13 Actors Who Completely Trashed Their Own Movie
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Even though they get paid millions of dollars and get more free gift bags than you can imagine, actors are not always happy with how things turn out for them. And that’s usually because sometimes they find themselves in shitty movies. And while most actors will bite their tongue and cash in their checks so they can buy more lavish rugs and face products, there are some actors that just have to speak their mind.
Check out 13 actors that took it upon themselves to completely shit on their own movie.
1. Mark Wahlberg – The Happening
Seems like the “Marky Mark” decision isn’t the only thing that Mark Wahlberg regrets, as starring in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening happens to be another thing Wahlberg wishes he could take back. Just take a look at what he said:
“The Happening. Fuck it. It is what it is. Fucking trees, man. The plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”
Blame the fucking plants, Mark. Wahlberg did go on to star in a “Transformer” movie, so look for another statement of regret soon.
2. Will Smith – Wild Wild West
Smith is probably still bummed out that he turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix,” but something tells me he’s even more bummed out that he found himself in the shitfest that was Wild Wild West.
“Smoke and mirrors in marketing and sales is over. People are going to know really quickly and globally whether a product keeps its promises. I consider myself a marketer. My career has been strictly being able to sell my products globally, and it’s now in the hand of fans. I have to be in tune with their needs and not trick them into going to see Wild Wild West,” Smith said.
Smith tricked enough people because WWW made over $200 million worldwide, but it still remains one of the worst movies of the ’90s.
3. Halle Berry – Catwoman
Halle Berry had the honor of starring in arguably the worst superhero movie ever. Catwoman picked up a bunch of Razzies, including for worst picture and worst actress — an award that Berry was there to accept. And this was what Berry said in her acceptance speech:
“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh–, god-awful movie.”
Yep. That pretty much says it all.
4. Brad Pitt – The Devils Own
Even one of the most popular actors on the planet can make a shit film, and Brad Pitt accepts the fact he did. And boy, he let everyone know how terrible it was:
“To have to make something up as you go along — Jesus, what pressure! It was ridiculous. It was the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking — if you can even call it that — that I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t know why anyone would want to continue making that movie. We had nothing. The movie was the complete victim of this drowning studio head [Mark Canton] who said, ‘I don’t care. We’re making it. I don’t care what you have. Shoot something.'”
Don’t worry about Pitt. He went on to do pretty well for himself after this 1997 miscue.
5. Sylvester Stallone – Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!
One of the biggest action stars ever, and the mind behind “Rocky,” definitely had his share of missteps in his career, but Sylvester Stallone has one misstep that tops them all. Check out what Sly said about a certain 1992 movie he made:
“People didn’t expect me in comedies or musicals. I made some truly awful movies. ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes!”
All is now well since Stallone made quite the comeback.
6. Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
Katherine Heigl sure is a fan of putting her own foot in her mouth, and she’s done it enough times that it has pretty much ruined her career. Although Heigl wasn’t a fan of Knocked Up, the movie that pushed her into stardom:
“It was a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, 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 percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”
Heigl can now be seen marketing cat litter.
7. James Franco – Annapolis
Franco is clearly someone who continues to take risks out in the film world, but agreeing to star in 2006’s “Annapolis” is one career movie Franco admits was the wrong one:
“I was at that point trying to run my career as a ‘careerist. That’s one of the reasons I did ‘Annapolis’: not because I liked it at all, but because I thought it was an honorable leading man or something like that. I ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie.”
I’m pretty shocked that a movie involving Tyrese Gibson and Donnie Wahlberg wasn’t any good.
8. Charlize Theron – Reindeer Games
‘Reindeer Games’ was not a good movie.”
Theron could have a second career as a movie critic.
9. Ben Affleck – DareDevil
“I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result [of ‘Batman v Superman’] would be another ‘Daredevil,’ I’d be out there picketing myself. Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it? The only movie I actually regret is ‘Daredevil.’ It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do ‘Batman.'”
And while BvS wasn’t quite a gem, it is Gone with the Wind when compared to Daredevil.
10. Shia LaBeouf – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Shia is an interesting dude, and at his peak he found himself in one of the most anticipated sequels ever. And what happened? Well, he just ended up swinging on treetops with monkeys. Although, Shia does take some of the blame:“
You can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do itI….He’s [Spielberg] done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”
That shook up Shia a bit, as he ended up starring in two more horrible “Transformers” sequels afterwards.
11. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Red Sonja
While his buddy Sly regrets some of his film choices, Arnold does as well. But if you were thinking “Jingle All The Way” was the film he regrets, you would be way off. Just take a look at what he had to say about the 1985 film Red Sonja
“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’ 10 times. I never have too much trouble with them.”
That’s a harsh punishment, Arnie.
12. Jamie Lee Curtis – Virus
Before she was telling people that Activia yogurt helps you shit, Jamie Lee Curtis was part of a shit film: Virus. And she had no issue voicing that:
“That’s a piece of s**t movie. It’s an unbelievably bad movie; just bad from the bottom.”
Well Jamie, when the movie you’re in also stars William Baldwin, you’re pretty much screwed from the start.
13. George Clooney – Batman & Robin
How can you make this list and not talk about the numerous times George Clooney has commented and apologized for the garbage pile that Batman & Robin”is? Just take a look at some of the things he has said about that infamous film:
“I always apologize for ‘Batman & Robin.’ 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.”
“I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the NYCC main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that.”
Sorry George, we can’t forgive you.