I regret this film.
393 4.7 4.91. Stealth (2005)
Jamie Foxx, Stealth
Do you remember Stealth? Chances are you might have forgotten about that fighter pilot film from 2005, and that's just how Jamie Foxx wants it.
During promotion for The Kingdom shortly after, Foxx said he was glad he didn't have to lie and say it was good like he had to with Stealth. Keep that in mind when you hear an actor tell you to go see his movie.
1934 5.8 5.92. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
If this whole acting thing doesn’t work out for the lovely Ms. Fox, she might want to consider a second career in film criticism. Of Michael Bay’s 2009 follow-up to the film that made her a star, she said, “I don’t know how you saw it in IMAX without having a brain aneurysm or at least a migraine headache… I’m in the movie, and I read the script, and I watched the movie, and I still didn’t know what was happening. So I think if you haven’t read the script and you go and you see it and you understand it, I think you might be a genius. This is a movie for geniuses.”
Director Michael Bay didn’t take too kindly to having his magnum opus slammed; he replaced her as the female lead for the third Transformers movie, and she went on to make…
As for Shia LaBeouf and the film...
The young actor has appeared in a number of huge blockbusters of varying levels of quality. While movies like "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" were box office hits, critics didn't have a lot of good things to say about them.
At least the actor realized why so many people thought they were bad movies and did his part by apologizing.
He said he was sorry for his role in ruining the Indiana Jones franchise and admitted that the second "Transformers" lacked the heart of the original.
"Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie," said the actor of Michael Bay's sequel. "You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn't matter. Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other."
Jamie M.'s rating:
26 1.9 03. Leonard Part 6 (1987)
Bill Cosby, Leonard Part 6
Perhaps the most famous instance (in the modern era, anyway) of an actor castigating his own project came back in 1987.
Bill Cosby was at the height of his Cosby Show fame when he took an idea for a spy spoof to Columbia Pictures, then under the ownership of his longtime corporate employer, Coca-Cola. Cos received story and producer credits for the resultant picture, Leonard Part 6, a flaccid comedy that suffered (probably in equal measures) under studio interference, the uncertain hand of director Paul Weiland, and Cosby’s own shaky premise.
When Cosby got a look at the final product, he knew he had a bomb on his hands — but unlike most of the other actors on our list, he decided to get out in front of it, taking the rare (and financially disastrous) step advising fans in print and television interviews to stay away.
They did. Critics, unfortunately, did not, roasting the movie as one of the year’s worst, though Cosby proved a good sport by showing up in person to collect the film’s three Golden Raspberry Awards (Worst Actor, Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay) — after he was promised that the statues would be made of 24 carat gold and Italian marble.
In an attempt to make amends, Cos reteamed with his frequent collaborator Sidney Poitier for his next film, 1990′s Ghost Dad, and this time, he gave interviews announcing that fans could go see this one. So much for Cosby’s critical faculties; the maudlin, sappy Ghost Dad was even worse than the so-bad-it’s-good Leonard.
2348 6.4 7.24. Knocked Up (2007)
Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up
Judd Apatow’s 2007 follow-up to The 40-Year-Old Virgin was, inarguably, a big cinematic break for leading lady Katherine Heigl, who had found success on television with Grey’s Anatomy, but whose film work to that point had been confined to lesser efforts like Valentine and 100 Girls.
But Knocked Up was a giant hit, grossing over $200 million and propelling Heigl to the front ranks of rom-com leads, so it was a bit of a surprise when, in a promotional interview for 27 Dresses a few months later, she proclaimed the picture “a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. 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? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.” And with that, Heigl went on to make such female-empowering fare as The Ugly Truth.
Jamie M.'s rating:
229 6.3 5.55. The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
Mel Gibson, The Million Dollar Hotel
This oddball 2000 independent drama from acclaimed director Wim Wenders was co-written and co-produced by Bono and starred Jeremy Davies and Milla Jovovich, with supporting turns by Jimmy Smits, Amanda Plummer, Tim Roth, Gloria Stuart, and Mel Gibson.
Gibson’s own production company, Icon, was responsible for the wildly uneven but still modestly intriguing picture, so his dismissal of it at an Australian press conference — “I thought it was boring as a dog’s ass” — was surprising (and, frankly, peculiar; is that an expression, boring as a dog’s ass?). Gibson later apologized for his slip-up: “I thought ‘God, why did I say that? I’m an idiot! I produced this film. I’m distributing it!’ It was pretty thoughtless of me, because a lot of people worked very hard on that film… So I really regret saying that. I have written a lot of apology letters about it.” (Just wait, Mel. You’ll soon be an expert on those!)
The bad buzz generated by it's big-name co-star certainly didn’t do the picture any favors stateside; it only played a single, one-screen engagement in New York before being unceremoniously shuffled off to DVD.
105 6.6 6.76. Stir Crazy (1980)
Richard Pryor, Stir Crazy
This 1980 Sidney Poitier-directed buddy comedy (the second of four collaborations with Gene Wilder) was Richard Pryor’s biggest box-office hit, but the comic sure couldn’t figure out why.
He expressed his initial doubts in a notorious, coked-up on-set interview (above), announcing, “What do you wanna know about this movie? IT SUCKS!” A few months later, while the film was in post-production, Pryor nearly killed himself by fire in a notorious incident in his Hollywood home; Stir Crazy was released at the end of that year, and benefited somewhat from the public goodwill that followed Pryor’s near-death experience.
But he never turned around on the film; when an offhand mention during a set at The Comedy Store in October of 1981 prompted wild applause and cheers from the audience, Pryor told them, “I really appreciate it, Gene appreciated that you all went to see it… But I saw the motherfucker, I don’t get it. You know what I mean? I watched the motherfucker, I said, ‘Bull-shit. My shit is over.’ I bought some land, immediately. I’m not trying to insult anybody’s intelligence — fuck it, you like what you like. But I guess nobody had nothing to do. They said, ‘Well shit, what do you wanna do?’ ‘Let’s go see Gene and that motherfucker that burnt up.’”
Jamie M.'s rating:
211 4.4 4.67. Virus (1999)
Jamie Lee Curtis, Virus
One-time “Scream Queen” Curtis made her long-awaited return to horror in 1998 with Halloween: H20, an enjoyable follow-up to the film that made her a star, so her 1999 shot at sci-fi/horror seemed promising, particularly since it was produced by Gale Anne Hurd (whose credits included Aliens and The Terminator).
But the $75 million movie tanked in its January 1999 release, and the reviews were brutal. However, no one was more unforgiving than Curtis, who still had unkind words for it as recently as last year: “That’s a piece of shit movie. It’s an unbelievably bad movie; just bad from the bottom…It was maybe the only time I’ve known something was just bad and there was nothing I could do about it. I just do the best I can and there have been bad movies that have been wildly successful and great movies that have tanked, so you never know.”
Curtis did see an upside, however, in a 2003 interview: “Rob Reiner for his 40th birthday had a bad show business party where everybody brought show business clips… That’s the only good reason to be in bad movies. Then when your friends have [bad] movies you can say ‘Ahhhh, I’ve got the best one.’ I’m bringing Virus.’”
489 6.2 6.28. Leap Year (2010)
Matthew Goode, Leap Year
This 2010 turkey was an attempt to make Amy Adams into a romantic comedy ingénue, and while we love Ms. Adams, the critics agreed that the results were just terrible.
So, in fact, did co-star Matthew Goode (Match Point, A Single Man), who called it “turgid” in an interview a month after its release, admitting that he took the role primarily for its Irish locations, “so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn’t because of the script, trust me. I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end it turned out to have pop music all over it. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid.”
1524 4.9 5.19. The Happening (2008)
Mark Wahlberg, The Happening
Though she may wish to forget Leap Year, Amy Adams did manage to avoid one of the biggest bombs of her Fighter co-star Mark Wahlberg’s career.
“We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did,” he told reporters at a press conference for their Oscar-winning 2010 effort. “She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … All right. The Happening. Fuck it. It is what it is. Fucking trees, man. The plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.” Wait, The Happening is bad? What? No!
Jamie M.'s rating:
283 4.9 5.610. Reindeer Games (2000)
Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games
Theron was still a starlet on the rise when she co-starred in Reindeer Games, an utterly brain-dead heist movie co-starring Ben Affleck and Gary Sinise and directed by the great John Frankenheimer, who was a long way from The Manchurian Candidate.
The witless script (by Ehren Kruger, the Rhodes scholar who went on to pen Scream 3 and the last two Transfomers movies) serves two primary functions: to set up an utterly nonsensical eleventh-hour plot twist that even Shyamalan would pass on, and to create as many excuses as possible to get Theron naked. But the charmingly candid actress harbors no illusions about the film. “That was a bad, bad, bad movie,” she admitted in 2007. “But … I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn’t lying to myself — that’s why I did it.”
587 5.9 5.911. The Devil's Own (1997)
Brad Pitt, The Devil’s Own
This 1997 drama, the final film of the great director Alan J. Pakula (Klute, All the President’s Men), should’ve been more memorable, if for no other reason than the teaming of venerable Harrison Ford with young Brad Pitt.
But it was ultimately a mess, a sketchy mixture of domestic melodrama and Irish politics that couldn’t decide whether Pitt was a good guy or a bad guy, and why.
Before the film’s release, Pitt offered up an explanation to Newsweek: “We had no script. Well, we had a great script but it got tossed for various reasons. To have to make something up as you go along — Jesus, what pressure. It was ridiculous…I don’t know why anyone would want to continue making that movie. We had nothing. The movie was the complete victim of this drowning studio head (Columbia Pictures’ Mark Canton) who said, ‘I don’t care. We’re making it. I don’t care what you have. Shoot something.’ I tried to (walk away) when there was a week before shooting and we had 20 pages of dogshit. And this script that I had loved was gone.” He also called the film “the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking — if you can even call it that — that I’ve ever seen.”
His comments caused a firestorm, which he attempted to carefully walk back, though Ford publicly agreed with his young co-star (“I felt exactly the same way as he did, at time”). When the film was released that spring, it proved a critical and box-office disappointment.
23 5.3 4.812. Wishful Thinking (1996)
Drew Barrymore, Wishful Thinking
What’s that? You’ve never heard of Wishful Thinking, the 1999 ensemble rom-com starring Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Beals, Jon Stewart, and James LeGros?
Don’t worry; Drew is totally fine with that. The film was shot in 1996, while she was under an old-studio-style contract with Miramax, and was told by Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein that she had to make it if she wanted to appear in Miramax’s Woody Allen musical Everyone Says I Love You. “Gwyneth Paltrow had the same deal with Miramax and had to make The Pallbearer to get Emma,” she told Vogue in 1996. “And it’s so funny, because she totally busted Harvey Weinstein in an interview. So I’m like, not only hats off to Gwyneth Paltrow but I’m going to do it, too! I got fucking manipulated into doing a goddamn movie I hated!”
Perhaps due to her comments, Miramax pushed the film off of its original spring ’97 release; it ultimately went straight to video oblivion.
2735 6 6.313. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal... (2008)
Shia LaBeouf, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Say what you will about young Mr. LaBeouf, but he gives good interview. He was refreshingly forthright about the poor quality of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (of course, that didn’t stop him from going ahead and making a third Transformers film), and took his share of the blame for the rather disappointing fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series.
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” he said last year. “You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple.”
However, he also wasn’t going to fall on the Crystal Skull sword by himself. “I’ll probably get a call,” he continued (and we’re betting he did). “But he needs to hear this. I love him. I love Steven. I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I’m not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. I think he’s a genius, and he’s given me my whole life. He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”
Jamie M.'s rating:
58 4.4 4.314. Passion Play (2010)
Mickey Rourke, Passion Play
…this weirdo indie with Bill Murray and Mickey Rourke, who didn’t mince words about the film in a notorious pre-release interview with New York magazine. “Terrible,” he proclaimed. “Another terrible movie. But, you know, in your career and all the movies you make, you’re going to make dozens of terrible ones.”
When his interviewer mentioned that the film was only getting a limited release, he had an explanation: “That’s because it’s not very good.”
Fair enough. He apologized for his comments a few days later, telling New York, “(Director Mitch Glazer) is one of my best friends since we were kids. I loved working with him and would do it again tomorrow. I don’t know why I said that stupid shit. I love Mitch, I love Megan. My bad.”
But a couple of weeks later, he slammed the picture again, telling a New York Observer reporter who was looking forward to it, “You shouldn’t be. It’s terrible… I don’t know if you’d even want to watch a slide show of that.”
2998 4.3 3.615. Batman & Robin (1997)
George Clooney, Batman & Robin
Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”
Jamie M.'s rating:
4912 8 8.816. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Alec Guinness, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:
“Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it’s not an acting job, the dialogue – which is lamentable – keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young.”
The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.
Jamie M.'s rating:
514 4.1 3.717. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:
“I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.”
864 4 3.818. Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers
As far as Hoakins is concerned about the film....
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Super Mario Brothers.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn’t do Super Mario Brothers.
236 7 7.119. Better Off Dead... (1985)
John Cusack, Better Off Dead
John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was “the worst thing I have ever seen” and he would “never trust you as a director again.”
Jamie M.'s rating:
1829 7.5 7.920. The Sound of Music (1965)
Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But, the film’s own lead actor, Christopher Plummer isn’t ready to sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.
110 4.5 4.121. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Actor David Cross has spoken critically of the film, calling it "the most unpleasant experience I've ever had [during production]."
3764 8.1 8.622. American History X (1998)
Tony Kaye, American History X
With some suggestions from New Line, Tony Kaye, the film's director, manufactured a second heavily shortened cut, which New Line rejected as it bore little resemblance to the first. Film editor Jerry Greenberg was brought in to cut a third version with Edward Norton.
Kaye disowned the third version as the final cut of the film, as he did not approve of its quality.
He tried (and failed) to have his name removed from the credits, openly telling some interviewers he tried to invoke the Alan Smithee pseudonym which the Directors Guild of America used to reserve for such cases. When refused he then tried "Humpty Dumpty" as an alternative name.
Jamie M.'s rating:
1356 3.7 3.223. Catwoman (2004)
Halle Berry, Catwoman
Halle Berry turned up in person to collect her Worst Actress Razzie for Catwoman, and thanked Warner Brothers for "putting [her] in a piece of shit godawful movie!"
Jamie M.'s rating:
95 5.7 5.424. Karla (2006)
Misha Collins, Karla
"Don't watch the movie. I keep on saying that at conventions and sales of the movie have gone up. Folks, stop watching Karla. Don't buy it, don't rent it, it's a crappy movie and it's not uplifting, so stop watching it."
Playing the character Paul really affected him, too.
134 6.2 6.325. The Freshman (1990)
Marlon Brando, The Freshman
Brando despised The Freshman and vowed to retire from acting after finishing it, saying he was sorry to have ended his career with such "a stinker." It went on to be probably the most highly regarded and well-liked movie of his later career.
Subsequently changed his mind, saying it would be "reasonable".
449 3.5 2.826. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Michael Caine, Jaws: The Revenge
Caine had mixed feelings about working on the film, both on the production and the final version. He thinks that it was a first for him to be involved with someone his own age in a film. He compares the relationship between two middle-aged people to the romance between two teenagers.
Although disappointed not to be able to collect an Academy Award because of filming in the Bahamas, he was glad to be involved in the film. In the press release, he explains that "it is part of movie history... the original was one of the great all-time thrillers. I thought it might be nice to be mixed up with that. I liked the script very much."
However, Caine later claimed: "I have never seen it [the film], but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific!"
In his 1992 autobiography What's it All About?, he says that the film "will go down in my memory as the time when I won an Oscar, paid for a house and had a great holiday. Not bad for a flop movie."
Jamie M.'s rating:
238 5.8 6.127. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Charlton Heston, Beneath the Planet of the Apes
The only way Charlton Heston would agree to make Beneath the Planet of the Apes was for the producers to promise to destroy the world at the end of it, under the mistaken belief that would mean no further sequels.
So he obviously wanted nothing more to do with the Apes (until his cameo in the Tim Burton version), but I don't think he was ever on record as hating either of the two he made in the original series.
57 3.9 2.828. Shanghai Surprise (1986)
Sean Penn, Shanghai Surprise
When a writer tried to interview him about it several years ago, he received a polite note stating apparently, "Sorry. I made a vow to myself never to discuss that movie for the rest of my life."
893 5.6 5.929. Miami Vice (2006)
Colin Farrell, Miami Vice
The Irish actor has had his share of duds over the years and one of those was the big screen version of 1980s TV hit "Miami Vice."
Despite appearing with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and working with talented director Michael Mann, Farrell couldn't find a lot of good things to say about the flop.
"Miami Vice? I didn't like it so much," he said in a not-so-glowing endorsement of the movie.
Jamie M.'s rating:
338 5 4.730. Red Sonja (1985)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Red Sonja
The actor-turned-governor has had a lot of successful films. However, he has anything but a perfect resume and has expressed displeasure with some of his previous projects.
"Red Sonja" is one of those movies that the former bodybuilder regrets making and he hasn't shied away from sharing what he really thinks about it. "It's the worst film I have ever made," said the star of the fantasy movie.
"When my kids get out of line, they're sent to their room and forced to watch "Red Sonja" 10 times. I never have too much trouble with them."
1885 5.4 5.631. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Jessica Alba, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Apparently, it was the Silver Surfer sequel to Fantastic 4 that made Jessica Alba stop caring about the quality of her projects.
Alba said her career "low point" came when the 4 director said they'd just CGI tears in because her crying wasn't "pretty enough." After that, Alba "just said, 'F-ck it. I don't care about this business anymore.'" Hopefully her morale has rebounded.
Jamie M.'s rating:
1487 4.9 4.832. Garfield (2004)
Bill Murray, Garfield
Most any actor would want to work with the Coen brothers, so we'll have to forgive Bill Murray for making Garfield. Apparently, Murray confused Garfield writer Joel Cohen for the Joel Coen of the Oscar-winning pair of brothers.
Although that doesn't explain why he ended up back in the sequel. At least Murray redeemed himself in the animated realm with a role in Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox.
But then again, there was the sequel.
816 5.2 5.333. Nine Months (1995)
Hugh Grant, Nine Months
Sometimes actors regret their work on principle rather than the content of the finished product. Such is the case with Hugh Grant and 1995's Nine Months.
After the News of the World scandal, Grant came clean that he regretted working for Fox Studios once he realized it was owned by Rupert Murdoch. He's made sure not to go back to Fox since that first go-around.
413 4.3 3.834. Grease 2 (1982)
Michelle Pfieffer, Grease 2
You should probably get a pass if your biggest resume regret comes at the very beginning of your career, so Michelle Pfeiffer shouldn't be too hard on herself for Grease 2.
Despite coming out nearly three decades ago, Pfeiffer still looks back on the experience poorly, "I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was. At the time I was young and didn't know any better."
Jamie M.'s rating:
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