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Another Top 10 Actors Who Hate Their Own Movies

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Michael Wynands

You can’t like everything you put your name on. From Charlize Theron to Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox, WatchMojo is counting down even more actors who publicly voiced their dislike for a film in which they starred, expressed regret about taking a certain role, or outright criticized their own film.

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Another Top 10 Actors Who Hate Their Own Movies


You can’t like everything you put your name on. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Actors Who Hate Their Own Movies.



For this list, we’re looking at even more actors who publicly voiced their dislike for a film in which they starred, expressed regret about taking a certain role, or outright criticized their own film. If you didn’t see someone you thought would be here, be sure to check out our first video on the subject!



#10: Charlize Theron


“Reindeer Games” (2000)



Charlize Theron boasts a strong cinematic resume, having starred in such critically acclaimed films as “Monster,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and the action-packed “Atomic Blonde.” Sadly “Reindeer Games” cannot be counted among them, and Charlize Theron knows it. When speaking with Esquire in 2007 about this crime thriller, released in 2000, and co-starring Ben Affleck, Theron didn’t hold back, stating matter-of-factly that “‘Reindeer Games’ was not a good movie, but [that she] did it because [she] loved John Frankenheimer." She also told the magazine that she considered it to be the worst film she’d made to date. Given that the film was a critical and commercial flop, Theron is NOT alone in having that opinion.



#9: Alec Guinness


“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977)



To be fair, while Sir Alec Guinness was dismissive of “Star Wars,” his dislike for the beloved space opera has been blown out of proportion, which is why he makes the cut, but appears relatively low on the list. About seeing the film, he actually said “There's a sort of wonderful freshness about it.” With time, however, and the enduring popularity, it seems that he grew resentful of the movie, which, despite an impressive career, had come to overshadow his other works. Years later, he would, to use his own words “shrivel inside each time it [was] mentioned.” Letters written during filming have also surfaced in which he referred to it as “fairy-tale rubbish.”



#8: Michael Caine


“Jaws: The Revenge” (1987)



Another true thespian… another serving of unabashed regret about taking a role in a genre film. Unlike Guinness, however, Sir Michael Caine has every reason to regret his involvement in the fourth “Jaws” film, which, by all accounts, was no “Star Wars.” Though the “Jaws” franchise began with a roar, its success giving birth to the very concept of a “summer blockbuster,” the series ended on a whimper in 1987 thanks to this embarrassing final instalment, which holds a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Of the film, Caine boldly once stated: "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."



#7: Shia LaBeouf & Megan Fox


“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009)



Michael Bay’s “Transformers” franchise might go down in history as the film series with the biggest disconnect between box office success and critical reception. It’s a financial juggernaut, but each instalment has failed with critics. And any actor who praises the films… likely isn’t telling the truth. The first movie was at least a fun ride, but when the second came out, even LaBeouf went on the record to admit that they “got lost” and that without relationships, it was “just a bunch of robots fighting each other." Fox, for her part, said that “People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.”



#6: Sam Worthington


“Clash of the Titans” (2010)



In the lead up to the sequel, Sam Worthington got candid about the first film, acknowledging that, box office performance aside, it “kind of let down some people.” In 2012, he went further into detail, saying that he wasn’t happy with what he did on the movie, that he failed to deliver a character, and instead turned in a performance as the “generic, bland action dude.” In fact, he went so far as to compare himself to a Barbie doll. Not just criticizing himself, however, Worthington indicted all parties involved, challenging both himself and the crew to try to make a better film with “Wrath of the Titans.”



#5: Sean Connery


“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003)



A lot of time and energy goes into making a film, so we can only imagine the disappointment of producing a dud, but Connery wasn’t off to a good start with “LXG.” He apparently only took the role as Allan Quatermain because, having recently turned down roles in both “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Matrix” movies, he wasn't going to miss out on another success just because he “didn't understand it.” He was then rather candid about the on-set fights between him and the director, which reportedly verged on physical violence. When asked about the director’s absence at the opening party, he said “check the local asylum” and then abandoned acting all-together.



#4: Channing Tatum


“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009)



The movie industry is not an easy business to succeed in. Before your big break, when opportunity comes knocking, it can be very tempting to sign multi-film deals with studios, because hey, at that point, you can’t imagine a world where you’d turn down roles. Like so many of his peers, however, early career contracts would come back to haunt Tatum when he was forced to do this Hasbro adaptation. When speaking with Howard Stern, he told the radio host “I f***ing hate that movie.” Well... no ambiguity there. Though he clearly resents having been forced into the role, he admits that it helped his career and the studio could’ve given him far worse films.



#3: Zac Efron


“High School Musical” franchise (2006-)



Heartthrob Zac Efron upset millions of fans when he decided to put down the franchise that launched him to superstardom, or more specifically, his role in it. Speaking with Men’s Fitness, he expressed nothing but disdain for his teenage self, going so far as to say “f*** that guy,” and that he wishes he could kick that guy’s ass - with “High School Musical” being at the center of his regret. Though fans were pretty quick to pick up arms, you can’t really blame the actor. “High School Musical” and its sequels were important to a lot of young people, but they were also rather cheesy, and don’t exactly showcase Efron’s best acting.



#2: Ryan Reynolds


“Green Lantern” (2011)



“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” It’s a lesson that Ryan Reynolds clearly internalized. It took numerous poorly received comic book adaptations before Reynolds finally hit a home run with “Deadpool.” First came “Blade: Trinity,” which despite a poor reception, Reynolds credits with helping his career. Then came the painful proto-Deadpool of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which he described as a “frustrating experience” and doomed from the start. “Green Lantern” has gotten the worst of it, however, with the star himself only giving it “three or four” out of ten, and calling it a victim of the Hollywood process. Thankfully, the charming star is a good sport about all these past missteps.



Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.



David Cross

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (2011)



John Cusack
“Better Off Dead” (1985)



Colin Farrell

“Miami Vice” (2006)



#1: Robert Pattinson


“Twilight” franchise (2008-)



You wouldn’t know it from his performance in this franchise, but Robert Pattinson is actually quite a talented actor. One need just look at his work in “The Lost City of Z" or “Good Time” to appreciate his acting skills. Unfortunately, they are notably absent in the teenage tale of vampires, werewolves, and love of which its male star has made no secret of his deep hatred. Pattinson has trashed the series on too many occasions to count. He’s joked about wanting his dignity back, admitted to disliking the script, and has waxed poetic about the problems with his character, Edward, as well as the general plot.
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