Actors Who Later Disliked Their Most Iconic Roles

Jun 18, 2021Roshanak

Some actors start to regret their biggest roles, even if they were given awards for them. Others end up ashamed because it was problematic, like the time Gwyneth Paltrow wore a fat suit. Sean Connery hates having played one of the most iconic characters of all time. Fellow thespians from Star Wars can relate. Even Alec Baldwin said, “Oh God, what have I done?” after a particular movie came out.

Image Credits: Walt Disney Television/High School Musical

VIOLA DAVIS – THE HELP

This one is almost hard to believe as it’s one of her roles, and she was even nominated for an Academy Award. However, the actress feels that the public did not hear the voice of the character enough. “I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963. I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie,” she revealed in 2018.

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Image Credits: DreamWorks Pictures/The Help

IDRIS ELBA – THE WIRE

Idris Elba regretted her role in HBO’s The Wire despite being critically praised for it. The actor thinks that people shouldn’t glamorize intelligent criminals. He said that these people were not cool, especially as they affected a whole community due to illegal substances.

Image Credits: HBO/The Wire

DANIEL CRAIG – JAMES BOND

Although James Bond is one of the most iconic characters of all time, it seems that he would not return for anymore. When asked if he would appear on the 25th film of the franchise, he colorfully said that it would better to die. “No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on,” Craig added. However, he was later offered more money and accepted the role again.

Image Credits: Eon Productions/Quantum of Solace

RYAN REYNOLDS – GREEN LANTERN

Green Lantern might be one of the biggest flops in Ryan Reynolds’ career. "It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me, so I was excited to try and take part in it," the actor explained. Luckily, he bounced back and is now recognized for Deadpool.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/Green Lantern

HALLE BERRY – CATWOMAN

Berry is another Hollywood actress that regrets her role in a superhero film. She even received her Razzie Award, a Golden Raspberry, in person. "Thank you so much. I never in my life thought I would be up here. He loves me so much that he convinces me to do projects even when he knows that it is s**t,” she said, mocking her Oscar acceptance speech.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/Catwoman

BEN AFFLECK – DAREDEVIL

Affleck also regretted her role as Daredevil. Back in the mid-2000s, it seemed impossible for superhero movies to work well. The story was almost mocking the idea of a man in a red leather outfit. The actor said that it “didn’t work at all.” Luckily, he moved on to play Batman, and fans are hoping to revive the Snyderverse soon.

Image Credits: Marvel Entertainment/Daredevil

SYLVESTER STALLONE – STOP, OR MOM WILL SHOOT

Stallone is one of the best action stars in history, but he regrets making Stop, or Mom Will Shoot. It was a trite cop comedy alongside Estelle Getty, which might appear great in theory but didn’t work at all. The actor believes that it’s one of the worst movies ever made in the universe.

Image Credits: Northern Lights Entertainment/Stop, or Mom Will Shoot

SARAH JESSICA PARKER – SEX AND THE CITY 2

Although HBO’s Sex and the City franchise was hugely popular, the sequel did not receive as much love as they desired. Interestingly, it made a lot of money, but Parker accepted all the critiques that came with it. There’s a revival in the works, and maybe, everything will be better this time.  

Image Credits: HBO Films/Sex and the City 2

PAUL NEWMAN – THE SILVER CHALICE

Paul Newman is still considered one of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history. Despite receiving a couple of Oscar nominations, the actor hated The Silver Chalice and called it the worst film made in the 1950s. Newman even made ads on TV urging people not to see it.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/The Silver Chalice

COLIN FARRELL – MIAMI VICE

Although Farrell’s Miami Vice was a box-office success, the actor never thought much of the film. "Miami Vice? I didn't like it so much. I thought it was style over substance, and I accept a good bit of the responsibility,” he explained. Did you enjoy it?

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/Miami Vice

BRAD PITT – THE DEVIL’S OWN

While Brad Pitt is now an Academy Award-winning actor, he made some questionable movie decisions decades ago in his career. In 1997, the actor criticized his film The Devil’s Own, calling it a huge tragedy. He also said it was “irresponsible filmmaking.” Clearly, it’s one of his biggest regrets.

Image Credits: Columbia Pictures/The Devil’s Own

JIM CARREY – KICK-ASS 2

Unfortunately, this film was released a few months after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in 2012. Afterward, Carrey apologized to his Twitter followers for the movie's violence and said that he could not support it anymore. The actor is an advocate for gun control.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/Kick-Ass 2

CHARLIZE THERON – REINDEER GAMES

Theron is another Oscar-winning actress on this list, and one of her biggest regrets is her film Reindeer Games, which co-stars Ben Affleck. She called it an awful movie. However, the actress appreciated the opportunity to work with John Frankenheimer. So, it wasn’t a total waste in the end.

Image Credits: Dimension Films/Reindeer Games

SALLY FIELD – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Although they were planning to make it into a huge cinematic universe separate from The Avengers, Andrew Garfield's version of Spider-Man was clearly not the best. However, after that didn’t happen, and Sally Field was probably glad about that, as she told Howard Stern that the characters in the story were too flat.

Image Credits: Marvel Entertainment/The Amazing Spider-Man

JOSH BROLIN – JONAH HEX

Josh Brolin made for the perfect Thanos, but he has also played other comic-book characters. Jonah Hex was one of them, but it was not enjoyed by the public at all. The actor explained that almost everyone involved wanted to drop the film until director Jimmy Hayward came along. In the end, they couldn’t make it work, but Brolin said that if he would remake it again properly if given a chance.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/Jonah Hex

JAMES FRANCO – YOUR HIGHNESS

James Franco has portrayed many questionable characters that he probably regrets to this day. After the success of Pineapple Express, the same team gathered to make another comedy with Your Highness. Sadly, it was just a bad movie, and Franco cannot deny it.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/Your Highness

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER – RED SONJA

Schwarzenegger is another legendary action star on this list, but the fantasy flick Red Sonja is his biggest regret. The actor joked that he punishes his kids by making them watch the film several times whenever they misbehave. At least, he can joke about it!

Image Credits: Dino De Laurentiis Corporation/Red Sonja

ALEC BALDWIN – ROCK OF AGES

Rock of Ages is the kind of comedy that not everyone enjoys, but Russell Brand was a popular comedian at its release. Baldwin ended up regretting the whole thing. “It was a complete disaster. A week in you go, ‘Oh God, what have I done?'” the actor explained.

Image Credits: New Line Cinema/Rock of Ages

BOB HOSKINS – SUPER MARIO BROS

Video-game film adaptations are not the most popular, and Super Mario Bros from 1993 is pretty odd. When asked about his worst job, disappointment, or regret, Hoskins always mentioned this film. You might remember this actor best for played Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Image Credits: Hollywood Pictures/Super Mario Bros

SEAN CONNERY – JAMES BOND

Can you believe that Connery also regrets playing the character that made him a superstar? While there have been several James Bonds over time, none is as iconic as Connery. After completing Diamonds Are Forever, the actor stated that he would not play 007 again and hates the role with a passion.

Image Credits: Eon Productions/James Bond Franchise

DAVID CROSS – ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED

The third film in the franchise was a “miserable experience,” according to the actor. He revealed that he was legally forced to shoot the movie on a cruise wearing a pelican costume. Cross told fans to avoid it altogether because it was nothing but an advertisement for the Carnival Cruise Line.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

GWYNETH PALTROW – SHALLOW HAL

While Shallow Hal was seen as a feel-good movie when it came out in the 2000s, it’s now seen as problematic. There were too many fat jokes and shaming. Both Paltrow and her co-star, Jack Black, have stated that they felt like sell-outs by making this film. What do you think?

Image Credits: Conundrum Entertainment/Shallow Hal

MICHAEL CAINE – JAWS: THE REVENGE

Caine is another respected actor on this list. Unfortunately, he had to film the fourth movie on the franchise in 1986. He couldn’t even go to the Oscars to receive his Best Supporting Actor Award because he was scheduled on set. A few years later, the actor wrote in his autobiography that he has never seen the movie.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/Jaws: The Revenge

MARLON BRANDO – A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is an American classic, and Marlon Brando played the role of Stanley Kowalski in the film adaptation in 1951. The actor became a star thanks to this movie. However, Brando stated that he always hated the character, especially because it became the standard for a typical “bad boy.”

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/A Streetcar Named Desire

ROBERT PATTINSON – TWILIGHT

Pattinson has become an amazingly respected actor in the last decade. He has not hidden his dislike for the franchise that made him a superstar in the late 2000s. Pattinson explained that he detested the character of Edward Cullen as soon as he read the script. But his disdain allowed him to play him correctly.  

Image Credits: Summit Entertainment/Twilight

KATHERINE HEIGL – KNOCKED UP

Heigl became a huge star by playing Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. She earned movie roles left and right. But after the release of Knocked Up, the actress gained a reputation for being problematic. While promoting the film, she told Vanity Fair, "It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.” The creators and Seth Rogen were not happy with her comments.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/Knocked Up

GEORGE CLOONEY – BATMAN & ROBIN

While the choice of Clooney for Batman seemed inspired, Batman & Robin was definitely not well-received by audiences. The actor even joked that he had been disinvited from Comic-Con because of his role in the film. "I just met Adam West there, and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that," he added.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/Batman & Robin

ALEC GUINNESS – STAR WARS

Many Star Wars actors were not so pleased to be in the franchise. One of them is Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode IV in 1977. The actor hated his part from the beginning. Guinness called it a stupid fantasy and only accepted the project because they doubled his salary. Furthermore, he would often mistake George Lucas and Harrison Ford’s names.

Image Credits: Lucasfilm/Star Wars

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The late Christopher Plummer was beloved for the character of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Who can forget him singing "Edelweiss"? However, the actor hated the entire movie, calling it “sentimental and gooey.” He also said that his role was uninteresting.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/The Sound of Music

CARRIE FISHER – STAR WARS

Unlike Alec Guinness, Carrie Fisher was an immense part of the franchise for many years. Thanks to CGI, fans still see her in new installments. However, the actress expressed that she had no idea that the role of Princess Leia would make her that successful. Fisher felt uncomfortable with the situation and said that she might have turned down the role if she knew.

Image Credits: Lucasfilm/Star Wars

MICHELLE PFEIFFER – GREASE 2

After the success of Grease, the studio thought that a sequel would be a great idea. They even got Michelle Pfeiffer to play the main lead in Grease 2. However, the model admits that it was a bad idea and hates to be reminded of that role. However, it’s now considered a cult favorite, and some fans go as far as saying that it’s better than the original.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Grease 2

MATT DAMON – THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

Damon became a superstar thanks to the Jason Bourne franchise. However, he was not convinced with the third installment. The actor said that the script was unreadable and hated that Universal decided to make it. The movie received mixed reviews, but it was considered a box-office hit.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/The Bourne Ultimatum

MARIAH CAREY – GLITTER

Glitter has always been noted as a bad movie, but it’s almost a cult favorite. The singer hated how her career seemed to take a hit after the resale. She also said that it’s her biggest regret. "It was a horrible couple of years, and then I had to get my momentum back for people to let it go," Carey added.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/Glitter

MARK WAHLBERG – THE HAPPENING

Can you imagine if they tried to release a film like this one after 2020? But back then, it was just considered a tasteless take on a viral situation. It was not well-made, and people really didn’t enjoy it. It has pretty low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and the actor called it a “bad movie.”

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/The Happening

MEGAN FOX – TRANSFORMERS

In 2009, Megan criticized director Michael Bay and called him a “nightmare to work for.” She had to apologize for her statement and suffered backlash back then. However, it’s now clear that Fox suffered and was sexualized at a young age by studios for their movies. She was just 15 when Bay had her in a bikini for Bad Boys II. All in all, working with him was hugely problematic.  

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Transformers

HARRISON FORD – BLADE RUNNER

While there are several versions of Blade Runner, Harrison Ford hated them all. The actor also couldn’t connect with his character. “I played a detective who did not have any detecting to do. In terms of how I related to the material, I found it very difficult. There was stuff that was going on that was really nuts,” he added.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/Blade Runner

CHANNING TATUM – G.I. JOE

Tatum as the iconic G.I. Joe might seem like a great choice, but the actor did not enjoy it. “I was pushed into doing it. The script wasn’t any good. And I didn’t want to do something that I – that I was a fan of since I was a kid and watched every morning growing up – and didn't want to do something that was, one, bad. And two, I just didn’t know if I wanted to be GI Joe,” he explained.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/G.I. Joe

LINDSAY LOHAN – I KNOW WHO KILLED ME

Lindsay Lohan went through a lot of trouble growing up in Hollywood, and some of her roles were not the best. The actress seems to hate I Know Who Killed Me pretty bad. One fan told her how much she enjoyed the movie and wrote that she had seen it twice. Lohan replied, “Two times too many.”

Image Credits: TriStar Pictures/I Know Who Killed Me

ZAC EFRON – HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

Can you imagine a world without Troy Bolton? The role might have been cheesy, but High School Musical shaped a whole generation. Naturally, Efron has grown and changed so much that he doesn’t like the character now. However, the actor hates that most people remember him for it.

Image Credits: Walt Disney Television/High School Musical

DANIEL RADCLIFFE – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

Radcliffe will always be seen as the “Boy Who Lived, " but the actor has criticized his acting on the franchise's sixth installment. “I hate it. My acting is very one-note, and I can see I got complacent, and what I was trying to do just didn't come across. My best film is the fifth one [Order of the Phoenix] because I can see a progression,” he said.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

BILL MURRAY – GARFIELD

Murray lent his voice to the 3D-animated version of the lazy cat, but the actor got the part due to an error. He thought Joel Coen wrote the script, while it was Joel Cohen. He revealed that the lines would get worse and asked to see the rest of the story. He hated it, and that’s when staff explained that Coen did not write it.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/Garfield: The Movie

DAKOTA JOHNSON AND JAMIE DORNAN – FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

While the books were pretty popular, the movies had mixed reactions. Eventually, both actors said that they regretted their roles but admitted that it benefitted their careers later on. Additionally, director Sam Taylor-Johnson admitted his shame over working on the first movie.

Image Credits: Universal Pictures/Fifty Shades Of Grey

STING – DUNE

"I'm doing Dune because of [director David Lynch] and for no other reason," the singer explained. "I didn't really want to do the movie because I didn't think it was wise for me to be in an enormous movie. I'd rather keep a groundswell building up in my movie career. So, I sort of went along dragging my heels."

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures/Dune

Amazingly, some of these actors grow to hate their characters despite the fame and the praise. Let us know which one of these was the most surprising. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love movies. See you next time!

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