17 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films, From Robert Pattinson to Cher

Not every film is a winner — just ask the stars who were in it. No matter what audiences thought of their film, these actors would have rather not have starred in the film at all. Whether these actors hated their film on a moral ground or one of taste, here are the 17 actors who talked smack on their own movies. (Even though none of them gave that paycheck back.)

Katherine Heigl

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Normally I’d applaud any actress calling out sexism in a Hollywood film, but considering that Heigl raked in millions to star in one, I sense a bit of hypocrisy. Heigl told Vanity Fair that she thought her 2007 comedy Knocked-Up was “a little sexist” and that it didn’t portray her character as well as the men in the film.

Megan Fox

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Fox was pretty honest about how she felt about the Transformers films, stating that starring in one wasn’t exactly about an “acting experience” and that the second one was so confusing that only a genius could understand the plot. She also compared the film’s director, Michael Bay, Hitler. She was not in the third film.

Charlize Theron

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The Oscar winner didn’t always do such great films — in her opinion, at least. She told Esquire that her 2000 film Reindeer Games a “bad, bad movie.” And she’s not wrong.

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Curtis can easily name the worst movie she has ever done, and it’s the 1999 flick Virus. She called the film a “piece of shit movie” and said that the experience of making it was “dreadful.”

Mark Wahlberg

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Even Wahlberg admits that his 2008 film The Happening is awful. Guess he also didn’t understand the whole “the trees make people commit suicide” twist, either.

Brad Pitt

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Pitt told Newsweek that his 1998 film The Devil’s Own was the “most irresponsible bit of filmmaking” he had ever seen. Luckily for audiences, he said that before the movie actually hit theaters.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Schwarzenegger has no love for his 1985 film Red Sonja. He considers the film so brutal that he joked he would punish his children by making them watch it.

John Cusack

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Former 80s teen star Cusack hated his film Better Off Dead so much that he allegedly walked off set and told the director to “never speak to [him] again.”

Jessica Alba

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Alba has said that Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer made her want to quit acting, mainly because the film’s director, Tim Story, didn’t really seem to care about getting a good performance out of the actress. Which would explain everything about Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

James Franco

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I guess a pun in the title can only take a movie so far. Franco has publicly bashed his stoner/medieval times comedy Your Highness, stating that the movie “sucks.”

Halle Berry

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Academy Award winning actress Berry doesn’t just get awards for her great performances — she’s also scored one for a terrible one. Berry happily accepted the Razzie for her 2007 trainwreck of a film Catwoman,

Robert Pattinson

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Pattinson thinks Twilight is ridiculous, like pretty much everyone else in the world. Check out this amazing super cut of Pattinson talking about how idiotic he thinks the franchise is… while promoting the franchise.

Matt Damon

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Damon admitted that he wasn’t so sure that the third film in the Bourne franchise should have been made at all, and claimed that the first draft of the script was so bad that it would have been “career ending.”

Matthew Goode

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Goode can’t stand his rom com Leap Year — which he starred in alongside Amy Adams — and isn’t shy about saying that the only reason he took it was so he could visit family in the UK and still get paid.

Shia LaBeouf

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Megan Fox wasn’t the only one to talk smack on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Star LaBeouf has said that he “wasn’t impressed” by what they did with the sequel. It wasn’t the first movie he dissed — he admitted that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wasn’t a great effort, either.


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Cher didn’t think that her 2010 musical Burlesque was anything to write home about, stating that she thought her character was “one-dimensional” and that both the script and the direction were “terrible.”