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15 Actors Who Hated Their Movie And TV Roles

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“I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was.”


Robert Pattinson is notorious for poking fun at his role as Edward Cullen in Twilight on numerous occasions — and he’s been brutally honest about his opinions on the entire franchise.

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In an interview with Empire magazine, he shared his thoughts about Edward and said, “The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy.” And in an interview with OK, Robert expressed how he thinks the character is a “weirdo.” “If Edward wasn’t a fictional character and you met him in reality, he is like one of those guys who would probably be an axe murderer or something,” he stated. Although, while doing press for The Batman in 2022, Robert jokingly told costar Zoë Kravitz, “It’s not even cool to be a hater anymore…that’s so 2010” about Twilight, so it looks like he’s turned a corner on his iconic role.


When it comes to her role as Marnie in Girls, Allison Williams expressed how she doesn’t always agree with or understand the decisions she makes — and how she probably wouldn’t get along with her character IRL. “Marnie would drive me crazy if we were friends in real life. But I have to put that out of my head in order to play her,” Allison said in an interview with BuzzFeed.


“Like, sleeping with Elijah (Andrew Rannells) is crazy, sleeping with Ray (Alex Karpovsky) is crazy, furiously hitting on Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) when he mentions his girlfriend in their first conversation is crazy.” Allison also found it hard to understand Marnie’s decision to sleep with artist Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone) in Season 2: “I was fighting that the whole time as Allison. I did not want her to go down that road. I thought Marnie was better than that, but she wasn’t, so I had to be OK with it too.”


Colin Farrell played Crockett in Miami Vice, and he made it very clear that he was actually disappointed with the movie. “Miami Vice? I didn’t like it so much,” he said in 2010.

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“I thought it was style over substance and I accept a good bit of the responsibility. It was never going to be Lethal Weapon, but I think we missed an opportunity to have a friendship that also had some elements of fun.” He also added, “It was a very big story and I know that Oliver [Stone, the director] was very rushed to do a cut, but for me it just failed gloriously. It kept in step with the magnitude of Alexander’s ambition and ego.”


Kelly Clarkson played Kelly Taylor in From Justin to Kelly — which became known as a “disaster” and “one of the worst films ever made” — and she shared that she isn’t a fan of the musical either.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kelly was asked if she burned all the copies of the movie, and she said, “No, I think I would have to own it first. But that is something I will look into. I have a little joke with our nanny, because she told me she loves that movie. She was like, ‘My roommate and I used to watch it all the time! I’m totally going to show your daughter From Justin to Kelly.’ I’m like, ‘I will fire you.'”


Justin Guarini, who starred alongside Kelly in the movie and was a runner-up in the first season of American Idol, also opened up about From Justin to Kelly. In an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, Justin flat-out called the movie “abysmal.”

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Channing Tatum didn’t hold back his thoughts when it came to starring in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. “Look, I’ll be honest. I fucking hate that movie. I hate that movie,” he said in an interview with Howard Stern.

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“I was pushed into doing that movie … [After] Coach Carter, they signed me for a three-picture deal … And as a young [actor], you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!'” he explained. “The script wasn’t any good. I didn’t want to do something that I thought was 1) bad, and 2) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.”


In 2005, Halle Berry, who starred in Catwoman, slammed the movie at the 25th annual Razzie Awards, a parody award show that honors the worst movies. “I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-shit, god-awful movie,” she said.

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Troy Bolton may have been almost everyone’s fictional crush from High School Musical in the ’00s, but Zac Efron isn’t very impressed when he looks back at his career during that time. “I step back and look at myself and I still want to kick that guy’s ass sometimes,” he told Men’s Journal.

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“Like, fuck that guy. He’s done some kind of cool things with some cool people —he did that one thing [Neighbors] that was funny — but, I mean, he’s still just that fucking kid from [High School Musical].”


Evangeline Lilly critiqued her character, Kate, in Lost when she made an appearance on The LOST Boys podcast. “I always thought she was obnoxious,” she said.

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“At the beginning, she was kind of cool, and then as the show went on, I felt like she became more and more predictable and obnoxious. I felt that my character went from being autonomous — really having her own story, and her own journey, and her own agendas — to chasing two men around the island, and that irritated the shit out of me. And I did throw scripts across rooms when I’d read them because I’d get very frustrated…”


When it comes to the one and only Han Solo from Stars Wars, Harrison Ford has been very vocal about how much he dislikes his character and how he grew tired of the movie franchise.

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Harrison called Han Solo “dumb as a stump” in 2008. And during an interview with Today for Return of the Jedi, the actor expressed that he’d pretty much reached his limit with Star Wars movies: “I’m glad I did all three of them. I’m glad it brought itself to a natural conclusion, but three is enough for me,” he said. “I was glad to see that costume for the last time.”


Sally Field, who played Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man, shared her opinion on the movie, and let’s just say she ~really~ didn’t like it.

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“It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can’t put ten pounds of shit in a five-pound bag,” she said on The Howard Stern Show.


Andrew Lincoln ~actually~ wasn’t too fond of his character, Mark, in Love Actually — and mentioned how creepy he thinks the character is.

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“In one of the most romantic movies of all time, I got to play the only guy who doesn’t get the girl.” Andrew said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “The story is set up like a prism looking at all the different qualities of love. Mine was unrequited. So I got to be this weird stalker guy.”


Michelle Pfeiffer was super blunt when it came to hating on Grease 2, where she played Stephanie Zinone. In 2007, she revealed, “I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was.”

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“At the time, I was young and didn’t know any better.”


Kate Winslet can’t stand watching herself portray Rose in Titanic and has been quite transparent about it. “Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that?’ Oh my god,” she shared with the Telegraph. “Even my American accent, I can’t listen to it. It’s awful.”

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“Hopefully it’s so much better now. It sounds terribly self-indulgent, but actors do tend to be very self-critical. 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.'”


And finally: The 2012 adaptation of Rock of Ages received mixed reviews from critics, and at the American Magazine Media Conference, Alec Baldwin admitted that he thought the movie was “horrible” and “a complete disaster.”

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In fact, Alec seemed to believe the movie was doomed from the start: “A week in, you go, ‘Oh god, what have I done?’” he added. And in 2011, New Line studio head Toby Emmerich told Deadline that before production began, Alec even asked them to replace him in the adaptation “if at all possible,” but the studio wasn’t able to.