he claimed.
10. Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses 2): Bateman had fun filming the first installment of this comedy; the second one? Not so much. “The second one was garbage as far as box office goes,” he mentioned. “Who knows whether it was on the merits or when they released it, but it did not do any money.”
11. Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra): Tatum openly discussed his hatred for this film on The Howard Stern Show. “I’ll be honest,” he said, “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 I 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,” he explained.
12. Charlize Theron (Reindeer Games): Theron wasn’t the least bit shy about her utter disdain for this film. In fact, she once told reporters just that. “That was a bad, bad, bad movie,” she said during one interview.
13. James Franco (Your Highness): Not many actors are so open about hating a film as Franco was when he admitted how little he liked this one. “Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that,” he recalled.
14. Zac Efron (High School Musical): No matter how nostalgic you are for the role that made Efron a household name, he didn’t feel the same way. “I step back and look at myself and I still want to kick that guy’s a** sometimes,” he told reporters.
15. Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns): Even though she was being a bit facetious in her response, Delevingne once responded to reporters about her commonalities with her character, “No, I actually hate her.” The filmmakers didn’t take too kindly to this reaction.
16. George Clooney (Batman and Robin): In the past, Clooney has been fairly open about his disdain for many of his roles, especially this one. “Let me just say that I’d actually thought I’d 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. It wasn’t,” he recalled.
17. Jennifer Lawrence (Mother): Lawrence admitted she felt as if this horror film went a bit overboard. “I was really shaken. My first reaction [to seeing the film] was that we took it too far.” She did later clear up that, after a while, she started to come around to the film.
18. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince): Don’t worry, Radcliffe didn’t dislike this film from the Harry Potter franchise, per se. It was just his acting that he hated! “I’m not very good in it. I hate it… my acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across,” he said.
19. Harrison Ford (Blade Runner): Ford admitted that he wasn’t too keen on the original installment of this sci-fi classic. “I didn’t like the movie one way or the other, with or without it. I played a detective who did not have anything to do. In terms of how I related to the material, I found it very difficult. There was stuff that was going on that was really nuts,” he explained.
20. Ben Affleck (Gigli): Affleck won’t shy away from talking down this awful movie, though he admitted that dating costar, Jennifer Lopez, made it even worse. “It could have been a bad movie no one cared about. Angelina Jolie had a bad movie that year and no one cared. But it’s because I was dating Jennifer Lopez that made it a big f*cking deal,” he said.
21. Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum): The only one of this three-part series he openly disliked, Damon once said, “I don’t blame [screenwriter] Tony [Gilroy] 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 took his money and left,” he explained.
22. Alec Baldwin (Rock of Ages): Baldwin wasn’t the least bit shy about his disdain for this comedy flop. He once called it “a complete disaster,” and he questioned his role in the film. “A week in you go, ‘Oh god, what have I done?” he said.
It’s obvious to the public when a movie is bad or doesn’t do well, but you never realize how much it bothers the actors in the films, too!
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