14+ Actors Who Regret Their Movie Roles

Diply 10 Oct 2018

Look, when it comes to starring in great movies, not everyone can have the spotless filmography record of Leonardo DiCaprio. They just can't. And even if the movie in question was a great film, that doesn't mean the actor can't regret their decision to be a part of it.

So, just in case you thought otherwise: Famous actors have regrets, too.

1. For starters, the way Shia LaBeouf felt about "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

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In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, LaBeouf said about the film, "I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished."

The Even Stevens star also blamed the director, Steven Spielberg, for a poor experience while working on the film, and told Variety: "You get there, and you realize you're not meeting the Spielberg you dream of. You're meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He's less a director than he is a f***ing company."


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2. As it turns out, Robert Pattinson wasn't too keen on his character, Edward Cullen, in the "Twilight" saga.

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According to Gizmodo, during an interview with Empire Magazine, Pattinson said, "The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that's how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he's a 108-year-old virgin so he's obviously got some issues there."

You might even say he wasn't, ahem, #TeamEdward.

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3. When Glamour asked Dakota Johnson if she ever regretted her role in "50 Shades of Grey," she replied, "It comes in waves." 

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"This project is not going to be my swan song," said Johnson. "It has put my life on a path that I didn't plan to go down," she added.

However, Johnson does still "feel proud" of the films.

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4. Speaking to People, Ryan Reynolds recalled the experience of playing Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." 

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"It was a very frustrating experience," admitted Reynolds.

"I was already attached to the Deadpool movie. We hadn't at that point written a script yet. [Origins] came along and it was sort of like, 'Play Deadpool in this movie or we'll get someone else to.' And I just said, 'I'll do it, but it's the wrong version. Deadpool isn't correct in it.'"

Don't worry, Ryan. We understand. We forgive you. It was out of your control.

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5. During a press conference, Mark Wahlberg admitted he thought "The Happening" was a "bad movie."

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"You can't blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher," lamented Wahlberg, according to Collider.

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"F* it. It is what it is," he continued.


"At least I wasn't playing a cop or a crook."

Well, he's got a point.

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6. Let's not forget what Carrie Fisher said when Today asked if she would've taken the role of Princess Leia if she knew how big "Star Wars" would become. 

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"I would never have done it. All I did when I was really famous was wait for it to end," responded Fisher.

Huh, I suppose not everybody wants to be famous after all.

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7. Oh, and Matt Damon told GQ that the script for "The Bourne Ultimatum" was a straight-up "career-ender."

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"It's just that it was unreadable," said Damon. "It's terrible. It's really embarrassing."

"It's the studio's fault for putting themselves in that position," he continued.

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Later, Damon kinda-sorta apologized to the film's screenwriter for his comments —


—as he should, because it's not like The Bourne Ultimatum actually ended his career.

"If I didn't respect Gilroy and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared. My feelings were hurt. That's all," he explained to The Hollywood Reporter.

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8. Speaking about her role in "Titanic," Hollywood.com reports that Kate Winslet told CNN, "Every single scene, I'm like 'Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God.'" 

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"Even my American accent, I can't listen to it. It's awful. Hopefully it's so much better now," added Winslet.

Ahh, don't be so hard on yourself, Kate. You were only 21 years old.

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9. "It's hard to watch a film like 'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince,' because I'm just not very good in it," admitted Daniel Radcliffe to the Daily Mail.

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"I hate it," added the Harry Potter star.

Hey, now! There are a full eight Harry Potter movies. You can't win 'em all, Harry!

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10. "The only movie I actually regret is 'Daredevil,'" said Ben Affleck during an interview with Playboy. 

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"It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f***ed up the way it did stays with me," added the actor. "Maybe that's part of the motivation to do Batman."

Um... I'm going to hold my tongue on that one.

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11. Speaking of "Daredevil," according to SFGate, Jennifer Garner's ex-boyfriend, Michael Vartan, told Us Weekly that his then-girlfriend called him and said that Elektra "was awful." 

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"She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract," added Vartan.

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12. "'Reindeer Games.' That was a bad, bad, bad movie," actress Charlize Theron told Esquire.

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However, Theron added, "Even though the movie might suck, I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn't lying to myself — that's why I did it. I mean, he directed The Manchurian Candidate, which is like the movie of all movies."

Sometimes, it's just about the experience!

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13. According to Bill Murray during a Reddit Ask Me Anything, he signed on to do "Garfield: The Movie" because he thought the script was written by Joel Coen.

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As in Joel Coen from the critically acclaimed directing duo the Coen brothers.

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 As it turns out, the script was actually written by Joel Cohen, who had previously written such comedies as "Daddy Day Camp" and "Cheaper by the Dozen".

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Apparently, Murray spent hours upon hours attempting to "fix" the script that he had unknowingly signed on to.

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14. Katherine Heigl told Vanity Fair that she felt "Knocked Up" was "a little sexist."

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"It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys," reflected the actress.

"I had a hard time with it, on some days," admitted Heigl.

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15. Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that "Red Sonja" was one of the worst films he had ever been a part of. 


The film is so bad that Schwarzenegger even uses it to discipline his children. According to IMDb, Arnold said:

"I tell them, if they get on my bad side, they'll be forced to watch Red Sonja ten times in a row. Consequently, none of my kids has ever given me much trouble," said the actor.

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16. Will Smith candidly discussed failure in an interview, bringing up his role in "After Earth."

"That was the most painful failure in my career." He further explained to Esquire.

"Wild Wild West was less painful than After Earth because my son was involved in After Earth and I led him into it. That was excruciating."

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17. Channing Tatum seems to have pretty strong opinions about his role in "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra."

On Howard Stern's radio show, Tatum expressed his issues with it.

"I hate that movie, I was pushed into doing that movie. "

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18. "Fifty Shades" star Jamie Dornan has some critical thoughts about his role as Christian Grey.


In and interview with The Sun he said, "A part of me still can’t really believe I did those films. There’s an element in me that’s going, ‘why did they make movies out of those books?’”

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19. Rooney Mara has pretty serious regrets about taking on the role of Tiger Lily in "Pan."


She told The Telegraph, "I really hate, hate, hate that I am on that side of the whitewashing conversation. I really do. I don’t ever want to be on that side of it again. I can understand why people were upset and frustrated.”

Honestly, it's awesome that she recognized the issue an has taken steps to avoid doing it again.

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20. And finally, George Clooney straight-up apologized for his role as the Caped Crusader in "Batman Forever."

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"I think since Batman that I've been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years," joked Clooney while talking on Disney's Tomorrowland panel, ScreenRant reports.

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"I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the NYCC main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that," said the actor.

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It's all right, George. Like many of the above celebrities, you've more than made up for it with your other acting endeavors.

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