It’s easy to think that actors enjoy all the films they work on, but that’s just being naive. I think it’s a job, like any other; sure, you may be passionate about it, but there are those days when you just hate everything about a given project. Whether it is because they feel that their individual performance is below what they expect of themselves, or that the script was not as good as it could have been or perhaps, some actors ended up absolutely hating a particular case.
In many cases, the film in question can be very surprising because it will often be the role that an actor is most well known for, or it was a character we all love. Nonetheless, here are 10 actors who hated some particular roles. Some are quite surprising!
10. Jackie Chan – Rush Hour
Jackie Chan has appeared mostly in martial arts films, showing off his prowess in fighting and stunt work; he always makes me smile. He is probably best known in the Western world for his role in the Rush Hour film series, rather than his more serious work. However, Chan has stated that he never really understood Rush Hour for its American humor, or enjoyed the story and action sequences.
9. Alec Guinness – Star Wars
Alec Guinness was a prolific and very talented actor who had appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, as well as having a promising stage career. Unfortunately for Guinness, he is known almost exclusively by the vast majority of people for his work in Star Wars as Obi Wan Kenobi. He also hated the dialogue and story of the films, refused to do any promotion for them, and only reprised his role thanks to Lucas doubling his pay.
8. Sean Connery – James Bond
Sean Connery is perhaps most famous for the film that gave him his big break in acting. Before that, he had only had minor bit roles in unsuccessful films. The Scottish actor was never fond of the James Bond movies, despite the fame and fortune they brought his way, and in particular, hated playing the spy. He also complained that the plots of the films were becoming increasingly wacky and that the franchise had become something of a parody of itself.
7. Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is a classic film that has had a huge effect on the movie industry, due its popularity and the fact that it essentially saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy after the huge budget of Cleopatra. Because of this, it is the film that Christopher Plummer is best remembered for, despite the fact that he has appeared in over 100 different films.
6. Kate Winslet – Titanic
Kate Winslet has appeared in starring roles in a number of high profile films throughout her career, but the biggest profile movie she has worked in is undoubtedly Titanic. The film went on to become one of the most successful of all time, but Winslet has said on multiple occasions that she is not a fan. The reasons for this are varied, including the fact that she suffered numerous injuries during filming, including a near death experience whereby she reportedly almost drowned.
5. Megan Fox – Transformers
While Megan Fox has always been open about the fact that the Transformers movies launched her career in Hollywood and brought her plenty of success, she has also been very clear that she pretty much hated working on them and in particular, disliked her relationship with director Michael Bay. She criticized his professionalism and explained how the two were constantly arguing on set.
4. Crispin Glover – Back to the Future
Crispin Glover will be relatively unknown to most people, but he is recognizable for his role in the hit movie, Back to the Future. The actor though, has said in interviews that he has an issue with the film in that the message at the end seems to be a bad one. Glover explained how it is a bad message to have the characters become rich at the end of movie, as a reward for doing the right thing in the rest of the story.
3. Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
While Katherine Heigl has been a relatively successful television actor, having recurring and main roles in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and State of Affairs, she has struggled to have successful major parts in movies. One of the most critically acclaimed films she has appeared in was Knocked Up. She dislikes her character and the overall message. Her main gripes are that she believes the film is sexist for the way it portrays her character compared to the men.
2. Angus T. Jones – Two and a Half Men
Angus T. Jones appeared in Two and a Half Men for several years, earning up to $300,000 an episode, starring alongside Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer. In 2012 though, the child actor revealed that he no longer wanted to work on the show and urged others to stop watching it. This was largely due to the fact that many of the messages and themes of the show were in conflict with his recent Christian beliefs.
1. Jake Lloyd – Star Wars
You will most likely recognize the face of Jake Lloyd but might have trouble placing the name, and that is because the 25-year-old retired from acting in 2001, having appeared in just a handful of movies. You might think that getting cast as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode 1 would have launched his career, but Jake disagrees. He cites George Lucas as ruining his childhood for the constant bullying he received from classmates for appearing in the film, and the large amount of promotional work he had to carry out before and after the movie released.