There are many reasons that push an actor to feel ashamed for a film role played during his career: whether it is for a superficiality in the choice of scripts, for a performance unconvincing or for personal reasons, it doesn’t matter: when a role does not convince its interpreter in the first place, then there is a problem. In fact, today we want to tell you about some actors who have publicly declared that they have bitterly regretted having starred in a film, from Shia LaBeouf to Jim Carrey.
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Shia LaBeouf – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
A long time has passed since the beginning of his career on Disney Channel: the promising actor made famous by the saga of Transformers seems to have done everything to get away from the heights of Hollywood and pursue independent cinema. Over the years, the actor, who has repeatedly expressed problematic attitudes during interviews and on the set of his films, he has stated in several situations that he regrets some roles from the past, one of all that of Mutt William in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. On various occasions, the actor has in fact reserved words of contempt for the film and for his own interpretation. For example, already in May 2010 he declared al Los Angeles Times That the film had clear problems in writing and directing, mocking some scenes in the film. Nonetheless, the actor remained humble by placing much of the blame for the flop on himself.
2016 will be the year in which LaBeouf will double the dose, asserting that he considers Steven Spielberg (the director of the saga) more like a director of a company than a real director, even if he later retracted his statement.
Robert Pattinson – Twilight
The great interpretations to which he has accustomed us in recent years have convinced us of his talent, but there are many who still cannot dissociate the image of Robert Pattinson from that of Edward Cullenthe glittering vampire of Twilight. Having played this role is currently considered by Pattinson as a curse that follows him years after the release of the last film in the saga. In a 2020 interview, the actor came to define the film in question as “strange and disgusting”: in particular, the actor has never managed to understand what the romance of the film consisted of:
“(…) Twilight revolves around this guy: he finds the one girl he wants to be with and he wants to eat her, I mean, not eat her, but drink her blood or something. It’s not that other people tell him they can’t be together, it’s his own body that’s telling him.“.
To make matters worse, Pattinson defined his character as “a manic-depressive who hates himself. He is a 108-year-old virgin, so it’s pretty obvious that there are serious problems.“.
Jessica Alba – Fantastic Four
Jessica Alba has never hidden that she hated playing the role of Susan Stormthe Invisible Woman, within the two films dedicated to Fantastic 4. Just think that after shooting the sequel to the cinecomic, the actress almost considered giving up the acting world altogether. The actress has in fact suffered on the set since castingwhen to look more like the comic book version of her character she was forced to dye her hair blonde, wear blue contact lenses and become a person, far from herself. The woman would also have been treated poorly by the director who would have asked her to put her beauty before acting: “Can you be prettier while you cry? Cry more gracefully, Jessica“. An experience that Alba would only like to archive.
Jim Carrey – Kick-Ass 2
Jim Carrey is known for his outrageous and exaggerated performances: caricatured roles that have captured us thanks to a unique style in the world.
Till today Jim Carrey however he admits that he regretted having played the character of Sal Bertolinni, aka Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2. Jim Carrey indeed stated on Twitter to feel guilty for the excessive dose of violence shown in the film.
“I shot Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook and now in good conscience I can’t stand that level of violence. My apologies to everyone else involved in the film. I feel no shame about it, but recent events have caused me to change my mind.”
The event mentioned by Jim Carrey concerns a terrible tragedy that occurred on December 14, 2012, when twenty-seven people (twenty of them children) were killed in the elementary school Sandy Hook. Carrey, who was seriously affected by the fact, did not in fact feel at ease in having chosen to appear in a film he considered so violent.
George Clooney – Batman e Robin
After Jim Carrey, we now turn to George Clooney.
Today we almost tend to forget it, but among the many interpreters of Batman we also find George Clooney. If you loved as a child Batman and Robin, our advice is to keep this beautiful memory and never watch this film again, not only aged badly, but also really embarrassing. Of the same thought seems to be George Clooney who is not only ashamed of performancebut that for quite some time he feared he was to blame for the destruction of the franchise. Indeed, Clooney felt relieved when, years later, the figure of Batman was revitalized by Nolan’s films. Despite this, the actor still feels great embarrassment about the role and wishes he’d never chosen to play it.
Alec Baldwin – Rock of Ages
“It was a complete disaster!“
These were the words with which Alec Baldwin described Rock of Ages2012 film and adaptation of the same name musical of Broadway. The actor certainly didn’t reserve any nice words for the film in which he said he participated only to be able to work with the director Adam Shankmanand with the actors Russel Brand e Tom Cruise. However, the realization that the film would be terrible came too late to allow the actor to withdraw: despite having asked the production to find a replacement for him, this was not possible and the actor had to reluctantly participate in the project.
Bill Murray – Garfield
That Bill Murray has always hated voicing the slacker and impertinent cat Garfield is no mystery, given that the man has denied his participation in the project for years. However, what got the laughter the most is why the actor originally apparently chose to accept the part. Behind it all, as reported by Screen Rantthere seems to have been a misunderstanding: Murray having read that the script was signed by Joel Cohen thought he was venturing into a film by the famous film director brothers such as It’s no country for old men o Fargo. A bummer, since Ethan and Joel have last names Coen (without h) and not Cohen.
Halle Berry – Catwoman
“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-s**t, awful movie!”
Halle Berry at the Razzie Awards
These words of reproach would be enough to explain the feeling of hatred and frustration felt by the actress Oscar award against this terrible cinecomic. After this declaration, in which she shared her faults with the other high-sounding names in the cast (from Sharon Stone to Benjamin Bratt), the actress did not express much about Catwoman, which fortunately remained an isolated case of his career. Despite the bad experienceHowever, Halle Berry has not given up on participating in other cine-comics, continuing her role as Storm in the franchise of X-Men.
Ben Affleck – Daredevil
Let’s stay in the cinecomic area, but move on to the Marvel side, especially a Daredevil2005 film he used to see Ben Affleck in the role of the protagonist Matt Murdock. Years later, the actor still feels ashamed of the film’s final rendition. Particularly loving the character, Affleck was in fact not at all satisfied with his own interpretation and in general with the reality represented. In 2013, shortly after winning the role for Batman for DC movies, he had thus spoken about Daredevil.
“It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that he screwed up like that haunts me. Maybe that’s part of my motivation to do Batman“
Alas, the role of the Dark Knight in the DC films was not very successful for Affleck either, but the actor’s willpower remains admirable.
Alec Guinness – Star Wars
That Alec Guinness has never been a fan of his own work in the films of Star Wars it is common knowledge among fans of the franchise. In fact, the British actor has made various statements against the famous space opera over the years. Despite having appreciated the script of the first film, the man has in fact begun to hate the fact that the saga has become a kind of cult that has spread worldwide, capable of influencing young people towards a “endless childish banality“. However, the reason that made him most deny the saga concerns the fact that, due to his interpretation of Obi-Wan Kenobi, his entire long career has been completely reduced to that single role.