Film: 10 Actors who hate their own roles/movies
A lot has been made of Daniel Craig’s supposed hatred for James Bond. In recent weeks, the veteran Brit has said some headline-worthy things suggesting his tenure as Bond is not as plush as his films seem to be.
Craig has said things like “I’d rather slash my wrists” when asked if he would return to the role. A lot of people took this as confirmation that Craig has finally left the role with Spectre being his final film. But we must not forget that Craig still has one more film on his contract. He may want to slash his wrists now, which is understandable following a stressful Hollywood set, but two years from now when he returns, he’ll be in high spirits.
But the scandalous headlines and stories had me thinking: what other stars have hated the roles and films that they so famously brought to the big screen? There’s a lot more than you would think.
Sean Connery/James Bond
Daniel Craig isn’t the only star to hate playing the suave British spy. Sean Connery, the man some consider as the quintessential James Bond, hates the character and what it did to his career. Connery admits that the role made him a household name thus providing fame and fortune but it hampered the rest of the career, with audiences seeing James Bond and not Sean Connery. Connery has said things like “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him” and even donated his last paycheck as James Bond to charity in spite of the performance. And when the iconic spy celebrated his 50th anniversary on the big screen, Connery refused to help promote the franchise. Other Bonds, Sir Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, did celebrate the birthday but Connery was nowhere to be seen. Not only does Connery dislike the role, he hates the money that came with it. MGM paid Connery only $3 million for the six films he starred in. that’s pocket change for a franchise worth billions of dollars. Connery hated the financial stance so much that he starred in a separate Bond film, absent of MGM, and at the same time Roger Moore’s Octopussy was being released. It was a finger to the Bind producers and a way to flaunt his power. So, whilst we may have fond memories of Sean Connery as James Bond, it seems the shtrong shcottich shtar doesn’t.
For a 19 year old like myself, there are three quintessential iterations of Superman. My parents’ endearing and fantastic Christopher Reeve, my guilty pleasure Smallville Clark Kent and the better-than-anyone-gives-him-credit-for Henry Caviill in Man of Steel. But the first live action Superman was George Reeves. Reeves, an established star with roles in Gone with the Wind and So Proudly We Hail!, hated his time as Superman so much that he some think his suicide came as a result. Reeves differs from Sean Connery in the sense that he was already established as a star before Superman but the effect was the same. After The Adventures of Superman TV series, Reeves, a once respect actor, was the guy in a black and white suit flying around. As a result Reeves began calling the role “beneath his dignity”. And, much like Connery, Reeves was very unhappy with the money behind the role. Each episode of the show was made on a dirt cheap budget – $15,000 an episode – and the actors were paid with leftovers – Reeves got $200 every episode. And the role forced Reeves into doing laborious cereal commercials for Kellog’s, the show’s sponsor. However, Reeves did decide to return as Superman in a TV series, presumably unable to get other roles, but not long before shooting himself. A sense of irony then that Reeves came back to the bulletproof role that led to his bloody suicide.
Christopher Plummer/The Sound of Music/Captain Von Trapp
The Sound of Music is a stone cold classic. It has iconic songs, dance numbers and performances from the likes of Julie Andrews and Eleanor Parker. But one of the film’s leads, Christopher Plummer, hates the film. The Sound of Music reaffirmed Julie Andrews’ stock in Hollywood and made Plummer a powerhouse. The hugely successful musical has allowed Plummer a long and illustrious career. Plummer describes his character, Captain Von Trapp, as humourless and boring and his time playing the character akin to “flogging a dead horse.” And on other occasions, Plummer has said that Von Trapp isn’t “human enough” and “sucked massive sweaty donkey balls.” What’s more is that Plummer doesn’t even like the finished product, calling it “awful and sentimental and gooey.” Plummer doesn’t even refer to the film by name, instead opting for “that movie” or “S&M” or even “The Sound of Mucus”. You have to hand it to Plummer, he may hate the role and the film but at least he’s having fun with it. I for one think “S&M” is an improvement and no doubt the reboot title.
Robert Pattinson/Twilight/Edward Cullen
Pattinson became the poster boy for every repressed teenage girl following the release of Twilight. Incidentally, he also became the most popular boxing bag cover for men – funny how that works. Regardless, Pattinson has hated the role from the get go. Even before the first film was released, now that’s real hatred, Pattinson said this of Edward Cullen: “I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him.” It is no wonder Pattinson hates the role considering it led to a doomed relationship with Kristen Stewart and laboured the actually promising young star with the ludicrous tabloid name, R-Patz. I mean, if my name was Robert Pattinson, I would prefer Bert-P. Pattinson even goes one step further when hating the character, dissing the novel’s author Stephanie Meyer by calling her creepy and expressing his surprise that the book even got published.
George Clooney/Batman & Robin/Bruce Wayne
I think everyone hates this role and this movie as a whole so I don’t really need to bash it with a shovel anymore. But I love bashing so lets get on with it. Joel Schumacher’s Batman films not only killed a character for nearly a decade, it pretty much killed the popular superhero genre. What’s even worse was that Schumacher was planning a third Batman film, Batman Triumphant, to round out his abomination. Presumably, Schumacher wanted his legacy to be a fully-fledged shit rather than a turtlehead. And Clooney has made it no secret that he hated his time as Batman and how he completely ruined the character. Clooney is refreshingly truthful when he talks about the film, saying “It was a difficult film to be good in. With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go ‘Woah, that was really shit and I was really bad in it.’” And the fantastic filmmaker has gone on record to apologise on more than one occasion and jokes that he will never stop apologising for the film. Clooney and audiences hate the role so much that the actor basically skipped comic-con for 15 years until Tomorrowland amidst the hatred for his Bruce Wayne. But at least, Clooney can be a peach about it.
Jessica Alba/Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer/Sue Storm
To ludicrous thing about Jessica Alba hating her role in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is that she actually considers what she did in that film, acting, Alba is not an actress but rather a face for us to look at. Her beauty is not debateable, her acting ability is. But the stories surrounding Rise of the Silver are just too funny to ignore. Alba calls the film the “low point” of her ‘career’ – that ‘career’ was me not Alba – considering Tim Story, the film’s director, actually CGI’d in tears because Alba’s crying was not “pretty enough”. Now that is some sexist, misogynistic bullshit. I didn’t see Story CGI the entire film because it was not “good enough”. Double standards there my man. But who am I to judge Tim Story, the guy has gone to direct iconic films like Think Like a Man, Ride Along and Hurricane Season. I’m sure those films will stand the test of time. Alba reportedly met the CGI tears with a defiant “F-ck it. I don’t care about this business anymore.”
Not this is a pretty funny turn of events with Bill Murray agreeing to voice Garfield after hearing the film was written by Joel Cohen. Unfortunately for Murray, the Joel Cohen in question is not one half of the famous Cohen brothers writing team but rather the Joel Cohen of Daddy Day Care and Evan Almighty fame. You could say that Murray boarded Garfield in a case of real life Lost in Translation. I’ll file that one. Murray has regretted the role of Garfield for some time and has turned in terrific performances ever since to wipe away the furry stench. Having said that, Murray did come back for a Garfield sequel, presumably because the producers bent him over a contract obligated barrel and showed him the fifty states.
Arnold Schwarzenegger/Red Sonja
A-Shwarz has made some terrible movies in his career but has always passed them by with another badass role the next time around. To most audiences, Nold-Neggar is the Terminator or Conan or even Danny DeVito’s good-looking older brother. And I don’t think anyone considers Red Sonja one of Schwarznegger’s best films. Even Schwarzneggar hates the film. He delivered this powerful statement: “It’s the worst film I have ever made. When my kids get out of line, they’re sent to their rooms and forced to watch Red Sonja 10 times. I never had too much trouble with them.” When you start using your own films as a form of torture, you know the film was really bad. Ironically, following the outrage of waterboarding, the US government uses Red Sonja and Mister Freeze’s cold puns in Guantanamo Bay.
Bob Hoskins/Super Mario Bros/Mario
We lost the enigmatic Bob Hoskins last year but were never allowed to lose the woefully terrible Super Mario Bros. And if Hoskins had any regrets on his deathbed, I have a sneaky feeling all of them would have either been Super Mario Bros or revolved around it. In an interview with the Guardian, Hoskins was asked what his worst job was. Hoskins replied Super Mario Bros. He was then asked what was his biggest disappointment. Hoskins replied Super Mario Bros. And finally, Hoskins was asked what’s one thing he would change if he could go back. Hoskins replied with, you guessed it, Super Mario Bros. Alas, lets just watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit? again. That masterpiece usually reduces Super Mario Bros. into a frightful shroom trip.
Alec Guinness/Star Wars/Obi-Wan Kenobi
Alec Guinness was a huge star before his role as Obi-Wan in a small little sci-fi adventure titled Star Wars. The veteran actor had already starred in The Bridge over the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia but it was Star wars that enamoured him to sweaty geeks everywhere. Guinness was so surprised by the role’s popularity that he asked a fan to never watch Star wars again after the fan declared watching it over 100 times. Guinness even hated the film and role during production, saying the following: “Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it’s not an acting job, the dialogue – which is lamentable – keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young.” Guinness and Star Wars is perhaps the most famous case of star hating film, which is ironic considering how big the character, the film and the move came to be. I mean the film even spawned a religion. Now that would piss Alec Guinness off righteously.