What Famous Actors Think Are The Worst Movies Of Their Careers


It can actually be pretty tough to get actors
to share their true feelings about their films, especially if they’re the films they’d rather
not talk about. Fortunately, a handful of stars have opened
up over the years, and taken aim at the worst movies of their career. In 2002, Halle Berry delivered a tearful,
impassioned speech on the Oscars stage, clutching the Best Actress statuette she’d just earned
for her performance in Monster’s Ball. Three years later, she brought that same statuette
with her to accept her Razzie Award for Worst Actress in the super-zero flop Catwoman. Berry delighted the audience with her snide
speech, in which she thanked studio Warner Brothers for putting her in what she called
a “god-awful movie.” Berry went on to say: “It was just what my career needed. You know, I was at the top, and then Catwoman
has plummeted me to the bottom.” Although her Catwoman speech has since gone
down in Hollywood legend, Berry’s attitude towards the movie has mellowed in recent years. In a 2018 acceptance speech, this time for
the Matrix Award for New York Women in Communication, Berry said of her Razzie-winning role: “While it failed to most people, it wasn’t
a failure for me because I met so many interesting people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise,
I learned two forms of martial arts, and I learned not what to do.” It also helped, she added, that the film made
her a life-changing amount of money. Dev Patel found stardom early in his career
with the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. So naturally, everyone was pretty curious
about his next film: 2010’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was a huge studio movie with huge expectations
and an even bigger budget. Of course, once it hit theaters, the movie
became hated by pretty much everyone on Earth, and for a while, Patel didn’t really want
to talk about it. Back in 2014, the most he said on the matter
was: “Yeah, that wasn’t the best move, was it?” Patel opened up a little further in a 2016
roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I completely felt overwhelmed by the experience
I felt like I wasn’t being heard.” Still, Patel pointed out that making the movie
had been a learning experience for him. “That’s really when I learned the power of
no. The idea of saying no, because I was like
18 and was just like, ‘okay.'” Harry Potter may have made Daniel Radcliffe
a household name, but that still doesn’t mean he’s fond of every film in the series. In 2014, Radcliffe told the Daily Mail that
his favorite of the franchise is Order of the Phoenix, and that the sixth movie, The
Half-Blood Prince, was his least favorite of the bunch. In 2015, Playboy asked Radcliffe to expand
on this, and he explained: “In every movie up to the sixth one, you can
see a big step forward in my acting. And then it stopped, or went backward maybe,
in the sixth film. […] On the sixth, I remember watching it
and thinking, ‘Wow, there’s been no growth. You’re watching a mistake you made every day
for 11 months.’ That’s the way I saw it.” It probably didn’t help that Radcliffe had
started drinking heavily when he turned 18, the age at which he filmed The Half-Blood
Prince. Radcliffe didn’t explicitly mention this when
discussing his least favorite of the films, but the actor had previously spoken about
his alcohol abuse in 2012. He said that while he never drank on set,
he would still be drunk from the night before, and that watching the movies now: “I can point to many scenes where I’m just
gone. Dead behind the eyes.” Luckily, Radcliffe became a teetotaler in
2010. In 2012, when a 3D version of Titanic docked
in theaters for the film’s 15th anniversary, Kate Winslet told CNN: “Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God.’ […] I have a hard time watching any of my
performances, but watching Titanic I was just like, ‘Oh God, I want to do that again.'” It might be surprising to hear that Winslet
wants to give her performance as Rose a second go, given what she went through the first
time around. Director James Cameron was notoriously aggressive
on set, , Winslet told the LA Times: “There were times when I was genuinely frightened
of him.” On top of that, Winslet nearly drowned while
shooting one scene, and Cameron made her do it again right after and has since dismissed
her claim that she was in real danger. She also chipped a bone, came out with various
bruises and scrapes, and was regularly made to perform in cold water. For close-ups, she was even submerged 12 feet
underwater and weighted down so she wouldn’t move. No wonder she doesn’t like watching it. In recent years, actors as prestigious as
Robert Redford and Anthony Hopkins have taken major roles in superhero films. But there’s one two-time Oscar winner who
seriously regrets joining the world of comic book movies. As it turns out, Sally Field though her part
as Aunt May in the Amazing Spider-Man movies was an absolute bore. In an appearance on The Howard Stern Show,
Field talked in depth about Sony’s failed attempt at a trilogy. “Spider-Man! You didn’t like that movie? “Ah not, not especially, it’s not my kind
of movie.” She also added that she did it for her friend,
Amazing Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin, who died a year before the film was released. But Field also admitted that she didn’t put
a great deal of thought into the character. “You work it as much as you can, you know,
but you can’t put 10 pounds of s— in a five pound bag. Still, Field managed to find a bright side
in all the mess according to the actress, working with Andrew Garfield was at least
a lot of fun. In 2010, Jessica Alba told Elle magazine that
shooting Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer nearly made her quit acting, as director
Tim Story apparently made Alba doubt her abilities and her career choice. Evidently, Story didn’t like the way she was
crying in a scene because it looked “too real.” According to Alba, the director then asked
her to “cry pretty.” As Alba put it: “And then it all got me thinking: Am I not
good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good
enough? Do people hate them so much that they don’t
want me to be a person? […] And so I just said, ‘F— it. I don’t care about this business anymore.'” Alba was as good as her word. In 2012, she traded Hollywood for business,
setting up The Honest Company, which focuses on selling natural baby products. According to Forbes, that first year, her
company made $10 million in revenue. Alba then expanded to beauty products in 2015,
and she raised $200 million in funding in 2018. And although Alba is still acting today, the
fact that Forbes estimates her company to be worth $200 million gives her an out if
she ever changes her mind. Since the rise and demise of his relationship with Angelina Jolie, you could make the case that Brad Pitt has become more famous for
his personal life than for his movie career. But back in the ’90s, Brad Pitt was a bona
fide movie star although he still occasionally had some pretty blunt comments to make about
the movies that made him a household name. For example, in 1997, Pitt called out The
Devil’s Own, in which he starred as an undercover IRA terrorist opposite Harrison Ford. Pitt told Newsweek: “We had no script. Well, we had a great script, but it got tossed
for various reasons.” According to Pitt, the cast and crew were
forced “to make something up” as they went along, a move that Pitt called the most irresponsible
bit of filmmaking that he had ever seen. He also called out then-head of Columbia studios,
Mark Canton, for forcing production to continue. Pitt apparently regretted his comments shortly
afterwards, however, adding in a follow-up interview: “Everyone was working hard. We weren’t trying to just throw out a crap
film. You know, we were doing our best.” The Indiana Jones series is nearly a perfect
franchise with the exception of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, that is. Although to be fair, Crystal Skull actually
did pretty well when it came out in 2008, at least box office-wise. But in the years since, it’s come under severe
scrutiny for its supposed betrayal of the classic Indiana Jones spirit. In fact, Shia LaBeouf, who played a motorcycle
punk named Mutt, said that both he and director Steven Spielberg had “dropped the ball” on
the movie. In 2018, he went back on the attack again,
this time taking aim at the oft-mocked, Michael Bay-directed Transformers franchise that made
him a star. LeBeouf told Esquire: “My hang-up with those films was that they
felt irrelevant. […] You come up on these stories about Easy
Rider and Raging Bull and De Niro and Scorsese and Hopper, and you find value in what they
do. Meanwhile, you’re chasing energon crystals.” After getting his fill of blockbusters, LaBeouf
moved toward performance art but many still remember him as a guy who bit the hand that
fed him. Long before he took the role of the Caped
Crusader, Robert Pattinson launched his career with a batty role of another kind. Quite notoriously, Pattinson got his big break
playing a vampire in the Twilight series although Edward Cullen was more sparkly than sinister. Based on a series of YA novels, the Twilight
franchise was loved and loathed with almost equal passion… and Pattinson found himself
firmly on the latter side of the equation. In interviews during the saga’s many press
tours, his comments tended to range from anywhere between bewildered… “A lot of stuff in the Twilight world that
doesn’t make any sense.” …to frustrated… “I hardly get to do any vampire stuff. I mean, I really don’t get to kill anyone. really wanna kill some people.” …to outright belligerent. “The story’s just so serious or so melodramatic… I mean it’s literally like life or death
all the time.” Since the final installment came out in 2012,
Pattinson has mostly stuck to more artistic movies. However, he’s managed to find a few positive
things about Twilight since then, admitting that since the intensity around the films
has died down, he has learned to appreciate fans’ enjoyment of it far more. He even found one part of the film that he
enjoyed, telling USA Today: “[New Moon] genuinely does have an incredible
good soundtrack. I completely forgot, but the soundtracks were
quite ahead of their time.” Jamie Lee Curtis impressed fans and critics
alike when she returned to Haddonfield in 2018’s Halloween. But even though Curtis has also starred in
classics like A Fish Called Wanda and True Lies, her Hollywood record isn’t exactly spotless. According to Curtis, the worst movie she ever
made was Virus, a movie about a tugboat crew that stumbles upon an almost abandoned ship
before things get all kinds of crazy. While the premise might sound awesome, critics
hated the film, and Curtis clearly wasn’t happy with it, either. In 2012, she told IGN that when she and her
movie star friends compare bad movies, Virus is her trump card. She explained: “That’s the only good reason to be in bad
movies. Then when your friends have [bad] movies you
can say ‘Ahhhh, I’ve got the best one.’ I’m bringing Virus.” When you’ve got a career as long and varied
as Michelle Pfeiffer’s, you’re bound to have starred in a dud every now and again. Luckily, Pfeiffer’s low point came at the
very start of her career and it probably would’ve been forgotten if it hadn’t also happened
to be a sequel to one of the most beloved movies of all time. Pfeiffer starred as Pink Lady Stephanie in
Grease 2, four years after the original movie musical came out. After many misfires during production, the
movie barely made back its budget. In 2007, she told MovieWeb: “I hated that film with a vengeance and could
not believe how bad it was. At the time, I was young and didn’t know any
better. I hear it’s a cult movie now.” Thankfully, her next film was Scarface which
did a little better but Pfeiffer admits she wouldn’t mind going back to Rydell High. Discussing the prospect of another Grease
movie, she explained to MovieWeb: “I would love to play the school principal. She is fun and has some great put-down lines.” Ben Affleck already had a long list of dubious
movies under his belt before he strapped on the utility belt to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s
much maligned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But of all his awful films, Affleck hates
Daredevil the most. This 2003 adaptation of the Marvel comic is
despised by every human being who’s ever stepped inside a movie theater but the man who loathes
it the most is definitely its leading man. Before the release of Batman v Superman, Affleck
explained that part of the reason he wanted to play a superhero again was because he wanted
a second chance at the genre. During his appearance at TimeTalks, he explained: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one
of these movies and do it right to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.” Unfortunately, his shot at the Batman franchise
didn’t quite deliver the redemption he’d wished for, as the movie was widely panned by critics
— but hey, it could have been worse. “I missed.” In 2018, when The New York Times asked Davis
if there was a job she wished she’d taken, Viola Davis reworked the question to dish
on a job she wished she’d turned down and that was the role of Aibileen, a black maid
working in 1960s Mississippi who joins the Civil Rights Movement in 2011’s The Help. Davis was quick to praise her co-stars and
director Tate Taylor before getting to the reason behind her regret. As she put it: “I just felt that at the end of the day, that
it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard.” According to Davis, the film, which was supposed
to be about black women working and raising children in 1963, didn’t really put their
stories front and center. Davis was actually nominated for an Oscar
for the role, but there’s a good chance she’d rather just forget it ever happened. Alec Baldwin isn’t exactly known for holding
back his opinions, and that goes just the same when it comes to his own work. One of the films he’s taken aim at is 2012’s
Rock of Ages, a movie based on a stage musical that features a loose plot constructed around
covers of classic rock songs. The movie failed to rock critics’ worlds,
and no one was less surprised than Baldwin who admitted that those co-stars were why
he’d signed up in the first place. In 2013, Baldwin told New Yorker editor David
Remnick: “It was a complete disaster. A week in you go, ‘Oh God, what have I done?'” Indeed, in 2011, before filming had even begun,
Baldwin asked New Line to replace him. Supposedly this was due to an unspecified
medical condition, but given that Baldwin thinks he made what he called “a horrible
movie,” it could well have been a premonition of the flop to come. This theory seems especially valid, given
that Baldwin also claimed actors know full well when they have a dud on their hands. He explained: “The plane is buffeting. The engine is on fire.” Millions of kids may have grown up wanting
to be G.I. Joe, but when Channing Tatum got the chance,
he was actually less than thrilled. In 2015, six years after G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra came out, Tatum told
Howard Stern that, after receiving the script, he found himself a little less than thrilled
at the idea of taking the role. “But do you have no option to no option, or
do they say you’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.” He also admitted to being wary of the role
in the first place, because he’d been such a fan of the show during his youth. “I don’t wanna do something that one I’m
a fan of, like I watched it every morning growing up.” He explained to Stern that, after his first
movie role in 2005’s Coach Carter, he signed a three-picture deal with Paramount. They cashed in part of that deal with G.I. Joe, and informed Tatum that they would sue
him if he refused to make the film. Luckily, Tatum’s career recovered and in 2015,
he was the 13th highest-paid actor in the world. But G.I. Joe wasn’t done with him after Cobra: perhaps
unfortunately for Tatum, he also went on to appear in the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. While he may have found superstardom with
roles in classic movies like The Terminator and Predator, Arnold Schwazenegger still starred
in a few duds in his time. In 1985, Arnie appeared in Red Sonja, which
was supposed to be the story of a vengeful female warrior even though Arnie got top billing. Confusingly, although the character of Red
Sonja originally appeared as a sidekick for Conan the Barbarian in Marvel comics, and
Schwarzenegger had already played Conan twice by this point, Red Sonja finds actor playing
a totally different sword-wielding, muscle-bound warrior named Kalidor. Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger’s performance
was less than charming. The New York Times pointed out that his character,
quote, “might as well have been played by a maple tree”, and Schwarzenegger seems to
agree. He once said of the flick: “It’s the worst film I have ever made. Now when my kids get out of line, they’re
sent to their room and forced to watch Red Sonja ten times. I never have too much trouble with them.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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