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10 Actors Who Couldn’t Hide Hating Their Own Movies:

In the glitzy world of Hollywood, where every project holds the promise of success, there are moments when even the brightest stars find themselves engulfed in disappointment. Despite the initial hope and effort poured into a film, sometimes the final product falls short of expectations. While many choose to remain silent or offer diplomatic praise, there are those courageous few who boldly express their disdain for the movies they once starred in. In a candid exploration of Hollywood's candid confessions, we delve into the stories of 10 actors who openly voiced their dissatisfaction with their own cinematic endeavors.

· Brad Pitt - The Devil’s Own (1997)

In a candid revelation to Newsweek back in 1997, Brad Pitt didn't hold back when discussing his regrettable venture into The Devil's Own. The film, directed by Alan J Pakula, found Pitt in the role of an IRA member entangled with an American policeman, played by Harrison Ford. Despite starting with a promising script, Pitt lamented how the project spiraled into chaos due to unforeseen circumstances. Describing it as a "disaster" and labeling it as "the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking," Pitt's dissatisfaction was palpable. His blunt assessment of the situation highlighted the stark contrast between the initial potential and the eventual disappointment of the film's execution.

· Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up (2007)

Katherine Heigl, though known for her role in "Knocked Up," expressed reservations about the film, labeling it as "a little sexist." She criticized the portrayal of women as shrewd and uptight, while men were depicted as lovable and carefree. Heigl found the characterization exaggerated and admitted struggling with it at times. Eventually, she publicly apologized to the film's director, Judd Apatow, for her remarks.

· Channing Tatum - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

Warning: spoilers ahead. Ever wonder why, in the G.I. Joe sequel Retaliation, Channing Tatum's Duke was killed off so quickly?  Tatum's adamant dislike for the original G.I. Joe film, The Rise of Cobra, is the reason for it. He wants no part of the franchise going forward. He then admitted that, in the first place, he had no desire to be involved with the franchise. Tatum said to Howard Stern, “I’ll be honest. I f—ng hate that movie,” Tatum told Howard Stern. “I was pushed into doing it.”

·          Dakota Johnson - Madame Web (2024)


Usually, when an actor isn't fond of a project they're involved in, they tend to keep their opinions to themselves until they've moved on to their next endeavor. It's uncommon for them to criticize their own film just as it's hitting theaters. However, Dakota Johnson took a different approach with her ill-fated Spider-Man spinoff, Madame Web. Following the release of the film's trailer, Johnson parted ways with her agents. Then, during the subsequent press tour, she was remarkably frank about her dissatisfaction with the final product. Speaking to Bustle, she remarked: "You cannot make art based on numbers and algorithms. My feeling has been for a long time that audiences are extremely smart, and executives have started to believe that they’re not. Audiences will always be able to sniff out bulls—."

· Sarah Jessica Parker – Sex and the City 2 (2010)

"While Sarah Jessica Parker's portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City remains iconic, her feelings toward the second film differ. Speaking at the Vulture festival, she acknowledged the criticisms, admitting, "I can see where we fell short." Parker emphasized her understanding of the financial success of the film, suggesting it's often overlooked in discussions.

· Jennifer Lawrence – Passengers (2016)

Jennifer Lawrence, in an interview with The New York Times, expressed her growing apprehension about her career trajectory following the conclusion of The Hunger Games franchise. Reflecting on her involvement in Passengers, a sci-fi film alongside Chris Pratt, Lawrence questioned the decision-making process that led to its creation. She recounted a conversation with Adele, who had warned her against taking on the project, likening space movies to the overdone trend of vampire movies. Lawrence ruefully admitted that she should have heeded Adele's advice.

· Ben Affleck – Daredevil (2003)

Ben Affleck's disdain for "Daredevil" surpasses that of most critics. In a candid interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2007, the actor bluntly stated, "Daredevil didn’t work at all." He expressed a willingness to forgo politeness in expressing his dissatisfaction, hinting at the severity of his disappointment. Despite the setback, Affleck ventured into the superhero genre once more, this time portraying Bruce Wayne in "Suicide Squad" and "Batman v Superman," yielding somewhat improved yet still lackluster outcomes.

· Jim Carrey - Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

During the period between the filming of Kick-Ass 2 and its eventual release, a tragic school shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, deeply affecting one of the film's leading actors, Jim Carrey. Just before the movie's scheduled premiere in the summer of 2013, Carrey took to Twitter to express his concerns, stating that he could no longer endorse the film due to its level of violence. He apologized to his colleagues involved in the project for his decision.

· Ryan Reynolds - Green Lantern (2011)

Ryan Reynolds has extended his mockery of the notorious Green Lantern movie beyond mere interviews. He now openly ridicules it within his other film projects. In Deadpool 2, a post-credits scene features a moment where a character portrayed by Reynolds gazes affectionately at the Green Lantern script, only to have Deadpool, another character played by Reynolds, shoot him in the head, showering the script with brain matter.

· Megan Fox – Transformers (2007)

at the box office, it has consistently faced criticism from reviewers. Megan Fox, in particular, has been vocal about her dissatisfaction with the films. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she remarked that the movies were not focused on acting. Additionally, Fox had previously criticized director Michael Bay, likening his behavior on set to that of Hitler and describing him as a nightmare to work with. However, she later retracted her statement, attributing it to "righteous anger" that should not have been made public.

Written by Yasmine LAMNANI-IDRISSI


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