20 Stars Reveal Their Most Regrettable Films (PHOTOS)

Rebecca Deczynski | Mar 5, 2016 Movies
20 Stars Reveal Their Most Regrettable Films (PHOTOS)

When you're an actor who is trying to find work, sometimes you have to take on roles that you're less than passionate about. But often enough, that can result in starring in films that are major critical and commercial flops. Other times, actors find themselves in a majorly successful franchise that they wish they'd never become a part of. Either way many actors are willing to admit which movies they wish they had never done.

These 20 actors are completely open about the films they regret starring in. Which one would you regret starring in too?


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  • Robert Pattinson -- 'Twilight'


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    While he stole hearts in his short-lived role as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Robert Pattinson really caught the public eye in his role as Edward in the Twilight series. However, even during press junkets for the films, he mocked the character and the story, and once the film franchise ended, Pattinson said that he wanted his dignity back.

  • Matt Damon -- 'Bourne Supremacy'


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    It was the Bourne movies that brought him A-list status, but Matt Damon had harsh words about the third Bourne film, calling the original screenplay, a “career-ender.” After that flop, he didn’t sign on for the fourth film. He later said he would be willing to take on the character again, but suggested that the later films had major plot issues.

  • Mark Wahlberg -- 'The Happening'


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    The M. Night Shyamalan film The Happening is one bizarre apocalyptic movie that to many critics seemed far too indulgent to be good. After starring in the film, Mark Wahlberg cursed the movie during a press conference for another film.

  • Bill Murray -- 'Garfield'


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    As it turns out, Bill Murray’s appearance in Garfield was a complete misunderstanding: he mistook writer Joel Cohen with Joel Cohen of the Cohen brothers. And so, he found himself in the role of a lazy, lasagna-loving cat.

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  • Hugh Grant -- 'Nine Months'


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    Sometimes an actor’s regret is more about politics than it is artistry. Such was the case when Hugh Grant said he was “naive” to make the 1995 romcom Nine Months with 20th Century Fox, not realizing the production company was owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.

  • Carrie Fisher -- 'Star Wars'


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    You’d never think that the star of one of the biggest franchises of all time would regret their part. But Carrie Fisher looks back at the Star Wars films and says that she would have never signed on to do them if she had known they’d become so popular. When she accepted the role of Princess Leia at age 19, she was told she had to lose weight for the part, and she suffered from bipolar disorder. She offered some advice to The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley: “Don’t be a slave like I was… You keep fighting against that slave outfit.”

  • Shia LaBeouf - 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'


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    This former Disney star ruined his relationship with Steven Spielberg when he told the LA Times that Spielberg dropped the ball on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Although LaBeouf has expressed regret for his comments, he’s also made a career shift since, favoring indie flicks to blockbusters.

  • Kate Winslet - 'Titanic'


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    Titanic may have been a major breakout role for Kate Winslet, but that doesn’t mean she looks back on it all too fondly. Winslet has said she’s  “haunted” by the nude scene — especially when fans ask her to sign copies of the portrait.

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  • George Clooney - 'Batman & Robin'


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    Clooney clearly regrets playing Batman in Batman & Robin. It’s been almost two decades, but he still has a photo of himself in the role “as a cautionary reminder of what can happen when you make movies solely for commercial reasons.” 

  • Colin Farrell - 'Miami Vice'


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    The 2006 film Miami Vice was met with ambivalent reviews, including one from its star. Colin Farrell said of the film, “I didn't like it so much. I thought it was style over substance and I accept a good bit of the responsibility.”

  • Matthew Goode - 'Leap Year'


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    Actors don’t always take on roles simply because they love them. For Matthew Goode, his mediocre role in the 2010 film Leap Year was just a convenient job that paid. “Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid,” said Goode, bashing his own movie

  • Charlize Theron - 'Reindeer Games'


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    The 2000 movie Reindeer Games starring Charlize Theron and Ben Affleck received overwhelmingly negative reviews. The model-turned-actress was in complete agreement with the critics. Theron told Esquire, “That was a bad, bad, bad movie.”

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  • David Cross - 'Alvin & the Chipmunks'


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    Stand-up comedian David Cross, known for his role as Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development, had some seriously strong words for the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise after appearing in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Cross said in a rant to Conan O’Brien that the film was “the most miserable experience I ever had in my professional life.”

  • Jessica Alba - 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer'


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    When she was told to “cry prettier” in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Jessica Alba almost gave up acting. She told Elle that the experience made her doubt her own skill and the industry as a whole. Alba angered a lot of screenwriters when in the same interview she said, “Good actors never use the script unless it's amazing writing.”

  • Michelle Pfeiffer - 'Grease 2'


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    Any remake of a majorly classic film has a fair chance of going incredibly sour. Such was the case for this 1982 film. Star Michelle Pfeiffer does not look back on Grease 2 as a good choice. “I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was,” she said. “At the time I was young and didn't know any better.”

  • Ben Affleck - 'Daredevil'


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    While many might assume Ben Affleck would most regret his 2003 flop, Gigli, Affleck admitted that the only movie he regrets making is Daredevil. He mourned the failure of the film as a whole, saying, “It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f—d up the way it did stays with me.”

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  • Mickey Rourke - 'Passion Play'


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    In an interview with Vulture about Passion Play, his film with Bill Murray and Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke said it was "another terrible movie. But, you know, in your career and all the movies you make, you’re going to make dozens of terrible ones.”

  • Katherine Heigl - 'Knocked Up'


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    Although the film made Katherine Heigl a bona fide movie star, Katherine Heigl said Knocked Up was sexist. “It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys,” Heigl old Vanity Fair. “It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women?” Though she said her experience working on the film was good as a whole, she just couldn’t shake the negative character she portrayed.

  • Halle Berry - 'Catwoman'


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    This Oscar winner was a good sport when she showed up to accept her Razzie for Worst Actress in Catwoman. But a lot of the blame fell onto her manager and production company for not making a good film in the first place. In her acceptance speech, she thanked “Warner Bros., for putting me in a godawful piece of s—t movie.”

  • James Franco - 'Your Highness'


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    At the very least, an actor can own up to a job that’s not so well done. James Franco was brash about his 2011 medieval stoner comedy. "Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can't get around that,” Franco told GQ.

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