Love and Loathe: Actors You Thought You Hated And Now You Absolutely Admire

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Like any love/hate relationship, it has its very polarized ups and downs. And so it goes with actors you once hated and now admire the living hell out of. Some of our hatred can be traced back more than a couple decades (sorry, Ben Affleck), while others we felt fresh fury for, but the good news is we’ve gotten over our pettiness and slowly built quite an admiration for these actors as they’ve crossed over the hump of loathing to loving to give us some of our favorite roles and hilarious comedies.

In fact, the last 10 years of movies would be stale, pointless junk (as opposed to what it is now: exciting, pointless junk) without these actors we once detested. How’s that for ironic? For the resilience it must take actors who certainly know everyone’s making fun of them to push on and change people’s minds, we say, “Sorry, guys.” Seth Rogen was, once in our minds, a lucky actor slob, but now we see he’s a comedic visionary and our chosen advocate for the legalization of marijuana in our corrupt country when 18 years ago, he was just a freak and a geek. Join us as we celebrate our favorite actors who rose from the depths after being wholly despised, except you, Nic Cage. You’re still too weird for us.

Note: You won’t see any women in here because we love all women, but also we don’t want to genuinely piss you off more than we’re about to.

Love and Loathe: Actors You Thought You Hated And Now You Absolutely Admire

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